Aah college, a snippet of real world responsibilities. The place where your credit score is called a GPA and the thought of knowing that whatever major you do now will forever affect the rest of your life, including your happiness.
It’s pretty stressful, and based on the title, I’m betting you want some tips for success in your college journey, or maybe you know someone who might need some extra knowledge in theirs. Regardless, I’m here to help so without further ado, let’s jump into Tips on being a successful college student.
Tip # 1: Choosing the right major
Now this tip is for the freshmen but can definitely apply to upperclassmen thinking about changing their major. Choosing the right major is a crucial step in being successful in your college career because for one- you have to actually be interested and like what you are studying. Taking on a list of college courses that you hate for a major you don’t like is going to make you fatigued and give you a bunch of bad doubts early on. Its important to choose a major that fits you and your personality as this makes it easier for you too enjoy it and have a better chance at succeeding.
If you are stuck on choosing the right majors as you are worried about which would make you successful in terms of money, please keep in mind that a lot of college students choose majors like, doctors or lawyers or something that will make them a lot of money in the long term, without even really thinking the entire process it takes to become one completely through. These students think they’ll be OK but soon realize that later on down the line( for some too late to change majors) that they wish hey hadn’t made that decision. Which leads to realization of wasted time and credits that they shouldn’t have been pursuing in the first place. Let’s not forget about the amount of money wasted as well.
Now I’m not trying to scare you.. The over all goal is that you need to at least like your major. You don’t have to love it, but learning to like it more or ultimately love it is important. After all, You don’t want to spend a great deal of your life doing something you hate.
Tip # 2: Find tutoring resources/ find other similar majors
Once you have a major you like in mind, which would be the hardest part, there is nothing better than learning more about something you love and having a little help from others to achieve this. My second tip would be to utilize every tutoring resource that you can find. (Now I know you are a college student, so preferably the cheap ones unless you don’t mind spending a pretty penny to get the extra help). Most schools have great free tutoring programs that just might fit your schedule, or why not even make your own study group? the possibilities are endless.
Also, meet others that share this similar major, keep in mind both people who are freshmen and upperclassmen. If you can even find someone who has graduated in your major’s field, this would be even better as they can potentially coach you through this process.
Tip # 3: Ask questions
Now if you are anything like me in school, asking questions could be a bit overwhelming as it meant to me that people were judging me. Especially if I asked to many questions, I just felt like people were mad because I was holding the class up or that they thought that I was slow. So I became hesitant to ask any questions.
If you are this type of person I know its hard but somethings gotta give. Asking questions is very vital to your success so don’t be afraid to ask them! If you feel like you just can’t do it at the moment, you could always see the instructor after to clarify any points but I recommend that you practice asking them in class as it saves you time and to be honest, the only person criticizing you is probably just yourself, the rest of the class could probably care less.
Tip # 4: Live in a place where you’re comfortable
From my experience, this is VERY important. Whether it be in a dorm, an apartment or commuting from the parents, make sure that you are comfortable relaxing and also studying in this particular place. As the atmosphere of your place can definitely affect your mood and attention which can have an impact on your grades.
Some people find they can’t focus too well being with parents, so you may opt for a dorm. Maybe, being in a small space such as a dorm is not for you so maybe you rather commute or you may even have the advantage of getting a bigger space. The goal is just to be comfortable and this may change eventually, which is perfectly fine, just make sure you’re OK with where you are then as well 🙂 .
If you’re in the boat where you don’t have much of a choice where you live, There’s always the library or maybe your workplace that you can go ( as some people find their work place comfortable for them).
Tip # 5: Get involved/ have fun!
Having some time to unwind, let your hair down, is critical and I would’not dare make this blog post only about everything to help you study better. Well, this could make you study better to by taking a break. My last but certainly not least tip for you all is to make sure to join clubs, sororities, attend games, events or whatever your definition of fun is /anything you may be interested in. Make some Saturday nights a family/ friend night and just generally have fun!
nobody wants to be in college and not take the time to enjoy college. If we are the future, then that mean there’s a lot of stress on us, don’t you think? We have to relieve it some way so by all means, go for it!
Now that you have an idea of how to be successful in college I hope you or someone you know have grasped a couple of things that you may have been missing if you’re just starting out, took some notes. These are the things that I have noticed helped me in my college journey and I hope it will help you as well. If you read this and think that I have left anything out that has maybe helped you, feel free to leave me a comment down below. I’ love to hear about it!
– In sweet humility