With another year of college getting underway shortly it’s time to think about being organized and prepared for that first week of college rather than scrambling after classes have begun.
This is especially important for the first time college student as post-secondary education is a big change from high school with more demands put on your time and attention.
Put the phone away
The best advice you can give to a college student is put the phone away. I know, easier said than done, but pretty much all colleges now have relaxed their rules on the use of cell phones in class. Many are allowing them to be carried into the classroom but obviously not used… But let’s face it, cell phones are a distraction to all of us and when that email or text message comes through it is hard to resist the temptation to look at the message and respond.
Not only will you lose focus on the class but you are probably distracting a few people around you as well.
Laptop notifications a no go
If you are bringing a laptop or tablet to class for taking notes, make sure the notifications are turned off for email and other communications and focus on the lesson. Set a couple of times each day dedicated to returning calls or messages and that will keep you on task for the remainder of your day.
Put your best book forward
Have you got your books yet? No? Hmm, put that off did we? Now you may be spending a lot of your first week standing in line or scouring the Internet looking for the books you need. Depending on popularity of the class, the books may not be readily available either. Don’t be without your cherished reference material for the first few classes and end up playing catch up right out of the gate.
Check your schools book store now or start your internet search right away for delivery in time for the start of classes. There are plenty of resources for used books out there too.
Colour code your note books
Keep your notes and reference materials for one class separate from the others. Use different coloured note books or note pads for each class or create and utilize a separate file folder on your laptop if you keep electronic notes.
Carve out your work space
When you do sit down to study you don’t want to have to spend the first 15 to 30 minutes trying to find notes or getting everything together. And keep a neat study area. A clear, uncluttered work surface is more appealing than a cluttered desk with everything thrown about.
It’s a good idea to keep a study area separate from where you would normally relax to listen to music or play on-line games.
Advance planning pays off
Finally, plan in advance. You know when the exams are coming and when the assignments are due. We have all seen the movies with the student who is cramming for the exams late into the night before the exam. He or she ends up coming into class completely dishevelled and freaking out causing himself great anxiety and increasing the chance of an “F”. Manage your time to fit study and prep time into your schedule. Arrive ready and rested and you will ace it!
College is a big step and these bits of advice will help you be prepared for it. If you are feeling overwhelmed about this next big transition in your life we are only a phone call away to help you out