Remind yourself of why the college time matters.,
Don’t overstate your despair.,
Reduce the time spent partying.,
Stick to a schedule that keeps you focused on the end goals.,
Make an effort to understand what your professors are teaching you.,
Highlight passages in your textbook, make notes.,
Don’t over consume yourself with work.,
Think things through thoroughly.,
Never lose sight of why you’re enrolled in school in the first place. Most often, it’s likely that you’re there to better yourself and your family. Always keep that in mind.;
, There may be times when you stray away from the path you’ve essentially started but that’s okay because we all do. Just so long as you make your way back, you’ll be fine, and small deviations won’t make a huge dent into your overall plan.
, It may sound corny, but it’s true––parties and having a social life may seem to hold weight when you first arrive to campus, but don’t be fooled. Don’t get lost and caught up in your social life. It’s all fun and games until your “friends” graduate and you don’t.
, Get a planner and use it. Mark down due dates, study periods, revision times, etc., and stay focused on following your plan.
Check your schedule before agreeing to more than you can handle; don’t overbook yourself. If you have to second guess your availability, don’t agree to doing it until you’ve checked your schedule. Complete things by their deadline and you’ll be fine.
As long as everything is written down, nothing will come as a surprise. All of your due dates should be marked, highlighted or underlined; use anything that draws your attention.
, How many times have you been involved in a conversation where someone has brought up a topic you remember learning about, but you couldn’t participate in the conversation as thoroughly as you wanted to because you didn’t quite remember all the details? That’s because you didn’t study to learn, you just studied to remember for the moment, to pass the test. There’s a big difference between the two approaches. If you study to learn, you’ll remember it forever. Besides, that’s what you are in school in the first place, to learn––to use what’s being taught to you later on down the road in your career field. Soak it all up. Make trips to the library, don’t just study in your room because your room is full of distractions.
, If something doesn’t quite click, then ask a question. Help yourself understand. It’ll all pay off in the end. You’re paying for your education, so why not get as much out of it as you can?
, Yes, it’s good to study. Yes, it’s great to be on your toes, but it isn’t great to burn yourself out in books. The key to survival is any circumstance is balance and moderation. Knowing when and when not to do things.
If there is a party going on Thursday night and you have an 8 A.M. class the following day, don’t go to the party. However, if your teacher doesn’t take attendance and you have a friend who takes the class with you and they’re willing to pass the notes off to you, then sure, go party. On the other hand, if you don’t take that class with any of your friends and your professor is big on attendance and participation, then don’t set yourself up for a fall. There will be other parties. It is not the end of the world.
, If there’s a party Friday and Saturday night, get a head-start on your work before the weekend, so that you can properly recuperate from your hangover on Sunday.
, Enjoy. These should be the best years of your life, but not if you don’t live it to its full potential. It isn’t hard, but it does require dedication––just be smart and think things through.