Here’s my list of the top 10 things I wish I knew about college classes when I was a Freshman:
1) “Syllabus week” will only last for maybe your first class meeting if you are lucky..usually professors jump right in, so come prepared on the first day.
2) If you can avoid 8ams, do it! It may seem like a good idea to get your classes over with early in the morning, but trust me by the 2nd week you will be regretting your early mornings.
3) Take notes on your laptop if your professor will allow you. This way you can always read your notes, and have a saved copy to study from.
4) Get all of your required classes out of the way during your first 2 and a half years. You won’t want to be taking freshman requirements during your senior year.
5) Go to ratemyprofessor.com when registering for classes to check the reviews on the professor. This website has been a life savor!
6) Go to office hours! Professors love when you put in the extra effort, and are usually more forgiving when it comes to grades if they know you are trying.
7) Sit in the front of the class! Whether it is a small class or 100 person lecture, you will focus better in the front row where everyone is quiet. Nothing is more annoying that trying to hear the professor from the back of the room when people around you won’t shut up.
8) Write all papers ahead of time and ask the professor if they will review your rough draft. This small tip will help you improve your grades soooo much!
9) Find a “study spot” somewhere on campus where you can get all of your work done. Sunday’s are always good days to go sit in your favorite spot and do all of your work for the week.
10) Take classes that interest you and meet requirements for your major. Don’t waste your time and money on classes that won’t count towards graduation.