So for most of us, we are almost finishing the second week of classes. Some of us are either freshmen or seniors in highschool or college. Either way, we are back to school and you may or may not be so excited about it.
I wasn’t in school last spring semester, so I am very excited to be back in school; and not only did I go back to school but I transferred to another university as well. So I am back to school, at a new school with new faces. I was intimidated and anxious initially but as the weeks passes I am finally feeling more comfortable and confident. I realized that I am getting more comfortable because I have returned to my old good habits. So I just wanted to share some of my tips with you and hopefully it helps!
School no matter the level can be a lot and stressful but if you apply these tips I promise the journey will not be half as bad.
*This is very vital to you passing the course. Showing up is half the battle. If you do not attend majority of the scheduled class time, you will miss all the lectures and instructions. As much as you may think you can read on your own and turn in the assignments, attending class allows you to ask any questions you may have and the professor may add more information that may not be in your book but will definitely be on a test.
2. Reading Ahead:
*Usually on the first day of classes professors pass out their syllabus. The syllabus contains the course outline and due dates for all your assignments. This is your “bible” it will let you know what chapters will be covered in class so you can have a head start on the readings. Read ahead and familiarize yourself with the material.
3. Take Good Notes:
*Reading ahead allows you to summarize and outline the reading to your understand. While reading jot down key points that will help you remember what you have just read. So when you go to class it will be easy to follow along with the professor and you will understand the concepts a lot easier because you have already acquainted yourself with it. Use highlighters, colorful pens and markers to annotate any additional information the professor might add during their lecture.
4. Join a Study Group:
* I know this may sound cheesy but joining a study group can be a positive thing. Everybody has an area they are strong in, so when you come together collectively there may be another way a study partner might explain something that will help you understand easier. Also it’s a nice way of meeting other people.
5. Set Time:
* Have set times that you use to study and prepare for your classes. For example I study for my MWF classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and my Tuesday, Thursday classes on Mondays and Wednesdays.
* Take advantage of the tutoring center at your school. They are being paid to help you. Go to your TAs and your professor as soon as you don’t understand a concept. Do not wait until it starts to affect you before you seek help. Even if you wait too long it’s never too late to ask for help.
7. Pace yourself:
*Pace yourself don’t leave everything until the last minute. This will stress you out and you will not do your best work no matter what you think.
These are just a few tips that has helped me during my schooling journey. Enjoy this new year and all the lessons it may bring. No matter what remember you “can do all things through Christ who strengthens you” so you do your part and the Holy Spirit will do His.
If you have any tips, please feel free to share them in the comments below. So until next time, be encouraged!