Going to college is an exiting time for students and their parents. However, it may also seem a bit overwhelming. There is a lot of work that goes into applying and going to college. Use the tips in this article to help ease the stress of going to college.
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Use online resources to study at home
Popular study aids include Quizlet and Memrise. You can use these websites to create flashcards for your class. Often, someone else has already made flashcards for your class or subject of study. In this case, you can use what is already available to study.
Explore your options and pursue activities that interest and engage you during your off-time
Getting involved in many extra-curricular activities that show your interests will look good on your resume. Try not to do more than you can handle while maintaining your grades.
Open up a bank account
If you can you should open up a bank account at a bank that also has branches in your home town. This way it will be easier for your parents to put money into your account and it be available right away instead of having to wait 3-5 business days.
Become a morning person
There is a lot of socializing in college, and if you are serious about your studying, that socializing can make it tough to concentrate in your dorm at night. Instead, try getting up bright and early before everyone else so that you can study in peace.
Plan on studying on a daily basis
It is possible to find the time and even avoid distractions. Make a promise to yourself to set aside an hour every day, no matter what, to study. Even if there’s not an exam to study for or homework to do, use the time to review or get ahead. Starting a habit is the best way to maintain focus, whether you are just starting out or already in a postgraduate degree.
On the day of your exam, go to the bathroom ahead of time
This may sound self-explanatory, but there are so many things to remember on test day that it’s easy to forget. When testing, you want to eliminate as many distractions as you can and your bladder can be a big distraction.
Many electives are beneficial during your college career.
A broader education will help you find a career you love. When you are freshman in college, try new things, you never know!
Find out about the teacher’s method
If you can find someone who took the same class, offered by the same teacher, the semester before you, then ask them about the class. They can give you valuable insight on the teacher’s style of teaching, where the test questions come from, what type of tests there are and many other helpful hints to put you on the right track.
Do not wait until last minute to study
When you know you have an upcoming test, study a little each night. By waiting to study until the night before your test, you risk burning yourself out. Chances are you will go to take the test and your mind will draw a blank.
Think about studying abroad
Look at the opportunities offered by the school, but don’t let that box you in. If you want to study in another country, you need to find out everything that is available to you. You might even be able to find something better outside of your school.
If you have any textbook’s leftover after a semester, decide what to do with them
Your dorm room space is probably precious. Some books are worth keeping for professional use. However, if you do sell, do so privately. You can find a better value for your textbooks if you sell it to an individual instead of selling it online or to your college bookstore. Just make sure to sell soon, as new editions will outdate your texts quickly.
Get virus protection on your laptop
When you are in college, get virus protection on your laptop, as this is one of the most important tools that you will have during your stay. The last thing that you will want to have happened is to lose important information that you will need on the day of the test from a virus.
Sleep a full eight hours before a big exam
If you deny yourself sleep, you’ll find that you are groggy and your brain won’t process all the information you need to remember in an efficient way. Your more than likely then to fail the exam, so don’t think you are doing yourself any favors with an all-nighter!
When studying for final exams, study with a partner
Making a date to study with a classmate will make it more likely for you to study hard. Furthermore, you can both motivate each other. Studying with a buddy will keep you on track and is the most effective method for achieving good grades.
Never leave candles burning or your lights on when you are the last one out of your dorm
This can be an extreme fire hazard and can endanger all the people in your building. Purchase fake candles, as they can do the trick if you need extra light at night.
As stated above, going to college is both an exiting and overwhelming time for the student and their family. For the best chance at success in applying for and attending college, it is important to take it seriously, yet enjoy the experience at the same time. Use the tips in the article above to do both.