Communication. I taught a few classes of Freshman Composition & communication is key. You don't understand something? ask. Need help with an assignment? ask. Missing a class? email the professor. Regardless of how they act/say anything, a) it's their job to teach you, but, more importantly, b) they'll know that you're trying your hardest. for some profs that may mean the difference between a letter grade if you're close.
Also tap into any free tutoring services your college may offer in subjects where you struggle. Most US colleges will have math and writing helps.
While you're at it, make friends with the librarians & at least 1-2 other people in each class. The librarians can make research assignments easier by more easily directing you where you need to go when you get lost & with friends you can help each other by sharing notes, study sessions, etc.
For textbooks, abebooks.com is really good. I didn't like Alibris.com as much. Chegg is supposed to be good; I never used it. Try to get used books--sometimes people will have written notes from other classes that may be helpful (I actually went 1/2 a semester w/ a book where all the homework questions for US Gov were highlighted for me it was pretty awesome).
Make sure you have fun, but watch out for too much partying, unless that's what you want to do when in college? Could impact your working afterwards, tho.
1. Check 'reviews' of your professors before picking courses. (I believe it's something like 'ratemyprofessor' or something similar). It's better to go with a well reviewed prof + bad/boring course than vice versa.
2. If you can buy your books/textbooks from somewhere other than your uni's bookstore/website etc, do that. Remember to resell your textbooks.
3. Smart arrangement of schedules. I personally liked arranging my courses all in the morning so that I'd get 1/2 the day off.
Then due to the uni's scheduling 'blocks', I'd also be able to schedule classes so that I'd get friday off too (if I stuffed my wednesday full).
Just figure out a 'smart' good schedule that works for you.
College life is quite interesting. I liked to study different new things, but I was bad in writing essays. I had grammar errors in my essays. So, in such cases I had to contact with this service www.collegepaperworld.com/ where professionals wrote essays for me
I will be honest people do that sort of thing all the time. You have a guy who literally lives not even one block from my college. A manchild yuppie rich kid. All he does is write term papers, and essays for students. He even makes a price scale and refuses to do work if he has too many projects. He just writes like a maniac all day long
I don't doubt that people do those types of things but its something I would never do and I think its something that others really shouldn't be doing either, its cheating. You can get expelled and ruin your chances at any other college if you got caught doing that and having someone else write an essay to claim as your own is still plagiarism
I know I do not like the idea at all. You see the reason they say they can catch people is because sometimes the professor can do a search.
Another problem is that you have teachers ( at least from my experience ) who considers plagiarism paraphrasing without a source. Like "the way you write does not match the way you look or talk ". ( which is just silly ) The teacher expects a student to write the same way they talk or if they have a pattern of writing. Which is just childish in my opinion.
I'm a recent graduate, so I may have a few pointers! haha.
I think my biggest advice would be, not to procrastinate. I know it's easier to cram things in college, but do try to not do that, it only will make your life more complicated. And then my other tip would be to communicate! If you're going to be absent for example, even if you've barely found out the morning of, always let the professor know. Just be on top with your communication, and definitely grab people's phone numbers the first day of class. Ya just never know when you'll need to ask them a question from home about your studies.
Also, do take advantage of the school's library. They have so many resources there, and seeing as how you'll be spending a lot of time traveling, it might be nice to get some work done there during the day!
And lastly, just be yourself go at your own pace, and if you fail, it's okay! just don't ever give up You'll have so much fun. Good luck to you!!
I'm not a commuter, so I don't know how much time you plan on investing at your college (besides classes) or what type of college you're attending.... however.
1. Please stay on track with the courses you need to take. Meet with your advisor once per semester about this. If you don't have an advisor or he/she is unhelpful, there should be other facilities, like a counseling or career center, available to you. It is imperative that you stay on task, taking the particular classes you need because they may not be offered every semester. Or even every year. Quite a few of my friends suffered from lousy advice and planning on their end, forcing them to take an extra class (that they had to pay out of pocket) or even a whole semester. It's nuts. Don't be like them.
2. Get involved in activities! Maybe not too many since you're a commuter, but at least something to fill in the odd gaps of time you'll surely have! Do something you want to do. Something you've never done. Or something you think could help you out in the long run. If you plan on going to graduate school, those kinds of things look great on a resume. Especially if you work your way up to those leadership positions!
3. Let yourself have fun once in awhile. When you're 21, hell yeah go ahead and go to that club and have a drink (safely! in moderation!). As for now, hell yeah go hang out with your friends--homework can wait every now and then. Your mental health is so important, and sometimes we need to remind ourselves that we come first. Always.
4. Do not feel discouraged in reaching out to the tutoring center if you need help in a class. There's no shame, and it does help.
5. Don't buy the textbooks before your class starts. Sometimes the professors give you alternatives on syllabus day or you may even come to find out that you're never gonna use that $200 textbook.
Make the most of the time you have. Studying is important, of course, but make time for extracurricular activities, clubs, and friends. Education is more than the classes you take--it's made up of the entire experience. It's easy to forget that when classes get demanding.
Math--I've been teaching it for 12 years. For introductory level courses, I've noticed one of the important factors determining success--if not the most important--isn't natural ability. It's time since your last math course. You're at a disadvantage having been out of school for a few years. Your school should have some kind of tutoring center... it may not hurt to have your skills assessed. Natural ability plays a role of course, but I've had plenty of self-described "good at math" students perform below their expectations because they forgot more than they realized. They get a false sense of security because they remember the general concept, but not the details.
Core classes--A lot of people dismiss them, but there is a lot of value to a well-rounded education. For example, I can pick out my math majors who took their literature and history courses seriously--because they can write well and present their ideas and themselves well. That translates to strong technical writing capabilities, something that's more relevant to their future career. It's not enough to be smart or have good ideas--you have to be able to sell them and sell yourself. I can think of plenty more examples. My own story--I had to take geology to finish my sciences. It was my last course and I wasn't particularly interested. Sure came in handy when I bought my house (and didn't buy the one in the flood plain!) Not every course has to serve your career. There are also your hobbies, "everyday knowledge", or just expanding who you are.
Professors--if you're attending a teaching university, make use of that low student to faculty ratio they like to brag about. Seriously. I see it's been mentioned in a few other responses. At the very least, get to know the faculty in your area. In larger research universities you're more likely to find professors disinterested in teaching. So why are they kept around? Answer: it's not tenure, it's that they're not paid to teach. They're paid to research. At NCSU, when I graduated, a math faculty candidate could expect the interview process to last three days. The number of hours spent discussing their teaching? Zero. You'll still find a lot of faculty truly invested in their teaching, but doing your own research is more important than at a teaching university where teaching is in the professor's job description. At large research universities, you may find taking introductory courses from TAs is a better experience. Many TAs want to go into teaching themselves, and may be more inclined to take teaching intro level courses seriously.
Grades--How important they are varies by your discipline, but in general they're not nearly as important as in high school (Note--U.S. perspective here) When in high school, applying for college, you're competing against everybody. When competing for a job or graduate school, you're only competing against other people in your area. There are also internships, research opportunities, more extra curricular activities, and jobs you can put on your c.v./resume. You want respectable grades, and grades in your discipline are more important than those outside. If there's anything I wish I had done different when I was in college, it would be take grades less seriously. Don't pass up interesting courses because you're afraid they'll damage your GPA. Your advisor (who you're planning to get to know well, right?) can help you keep an eye on this and if your grades are good enough to be competitive in job/school applications.
Anyway, I don't have much else to add that hasn't already been said. Good luck!
Okay so here is the deal. I do not know your major or intentions.
1. Get rid of the crap core classes. Get rid of anything that you need.
2. Some credits are non-transferable to another college. You might get an A inside of these course and GPA rises.
WI ( Wriiting intensive ) Language Mathimatics English WI Art History WI Science CSI etc
But guess what? You transfer non of those courses matter and you have to retake them. Take a photoshop class
Photoshop for design For art majors Photoshop for business. For business majors
Some colleges will take the credit for vice versa while others will not.
Art American History is a WI class but it might not be considered WI in another college and vice versa. They want you to take there Art History
3. Get a credit/debit card. You need to start building your credit and knowing how to deal with things like federal loans and financial aide.
4. Do not go for financial aide unless you declare yourself as homeless or you are poverty stricken. If your parents make too much money the financial aide will say that they are able to pay for you. In reality your parents are just cheap $#@$@ which never saved a cent for college and have no idea about college.
