1. Know your priorities and get them in order. Family, education, and self are probably the most important priorities for you right now. Get them straight. Working out and exercise can wait. 2. If you have problems with the material, seek help. Professors, tutors, classmates (classmates is probably one of the last resorts). The Professor and tutors get paid to help you. And it shows that you want to succeed in that particular class. There is never a bad question, only bad answers. 3. After you are done class for the day, go home, do your homework, and review your notes for the day from the class you had. You should spend at least 1 hr per semester hour you are enrolled studying and looking over notes. Trust me it will help, especially after community college. Should you not understand something after class hours, email the instructor. 4. Devise a schedule to help you study, plan, and make time for yourself. Working out is not a bad thing to do while you are in college, it gets you away from the books and helps maintain a decent level of relaxation. 5. SLEEP. I cannot stress that enough and I am so guilty of not sleeping enough especially before an exam. Sleep is very important. 6. Know your diet, and eat right. Again, another key to success in college. 7. Reward yourself. Once you complete your studying and homework, go do something that will increase your attitude. Studying sucks, we all hate it (if you don't, I applaud you). This is also your motivation TO study. It helps. Lastly, 8. Never settle for 'just enough'. I've seen students in classes settle for that C or that D just because they want to pass the class. No, bad, don't do that. Strive for that A or that B. Do what it takes. Say this to your instructor "Im doing well in your class, but my goal is to get an A in here, what can I do to achieve that goal?" This will MAKE your instructor's day. I can almost guarantee it. Oh, and side note-- get involved! The more you do with or for your college, the better it looks in the long run, and will open so many doors for you! I can attest to all of this, I just graduated community college at the top of my class. The reward is AMAZING! Best of luck in all of your future endeavors!