Being an incoming freshman your first semester in College can an un-nerving attack on the senses. That being said, as a new student athlete it’s important to keep your wits about you and stay on top of your classroom workload and let your mind be opened up to the wealth of knowledge coming your way.
Some advice to take State-Side
Try to keep in mind that professors are actually rooting for you to succeed. When you fail, they fail. So if you maintain a clear perspective and a healthy sense of humor
, these classroom tips should help you through that first college semester.
1. The first day of class is the most important session because it sets the tone for the semester. Rather than grabbing a syllabus, tuning out, and leaving, expect more from yourself that day. You have the power to stay in or drop the class, so intently gauge the course relevance, workload, and potential deliverables.
2. Make a friend on the first day of class so you can swap class notes when needed. Even if the notes stink, you've made a new friend!
3. Think twice before you post something about classes on Facebook
. It is unwise to tweet ugly thoughts, especially under the hash tag #BoredinClass. Your professors may actually be active on social networks.
4. You may be intimidated by your professor's knowledge, but that's a function of your experience, not your abilities. Have confidence in your capacity to learn and you may surprise yourself on what you are capable of accomplishing in class.
5. The best way to figure out how to study for exams is to attend class and observe what topics are important to professors. Those subjects usually wind up on their tests.
6. Ask your professors how they would study for their own exams.
7. If you study for three hours straight, make sure you take a lot of short study breaks. Distraction from learning is the key to retaining what you've learned.
8. If your professor offers extra credit projects, do them! "Lack of time" is not a good excuse if given ample time to complete the task. "Trying to get a good grade on my own" is a noble reason, but there is no shame in accepting alternative ways to succeed.
9. Texting in class is better than talking to your neighbor.
It's more discreet and less distracting to the professor and students around you.
10. Approach class like you should approach life: No matter how boring or stressful the day is, find some fun in learning something new.
Good luck to everyone about to begin college this year!
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