Tips For New College Students

Familiarize yourself with any paperwork or guidelines given to you by your professors.

Be certain to introduce yourself to any T.A.s or professors as classes can be quite large and being recognizable to your teachers can pay off, if you need help or if you are being graded on class participation.

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Sign up for any study groups for the courses you are taking. This will give you a networking group with whom you can contact if you miss a class or become confused.

Most schools offer free or low cost tutors. Get one before you fall behind. You can always stop a tutor if you get caught up or had a minor problem. If you wait to long they may not be able to catch you up.

Set a study time in your dorm room or apt. and let everyone know not to bother you.

Turn off all chat, social networking sites, cell phones and other distractions during your study time. Allow yourself breaks during this time so you don't become stressed or bored.

Make sure you get ample sleep the night before quizzes and tests. People score so much better rested.

Don't overload your course schedule with more then you can handle. Your GPA is important, don't come in lower then you have to just because you try to rush through your college years.

Remember this is not high school, no one feels like it is their responsibility to help you get things done, show up for class, turn assignments in on time or call your parents if you aren't doing so well. You and only you are responsible for making your grades.

Finally let yourself enjoy learning. Absorb and relish everything that being a college student has to offer.

Source: life experience

By lostinthe from Mid Missouri

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To all of you new college students out there, here are a few things I learned and want to share:

  1. Ask your mom or dad before you go how to use a microwave, an iron, and a washer/dryer. More fire alarms were set off in my dorm by people who didn't know how to use one of the three items than by real fire, false alarms, parties, and police combined. (And learning how to use a washer/dryer is crucial - your classmates will thank you!)
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  3. Label ALL of your things if you are living in a dorm or far away from home. This is a very fast way to settle a disagreement if someone is pilfering your stuff.
  4. Comparison shop your book prices. Your books for class are going to be expensive, but I found I could save an average of $100 or more by buying online - even with express shipping.
  5. Have a good time - don't drink too much, buy too much, or do anything "too much" and you'll be able to have a blast and come out of college with a good head on your shoulders and less debt than everyone else!

By Concetta from Westmont, IL

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