TIPS FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS
TIPS FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS.
The start of a new chapter of your life can be a rollercoaster. College can be exciting and scary. But don’t sweat it, here to help. The semester can be filled with excitement and ups. I’ll be sharing tips from myself and other college students on how you can keep your steam and motivation going during the semester. These will help you stay on top of your game, and get the BEST experience you can from college.
- Read small bits over longer periods of time. If there’s something I learned, there’s no point trying to grasp concepts the night before a test. Instead spend 45 minutes every day going through your notes for each class. This way by the time the exams come, you have covered way more content than you would have in one night.
- Ask questions-Listen, no one is perfect. And no one is guaranteed to know everything. If you feel like you do not understand concepts, or definitions, do not be afraid to ask for clarification. See your lecturers after class if there are still concepts you do not understand. Theres absolutely no shame in asking.
- Form a study group-There is power in studying in numbers. Each person has valuable insight and perspective which we could all learn from. Get together with your classmates and form a study group. Meet once a week and discuss some of the concepts taught. Study sample papers together and share information with them.
- Take time to rest.-It can be easy to find yourself on overdrive. Or feeling overwhelmed by all the tasks and activities you have to undertake. Be sure to take time for yourself. Get enough hours of sleep, exercise, eat healthy, and stay hydrated.
- Get in rotation- It may be easier to work around a schedule for each day. If you have not started already, invest in a planner or a planner app on your phone. Schedule tasks such as chores, studying, and classes as priority items, then schedule all other items like club activates around those. Work on being disciplined enough to follow through on that schedule each and every day. Practice makes perfect.
Your mental health is your priority- you’re going through so many transitions in college, it can feel easy to get lost. Your mental health is a priority and you should take care of it. Take time to unwind, and even schedule appointments with your student counsellor when you feel overwhelmed. A problem shared, is a problem half solved.
- Engage-It can be easy to unplug from school activities when you’re in college, but they serve to be of value. Being an active student costs nothing. Join a club and a sport. Support or form your own cause. Attend talks, seminars and events hosted by the school. Take time to learn as much as you can, meet new people, and have fun.
Serve-The one way to learn a variety of skills and to grow in the faith is through service. Take time during your university days to serve in church or at a local community center. Volunteer your skills to different ministries, and use the time to grow closer to God too. You can learn so much about yourself, when you are serving someone else.
- Take a solo trip- At least once in your campus life, take a trip alone. Book a hotel that suits your budget, pack your bag, and GO! Solo trips are essential to helping you discover new elements of yourself. And a bit more responsibility on your part. It can be to place you have never visited, or one you visited and loved. Whichever way, take that trip by yourself.
Campus is one of thee most life changing times of your life. Use the time to find out more about yourself and your gifts. Use it to be of service to other people. Plant more trees in your youth. Go for more solo trips. Explore, the world is waiting.