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At York University, you will be required to take some general education courses of different categories.  NATS1580 fits into one of those categories. Here are 5 tips to help you succeed in this course.

1. Read the lecture slides ahead of class

In NATS1580,the one thing that you will never fail to receive are slides on the topics that will be discussed in the lectures, which can happen that week or sometimes even weeks ahead. Some people don’t like reading and postpone it until the end of the semester, or when tests and exams are close by. However, that shouldn’t be the only time that you are reading the lecture slides. It is important to read the lecture slides so that you can be ahead of the class. It also helps you with following what the lecturer is saying and when the tests and exams come, it will just be a quick review on what you have been studying.

2. Do all assignments early

The most common thing you’ll notice in university and college is students procrastinating. They delay doing any of their assignments until the last minute. Most Professors give a long deadline for assignment submissions so most people take it for granted, it is always a good idea to get the assignments done as soon as you can, and this way  your conscience will be free and you can have less things to worry about.

3. Taking notes

The professor never fails to upload slides of the lecture online for students to read ahead of the upcoming lectures. But that doesn’t mean the professor doesn’t give valuable information during the lecture. During lecture, the professor could give information that may not be on the slides. While some people are satisfied with studying off the slides, not everyone is able to completely understand. So going to class and taking notes during lecture helps. Most people say taking notes also helps them remember what they are studying.

4. Don’t be afraid to talk to your peers

In a lecture, you are only one student out of many taking the course. There are lots of others who are probably going through difficulties as well. It is best to communicate with your fellow classmates and if help is required in a certain aspect of the lecture, you could always ask for help! In turn, you could also help those in need of assistance and in doing so you could even make some friends.

5. Talk to the professor

While you were in high school, you probably heard stories about how college and university professors are way more strict and harsh than the teachers in high school. Some people are scared of approaching their professors. None of what they said is true. Most professors are incredibly kind and always make time to talk to their students. Talking to your professor about your struggles on a certain topic from the lecture could be more efficient than racking your brain trying to figure it out on your own.

Nats1580 is a relatively easy course. If you study very hard you can pass easily. Following these 5 easy tips passing will make the course easier and assure your success. As long as you don’t procrastinate scoring a high score is guaranteed.


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Adeolu Paul-Taiwo

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