College Survival Kit

Welcome to the College Survival section of the Minority Male Mentoring Program website. Here you will have an opportunity to grasp tips and concepts through video that will help you become a successful student and create a strong collegiate brand.  Your collegiate brand is how you are viewed by your peers and instructors while in college.  Are you a great student? Do you attend meetings on time? Do you dress professionally? These could all be questions people wonder about you when you are not around and could contribute to your brand as a student. Your collegiate brand could be pivotal in the development of your career even outside of the school setting.  Before watching the videos I would like for you to answer these questions as it relates to your collegiate career and brand:


1. Do I really believe that I have the ability to make an “A” in each one of my classes?

2. What have I done today to improve my classroom performance?

3. Do I know how to study for an exam?


Studying: Dealing with Distractions and Staying focused


Asking for help–Get Out Of Your Own Way!


Balancing Your Real Life: Time-Management


Quick Study Tips

Create Mnemonics

Mnemonics are devices that can help you memorize formulas, key concepts, definitions, etc.  A really basic example of a mnemonic is “Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally” which stands for Parenthesis, Exponents, Multiplication, Division, Addition, and Subtraction.

Make Your Own Study Guide

Whether or not your instructor gives you a study guide for an exam, making a study guide is very helpful when studying for tests. Go through the textbook, notes, and any other material and write down any information that you think may be on the test such as concepts, formulas, and definitions.

Make flash Cards

Making flash cards can be a bit time consuming, but flash cards are helpful tools in remembering vocabulary, formulas, and key concepts. They are also easy to carry around with you so you can review them anytime.

Take Short Breaks

Studying is hard stuff. You need to take short breaks to allow your brain to process and retain the information. Think about how your brain works to remember a song.  You don’t listen to a 12 different new songs all at one time and remember the words.  It takes several times hearing a 4 to 5 minute song before you begin to commit the words to memory.

Don’t Study Alone!