College is hard, but finding help isn’t! There are many resources at the University of Iowa to help you excel academically and reach your goals. Also, it is important to know that there are several behaviors critical to success that you can start practicing from day one of the semester, and those behaviors span habits both in and out of the classroom. Successful students have reported that the following behaviors are key to success in their first semester:

  • Get enough sleep and exercise regularly
  • Keep in touch with family and friends back home (create a communication plan to help with homesickness)
  • Create a personal budget (make an appointment with a financial literacy specialist through MyUI to help create a budget or discuss loan options)
  • Connect with peers in and out of the classroom
  • Get involved!
  • Go to class
  • Take good notes
  • Complete the readings before class
  • Accept and seek out help (there are lots of people on campus available to assist you)
  • Talk to professors and teaching assistants
  • Utilize academic resources - like the libraries. Check out more information about the libraries below!


Start looking into what academic support options are available for your courses via Tutor Iowa, the university’s centralized location for finding campus academic support and assistance.

For more information about locating academic resources and support across campus and tips for connecting with faculty, check out the video below:

For more information about additional daily habits and behaviors that you can practice to succeed, check out this video: