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Although a considerable number of first-year students are ultimately concerned about studying and living in college, it is usually a beneficial and exciting experience. What do you need to do to succeed? First of all, search the Internet and find a quality freshman survival guide, which will provide you with detailed information about things, devices, and items you may need during your college years. Additionally, it is your opportunity to get some valuable tips and recommendations from experienced students.

Are you still anxious about your first day in college? Are you worried about studying? Are you concerned about living in a college dorm? Take your time to check out the most helpful instructions for the flawless new experience.

Learn Things

According to the famous saying, the forewarned is forearmed. The principle is relevant for first-year college students, as well. Thus, it is important to learn as much information about the facility you are going to as possible. Do a little research, read the review, find graduates to get the full picture of your future reality.

Additionally, find out the college student packing list so that you have everything necessary for a comfortable and convenient life through the first weeks and months of studying.

Attend Classes

The fewer classes you skip, the higher are your chances to get a good grade at finals. First of all, you can grasp a lot of useful information during the lectures. Additionally, your professor will remember you and know you as a diligent and hard-working student. Besides, do not forget about an opportunity to make notes and be prepared for the upcoming exams.

Take Breaks

Is college life only about studying? No way, as you need to sleep, rest, and get enough time for entertainment. According to the recommendations mentioned on collegehomeworktips.com, students who overwork are usually less successful than the learners who take breaks regularly. Focus on your studying when you do your homework, but let your mind relax when you go out.

Find Your Motivation and Inspirations

Loneliness, anxiety, and frustration are the most common feelings students have during their first months at college. But, how is it possible to fight all the negative feelings and focus on studying? According to the college freshman survival guide, regular communication with family and old friends may help you get inevitable support and encouragement for further work. With the help of social media, it is easy to keep in touch with the most different people, irrespective of the distance.

Make Notes

If you browse the Internet, looking for a college packing list, a notebook will be the number one item. Following the recommendations of sophomore students, good notes are equal to good grades. Well, there is hardly any student who does not want to be successful, especially during the first year at college. Keep in mind that many students record lectures striving not to miss anything. Additionally, it is a great opportunity to refresh your knowledge before finals.

Purchase Books from Your Friends

There is no way you learn new material and remember things without reading a textbook and revising the same information several times. However, buying new books can be a considerably expensive experience. With the development of up-to-date technology, the students have got an opportunity to use books online or download electronic versions of necessary textbooks.

Nevertheless, some students still prefer a paper copy. Striving to save a significant sum of money and get the necessary resources for studying, you may opt for the used textbooks purchased from friends or graduates.

Prioritize Tasks and Activities

It may be exceptionally challenging for a college student to cope with the diversity of assignments, home tasks, and projects, especially during the first months of studying. Besides, it is important to have time for rest and relaxation. Consequently, well-development time-management skills are indispensable for any freshman. Make a weekly schedule, plan your activities, deal with more important assignments first. Following these recommendations, you will have enough time for both studying and partying.

Find the Perfect Study Environment

A favorable atmosphere and positive attitude are the things indispensable for any college student. Everyone has individual preferences concerning the study environment, so find a perfect place that will meet your needs and requirements. Try a college library, your dorm room, or any other place to get quiet time to study and make progress during your class.

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Economically, I'd add to this that you should avoid ever taking out a student loan. I went to college for a couple of decades by working part time and living very frugally. If you spend your college time partying and living the "good life" on your loan money you will graduate with ten to twenty years worth of debt to pay off.  Conversely, if you live a more ascetic life in college you will graduate debt free. Forget about the "college experience" because it's a thing of the past, if it ever really was a thing to begin with. The purpose of college is to better prepare yourself for your future, not to get drunk and party.

Speaking of books, for most of your gen-ed coursework at least you don't need to purchase a book as many textbook publishers put old versions online for free. If you are not enough of an adult to have the discipline to find the proper material to read on your own then you have no business in college. The days of "Now, children, open your books to page..." are over.

Also, you don't have to get a Bachelors at a four-year college to succeed in life. Most community colleges offer Associates in fields that you can actually get jobs in. Good luck finding a job right out of college with a BA in art history and gender studies. Conversely, get an AAS in just about any industrial or technical field and you usually will quickly find employment, especially if you get your degree from a college that requires that you work in the field as part of the program.

At the college where I taught we would meet with prospective employers each year and ask them what education and skills they wanted our graduates to possess. We also would arrange that the students worked part time for at least six months with said employers. We had course transfer agreements with two major state universities too for those who wanted to go on and get a Bachelors degree. The federal government required [edited?! Ok, I'll spell it out] Bachelor of Science degrees for managers in the area in which I taught so students who had this in mind could use their AAS degrees to go out and work as technicians in the summers while transferring in as juniors to the four-year programs. The program in which I taught wasn't unique -- there are plenty organized just like it if you take the time to look around.

I'd also recommend joining the military if you are serious about a college education. Not only will you get out after three to six years with money to go to college, you will be older, have more discipline, and generally be better-prepared to actually succeed in college. There are many military specialties that will allow you, with only a modicum of certification education, to get a civilian job right out of the military too. Even with your veteran's benefits it doesn't hurt to work part time too and being able to get a job in medicine, electronics, security, construction, etc. beats working at McDonalds.  

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Is this spam?  Looks like spam.  I sure as heck didn't click the embedded link.

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6 hours ago, Sylvia_Warren said:

Although a considerable number of first-year students are ultimately concerned about studying and living in college,

Have you ever been to college?  it's about PARTYING! 

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3 hours ago, desmo_2 said:

Is this spam?  Looks like spam.  I sure as heck didn't click the embedded link.

It's spam. I searched for "her" (one never knows if the name given is correct) first sentence and found the site. However, there is a bit of good advice there too. Of course, never click on any links that aren't on sites that you've specifically chosen to go to yourself or from people or organizations that you know well.

I've attended and taught college most of my adult life. The whole system is in dire need of a revamp.  Back when tuition was ten bucks an hour one could afford to take courses like introductory sociology, psychology, philosophy, anthropology, etc. just to "round out" your general knowledge. However, now when said courses cost a couple thousand dollars each they probably aren't worth it, especially since you can just read an online textbook, watch a few YouTube videos, and get the same education on your own for free. If you don't need access to equipment or experience that you simply can't get on your own then it's really not worth paying a college for a class. There are many fields that you can get into without a college degree by studying for and getting the certifications on your own. Also, don't discount apprenticeships. We need more machinists, mechanics, electricians, plumbers, carpenters, etc. in society than we do Renaissance literature specialists.

Once again, I highly recommend getting a two-year AAS degree from a community college or even a one-year certification course in a field that you are interested in because it's more likely to actually get you a job than a BA from a four-year college. Once you have a job you can then go back and get that BA if you want. Of course, some jobs do require degrees and if you want to pursue them then go for it. You will need a Bachelors in education to teach K-12 and usually a Masters or PhD to teach at a college. And, of course, to be a doctor, lawyer, or scientist you will need considerable education too.

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