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Friday, July 29, 2011

Top 5 Tips for College Freshmen

Hi everyone!
Here are a few tips for those of you who will be college freshmen in the fall. Going off to college can be intimidating but hopefully these tips will help your transition be a little easier!

1. Go to class!

It's as simple as that. If you want to do well in college the best thing you can do is go to every single class. Most classes do take attendance but in college there is no one forcing you to show up. But that doesn't mean you don't have to go! Even if it's a class you hate, go anyway. Pay attention and at least act like you want to be there. Just by going to class and actively listening and being involved you can improve your grades and learning immensely.

2. Read your syllabus!

It seems like the simplest thing (besides actually going to class) but a syllabus can actually be very informative. All of the professors I’ve ever had always either hand out or email you a syllabus with general information about the course, all the assignments and projects for the class, as well as a schedule that includes due dates for all course work. The schedules are a great tool to keep you on track with all your work. Also if you’re confused about a certain assignment check your syllabus first! If you read through it carefully you’ll most likely find the answer to your question. If you’ve searched the syllabus and still don’t understand something it’s always okay to ask your professor. Which brings me to #3...

3. Don’t be afraid to ask for help!

If there is something that you don’t understand or material that you just can’t get, NEVER be afraid to ask for help! You can always go to your professor and (in my experience at least) they are always willing to help you out. It’s their job to help you succeed in school. You could also ask some of your friends in that class to help you study or some colleges offer tutoring or special help centers for courses like math or English that a lot of people struggle with.

4. Act like you’re in college

You’re in college now. This isn’t high school anymore and you need to act
accordingly. I don’t mean to sound snobby but it’s time to grow up a little. Think for yourself, act like an adult, clean up your own messes (figuratively and literally), and cut out the petty high school drama. As you begin to mature you’ll realize what’s really important in life and you’ll keep getting closer to becoming the person you want to be. College is one of the best experiences in your life and you should have fun, but you don’t have to act immature to have a good time.

5. STUDY HARD! But have a little fun too

Study like your life depends on it! College classes are meant to be challenging, they’re supposed to push you to your limits so that you can learn. While I don’t believe grades are everything, I pride myself in my academic abilities. I work hard to maintain good grades and do well in all aspects of my education. It’s important to have your priorities in order and in college your education should be your main priority, meaning that you should dedicate the majority of your time to studying and doing well in school. However, if all you ever do is sit in the library and study study study all day long you’re going to drive yourself bonkers! So it’s also important to know when to take a break, relax, and have a good time. Surround yourself with friends who are dedicated to their education but also know how to have fun when the
time is right.

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