Study Tips

While students are encouraged to visit their advisers regularly, here are some tools for you to be proactive in making sure you are making the grade at UC Davis!

Dean's Advice for First-Year Students

View Associate Dean Keen's presentation for invaluable advice on how to be a successful biology student (whether you are a freshman or a transfer student) at UCD. In her presentation, she stresses the importance of:

  1. Taking responsibility for your education
  2. Understanding the fast pace of the quarter system
  3. Managing your time wisely
  4. Meeting learning goals
  5. Building relationships with faculty and mentors
  6. Finding the campus resources that you need, such as academic advising
  7. Understanding degree requirements, and those that are unique to the College of Biological Sciences
  8. Building your own UC Davis experience

2016 Transfer Orientation Presentation with Associate Dean Susan Keen (PDF)

2016 Freshman Orientation Presentation with Associate Dean Susan Keen (PDF)

Survival TIPS (To Insure Positive Scores) from REAL students

  • Use professor and teaching assistant office hours. Establish a relationship and make sure they know you. Try to visit each of your professors during the first two weeks. This will motivate you to do well and make it easier to ask questions in class and later on in the quarter.
  • Update your calendar regularly. Combine all important dates (midterms, other due dates, residence hall activities and fun time) into one calendar or planner. Take it everywhere you go!
  • Start your papers early. Even just setting aside some time to think about the paper topic will get the ball rolling. Review your papers with a writing tutor in the Academic Advising Center.
  • Create a routine and stick to it. This is important for studying and sleeping regularly. A good guide is to allot at least two hours of studying for every hour of class per week. Treat each school day like a workday and stay on-campus instead of heading back to your room.
  • Join a study group. This can be a great way to meet people, socialize and learn from each other. You can get different perspectives, patch up holes in your notes, and learn by teaching others. Trust me, three minds are better than one!
  • Attend all classes, lectures, discussions and review sessions. Not everything you learn comes from textbooks and assigned readings. Professors will expand on the material and add extra tidbits to reward those students who actually attend class. Take good notes.
  • Assemble your class materials. Purchase textbooks as soon as possible. Some classes have "readers" which are packets of reading material and are available to buy at Campus Copies and the Davis Textbooks.
  • Use your advising and tutoring resources. You paid for them with you tuition and fees, so you might as well get your money's worth!