Tips On How to be A Successful Student

College is a challenge, but anyone can handle it! If you are feeling stressed, overwhelmed, or unmotivated these tips might help you to become a more successful student. Also, these tips may even motivate you to improve yourself for the new year.

First, take a step back. Sometimes you may need to prioritize your tasks. Always make sure you know when your projects and homework are due, and most of all, make sure you know when you have to take a test. Also, you need to learn how to manage your time wisely. Whether you need to take a nap after class, exercise, or you just want to hangout with friends, make sure you give yourself enough time to get your school work done.

Do your school work at the right time! You may need to do it later in the evening after dinner, or you may need to do it right after class. You know what works best for you, so make sure you complete your school work at the best time for YOU.

Next, you need to actually attend class. Some teachers give bonus points for perfect attendance! This helps you to be more successful because you are receiving all the material you need to study. Attending class also helps you to stay on track and not get behind.

Another tip on being successful is to keep yourself organized. Don’t just throw your notes anywhere. Put your notes in a binder or a folder. Keep your notes safe. Use a book bag or just a regular bag to keep all your school work together. Using a bag can also help you to prevent leaving them somewhere where you might never get your notes back.

Overall, being a successful college student is not hard not does require effort. Just remember to prioritize, and use time management. Attending class can boost your grade depending on the teacher you have. Attending class also keeps you from falling behind. If you don’t go to class, you might not get all the handouts and notes that you need to study for the test. Lastly, just keep your self as organized as possible so that you know where your homework is, know where your studying material is, and know when your assignments are due.

Remember, anyone can be successful and there are many ways to get you on track!

Emily, student blogger

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My favorite app for studying

As a college student, you do a lot of studying. For some of my classes, I like to use Quizlet to help me study. Quizlet is a website and an app. Also, Quizlet is free and you can make a free account by email, Facebook, or your google account. You can use it to help you study by making flashcards and playing games. Flashcard sets that you make are called study sets. You can join classes or even make a class which is quite useful. Also, if you need to make folders to organize your sets then you can. The flashcards can be made into different sizes to your preference. This is great so you can decide how you want to print them. Some people like only a few showing at one time and some people like to see quite a few to study from them.

One of my favorite features is that whenever you study and learn your work, it keeps track of which ones you missed and how many times. It also tells you how many times you’ve gotten them right. Then it places them into categories. Some of the categories are sometimes missed, rarely missed, and never missed. I find this feature very helpful. You can also go back and just practice the sometimes missed if you just want more practice with those ones.

In addition, some more ways to study would include using the learn feature. This feature just helps you to practice and learn from what you are trying to study. There is also speller to help you make sure you are spelling the words correctly. Another great feature is the test feature. There are settings that you can edit to help you decide what kinds of questions you want on your test. Then it grades it for you at the end and you can see what you missed. This way you know what you need to study from.

Jasmine, student ambassador 

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Adjusting to your first semester

Ah yes, so let’s talk about my transition into college. My transition started before my first semester even started, honestly. I’m an anxious kid, so as summer started to fade and the school ads were back on TV, I started to freak out a little bit. In high school, I was a good student, but I had a warped sense of what would come for me in college. I thought that I wouldn’t have a life because I wouldn’t have enough time to do anything besides study and do work. I was actually getting depressed, seemingly, just thinking about going to college. I wasn’t necessarily sad that I was going to continue my education or anything like that but I was just in a daze of anxiety, I guess you could say.

As stated previously, I’m an anxious kid, so much so that new things can make me really nervous and all that fun stuff. One of the things that I had to adjust to was riding the bus to CCBC every day I had class. Now, to most, riding the bus wouldn’t seem like a big deal, even to me now I don’t think it’s a big deal. But back then, I hadn’t really ridden public transportation too much at all so I wasn’t used to it at all. Of course, once the first day of the semester came around, I was perfectly fine and wasn’t anxious at all.

All my teachers for my classes were pretty awesome and didn’t seem too strict or unapproachable at all. Looking back on my semester, I’m definitely more prepared for my next semester. I’ve made friends that I will be able to talk to all the time and I’ll not forget this semester. I just hope I don’t get too used to being off this Holiday break!
Caleb, student blogger

What I Do Outside of College

College definitely keeps me busy; however, I do try to give myself a life outside of college. It is hard to manage time. It is important to not overload yourself. Everyone deserves time for relaxing, or doing fun things. Don’t miss out on the things you love to do or the people you love to see because you might regret it later down the road. College is important, but so are you!

First, I have a job. I am currently working for Medic Rescue as a wheelchair van driver. I try to work at least thirty hours a week so that also keeps me busy. I actually enjoy my job because I see different places all day. I also like my job because I get to meet new people and make new friends while I am there.

Next, I have been playing guitar for nine years! I absolutely love music! I wish I had more time to play my guitar. I try to take every chance I can to play it. Playing my guitar helps me to relax. I just truly enjoy playing it. When I do get time to play, I could play for hours and hours. I am thankful for my guitar because when I’m done studying or it’s Christmas break, I can just strum away on my guitar and relieve my mind of college.

Outside of college, I try to find time to exercise at least four times a week. I started out running with my mom. Now, my boyfriend is my new running partner. Running gives me extra energy! It makes me feel amazing. It also allows me to feel accomplished. Running helps me take my mind off of college and is fun for me. Running is just another one of my activities that I do outside of college.

It is hard to find extra time for activities outside of college because college students do need to be focused and they do need a lot of time for studying and doing homework. It is important to do activities outside of college. It allows our minds to be distracted. Activities help us relax, and in general, they are fun for us. So, take some time to do the things that you like over this Christmas break or do them on the weekends enjoy yourself for a moment, and make sure you don’t overload yourself with college.

Emily, student blogger

Transition from High School to College

Most everyone is nervous about making the transition from college to high school. I was definitely one of those people- I did not know what to expect and I was nervous to see if college life would be a lot harder and different than high school.

I have to say that I think college life is a harder adjustment if one is going away to school to live on their own in a dorm. At CCBC, students get the perfect middle point between high school and going away to college. Students are able to get used to college- you go to college classes with other college students on a college campus. But, you are not thrown into a dorm on your own to figure it all out by yourself. That is why I think CCBC is the perfect place to start, if even for a year.

I was able to adjust myself to a new work and study ethic that you must have while attending college, without the stress of being on my own quite yet. Now as a second year student at CCBC, I feel as though I am ready to responsibly transfer to another college to live on my own.

The transition from high school to college is nothing to worry about; you just have to make sure you have a good work ethic when it comes to homework and studying and that you attend your classes regularly. So, even if you go away to school, the transition will not be as different and hard as you may think. All incoming freshman would be in the same boat as you, and making friends is easy to do!

-Liana, student blogger

 

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