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Anyone have some advice?
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Anyone have some advice?
Don't worry bud. I was scared shitless too when I first started. I just graduated a few months ago and now that I look back, it really wasn't all that bad.
When I was a senior in high school, my English teacher gave me this list of the top 10 common study mistakes that most students make:
1) Poor Attendance: This may be the most common student mistake -- and the most avoidable. If you want to succeed in college, you need to be in class all or most of the time. There is no way around that.
2) Poor Note-taking Skills: Unfortunately, many students come to college without having mastered this critical skill. To succeed in school, you need to learn how to listen actively and take accurate, thorough lecture notes.
3) Poor Time Management Skills: Many college students are overwhelmed with multiple academic and other responsibilities, so learning to manage your time is essential.
4) Last Minute Work: If you write a paper at the last minute, it shows. If you try to do the reading at the last minute for the test that's tomorrow, you're unlikely to do well on the test. While it may be impossible to completely avoid the experience of pulling an all-nighter, do the best you can to keep up with on the syllabus.
5) Procrastination: Of course, the issue of last minute work is related to procrastination. Learning to stay focused is a skill, especially with so many distractions like Facebook and video games around campus.
6) Failure to Read Directions: If your instructor hands you a detailed description of how to write an assignment, read the description very carefully and follow directions. If you have any questions, ask the instructor, and if he or she goes over the assignment in class, listen are fully and take notes. It's frustrating to work hard on an assignment and receive a low grade because you failed to follow instructions.
7) Over-reliance on Other Students: Asking a friend to take notes for you when you're absent is a risk you should only take when absolutely necessary. Study groups can be an effective way to prepare for a test, but only if you conduct them correctly and don't rely on the other students to do all the work.
8) Over-reliance on the Internet: The Internet has made student research so much easier than it was a decade ago. Unfortunately, students can over-rely on the Internet and ignore other ways to do research. What's more, you're more likely to encounter inaccuracies on the Internet than in a book or article. When using the Internet, always verify the information you find online by looking at other sources.
9) Plagiarism: Fortunately, most students don't plagiarize -- but it's still a serious problem on college campuses. In most cases, plagiarism occurs because a student has a looming deadline and panics.
10) Failure to Ask for Help: Professors probably aren't going to seek out students who need help -- but that doesn't mean help isn't available. If you have questions, ask. Visit your professor's office hours whenever necessary. In addition, seek out other help on campus, such as the writing center.
Remember, learning how to study is a process. If your study habits are not what they should be, assess what you need to change and do your best to improve. No student is perfect, but if you put in the effort to study more effectively, you'll find yourself improving quite a but over time.
Based On My Experience:
1) Just be sure to have a balance between social life and school work. Be sure to go to the gym too a few times a week. Trust me, college food isn't all that healthy and eating that stuff everyday with no exercise will make you fat. I've seen a lot of people I know gain a buttload of weight because they made poor decisions in the cafeteria. Don't gain the freshman 15! Keep your dorm room clean (especially the bathroom, sinks, trashcans, and refrigerators). If you are going to have ladies over, they don't want to be surrounded by filth, so keep everything clean.
2) Textbooks: College textbooks are overpriced especially at the campuses local bookstore. I got most of my textbooks either rented or used from Chegg.com. Trust me, this website will save you money. Don't purchase books from your school campus unless you have no choice but to get a school edition made specifically for a course by the school you go to.
3) Partying: Go out, meet some people and have fun, but for the love of God don't do anything too stupid that may result in getting arrested or possibly kicked out of college. Don't do drugs. Please don't. I've seen a quite a number of people in college get themselves in big trouble both by the law and personal matters from doing drugs or drinking alcohol underage. Remember, you are a legal adult now. That means there are consequences to your actions.
4) Summer Internships: I can't stress enough to tell you how important these are for your resume` and future career. Most students who do an internship have a better chance finding a potential job after college than the ones who don't. Also, you may be able to get college credits for summer internships. Networking is essential to finding jobs when you are graduated from college. Also, get a Linkedin account. It's one of the best tools for networking with people.
5) Professors: Try to get to know your professors on a personal level. If they like you, they may be willing to help you out in some ways. Example -- If you get an 88 as a final class average, a professor may bump you up a couple of points to a 90 if you show them throughout the semester that you were participating in their class and showing interest in the subject matter. There is nothing a professor loves more than a student who thinks that their class is the best thing since sliced bread.
Do you have an idea on what you would like to major in? Usually freshman are undecided but that's ok. Take your general education classes and see which subjects interest you the most. Than you can decide on what you would like to pursue. Stay away from mega-bullshit degrees like Art History, Philosophy, Communications, English Literature, Sociology, Womens/Gender studies. Some of the best degrees are in Engineering, Business (particularly finance and accounting), and computer science. Remember, we live in a world of supply and demand. If the demand for a degree is low, the likelihood of you finding a job with that worthless degree is also low... and if you do find something with it, it will more than likely pay like shit.
If you follow my advice, I think you'll do fine. Anyways, best of luck to you man! If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to ask!
You should achieve as much as you possibly can in college. Once you get a practical degree, you can decide if you want to make a lot of money or not. College sort of felt like an extension of high school to me. A whole lot of social drama and bullshit which didn't matter. I was a complete loner for my last 2 years. If you have problems empathizing or communicating with people you meet on a daily basis, you need to seek out therapy and/or get medicated immediately. That's my personal opinion. I missed out on career networking, socializing, and classroom participation because I never realized how few interpersonal skills I had acquired by age 18.
I started socializing a lot more since I finished college and entered the work field. Not thanks to the workplace (it's just work) but based on what I do during my free time (which is shorter but more liberated than during college; no more homeworks or exams). I finally realized that no one will "hold my hand", save me and make me a hero (I used to see graduation and employment as a sacred milestone). The job is just a way to make money from my work. It won't give me automatic fullfillment. Just with the job I can still be lonely, just with vital money (which is still awesome). It's all up to me how I use these earned resources. I wish I thought the same thing during my jobless college years, even if I didn't have that much money then...
Anyway, as a habit, try finishing all your assignments as quickly as possible so you can get on with your free time and do innovative stuff.