You would have to declare yourself homeless and your parents would have omit you from there taxes and you would have to do your taxes. If that is the case where your parents makes too much money.
Otherwise you need to pay for college out of pocket costs
5. Look for grants. They have tons of foundations with tons of free money. You can write essays, do projects, work on something to prove you are able to get that grant. Grants are all over the place and your efforts to get that free education is what you need to be looking for. It is hard to find them but trust me they are out there. You have grants for all sorts of people and all sorts of places.
6. Heaven providers is another way to go including go fund me and patrons and so forth. There is funding all over the place.
7. You have people going to college who are already educated or just plain whores. People who are cheating and lying about there intentions as a student. They are corrupted, They are throwing money at the college, they have people using the law against them. They have people helping each other pay the rent in college. Giving them sex and all sorts of cheaters. This is the reason why some marketing whore is cockblocking everybody from getting a job like in the following video
In the end your up against these Beta Beta Capa Capa yuppie whores who are paracites. These are called marketeers. Marketeers pulls junk like race, religon, gender, and all of that SJW $#@$#@ urine. Some pretty girl who takes advantage of being a pretty girl and does not care about the hard working people around her or even the crap that insues.
The crap continues. They become professors and looks for ideal students to cherry pick and prey on. AKA favoritism and they will favor cheating students from whichever department to make themselves look good.
It is like this show called "Scream Queens". For her that college is a resort and she does not care which person live she ruins. It can be a male or man but it is usually a woman. These people will do whatever crap in there power to keep people stupid and feed off peoples doubts in order to preserve there imaginative wasps abuse of the people around them. But again it could be any race. Like an Asian, or even Religion like Jewish, or whatever. Only when they are about to retire or leave for a better college there true colors come out. Otherwise you have the confused professor who is living in fear of there job because they can not understand how to be a professor.
8. Ask as many questions as possible from various resources. Every professor is a lexicon
9. If this is arts remember ALL ARTS ARE THE SAME PEOPLE. ALL ARTS ARE THE SAME. If you somebody does not get along with you they see you as a resources/asset not worth having. LIKE SOME OF THE PEOPLE I WILL NOT MENTION ON DEVIANTART. They are looking at you like gold. Some of these people will get down your pants and others are trying to impress somebody else.
They do not want the best, because ever art person has the ability to do the same. Just as with scientists, military, writing, teaching, etc subject. So there is an underlying reason WHY THEY DO NOT WANT YOU.
10. If this is a major like science. You better know your maths and terms. All majors are a science and they all have there lingo.
11. About hosuing. Your in college get a decent space for you and you alone. Have none like me? Then have your family understand your in college and not highschool. You need privacy to invite your friends over, to be able to go outside to bars and events. You need to have a social life. You need time to study.
A poor mans place of privacy is like the book "A room of ones own". AKA the writer of "Frankenstein"
If your parents do not respect that then find people to get small jobs and live together. Even if you are all sleeping in the same bed.
A. Think about the girl who shot herself on her parents boat B. Think about the pornstar with a college education and lives by herself with a cat.
You do not want to end up like that. Jumping from people to people. Dependent and unloved and realizing the people who suppose to direct you just do not care. You need people to care.
12. If you have no income source or cloud of money to invest in your education. At some point you realize things are not moving fast enough. Back in the 1960's the parents would give the kid a credit card and say "use it for emergencies". Then some dumb kid believed hey let me go out on a party.
College = Business AND IS NOT A PLACE OF HIGHER EDUCATION..
College is the standard for education.
Your grades K-12 should have prepared you for the world and you should be able to study like a blind person and graduate on time without flaw.
13. Jerks who abuse there power in college. I have had people I tried to be friends from in college who just prove they are nobody's friend. They are not bad people but they show themselves as being bad. I AM TALKING ABOUT THE COLLEGE STAFF NOT INCLUDING PROFESSORS.
I am just being exploratory but that is how it is when you are a maintenance worker or even a security guard. Even if your the college President it is all an act for the client/cosumer student.
14. Study study study get to the best college that suits your needs and realize there are forces working for and against you 24/7 hours a day. Many of these professors are no different then the brainwashed humans who spout controversy and slow everybody down.
Some of these people are humans and not robots. They understand but you will have to work.
