Effectively Strategies in Transitioning to College
Important factors to succeed in college greatly depend on your maturity level, capability to handle your independence and manage your time effectively. The sooner you can adapt to changes and convert the pressures into challenges, the easier you can be on your track to succeed.
There a few pointers that will help you effectively handle your transition to college.
1) Set your mind on your Purpose
Your primary goal as to why you’re in college is to earn a degree. As your priority you have to direct all your plans and strategies towards achieving this purpose.
Do not be disoriented by the immense freedom you are experiencing, instead develop a sense of independence and take responsibility for yourself. It is crucial that you learn self discipline and independence management in college to hurdle the obstacles you will encounter.
2) Be organized
Develop an organization system that works for you. Make a calendar book, file researches and reports, sort and label your materials, use file cards, etc. to organize your stuff. This system will minimize the clutter in your room and you won’t waste time finding something you immediately need.
Be vigilant in making good use of your time. Classes in college offers more flexibility compared with high school classes, which are structured. You can choose the time and subjects you want. Create a schedule that suits you (for example, do not take morning classes if you perform less in the mornings or, contrariwise, schedule math courses in the morning if that is when you are at the peak of your performance). Put yourself on a schedule that maximizes your priorities and helps you use your time efficiently. Maintain a planner and try to balance academics and your social life. The best value you can get out of your college experience is maybe an 80/20 ratio of studies and social life.
4) Go to class
Develop the commitment to attend your classes. This also allows you to stay current at class work. The temptation to skip class is great since lectures and resources can be accessed online. But remember, nothing replaces being in the classroom. Your professors can enlighten you more on the materials on hand or have an opportunity to pursue an inquiry on the subject. You can take thorough notes, interact and find acquaintances from which you can find a reliable classmate who can lend her notes to you when you need them.
Take your studies seriously as this is your principal tool to succeed in college. Getting their first grades in college sometimes come as shock. If you have earned good points in high school on homework and participation, you will be surprised to find that in college exams or writing assignments comprise the largest part of your grade. In high school, “effort counts” while in college (as in real life), “results count”. To read and understand substantial amounts of assigned materials, lectures, and assignments covers the bulk of your time in school. Read your notes regularly and aim to develop new study habits.
6) Get help when you need it
If you are struggling in a particular subject or class, immediately ask for help. Instructors are usually open and helpful but you have to initiate the contact if you need any assistance. From the start the term, know your professor’s office location and office hours. It is essential to establish a rapport with your professors for you may need his assistance on his class or on other matters that may concern you.
7) Be involved
Get involved and meet people. There are a variety of extracurricular activities that you can join in college – organizations, club, band, study groups, or sports. Social involvements not only build relationships but may even help you manage your time effectively. Sometimes, your best college buddies become your friends for life.