Important Documents Every Student Should Have Handy (+ A Printable Checklist!)

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.

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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…

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The Art of Prioritizing

Many intelligent students don’t do well in college, not because they’re not smart, but because they don’t know how to prioritize. In college, time management/prioritizing is half the battle. Most students who struggle with prioritizing fall under one of two extremes: they either over commit themselves because they think it will help them in the future, or they spend too much time doing things that won’t profit them in the future. Prioritizing is the art of finding balance between over-committing yourself and being lazy. Here are some ways to make sure you manage your time correctly.

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Know Your Limits

The problem many people have with prioritizing is that they spread themselves too thin. They commit themselves to too many things, and as a result, they can’t give their best to any of these commitments. The best way to avoid this is to know your limits and don’t cross them. If you feel like you’ve already crossed your limits, check out the next point…

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Clever Study Techniques for Your Foreign Language Class

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.

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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!…

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How to Break the Habit of Comparison

I know I’m not the only girl who has looked at another girl and thought to myself, “I wish I had her hair”, “I wish I had her eyes”, “I wish I had her body”, “I wish I had as many friends as she has”, or “I wish I was as smart as she is”. I also know I’m not the only girl who stalks pretty girls on Instagram and falls into a comparison trap.

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Comparison is a big problem among us girls. Women have great potential, but comparison makes us focus on being better than the next girl rather than on bettering ourselves and helping better each other. Recently, I read a guest post on The Young Hopeful written by Sarah about body comparison. It inspired me to write a post explaining my own take on comparison in general. Here are some ways to squash the comparison bug…

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Clever Study Techniques for Your Biology Class

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.

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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…

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A Peek Inside My Planner

Hi, friends! Today, I’m going to let you peek into my planner! I currently use the Vera Bradley 2015-16 Student Agenda in the print “Pixie Blooms”. I bought it at my school’s bookstore. Here’s how I use my planner to stay organized and to keep track of due dates, appointments, and goals.

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A Peek Inside My Planner

I write down my schedule on the “Schedule” page of my planner.

In the past, I’ve forgotten whether my class was at 12PM or at 12:30PM. During times like these, I’m glad I can just flip over my planner and make sure I’m at the right place at the right time.

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I use the “notes” page at the beginning of each month to write down my goals for the month.

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The Monthly View

  • I include appointments, student organization meetings, important semester dates (such as the add/drop date), class cancellations, blog posts, assignment due dates, and test dates. I use a different color for each class/activity.
  • I highlight really important assignments like tests and papers.
  • At the beginning of the month, I go through each of my syllabi individually and write in the important dates of the class for that month for each class. (I don’t write down ALL the dates at the beginning of the semester because due dates can change as the semester goes on.)

Weekly View

  • I use it as a daily “to do” list.
  • I highlight items that have to be carried over to the next day (that’s why nothing is written on Wednesday, because there were two items carried over from Tuesday).
  • At the end of the day, I start adding tasks to tomorrow’s to do list. That way, when I start studying tomorrow, I’ll already have a plan laid out.
  • I try to write things down in the order of priority.

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Color Coding System

    • I use a different color for each class, and a different color for each other activity/commitment (church, for example).
    • Green, red, purple, orange, and black are classes.
    • Blue is my blog.

I hope you all enjoyed peeking inside my planner! This organization system helps me keep track of what I have to do and when, and it ensures that I don’t miss any due dates.

How do you organize your planner?

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Clever Study Techniques for Your Literature Class

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) 🙂

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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.

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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…

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Clever Study Techniques for Your Math Class

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.

Clever Study Techniques for Your Math Class | People struggle with math because math requires a unique study method. 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.)

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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?)…

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How to Keep in Touch with Your Best Friend

If you attend a different college than your best friend, there’s a good chance you don’t see each other as often as you did in high school. No matter how many times you promise to text and call, life sometimes gets in the way, and makes it hard to keep up the friendship. It’s difficult to maintain a friendship when you don’t see each other every day and you’re both doing new things and making new friends. In my situation, it was hard to keep in touch with my best friend during our freshman year because we were both doing such different things and had busy schedules.

My best friend is studying something different from me, so she went to a school that had an excellent program for her field of study, while I went to another school that had an excellent program for my field. During my first semester, I missed her like crazy and I was lonely. Now that we’ve spent a year at separate colleges, we’ve learned how to maintain our close relationship despite both of our crazy busy schedules. Here are things we do to keep our friendship strong.

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Both you and your best friend must make compromises and put effort into the relationship.

In any relationship, whether it’s familial, friendly, or romantic, both people involved must make compromises and put effort into the relationship. Without this effort, the friendship can easily fizzle out. For example, sometimes, I make the trip to see my best friend, and sometimes she makes the trip to see me. We both take time out of our schedule to hang out. We understand when the other person is simply too busy to talk or hang out. We both intentionally put in time and effort to make sure the friendship stays alive…

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