In writing this blog I remembered so many great things about my time in college. I loved it! However, I do have a few regrets that I would like for you to avoid. Hopefully you will find these tips helpful as you embark upon your brand new college career.
Explore the world of note-taking apps. If iPads existed when I was in college, I would have gotten an A in every class. Well, most of them anyway. Just looking at the apps available in iTunes, there are dozens of apps available for students to use, from voice recording to old fashion note-taking in every type of font available. They are designed to help every type of student who has every type of learning style take better notes, and thusly help them remember the information presented in class more effectively. It almost makes me want to become a student again. Almost 🙂
Show up for each and every class. Modern technology is admittedly fascinating to me, but it can never replace that good old fashioned concept of being there for class. It still surprises me even today that there are students that don’t believe that they need to show up for class because the teacher doesn’t take attendance. Sometimes it’s not about the attendance, it’s about the information provided by the professor. Even missing one or two classes a semester (and not getting the notes for that class) can make the difference between making an A or a B (always shoot for the A!)
Take good notes, and fill in the gaps later. We all have different styles of writing, and we hear messages or information in different ways. What I used to do when I was in college (back when the Earth was cooling and dinosaurs were just becoming extinct) was find a buddy taking the same class and cross reference our notes, just in case he would write something that I missed, and vice-versa. Invariably there would always be something that one of us missed.
Don’t do all-nighters. Use your time wisely and don’t stay up all night to study for that test you have at 8:00 am. Use free time to study, and get a good night’s sleep before you take a test. There is no need to “cram” all of that information in at once. It’s best to spread that information over several days (or even weeks) to help you “absorb” the material. When you cram for a test, there is likelihood that you might forget something!
This list isn’t complete, but I think these tips are the most important ones. May you find success during your freshman year!