The 16-week grind in college

The 16-week grind in college

There are times where being in college can become quite the challenge. The everyday task of balancing your class schedule, student organizations and maybe even a part-time job can be really gritty. The question every student seems to ask during their collegiate career is “HOW?”

How do you go about finding time to study? How do you find time to work with a heavy course load? How, how, how?!

There are a few methods to surviving the academic school year at whatever institution you’re in.

  1. Find out what type of person you are. If you are the type of person who catches on to the material quicker than others, try to get ahead as much as possible. Especially with the core classes you have to take before you get into your major courses. If you need assistance with courses, utilize your school’s learning center, class tutors, or form a study group. Find out what type of student you are and play to your strengths.
  2. Piggybacking off no. 1. DO NOT BE AFRAID TO ASK FOR HELP IF YOU NEED IT! No one will think of you any differently because you need help with a task or concept. You are in college to learn and learning CAN take place outside the classroom. Swallow whatever pride you have and be a STUDENT, it will pay off for you.
  3. Your professor(s) is/are human! If you find yourself in a logjam somewhere in the semester, make sure your professor knows! I cannot stress this enough. COMMUNICATE COMMUNICATE COMMUNICATE! Your professor has been in your shoes at one point in time. If you come to them in the correct manner to explain your concerns, they will work with you.
  4. KEEP ALL NOTES. Based off personal experience, there have been times where I would take notes and lose them. Don’t be like me, store your old notes from the second week in a drawer somewhere and pull them out when it comes down to the last couple of weeks. Especially if the final is cumulative.
  5. Write down what your professor says, not what they show! Read that carefully. Nine out of 10 times, the professor will put their notes or PowerPoint slides on that course’s schedule. Some professors like to get tricky and speak most of their material, so pay attention to what the professor says, if he reads off a bullet from one of the slides, there’s more than likely going to be an explanation following.
  6. Avoid “getting caught up.” I’m not going to tell you not to enjoy college. That’s why its college. Have fun! Get out and meet people. If you’re the legal age, go to the bars and meet the people there! BUT, don’t get caught up in the hype that comes with having fun. Manage yourself and your money!
  7. TAKE YOUR ASS TO CLASS! Excuse my language but seriously! However you want to slice it, you spent money on these courses, don’t skip class. I have done my fair share of skipping in my four years but I also had a price to pay for doing so. Don’t follow in my size 16 footsteps. Go to class, no matter what. Some professors keep track of attendance and will give you a nice reward for perfect attendance. If you have something out of your control come up, let your professor know! Think about it this way, would you miss money for not showing up at work?
  8. Study buddy or solo? You will find out quickly if you are the type that can go to the library with your friends and study or set your phone on silent in your room. Studying is the most important thing you can do during your time at school.

These are just a few methods to keep your sanity during the 16-week grind. Based off personal experience, I have found myself applying each situation to my time at Ball State. If you are doing something that is working; GREAT! If not, use these methods as a kick-starter and add to the list.

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