If on Thursday you’re receiving your GCSE grades or even going into A2 at A-level in September. I’ve come up with 15 top tips to help you get through college.
I must admit college is one of the hardest parts of education – it’s a huge jump from GCSES and requires you to put in extra work. While good grades could have come naturally to you in high school, you will have to earn them in college.
So, I wish you the best of luck in your studies and I hope these help you out on your journey!
15 Strategies and Tips to Help You Survive and Thrive in College:
In high school, the teachers tended to lead you through all the homework and due dates. In college, it’s a process of knowing when your exams are independently and really trying to put the extra work in. They also expect you to be prepared for anything. Buy an organizer, use an app, or get a big wall calendar — whatever it takes for you to know when assignments are due.
Go to class:
Obvious, right? Maybe, but sleeping in and skipping that 9 am class will be very very tempting at times. But seriously avoid the temptation. You’ll most likely also receive vital information about what to expect on tests, changes in due dates, etc.
Also, just a tip, your tutors at college don’t tend to repeat any work they have done in a class unless it’s for revision – you could miss essentials.
Find the ideal place for you to study:
It may be your bedroom or a cosy corner of the library, but find a place that works best for you to get your work done — while avoiding as many distractions as possible. Don’t be tempted to sit on your phone and mess or even use social media. Make your study place somewhere that’s got many resources.
Meet with your tutors:
There are only upsides to getting to know your tutors, especially if later in the year you get stuck and you need some extra help. Tutors have so much time for you – they always want to make sure you get the best of your ability. They are not trying to catch you out.
Strive for good grades:
Another obvious one here, right? You must be setting some goals for yourself and then making sure you work as hard as you can to achieve them. It’s a good ethic due to you will complete more study if you make a to do list – extra study will get you the grades.
Make time for you:
Be sure you set aside some time for you that help you relax and take the stress out of your day or week. Whether it’s making yourself a bubble bath, watching your favourite film, or reading a good book, be good to yourself.
Don’t feel pressured to know what exactly you want to do in life:
It doesn’t matter if it seems as though everyone else seems to know what they’re doing with their lives — believe me, they don’t — college is the time for you to really discover who you are. You just need to take your time and choose the subjects you love the most and achieve best in.
Take advantage of the study resources at college:
Just about all colleges have libraries and computer rooms. If you’re having some trouble, these resources will help you. There are books, CD’s and Videos that are a access for you to study.
Use your study time wisely:
Studying is essential to do well in college. So don’t decide to use your free time to go shopping or grab a coffee with a friend. Instead go to the library and study hard. Coffee is always there outside of college hours.
You need to prioritise. It may have been easy in high school to wait until the last minute to complete an assignment and still get a good grade, but that doesn’t work in college. Start your assignment weeks or months in advance so if you don’t like it you can change it later on. Give yourself deadlines — and stick to them.
Seek professional help when you need it:
Most colleges have health and counselling centres. If you’re stressed or feeling isolated, please take advantage of the many services these offices provide students – they are there to help and they actually work to make you feel better. You don’t have to face these issues by yourself.
Be prepared to feel overwhelmed:
There’s a lot going in your life right now. Expect to have moments where it seems like you’re just doing everything wrong. I’m a student and there are times I feel unprepared but stick at it you will soon get there. I promise you’re not the only one feeling that way.
Stay healthy/Eat Right:
Get enough sleep, take your vitamins, and eat right. The last thing you want is to wake up overly tired and not wanting to go to college. Or worse being in a meh mood for the whole day and not understanding what’s going on.
Make friends with other students in all classes:
I think this is one of the best tips of all because having a friend in every class really does help. Say you are ill one day – it guarantees that you can catch up on the work because you have people to rely on I each class. So extend your friendship networks!
Have a balance between college and your social life:
I think this is an essential just because you can’t just cram your life around revision you need time out. Also, you need to have a balance – meaning have a social life but still have time for your studies. They are important!!
I hope this helps you to become a successful student and don’t forget – if you put in hard work and really try your best you will get there! Even if along the way there are downfalls…
Love, C x