Habits to Acquire
Read the first chapter of each of your textbooks before going to class. Getting a grasp on the basics of the class is important, and you can learn a lot about the class from its required reading, whether from a textbook, novel or instructional book. Coming in with prior knowledge of the topic area will give you the advantage of promoting quick mastery of the more difficult subjects.
Take notes in class. If you are allowed to bring a recording device, use a miniature tape recorder or recording application to record lectures. There is important information often related by the professor that will not be in any of the text books. This information may be crucial to passing the tests of that course, and it may be important in learning the subject area.
Always do your homework before you go out with friends. Making friends and spending time with them is important. The people that you meet in college may be your friends for life. Yet, succeeding academically is also important. Do your homework prior to going out and having fun. This will enable you to relax and enjoy your time with friends, instead of feeling the pressure to get home and finish the work of the day. In addition, setting aside a time for your homework will allow for greater concentration and possibly greater success!
Be punctual. That's important for college classes. Professors are not going to be like high school teachers. They're not your babysitters, and some have too many students to even learn your name. You won't get demerits for being late, but you may be penalized in other ways in the class. Most importantly, you'll be cheating yourself of important (and expensive) college time.