Hi, friends! It’s almost time for the fall 2016 semester to start. The best way to ensure you have a successful first day of class (and a successful semester) is to prepare accordingly. In this post, I give you a chronological guide to help you prepare for a wonderful few months.
Start Preparing Now For Your First Day of Class
Now is the time to start making way for all the papers you’ll acquire throughout the upcoming semester. To do that, you should tidy up your workspace. Clearing out your desk and wiping it down would be a great place to start. It would also be a good idea to go through your bookshelves and drawers and reorganize them. Throw away, donate, or sell things you no longer need…
Hi, friends! Part of being a student is enduring long days at school due to special events like monthly team meetings. Especially for a commuter student, these days can be long and tiring. Here are a few ways to make these days more bearable.
Get some rest the night before
If you know tomorrow is going to be a long day at school, get some rest the night before. When you are well rested, you’ll have more energy to tackle the day. When I know that I need to rest, I sometimes go as far as setting a “bedtime alarm” that tells me when I should be going to bed. It helps you keep track of the time and makes sure you go to sleep at a decent hour.
Hi, friends! There are certain documents ever college student should have handy. Even if you don’t need them now, you’ll certainly need them in the future, so it’s a good idea to prepare them and have them with you. Here are some of those all-important documents you should always have with you.
Major Requirements and Degree Audit
These two documents is essential to planning your academic career. The “Major Requirements” sheet tells you what classes you need to take in order to earn a degree in your field of study. This helps you make sure you know exactly what classes you need to take. If you want to be fancy and think ahead, you can think about which required classes you will take each semester. It may even list other requirements for graduation (such as, a certain GPA). Just as important is the “Degree Audit” sheet. This sheet tells you what classes you have already taken and whether you are on track for graduation. You can get both of these the next time you visit your advisor. If you can’t get a degree audit, an unofficial transcript will do the job just as well, which you can usually download online…
Hi, friends! I was going to end my Clever Study Techniques, but Madison suggested that I include one last about studying for a foreign language class. So here it is! Thank you for the suggestion, Madison! I hope you all have enjoyed this mini series and that it’s helped you in some way.
Now, here are some clever study techniques to help you ace your foreign language class!
Speak up during class discussions!
People don’t want to speak up during class discussions because they’re afraid they’ll make a mistake. The truth is that class discussions are the best places to make mistakes. The professor is right in front of you, so he/she can correct you right away and help you build good habits before you form bad ones. Also, it’s much less costly to make mistakes during a class discussion than on an exam. So don’t be afraid to speak up when it’s discussion time!…
Hi, friends! This is the last post in the “Clever Study Techniques” series. I hope you have found it helpful. This is my favorite post of the series because I get to talk about my field of study: biology! My non-STEM major friends cringe when they hear me talk about biology (or as they like to call it, “talking nerdy”). With this post, I hope to make biology a more approachable and less intimidating subject for non-STEM majors. Here are some of the best ways to study for your biology class.
Know the vocabulary, including prefixes and suffixes.
Knowing the vocabulary is a big part of biology. If you’re familiar with at least the prefixes and suffixes, you should have a good idea of what words mean. For example, the suffix -ase indicates an enzyme, like DNA polymerase…
Hi, friends! This is the second post in my Clever Study Techniques series. Last week, I wrote about Clever Study Techniques for Your Math Class, which I hope made math less intimidating for you. Today, we’re going to discuss how to study for a literature class. Come back next Monday for the final post of the series. (It’s going to be a good one because it’s my favorite post of the series) 🙂
Hi, friends! Today, I’m wrapping up my Clever Study Techniques series by discussing how to study for a literature class. I’ve taken much more math and science classes than literature classes, so I don’t have as much to say for literature classes. Still, I hope you find these tips helpful.
Take note of your professor’s interpretation of the text.
Literature can be full of abstract language, such as metaphors, similies, and personification. Figurative language makes the writing beautiful, but it also makes it hard to understand what the author is talking about (cue Justin Bieber’s song “What Do You Mean?”). Make note of how your professor interprets these metaphors, and the quotes he/she uses to back up these interpretations…
Hi, friends! I’m starting a new series on study techniques for different types of classes. The tips on today’s post are tailored to math classes. There will be a new “Clever Study Techniques” post every Monday. I hope you find these tips useful!
If you ask a group of students what their least favorite subject is, most of them will choose math. People struggle with math because math requires a unique study method. You can’t study for a math class the same way you’d study for an English or Sociology class. The trick to succeeding in a math class is studying the right way. Here are some study tips that have helped me succeed in math classes over the years.
(Note: these tips can also work for physics and chemistry classes because math is a big part of those subjects.)
Understand the formulas and rules.
Understanding the formulas is half the battle in math. If you can, memorize it! Be able to explain what each term represents. (For example: the old algebra equation y=mx+b. What do “y”, “m”, “x”, and “b” represent? In what situation would you use this formula?)…