College life. Just saying those two words either reminds you of all the glorious days of your youthful years or drive you nuts. But more towards the “going cray-cray” part for sure. This is not your typical “life hacks”. Here, we give you some useful tips to survive college.
1) Scoring your GPA
The first rule in starting off your semester, your very first one, is to not slack off. The first semester of college life is always the easiest to handle, as the classes and subjects are not difficult. Yet. Just because they are a breeze, does not mean you get to “keep calm and chill with it!”. You’ll want those easy A’s to balance out the harder classes come junior and senior year.
2) Stressing out is a NO NO!
It may sound like one of those easier-said-than-done situations but it is what it is, ladies and gentlemen. College may be stressful at times. Nonetheless, stressing out will take the fun out of your studies, which will only make it harder for you to stay motivated to study. This is exceptionally true as deadlines for assignments and projects draw near and during exam periods.
3) Aim and Blast!
Set reasonable target for every class as it goes a long way to keep yourself motivated. Carefully study the syllabus beforehand and try to get a good idea of what is expected of you for each class. Don’t be afraid to talk to the lecturers, and ask as many questions as you can in the beginning of the semester to get a feel of what the class is all about. Once you get the idea, it’s important to write down your goals as it makes it tangible. We forget from time to time and that is normal. Writing goals down and placing it where you can see them every morning before you head to class helps you to stay focus throughout the semester.
Dealing with multiple assignments and exams all at once can be extremely overwhelming. Generally, it is best to tackle the more difficult tasks, as it requires more concentration and effort. We gravitate towards being more motivated in the beginning of the day, and as the day goes by, we get tired and our concentration declines. Given that we tackle the easier ones first, we will lose momentum as we get to the more difficult tasks.
If it gets to the point where you have to choose between tasks, you have to pick the more important one and abandon the rest. We can’t always achieve everything we want to. This advice applies to your working life as well as we find ourselves to be stuck in situations having to make decisions on the spot. The right decision may not be perfect but it is with minimal losses.
5) Stay Motivated
Why is getting a good grade in class is important to you? Really ask yourself what you would gain out of a particular class and from the materials you learned. Having meaning to a seemingly outwardly abstruse and boring class can do wonders in motivating you to ace the class. When you find yourself on the verge of a mental breakdown, you need to find some quiet time and unwind. Take a step back and relax – meditate, pray, get more sleep …find anything that works for you. Assess your mistakes and move on. It is not the end of the world. Don’t be too hard on yourself.