15. If you really have the balls then go to the top college and take out the big loan. Or you could be like me. Work save money and go to college and apply for federal aide until your unable to get any loans.
Colllege Military Sports City
Are different worlds. Everybody else falls into some gap in between. In my opinion the real winners is anybody that can work in a job that is of the private and not public sector,
The private sector means business started by moms and pops with no government support.
The public sector is anything that takes non-for profit funds and follows every single rule. Basically communism but you still have to prove your skills.
That is my opinion and experience with that. More to say.
I believe almost all my classes are accredited so most the credits are transferable but I don't plan on transferring to another school anyway. My college is cheap so I'm not too worried about paying for it. A few of the other things you said kind of confused me but thank you very much for all your advice!
Accredited does not matter. Whatever your planning to study depends on what school you study at. If you keep hearing the name of a specific school it could be a form of marketing. As I have mentioned many have gotten the easy pass go in life. However there are colleges that are challenging and still you get no recognition.
Be aware that your ability to do actual work is valued far higher then your college education. You go inside any working environment where everything is strict. You know you are not valued. If you enter a working environment where it looks like every day is a vacation ( like I can not believe this is work ) That is when you know you have won. However both environments require the same dedication and efforts.
The college education is just to show and that is it. It just meant you struggled with that and now you can go outside. It can also be used in marketing where you are used as an asset, or living cartoon for others to follow.
My brother went to an accredited college. Bachelors with big money owing in student debt. The college literally shutdown and his group was the last. A co-worker was in college for sports and they even shutdown. Sports-team gone and he had no money to go to another college.
Oh. It depends on what you're studying and your major, too.
I'm thirteen and have my entire future planned out.
For example, my major will be engineering-mechanics. I'm planning on opening a auto body shop. (I also love old steam engine trains, boats, and airplanes)
But I love writing and history, as well, so I'm going to try and take classes for that too.
Chances are I'll go the the college my Grandad went to, which is several hours away and I'll need to stay in the dorms or rent a apartment (I'd need a roommate). And I'd pack notebooks, pencils, pens, my laptop, etc, all of that, but I'd bring a few other things to remind me of home.
My radio, weighted blanket (I'd pretty much have to), my lightsaber, drawing supplies, my first AG doll Molly and maybe one or two more, my Sylveon plush, Stitch and Angel plush, my camera stuff, and some posters.
Wow I think its awesome that you are so young and already know what you want to do with yourself! If you know the college you want to go to you can always look up their website so see how much tuition is, it might go up a bit though before you start college. I'm lucky in that my college is actually pretty cheap compared to most colleges. I wish I could dorm but its cost way too much and I cant afford it so taking the train everyday is it for me.
If you have Netflix download some episodes of shows for the commute. Also reading if it doesn't make you travel sick! Get some good tunes and a solid battery pack for travel charging. Snacks!
Keep on top! Take that advice coming from a slacker, I regret it every time I get behind (My own fault I'm useless xD) If you have multiple teachers ask them all for help on assignments, get those different opinions :3
A schedule might be helpful, keep a diary and look at each weeks plans in advance ^-^
Use a laptop to take notes :3
A pull along case to carry everything would be a great idea especially if you'll be taking a lot into classes. Most people in my class use them cause it is such a strain carrying all your class things and personal items around all day.
up to 2 hours to get to school? I was lucky to live near my college (10min away) but had a classmate who lived about 1h away and she was always complaining about the long time it took to get to school and back home. She had to take an early bus and then the subway and always wished she could move to an area that at least had access to the subway. The school days can sometimes be long/short and if you also know that you live so far away, it will be a pain in the ass. Sometimes especially during winter, there was a huge traffic and chaos and lots of snow, so it was hard for her to be at school on time. It's wise to figure out if there are other ways to get to school, hopefully with a shorter distance.
I have a friend who goes to college in the same area and takes the same commute that I will be taking, she told me that the train is the most reliable to get there, there's also a bus I can take but my friend told me its kind of iffy due to traffic and stuff. Hopefully I don't have too much of a problem and if I do I hope that my professors would understand
Try to make friends with people from different groups, majors and years. You don't have to make *a lot* of friends, just try to have a diverse group of friends. I feel college is good opportunity for this -- once you start working you may not have much time to socialize with people outside your workplace and neighbourhood. More pragmatically, you'll also be able to get/share information regarding which classes are good, help each other later during job search, and so on.
