PA Academic Advice

Read on for academic advice from your PAs:

Tip 1: Work with your team on subjects that you aren’t sure about; you’ll learn as you go from your class mates. / Tip 2: Go through past exams.
Pace yourself.
Take advantage of office hours and make it a point to actually meet your Professors.
Worry about learning, not grades
Exempt out of as many core classes as you can, because 1) with maybe 1-2 exceptions, they are much worse than electives and 2) you will have plenty of opportunities to get to know your clustermates in more important ways outside of class.
Don’t take it too seriously.
Vigilantly manage your calendar and set aside a little bit of time each day to either do work or plan your time for the next few days/weeks/months ahead.
Learn Statistics
Get involved in all the homework, get help if needed.
Don’t sweat your classes. If you feel like you’re falling behind use the resources CBS provides like tutors.
Lean on your learning team.  A majority of the work is group work and by developing that strong bond with your LT will allow you to get the most out of all of the assignments.
Divide up the work within your learning team.
Stay on top of your readings, its the best way to gain value from your classes
Chill and focus on what you are learning not how you are performing. At the end of the day, what you learn is what you will bring to your next job and the rest of your professional life. Get to know professors and take advantage of the help they offer (and the tutors and TAs) – that is what you paid for! Don’t be shy!
When it comes to academics, there is no trick.  Basic study rules still apply if you want good grades.  Just remember that recruiting doesn’t stop just because you have something due or a test coming up, so plan ahead and make sure you keep up during the semester so you don’t have to cram at the end.
The HP train is just fine
Stay on top of the material, even minimally so. Otherwise, you’ll find it impossible to catch up with the workload.
Use the tutors.
Don’t worry if you feel overwhelmed, or don’t understand the material straight away.  You will get it!  There is enough time and ample resources for everyone to become a (relative) expert.
Be a participating member of your learning team and you’ll get the most out of everyone there, both in terms of friendship and academic value.
Stay on top of your calendar.
Establish a good collaborative dynamic with your learning team early on, and figure out how to best delegate work. It’s ok to split up the work!
Choose your professors wisely (those who you can choose).
Prioritize, prioritize, prioritize.
Do all the work.
Love your learning team, and if possible, schedule regular time to meet with them each week to review assignments.  You’re there to support one another in terms of getting the work done, but you’re also there to learn from one another.  And, you work with them for a semester and a half, so definitely keep up good relations when things get strained by going out for drinks every now and then!
Don’t worry about too much about grades – have fun
Take advantage of the tutoring services early, it’s harder to get tutors during exams.
Do NOT be afraid to use the tutor system. I had tutors for many of the core classes. As someone with a non-business background competing against bankers on a forced curve, using them for more difficult problem sets, homework assignments, or finals is the best thing I ever did.
With GND, I would say: try not to stress about grades too much. It’s definitely not the end of the world if you don’t get straight Hs; after all, most of the school doesn’t, and we do just fine! Also, try to meet with your learning team early and often–you’re all going to have very different approaches to schoolwork and you’ll want to come up with a system that works for all of you.
Don’t go to Watson if you actually want to study.
If you are struggling, seek help early and often.  Know that you are not alone and your cluster family will see you through it.
Find a tutor early in the semester for the classes you think will be challenging. It’s free, and it’s like your own personal review session.
Input all of your assignments, quizzes, and exams into Outlook so that you can easily stay on top of your work. Sometimes you won’t have time to give everything 110% and that’s alright. Learning how to work efficiency and assess what level of effort is required for each task is a good skill to develop while you’re in school.
Asking for help is totally okay
Know a place that you can actually get your work done, because soon you will know it’s not the bschool library.
Keep up with studies on a regular weekly basis. Exams will be a breeze.
Grades mean something different to everyone – you have to decide where they fall in your priorities as a business school student. The opportunities are endless and making tradeoffs will be inevitable. Don’t worry if your priorities don’t exactly align with everyone else’s. They don’t have to.
Don’t stress and it will all get better once you get through A Term of the first semester!
Don’t try to cram. The more you stay dialed in during the semester, the easier midterms and finals will be.
Don’t use the excuse that you have never done it before or are intimidated because other people have had more exposure.  Experience does not imply aptitude – Under promise but over deliver.
Take advantage of tutoring if you have any questions. It’s really helpful to go over homework and concepts with 2nd years that have been there before.
Part-time internships (during the year) are a great way to secure a summer internship / full time offer – particularly in an industry where you have no prior experience.
If you want to maximize learning at CBS, exempt as much of the core as you can.
If you are unfamiliar with a subject, get a tutor early on!
Sign up for weekly tutoring in all the classes you can foresee yourself struggling in, i.e. Accounting or Corporate Finance, before classes begin!  This way you will not be scrambling to learn the material come mid-term time.
Love your learning team
Dust off your TI-83. Particularly first term, you’re going to do a lot of math you haven’t touched since high school, and you’re going to have to do it without Excel for the final.
You can’t and don’t need to do every assignment at 100% quality.  Make time for the classes that you value and leverage your Learning Team past that.
If you don’t have much of a background in any of the core subjects, sign up for a tutor early on. You may find the coursework manageable in the first few weeks, but by the time it goes above your head most of the good tutors will have no additional capacity! It also helps to try out a couple of different tutors, everyone has a different style of learning/teaching. Also, leverage your learning team. If you’re good at excel, may be someone else is good at explaining those accounting concepts.
Exemption exams are worth trying to take, but don’t exempt out of more than two classes.
Stay organized – a planner really helps!
Prioritize, prioritize, prioritize
Study, early and often.  Do the practice problems (even if not assigned), and don’t wait until the last minute to study for a test.
Use your learning team effectively when the work-load gets intense – that’s what it is there for. Be prepared to contribute to class discussions if you can – you’ll get more out of class that way and so will your classmates.
Learn from each other… and use the tutoring hours if you need it!!!!
Prioritize your personal goals for your MBA-time early-on. These goals could be for example, building a professional network, getting good grades or enjoying the New York experience. Based on your own prioritization, you should be able to decide how much of your time you want to spend on studying. In addition, make sure to discuss your personal priorities with your learning team as your colleagues’ priority list might be pretty different.
Transitioning into student life can be difficult, but there are a great deal of academic resources on campus such as tutors, review sessions and office hours. Start taking advantage of them early so that you gain the support that you need and avoid feeling overwhelmed.
Do the minimum and get the maximum grade possible.
Teamwork – take the time to build good relationships within your learning team; things will go much smoother later on when you have to work on Samsung, Econ, and Stats all at the same time…
Use the strength and ability of your learning team
Use tutors early and frequently!
Pay attention in Statistics because it’s all over the Core Curriculum.
Let go. There’s not enough time to do every practice problem and every part of every homework and read every sentence and analyze every exhibit of every case. You have a learning team for a reason. Learn time management early. Focus on what’s important for you, and make sure you pick up for your team when they need it. You’ll need it too, at least once.
Take turns being the leader of your learning team.
A good professor should be the main consideration in choosing courses.
Do HW the same day you get them and not in the middle of the night before the deadline….
Take Academics seriously as the core classes are the foundation for the rest of the MBA.

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