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Pick Classes Wisely

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One of the joys of college is the ability to pick and choose which classes you are interested in taking. Most schools have a set of core, foundation, areas of study that all students must complete in order to get a degree. However, you can often still choose specific class preferences from required categories, such as social sciences, humanities, art, science, etc. My suggestion would be to focus on completing these requirements in your first two years of college. Once you have declared a major, you will then be required…read more

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Organize Your Priorities

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College has a way of keeping your days jam-packed with things to do, and some days studying for your classes doesn’t seem to make it to the top of your to-do list. You of course take the time to go to all your classes, but your part-time job gives you money so you can pay rent, buy food, and go do fun stuff on the weekends. That’s just as important, right? Or maybe the organization you’re involved in is doing a major fundraiser and you are required to help. Also,…read more

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Study Habits Part 2: Effective Studying

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In “Study Habits Part 1: Being Proactive,” we took a broad look at a variety of lifestyle choices that will prep you for the most effective study sessions. But now we are going to take a closer look at ideas and suggestions that will help you get the most out of your actual study time. For me personally, I did not feel prepared leaving high school to study at the college level. Then I found out the jump from high school to college for most people is drastic. Going from…read more

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Study Habits Part 1: Being Proactive

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Have you ever spent countless hours studying, yet in reality nothing was accomplished? Or have you ever felt totally prepared for an exam and then walked away from it feeling defeated? If so, this blog is for you! Studying with learning differences can be frustrating, challenging, and sometimes seemingly hopeless. But there is hope! The key is establishing strong study skills and habits to set yourself up for success. What may have earned you an A in high school may not earn you the same grade in college. It is…read more

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Exam Preparation

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One of the biggest challenges a college student faces is the ever-dreadful class exams. A college semester involves a lot of different things to balance such as attending classes, doing homework, exercise, laundry, and having time left over for a social life, let alone prepare for an exam. However, there are ways to do it without making your life even more hectic and actually make exams seem less stressful. It all starts with exam preparation. NOTE: This blog is not about what to do during the few days before exams,…read more

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Registering for Classes

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Registering for classes can be a super nerve-racking and is a stressful time for everyone in college, no matter how often you have done it. Registration is when every student at the university picks and signs up for classes for the next semester. What you choose will heavily affect your life for the next several months. So, the pressure is on to get into needed classes with reasonable time slots and good professors. Otherwise you are doomed to experience a not-so-fun 15 weeks of classes you’d rather not sit through….read more

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Mid-Semester Organization Tips

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In the middle of most semesters I find myself unorganized, with stray papers in every nook and cranny of my room, book bag, and sometimes under my bed. No matter how organized I am at the beginning of the semester, I always end up searching my room for ten minutes trying to find last night’s Spanish homework in a pile of papers.  But I eventually figured out a system for when I get in this state of chaos. There are steps I learned to take that help get me back…read more

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First Week of Classes

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Reality really sets in when the first day of classes rolls around. It may seem intimidating to go into a college classroom for the first time, but don’t worry! The first week is always an adjustment period for everyone, not just first year students! Don’t be afraid to ask for directions or help with anything. You will not be the only new student, and there will be many others who don’t know their way around. Who knows, you could make a friend by asking for directions. I always try to…read more

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Classroom Etiquette

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Classroom etiquette is something that you will hopefully grasp over the course of your first semester in college. Of course, it is most important to understand and follow the basic rules every professor sets at the beginning of the semester, usually listed somewhere in your syllabi. But there are a few things in particular that pertain to almost any class and that I feel I should mention for you to keep in mind when starting school: Computers: Some professors are picky about the use of computers or iPads for taking…read more

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Approaching Professors

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Talking with professors in college can be intimidating, especially if you are asking for special accommodations. Many professors are actually more approachable than students realize; but when you are new to college and its structure, it is easy to be overwhelmed or nervous around instructors. However, it’s important to approach them and explain your need for additional accommodations at the very start of the semester (instead of right before the first exam … or even worse, the last!). That way they can have more of a heads-up for what you…read more

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