Do some research when considering which classes to take. There may be interesting-sounding classes taught by professors who can't teach, boring-sounding classes that are actually interesting and useful, and so on.
Regarding classes, don't be afraid to ask questions if you're not clear about something taught in class. Also try to start working on your assignments as early as possible. This will give you more time to get help if you're stuck. Also, if something happens near the deadline (illness, whatever) you can at least still submit the unpolished work and get partial credit, instead of getting 0 for not submitting anything at all.
Same idea applies to exam preparation. If you start studying early, and you happen to be unwell the day before exam day, at least you will have already learned most of the material by then and hopefully remember enough stuff to pass. If you plan to only start studying the day before exam, and you fall ill on that day, the problem will be a lot more serious.
Considering the commute, try to "pack" your classes into a few specific days if possible. If you can schedule all your classes to Monday-Wednesday (for example), this means you can just study at home on Thursdays and Fridays (saving you commuting time). It also means that if there's last minute cancellation of a class, the commute for the day won't be wasted since you can just stay and wait for the next class.
Also remember that people have different priorities. Some may really focus on getting good grades because they are aiming to get scholarships at prestigious places for graduate study. Some may be attempting to balance study with part-time jobs due to their financial situation. Some may attempt to balance study and extracurricular activities (sports, music, art, whatever) because the latter is their actual passion. Some may just want to get a degree -- any kind of degree. This will affect how they do things -- time management, the classes they select, the stuff they worry about, etc. Be clear about your own priorities, plan your strategy accordingly, and stick to the strategy.
Try to make all your classes, don't skip unless you are super sick or on the edge of burnout. Don't skip because you just don't feel like going. Don't forget to take care of yourself, put your health first
Sometimes scheduling things out can help you keep track of anything, make sure you include not only due dates and times to work on assignments but schedule times to eat and take breaks too
Read the syllabus
Renting texts or getting them second hand from places like amazon, chegg, thriftbooks etc tends to be cheaper than buying straight from the school or a new text so go for that option when possible.
If you need help or have a question talk to the professor, that's what they're there for. Talk to them, if you show you're putting effort into doing well they will do what they can to help you out most of the time (not baby you, but like give you office hours to look over some stuff, talk about assignments)
Check out resources like tutoring, counseling, and health services. Even if you don't think you'll need them know where they are and how it works in case you do.
Oooo I've never thought of scheduling to take breaks and eat which is something I need to do because I will sometimes forget to eat if I'm busy. I'll definitely take a look at amazon and other sites for renting books, I'm definitely trying to save as much money as I can. and I will look into the tutoring, counseling and health services because I think you are right when you say that its better to know where and how it works in case I need them! Thank you for all the advice! I really appreciated it!! <3
Yeah, it can be easy to forget to eat oh, and sleep, don't forget to set a bedtime, trust me! I actually had a counselor help me make a schedule for the week when finals were approaching so I could organize myself and keep track of everything that was due
One simple piece of advice: NEVER leave your work to the last minute. Get a good start, put in the hours and when the deadline comes around you'll be so much better for it. Kinda obvious I know but woefully underrated advice.
Make sure you buy college texts. Party and get wasted. Have as much sex as possible (safe). Do your classwork. Do not pledge a fraternity/sorority. Make life long friends. Explore yourself and your beliefs. Question everything. Remember history is written by the victorious. Be aware that actions made can haunt you for a lifetime. Learn stuff.
Well, this is something I would tell myself since it's been nearly 1year for me in college.
Just be obedient to the lecturer (if it's the responsible one.) Go to class and not skip, listen to class and finish the assignment as soon as possible. Don't follow any classmates that seem to be skipping class/not following the obvious rule. Don't procrastinate, then you'll be able to survive.
Also learn the area of your college as well, if you know any senior that's willing to help. That's even better.
Procrastination is one of my weaknesses but I'm gonna try my best to break that habit. I really do need to learn the area of my college a bit better, I feel lost every time I visit. I don't know any current students though but I have a friend who goes to a different school that's close by so maybe I can have her help me a bit Thank you for all the advice! I really appreciate it! <3