Going from high school to college is a big step! A current college student shares five tips for excelling as a freshman in college.
1. Learn to manage your time.
Classes in college are arranged differently than high school. You will have gaps in time between classes. Plan each day’s schedule carefully, including study time in addition to class time.
2. Prepare before class.
Use the class syllabus to review upcoming class material. If you go to class prepared, you will get more out of the class and will save time when studying.
3. Reflect on what you learned.
Learn how to take notes (such as Cornell notes). Right after attending class and taking notes, write a summary of your notes, reflecting on what you learned. How do you connect to what you learned?
4. Find your study space.
Do you study best in a quiet environment? Or do you do better sitting in the middle of a busy place? Find a place you can study effectively....
How do you describe where you live? City? Suburb? Country? As you explore colleges, one thing to consider is the location of the college. Location can make a significant impact on your college experience. Think about where you want to go to school.
Here are terms used in college “locations” with definitions:
How do you know what will be best for you? Search for:
It will soon be time to ask your teachers and your counselor for letters of recommendations. But before doing that it helps to have done some self-reflection. Think about your three favorite classes on campus. Answer the following questions about yourself and how you have performed in each class.
What have you demonstrated in class that this teacher could praise?
Describe ways you have made learning in class better. Focus on specific contributions, including:
What positive character traits have you displayed in this teacher’s class?
Which of the following character traits have you demonstrated in class?
Describe ways you have demonstrated your love of learning in this class. Can you describe how you have demonstrated each of these...
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Speak up! Make your voice heard by asking questions in class. Share thoughts and ideas. Be an active participant in class or on campus. Don’t be afraid to voice your thoughts or opinions.
Stand out! Make yourself known. Be involved in a club or student body activity. Each activity has a faculty advisor. Get to know that faculty advisor. It is not recommended you do everything. Pick 1-3 things you are really interested in or passionate about and commit your time and energy to those...
Do you have what it takes to play sports in college? Many students do - either at the varsity level or in clubs and intramurals. Each athletic division has their own athletic and academic eligibility requirements. More competitive divisions may want to see videos of your events. It’s a good idea to keep a record of all your stats, awards and accomplishments. Fill out the athletic questionnaire on each college website & call or email the athletic director/coach. Game on!
Have you considered studying abroad? What if you could study abroad for your entire college experience rather than just one semester?
There are several advantages to studying in the United Kingdom:
As you explore which colleges are the right match for you, consider the size of the student body. How many undergraduates attend the college? This can make a big difference in your experience on a college campus. Think of college sizes in these four categories (based on undergraduate student attendance only).
Boutique Size (<2000)
Over 500 colleges in the U.S. enroll fewer than 2000 students. These schools are ideal for students with a strong participant learner approach to college. You get to know your teachers and fellow students very well. This provides opportunities to maximize your involvement in activities and construct your own learning experience. Most boutique size schools are private, examples include Julliard, Amherst, Pomona, California Institute of Technology, Davidson, and Haverford.
Liberal Arts Size (2000-5000)
Over 300 colleges in the US fall in the Liberal Arts size category. Some of the...
You got into the top three schools on your list. Each has sent you a financial aid award. One offer looks better than the other two, but is it really? It’s important to compare financial aid offers. Here are 6 questions to ask:
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