How to successfully survive the first week of college!
Beginning a college career can seem intimidating for most of us until we learn to properly manage our time. It can often feel stressful and overwhelming. However, when you organize your time efficiently, most of that stress and feeling of being overwhelmed can be eliminated. Being prepared for class does not just mean bringing your textbooks, paper, and writing instruments. Of course they are important, but it would also be advantageous to read over the first chapters prior to the start of your classes. Taking notes as you read so you are prepared to discuss the information in class should be a priority. On the first day of class begin to introduce yourself to your classmates to start making friends. This could be a helpful step toward forming a future study group. Also, paying close attention to the lecture and taking thorough notes will help you actively engage in each day’s lectures. Familiarize yourself with the syllabus and continually analyze it. This will assist you in knowing what the professor deems important for this class and for the tests! Preparing a calendar with assignment due dates and extra scheduled study times at the library is another way to stay organized with your classes. After you have attended your classes, you need to analyze the subject matter. Make sure that based on your semester schedule, you will not be in over your head. Ask yourself, “Am I in the right level class? Is it going to be too hard or too easy? Should I take this class later?” It is important for your professor to see you actively engaged in the class. In order for this to happen, make sure you attend class, turn in your assignments on time, and even go in periodically for extra help. By participating in class every day, your face will become familiar. Turning in assignments on time is a must and also a way to make a good impression! Stopping by during your professor’s office hours can be a great way to ask...
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