5 Priceless Back-To-School Tips
Well my friends, it’s finally here. School. Classes and books and papers and professors. While overall opinions on back to school tend to vary (sometimes I’m excited, sometimes not), there’s no avoiding it. Whether you’re a wide-eyed freshmen or a seasoned senior, we thought we’d provide five tips to help the semester go a little smoother.
Have a Friend In Each Class
Your goal is probably to make more than just one friend in each class, but make sure that you exchange contact info with at least one person sometime within the first couple days of school. I can’t tell you how useful this is; whether you need catching up on something you missed, or you lose your notes, few friendships will prove more mutually beneficial.
Don’t Study All Night
While the amount of required studying might sometimes be overwhelming, pulling an all-nighter to study is not a good idea. There have been several studies on the topic, and many of them have concluded that it’s far better to study right before you turn in than it is to study all night; sleep actually helps to solidify the information better than reviewing it all night.
Whether it be a football game or a movie night, go out of your way to attend campus events from time to time. The reason? Besides the fact that they can be loads of fun, these events are great places to make a few new friends, chat about why a certain professor stinks, or just release some steam. And many of them include cheap (or free) food, which is pretty important to most college students.
Actually Go To Class
Nobody understands the beauty of a day off more than I, but choose your sluffing strategically. Simply put, certain class sessions are more important than others, and missing only a couple can set you back for the rest of the semester. Give yourself a day or two in each class to miss, but consider only using your “free days” in cases of sickness, extreme stress, etc.
Schedule Facebook Time
It may seem silly, but Facebook is easily one of the biggest time wasters for college students. I catch myself pointlessly perusing Facebook almost daily, often times during class. So what’s a socialite to do? Tell yourself that you’re not going to check your Facebook (or Google+, or whatever) until the end of a class, or until you’re done studying, and then actually stick with your goal. It might take a few days to escape the Facebook trap, but let’s be honest, there’s not much at stake.