Unlike high school teens, college students have the luxury of being able to pick the classes they want to take. Sometimes, however, you get stuck with taking a class you hate. So how do you go about succeeding in a class that is impossible to like? Follow these tips and find out.
Go to your professor’s office hours. Ask them if they have any tips or tricks. For example, when I was having trouble in an astronomy class my professor suggested I draw pictures during the lecture because astronomy is very visual. I then was better able to visualize and understand his lecture.
Each fall, many college students overpack and bring items to the dorm that they don’t need. Once they’ve settled into their dorm room, it’s too late to send their items back home and they often don’t have the energy to donate them. As a student, how can you stay organized while making sure your dorm room is comfy and stylish? Try these solutions for common mistakes.
Think back to your first year of college. If you’re like us, you probably thought that there were a million things you could do successfully on your own. Then reality hit, and you realized college was a bit overwhelming. Whether you’re a freshman or a senior, know it’s never too late to make positive changes to your college experience. Here are some tips on tackling the most common college fears:
Working on campus can be a great way to connect to your school and earn money. You’ll take on more responsibilities and network with people who might be able to help you in the future. Here’s a list of some of the best jobs on campus:
If you have a specialized interest in one particular subject, then tutoring might be for you. For example, if your favorite subject is English, you can tutor by helping students revise their essays.
A majority of college students live in a dorm their first two years of college and then decide during their third year to live in an apartment. Once they get an apartment, they often decide to room with a friend. Sometimes rooming with a stranger doesn’t even cross their mind. However, if you’re considering getting an apartment, there are some benefits to rooming with a stranger that should be considered.
You will become more independent. Living with a friend could be fun for a while, but later it might begin to feel like an extended high school sleepover. On the other hand, you don’t want to go from living with your family to living alone and feeling totally helpless. Living with a stranger strikes a nice balance so you can be comfortable, but not too comfortable.
It can be intimidating to transition from a small high school to a large university. In high school, it’s easy to get to know people. It takes a lot more work to make friends at a large university when you take a class with someone for a semester and then never see them again. Here are some tips to make your big university feel as small and cozy as your high school back home:
Pick classes that have fewer students.
At my university, it’s not uncommon to have large lecture halls with hundreds of students. I was able to take a few upper division classes early and because the classes were smaller I actually had a chance to get to know my fellow students.
It’s easy to feel lost in a large lecture hall full of hundreds of students. Unfortunately, many of your freshman and sophomore general education classes will be like this if you go to a large university. For some, it’s intimidating to get engaged in a lecture when every day they’re sitting next to a person they’ve never met before. Here are some tips to help you stand out and feel more connected in a large lecture hall:
Sit in the front of the room so your professor can see you. This will minimize distractions and you’ll be less likely to send text messages or talk with your friends. If you don’t have perfect vision, sitting front and center will keep you from squinting or having to wear unattractive glasses to read what’s on the board or power point slides. If you have a soft voice or don’t like to yell, it’s especially important to sit near the professor. You’ll be more likely to participate and you can converse with your classmates and professor without having to raise your voice.
Occasionally, students need to take a semester off from college. Whether it’s because of financial reasons, a family emergency or they’re just burnt out, sometimes it’s unavoidable. However, if you’re considering taking a leave of absence, you might want to think about the pros and cons before you make a final decision.
You will have time to advance your career. You could go on a study abroad trip and learn about a new culture or build up your resume by volunteering or getting an internship in a field you’re interested in.
Whether you’re in high school or college, building relationships with teachers is important to your overall academic, professional, and personal success. Teachers can often be your link between short term success and long term progress. Although befriending a teacher seems like a daunting task, the reward is well worth the effort.
In order to gain the most value from a teacher-student relationship, I recommend connecting with someone who’s where you want to be. If you’re interested in journalism, then an English chairperson or department head might be your best bet.
Just because someone is a teacher does not mean their life revolves around the classroom. Teachers often teach subjects they not only are passionate about, but have real life experience working with. Use them as a working text book to gain valuable knowledge about a subject matter that interests you.