Ten Tips You Need to Survive College
(Your first-aid kit--10 tips to keep
- 1. If you haven't already registered, try not to schedule back to
back classes. You'll wear yourself out besides missing the best times
to study--right before and right after class.
- 2. Begin the first day of class. Know what's expected of you
Take notes from the first day even if it's routine stuff you think you
- 3. Establish a routine time to study for each class. For every
hour you spend in class, you will probably need to study two hours outside
class. Studying for each subject should be at the same time, same place,
if possible. Study includes more than just doing your homework. You will
need to go over your notes from by class, labeling, editing, and making
sure you understand them. Study your syllabus daily to see where you are
going and where you have been. Be sure to do reading assignments. (Don't
put them off just because there's not a written assignment.) Read ahead
whenever possible. Prepare for each class as if there will be a pop quiz.
- 4. Establish a place to study. Your place should have a desk,
comfortable chair, good lighting, all the supplies you need, etc., and
of course, should be as free of distractions as possible. It should not
be a place where you routinely do other things. It should your study
- 5. Do as much of your studying in the daytime as you can. What
takes you an hour to do during the day may take you an hour and a half
- 6. Schedule breaks. Take a ten minute break after every hour
of study. If possible, avoid long blocks of time for studying. Spread out
several short study sessions during the day.
- 7. Make use of study resources on campus. Find out about and
use labs, tutors, videos, computer programs, and alternate texts. Sign
up for an orientation session in the campus library and computer facilities.
Get to know your professors and advisors. Ask questions. "I
didn't know," or "I didn't understand" is never an excuse.
- 8. Find at least one or two students in each class to study with.
Studies show that students who study with someone routinely make better
grades. You will probably find yourself more motivated if you know someone
else cares about what you are doing in the class. Teaching a concept or
new idea to someone else is a sure way for you to understand it. Studying
in a group or with a partner can sometimes become too social. It is important
to stay focused.
- 9. Study the hardest subject first. Work on your hardest subjects
at a time when you are fresh. Putting them off until you're tired compounds