Ten Tips to Improve your College Experience.

Every student wants a memorable college experience.  An experience where you can recall all the adventures you had to your grandkids, family and friends.  But why not have a memorable and productive college experience? One that will allow you to actually graduate.  It isn’t hard but here’s some tips to improve it overall: 

  1. Answer the question, “Why am I going to college?”-Why are you really going to school?  Is it to satisfy your family or yourself?  If you really don’t know then you have no main point for your experience.
  2. Imagine your ideal college experience. – Visualize  your ideal outcome.  If you become a co-creator of your vision then you won’t be a victim of it.
  3. Take one extra class each semester. – Advisors usually say that 12 hours is a full load but consider taking 15 to 18 hours if you intend to graduate on time.  Don’t feel you have to slow your pace because everyone else does.
  4. Set clear goals for each class. – Before the semester begins determine what grade you would like to get,  how actively you will participate, and/or if you want a relationship with the teacher.
  5. Triage ruthlessly.  – Determine which classes you will need to put more effort in then others early on. Sometimes some classes are more important for your major than others so focus on those.  Determine how assignments will affect your overall grade, sometimes teacher assign a ton of homework and it is only worth 5% of your grade, do you really want to spend all that time on it?
  6. Be an early riser. – Start the day at 6am to get more done.  Go for a run, take a shower, eat breakfast for once.  If this isn’t realistic for you, wake up an hour before you normally would it will allow you to be more alert and energized.
  7. Don’t waste time during classes. – Not every class requires your utmost attention.  Does the class require 90% of your attention or just 20%?  If a class is really challenging, sit in the front and focus on every word, if it isn’t that challenging then sit in the back and do homework for other classes.  Every now and then, see if there is anything worth jotting down.
  8. Learn material the very first time. – Sometimes students say they’re studying when instead they are making up for not learning the material the first time.  If you don’t understand something you were taught in class try to learn it as soon as possible, don’t put it off until the day before the exam.
  9. Master advanced memory techniques. – Memorizing by repetition is often too slow, instead try out pegging or chaining as new memory techniques. They often help improve your memory!
  10. Have some fun! – Challenge yourself academically but give yourself time off too.   Go out and do something active that will help ease some of your stress.

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