School, Partying and Success – The things incoming freshmen or college students need to know to be a good student and graduate! As a college student myself, I’ve gone through many experiences while in college. When people first go to college they may become overwhelmed by all of the new and exciting things to do. Often college students lose themselves in partying and fall behind in class. These are some tips to help college students stay on track and achieve the degrees they wish.
- Never party the night before an early morning class. You may make class sometimes after a crazy night drinking, but it only takes you sleeping in once to cause you to miss an important test. If you know you’re not an 8am type of student, simply don’t take that 8am class. That’s the beauty of college, you can choose when you want to take the class.
- Keep your absences to a minimum, or none if possible. Half the battle is just showing up. If at the end of the semester you have a 89.5% the professor is more likely to bump you if they see a perfect attendance sheet.
- Get to know your teachers. I couldn’t tell you how many times getting to know my teacher has benefited me. They have written letters of recommendations for me as well as correcting my papers for other classes. Professors don’t mind helping students they like.
- If you smoke, do everything in your power to get all your homework and studying done FIRST. Not being at your best while doing your homework can really affect the quality of work you produce as well as effect your ability to remember information.
- Do every extra credit assignment the professor allows. Even if you think you can get an A without it. It’s awesome having a high enough percent in a class to when it comes to finals, you only need a C on it to get an A in the class.
- Make sure you get outside and exercise. When ever you work out you feel accomplished in turn making you feel good about yourself. Keeping a good positive self image of yourself is important. It builds confidence and confidence is pivotal for success, which brings me to my next point.
- Never go into a test telling yourself you are going to fail. Telling yourself this can psyche you out and make you nervous. The best thing you can do if you are nervous is put your pencil down and take a few minutes just to breath. I can tell you how many times I have missed questions I knew the answers just because I was nervous.
- Last but definitely not least. Study… You are not in high school anymore and you are expected to perform at a college level. This requires hours of studying for certain classes. Do not cram before a test, rather, prepare before hand and study every day for 30 minutes a day. This is a lot less stressful and you will be able to remember more.
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Article written by Gennady Ivanchenko who is a current college student majoring in Business.