Keeping up with classes can be a pain, but these tips can help. We found them by consulting the wisdom from some expert sources we found in the library.
1. Keep a calendar, and set aside time for studying
The expert sources we consulted all agree that the best way to be organized is to keep a schedule with all of your classes, shifts at work, and other appointments in it. You can use an electronic calendar on a computer or smart phone, or you can buy a good old fashioned paper scheduler from the ECC Bookstore.
2. Don’t forget to set aside time for yourself
Make sure you have time to do thinks you enjoy, or even just to eat or zone out. The Everything College Checklist Book agrees: “Leave a few empty spaces in your schedule to gain the freedom to adjust things each day, be spontaneous, or just relax” (160).
3. Start good habits now
As we all know, “it’s tempting to blow off the homework when there’s no test looming or when the prof doesn’t bother to call on anyone in class,” but according to The Secrets of College Success, “the fun will quickly diminish when you have five hundred pages of reading to catch up on two days before the test” (50).
4. Take handwritten notes
Think your laptop will make it so much easier to take notes? Turns out, maybe not. Even though all of our experts agree on the importance of taking notes in class, a recent study showed that people remembered much more when they took notes by hand. That’s because you know you won’t be able to write down everything, so you have to think about what’s important and put it in your own words. Plus, it’s a lot easier to doodle on paper than a keyboard!
5. Remember that there are teachers, librarians, and tutors that can help you
There’s a reason that there’s more to the college than just classrooms. And when your professor isn’t holding office hours, there are a lot of other places where friendly experts are ready to help you, like the Library, the Tutoring Center, and the Write Place.
Find out more:
Fox, Gunnar. Kick Ass in College: A Guerrilla Guide to College Success. Dallas, TX: Kickass Media, 2010.
Jacbos, Lynn. The Secrets of College Success. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 2010.
Muchnick, Cynthia. The Everything College Checklist Book. Avon, MA: Adams Media, 2013.
—-Contributed by Carl Lehnen, Reference Librarian