Many people love the freedom that college offers. After all, you can come and go as you please and lay out of class if you need to, but this also becomes a problem for many students. Many college students have a hard time surviving college because of that freedom. Some students simply quit going to class and get so far behind that they eventually quit college all together. The following insider tips are meant to help you in surviving college, so that you graduate rather than end up serving burgers and fries down the street.
An Insider’s Guide to Surviving College #1: Be Prepared
Before taking a hard course, take some time to get to know that subject. For example, if you are taking a Literature course, spend some time reading a classic novel. Another way you can be prepared is to get the textbook a week or two before class starts and spend some time reading the first chapter. This will give you some idea of what to expect.
An Insider’s Guide to Surviving College #2: Use a Planner
This is one of the biggest tips when it comes to surviving college. A planner is an extremely useful tool for college students. I couldn’t live without mine. I use it to write down the due dates for all my assignments, test dates, when I should work on assignments, and even my work schedule. This makes my life so much easier.
An Insider’s Guide to Surviving College #3: Schedule Your Time Wisely
When it comes to surviving college, a proper schedule is very important. You don’t want to try to do everything at once. Look at your assignments and then spread them out over the week. For example, work on a different subject each day.
An Insider’s Guide to Surviving College #4: Don’t Lay Out
Part of surviving college is also learning to survive colds. Granted there will be days when you have to miss because you are really sick, but don’t lay out simply because you don’t want to go to class. This will get you really behind and will affect your grades.
An Insider’s Guide to Surviving College #5: Don’t Procrastinate
Surviving college requires doing assignments when they are assigned. When you procrastinate you will have to rush to get assignments done, which will lead to you receiving bad grades for these assignments. You must do the work on time.
An Insider’s Guide to Surviving College #6: Break Down Large Assignments
Part of the reason people end up quitting college is that they couldn’t handle a large assignment. The key to surviving these large assignments is to break them into smaller chunks. Let’s say you have a research paper due at the end of the semester. The best thing to do is break the assignment down and do a little bit of the assignment every couple weeks. For example, find the resources you’ll need, then do some highlighting, etc.
An Insider’s Guide to Surviving College #7: Work Ahead
Most college courses follow a certain path. Once you find out what assignments are usually given, work ahead and do future assignments. For example, if the assignment is always to read the chapter and do the questions at the end of the chapter, read ahead and do the questions. You may want to ask if the instructor will be skipping any chapters first.
An Insider’s Guide to Surviving College #8: Take Notes
You may think that you completely understand what your instructor is talking about in class, but when you get home you’re completely lost. This is why notes are so important when it comes to surviving college. You can either write the notes out or use a small voice recorder.
An Insider’s Guide to Surviving College #9: Ask Questions
If you are confused about an assignment, ask questions. Your instructor will be more than happy to help you. If you find that you are really lost, get a tutor. This will prevent you from getting behind and making poor grades.
An Insider’s Guide to Surviving College #10: Avoid All Nighters
Many college students pull all nighters every now and then, but it’s not necessary. Actually they should be avoided. When you stay up all night, you are not prepared for class because you didn’t sleep. You will find it hard to concentrate the next day, even if you spent the last 8 hours studying for a test. Follow tips 2, 3, 5, 6, and 7 and you won’t need to pull an all nighter.
I really hope this insider’s guide helps you survive college. While there are more tips to follow in order to survive college, this insider’s guide is filled with tips that have helped me not only stay in college, but these tips have also helped to guide me in the right direction.