1. Budget your time
Account for all your waking hours in the day. Really breakdown how you spend your hours, and set aside chunks of time to complete whatever task is on your agenda.
2. Work with productive people
Associate with kids who know who handle their business. When you team up with capable study partners, you'll notice the impact on your performance. By cooperating with others, you will have the dual benefits of combining knowledge and constant encouragement.
3. Be truly interested in the courses you take
You need to have a genuine passion for your studies. You need to flavor your education with your personal tastes. Follow your academic interests and combine your likes with a solid career plan. The more involved your are with the subjects and disciplines that you love, the easier it will be to get your work done.
4. Know when it's time to refuse to party
Balancing school and social commitments can be tricky at times. You have to be on the ball when it comes to your classes, but at the same time, there's the need to celebrate your academic accomplishments with your fellow students. You need to be able to identify when it's time have fun, and when it's time to hit the books. Too much of either's no good. You need to mix it up intelligently. In no time at all, you'll discover the party-to-study ratio that's right for you.
5. Avoid all-nighters
Cramming in college is common, but it can also have a detrimental effect on the value of your education. Think about it. If you distribute the amount of information that you need to cover over a longer period of time, you're going to develop a better working relationship with the material. If you try to consume a quarter's worth of data in one night, you may perform well on your final exam, but you will have lost the opportunity to naturally absorb the material for the long term. Avoid all-night homework sessions if you can, if not, hone your ability to come through in the clutch.
Procrastinating kills, but you can fight back. Don't be absorbed my unimportant things. College is loaded with many different distractions, but you go there for a reason. Remember your goals. Realize that your opportunity window is finite, and get to work.