Congrats on getting through your 1st semester, it only gets harder from there!! Study groups are helpful, but be sure to pick the smart kids in your class to be part of your group! A lot of students did tape the lectures, but personally one time is enough to hear a lecture. Pay attention in class, don't daydream, don't stare at the clock, listen to the teacher no matter how boring!! I found that is important to ask questions and challenge the teacher to help you understand the lesson being taught. Don't sit in the back of the class, and again, I can't stress enough, don't worry about what others think, ask questions, start a dialogue, you'll be surprised how much that helps solidify the information in your brain! Read your assigned work, take notes in class, and do practice questions, also, don't cram, it doesn't work, in fact, when I did cram I would forget stuff I already knew, very annoying!! Good luck with the rest of your program.