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You are in the big league now. High School is long gone and it is time to get your big kid pants on, and get this college thing done. You feel empowered. You are an adult, and you are ready for this challenge,
From the first day, you find things are a bit confusing. You have to adjust to your new world. Here are some things you will face almost immediately:
- You do not know your way around campus. If you are from another state or city, you may not know your way around the area. This is a hurdle that must take priority if you expect to get to class on time, find resources to help you study, find a job, and even buy food.
- You may not know anyone. This culture shock affects a lot of people. Kids who were very popular in high school are blended in with the masses at college.
- The amount of class work, research, and homework is staggering.
The first two challenges on this list will solve themselves, given a little time. But the academic issues are much more difficult. Below we are going to give you some tips that will help you master these issues.
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Be a chop shop
One of the most serious and detrimental issues you can face is becoming overwhelmed. To prevent this, chop your workload into smaller chunks that are more easily handled. From study time to essays, set a specific amount of time you will work on something, and stick to it. Be realistic. If you have a defiant due date, be sure to chop with that in mind so your work is completed on time.
Out of sight, out of mind
Move everything you are not working on from your desk. Your workspace should only contain the particular “chunk” at hand.
Join a study group
Check the college boards and publications for study groups and join in. If you can’t find one, put one together yourself. If a group is too much for you, get an accountability partner. This is someone you make an agreement with to support each other, encourage each other, and hold each other accountable for deadlines and staying on schedule. Agree going in, that feelings are put away, and respect is required. Don’t get mad when your partner tells you that you are slacking off. Don’t expect him or her to take your work more seriously than you do. Be honest with them and most importantly be honest with yourself.
Find your study style
All your life your parents probably told you to study with the television and stereo turned off and in a private and quiet place. That works well for many people. But if you are one who studies better with a little noise in the background, that’s okay. If you like busy noise try the park or coffee shop to study. Sometimes running a fan, a white screen on the television may help. Just find enough noise to keep your mind awake, but not enough to pull you away from the job at hand.
Going to college is different for everyone. Be brave enough to try a variety of things to help you. However, be smart enough to walk away from what doesn’t work for you. Once you find your place, stick with, it and you will be just fine,
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