College Survival Guide

Since I just graduated high school, I’ve been new to the whole college experience. It was tough at first but once you get familiarized, it isn’t a big deal. Like every new student, I was nervous and lost. Prior to orientation, I visited the campus and went for a walk. I checked out some of the buildings and what is inside. I realized that I wasn’t in high school anymore and that college provided a whole new atmosphere. I would highly recommend visiting the college prior to the first day. It will put you ahead of the game and you might be able to help new or lost students. Previously visiting the campus reduced all of my stress and I was more familiarized where everything is located.

Time management is another important factor of college that I still have to master myself. My high school had the same classes every day, 180 days out of the year. It was the same rut or routine. College provides more freedom. Given this freedom takes responsibility. College courses are divided on separate days. Depending on the type of person that you are, managing your own time is of the essence.

Do not wait until the last minute to turn in or to study for a test. That will soon backfire as the college courses increase with time and difficulty. My advice to new students or anyone who wants to succeed in college is to spend every free moment you have with course books or notes in your hands. It’s always beneficial to pre-read the chapter before the lecture is given. Some of these things I found out the hard way.

Learning how to take good notes is very important to any college class. Jot down things that the professor says. It could possibly be a test question on the next exam. After taking my first few exams, I found this fact out to actually be true.  Pay close attention to what the professor says. If something is stated usually more than once it’s usually important. Professors don’t always write down everything they talk about in class lectures.

It’s also very important to read the book ahead of the class. It will help comprehension of the lecture material better. If possible, complete work ahead of the due date. Some things might come up later in the week that you have to accomplish. For an example, I complete assignments ahead of time to devote more time to studying. This technique usually works the best for me.

Another key to success in college is to not be afraid to ask for help. The tutor center is located in the library and they help with various subjects. I personally haven’t used the tutor center yet but observing how they help college students is incredible. They always seem to put in the extra effort and go the extra mile to make sure the concept is learned.

Your peers could also be helpful study partners. Get to know them and get their contact information. Forming a study group is a successful way to retain information. It’s good to quiz each other and help one another with problems. It’s also good to have this contact information due to the fact that you might not be able to attend class for some reason. Asking your peers in your class is a successful and easy way to catch up on what you missed.

Don’t be afraid to talk to your professors outside of class. The course syllabus states their times they are available. The professors here want to make sure you succeed. Even if you have the smallest of questions, they will be glad to answer any of them for you. You can meet with them personally or send them an email or a message through Blackboard. I’ve always found asking for their help to grasp a concept better is better than not understanding a concept at all.

I hope these tips are useful to the reader and college students in the future. I hope everyone will succeed in their future education endeavors!

James, student blogger

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