What Every Prospective College Student Needs To Know


  • Milea Horton


Are you thinking about going to college? Have you always wanted to get a degree, but been afraid to explore it? If so, you are not alone. There are many people all over the world that have chosen to return to school and get the degree they have always wanted. Be realistic when you set your college class schedule, especially if you are working while attending. If you're a night person, you will never succeed in attending early morning classes. Be aware of your natural body rhythms, and set your schedule accordingly if possible.

Make sure to make time for both socializing and academics. Some students spend all their times in their dorm rooms studying, which can be depressing and lonely, while others are so social that their coursework suffers. You should get out of your room and do something fun at least once a week and devote at least an hour a night to studying for each of your classes to help you stay balanced. Use the campus gym frequently. This lets you meet other people and exercise, too. You might make some friends to work out with.

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. When you go to college you often times will stay out late with friends to study or go to a party. Be safe, never walk home alone, carry your phone with you at all times, know where the safe zones are on campus, and consider carrying a small spray canister of pepper spray with you.

Find out if your college or university has a tutoring center. Most colleges do offer these programs, often run by peer tutors. Seeking help from a fellow student can be a huge help in classes in which you struggle. Come to your sessions armed with specific questions to enable your tutor to make the most of your time. You should get in the habit of taking notes during lectures. Taking notes can help you get a better grasp on the information you are hearing. That will help you recall the information at study time. Even if you are feeling sure of yourself, it is important to take notes.

If you are struggling with a course, do not be afraid to get in touch with the professor. Whether through e-mail or scheduled office hours, making that connection can be just what you need to get back on track. While many professors may seem unreachable, remember that they are there to help you learn. Don't take more than one writing course per term. Even though you may only have to complete 3 essays for the course, there is often a lot of required reading. You want to have enough time to complete the readings for every class, which will be difficult with more than 1 writing course.

Your classes aren't the be-all and end-all of college. Get involved in campus activities. For instance, you could join some clubs or volunteer for a cause. Every college campus has a great deal happening each week. To encourage this form of experimentation, set a goal of trying at least one new activity every week. Take short breaks when you study for exams. You need to take breaks to let your mind rest, but you don't want them to be brief. Taking long breaks can thwart the best of studying efforts. They make it harder to get back to work, and they make it hard to work up the needed momentum. Keeping breaks short is the way to go.

One great way to study for an exam is to create a mock-quiz. Take some information from your study materials and write down questions and keywords on a clean sheet of paper. Leave a space underneath them to put your answers. After that, try writing down as much as you can remember to see how much you already know. Avoid the urge to overeat if you are living at the dormitory. Most schools offer up a buffet-style selection with a wide variety of selections that can be tempting, but overeating can lead to health issues as well as take away from the energy needed to focus on your academics.

If your courses give the option of attending real class or taking classes online, do both. Go to the real class, and then make good use of the Internet class for an excellent study and review tool. This is a great way to make smart use of your college dollars. Of course, if you are ill and miss a class, you should always take advantage of the internet class to make up for your absence.


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Horton, M. (2021). What Every Prospective College Student Needs To Know. Psycological of Science Article, 1(2). Retrieved from https://divessar.com/index.php/posa/article/view/87