My Top 5 Tips for College

I’ve been taking dual credit classes for a little over a year now, and have learned a few things along the way. These are the top 5 things I think matter the most, and that have helped me. I have tried to share these tips with just about everyone that I see struggling with the same things I do, and now I want to share them with y’all!

1. Get your books bound

This has been one of the best things I’ve learned since I’ve been in class. I don’t know whose idea it was to start selling loose-leaf pages instead of books but it’s the worst! The first time I got this giant packet I threw it in my binder just like everyone else (how foolish I was!!). Until one day my mom asked, “why don’t you just get it bound?” That’s when I realized what an amateur I was being!! From there on out I have taken all my loose leaf packets to Office Depot and gotten them bound for around 5 bucks. You really can’t beat it, and I hated carrying around the huge binder. Problem solved.

2. Always have gum

Gum has actually served two purposes for me. First as an obvious way to get rid of bad breath (because who wants a lab partner with bad breath), and second as a way to keep from falling asleep. I think we’ve all had that one professor that loves to turn off the lights and put us right to sleep. That’s why I always get the mintiest gum I can find and chew it in an early morning class, or anytime I’m feeling drowsy, to wake me back up.

3. Make some friends

This is one tip you probably hear all the time, but it’s because it’s a good one! Being able to talk to people in your class about an exam or assignment is always helpful, especially if you are confused. It can also just help the time go by a little faster. When you have an hour and a half lecture, having a few people you know in the class can make the time go by a little bit faster.

4. Keep a snack in your bag

I’ve found it completely impossible to focus if I am hungry. That’s why I always keep my favorite on the go snack in my bag: a slim jim. What’s not to love about a slim jim? It’s delicious, and I don’t have to worry about it sitting in my bag for a few days. Just keeping something small like that in your bag can prevent you from having a total lack of focus (or interest) when you’re trying to learn.

5. Don’t. Skip. Class.

This is one I really feel like I need to shout from the rooftops!!! Unless you absolutely have to, avoid missing class at all costs. And don’t think just because the slideshows are online that you won’t miss anything, because you definitely will. A professor always shares more than the text on the slideshow, and sometimes they’ll even give hints as to what will be on an exam that you would otherwise miss. Overall, missing is just something that should be avoided, but if you do have to, try and get some notes from a friend!

Did you find these tips helpful? Do have any you’d like to add? Let me know in the comments!