Friday, March 6, 2009

College Schooling Practical Tips

I was asked to be the resource speaker to a Guidance Career Counseling week and the theme was, "Guide Me. . . " I was only glad to share these tips I had adopted when I was a younger student.

If you like to be an honor student or at least survive college with not-so bad grades, you may want to employ these:

1. Attend classes regularly.
A subject grade is based on exams and other requirements. If you always miss classes, you miss the chance too to earn that good or passing grade. Teachers are never merciful on chronic or regular absenteeism.

2. Manage your time well.
Schooling is never easy. Having graduated with honors from grade school to masters degree is all hard work and social networking. Start and finish your requirements ahead of time. Through that, you will have the chance join social events.

3. Make friends with the right people.
Having a wider network of contacts including smart and influential people (friends, administrators or teachers) may come handy at any time. They can also guide you through college schooling. Further, they can help you in looking for a job. Reference from other people gives you an extra edge over those who have no connections at all.

4. Improve your reading habits and skills.
Nothing beats acquiring information. Equipping yourself with valuable information can help you comprehend your lessons well. This is also proven by study to increase your IQ and to prevent mental diseases when you age.

5. Look for smarter partner.
We don't want our girlfriend or boyfriend to be dull because in the process, our mental facility becomes dull too. You may also seek the help of your smart partner on any class requirement.

6. Learn to take and keep notes.
You cannot recall everything with all the number of subjects. Having notes to review on may increase the likelihood to answer the questions for exams or requirements. You may photocopy your friends' notes and remember to read all the resources of your teachers. Having done this before guaranteed that I did not miss anything valuable.

7. Study for your exams at least days ahead.
For long and scheduled exams, I study one week ahead, at least to familiarize myself with the concepts. Throughout the week, I get to master them, and stay relax a day before the test. We don't want you to cram your learning all at one review-seating.

8. Find your learning style.
Some may study while music/tv is on or in a silent area. Whichever is the case, you should not at be distracted to study and concentrate.

9. Study privately or/and with groups.
I adopt these two ways. However, I have to study privately on new ideas then work with the groups for brainstorming. You must not however, study while lying down comfortably, since you will be tempted to sleep instead.

10. Prepare exam outlines.
In the course of your exam review, you may want to note only essential concepts like definitions, persons or formulas. Should you need to refresh your memory, you can use these outlines instead of rereading everything. Others suggest mnemonics, or shortcuts to remember.

11. Don't be too overconfident during exams.
By experience, being too confident made me careless and hasty that I ignored instructions and hints. When you have finished the exam ahead of time, review your answers. Don't mind those who finish earlier than you. You are graded not by the time you finish the test but by the quality of your answers.

12. Answer easy questions first.
When taking the test, answer the easy questions first. That way, you can budget your time on difficult ones. If you don't know the answers, just make a wild guess. Somehow, teachers still give extra score for tried questions.

13. Don't miss meetings for reviews.
Teachers are normally generous enough to give you tips and pointers and examples during reviews. Take note of them as they have the higher chance of being included in the test. Review your old test papers and quizzes too. Test questions somehow are reinstated or modified for long tests.

14. Hate the teachers but not the subjects.
There are terrible students like there are terrible teachers. And since, you cannot choose or avoid your teachers, just motivate yourself that the subject is temporary and you need it for graduation.

15. Do multitasking.
Whenever we had exams before, long ones or not, I reviewed my notes mentally while washing the dishes or riding on a bus. That way, I did not waste my time at all.

16. Have fun during breaks.
We don't want you to miss the fun in college. So, enjoy all that whenever you can. Having worked harder on your course deserves a break too. Treat yourself with your friends or loved ones. That way, you will remember your college days as entertaining and colorful.

I still have a number of improving study skills, perhaps, until the next post.


The Vegas Art Guy said...

If I may add a suggestion or three for test taking...

Read the questions carefully to make sure you understand what the question is asking.

Once you answer the easy questions, do the ones that you are 66% sure of next, then do the ones you are stuck on.

If the test is multiple choice and you get stuck, read the answers carefully because you'll be able to eliminate at least one if not two choices, then give it your best shot.

Tyrannt said...

I found these tips to be extremely useful. As a freshmen in college, this is exactly what i did and i have a 4.0 with a major in mechanical engineering. Its all about dedication and sacrafice. Very nice post.

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