How to find a “balance in college”

If you’re just entering college firstly, congratulations you’ve embarked on a new exciting chapter of your life. If you’re a transfer student or in need of any change of routine you’ve come to the right place. Let’s face it college can be stressful at times well… Very stressful especially if you’re trying to balance academics, social life, and a job. No need to stress out anymore. I’m a transfer junior here at Loras from the Chicagoland area. I’ll be listing 5 helpful tips to help you keep balance within college.

Tip #1

Utilize A Calendar/Planner

This helps keep a balance of all aspects of your life. I recommend using your phone calendar or even investing in a planner. This will help you in return be more organized, so none of your events overlap. When you receive your syllabus from your professor I recommend placing all your paper due dates and test days on the calendar. This will give you a heads up on what to expect. Nothing is more beneficial than your syllabus, you’re able to get a head start on assignments since everything is laid out for the semester.

Tip#2

Ask for Help

Never be scared to ask for help. During my freshman year of college, I had to take this statistics class. It was rough, I’m not a math person. I went to a tutor that assisted me in raising my test scores. It was the best decision I made, it made a difference in my final grade. I highly recommend if you’re confused about any assignment to contact a professor, visit a tutoring center, or even find a classmate to be your study buddy. Never let your success be sacrificed by pride or fear. The resources are available for you in assisting you to succeed

Tip#3

Set Goals

I recommend setting both long-term and short-term goals. Before going to sleep I write down in my notes my goals for the following day. Some of which are simple like, remember to set your bed or a long-term goal of getting straight A’s. Setting goals help you become more organized and helps you keep your eye on the prize. Once achieving that goal, you feel so happy checking off your list and adding a new one.

Tip #4

Keep Effective Old Study Habits

If you have a study habit that works well for you I recommend keeping it. For example, I create flashcards when studying for any test. If you have some strategic studying technique that helps you keep it. If you’re still in search of your studying habit. Don’t worry you will find it. If anything here’s some options. Creating flashcards, either handwritten or using Quizlet.

 

Tip #5

Avoid Procrastination

I repeat Don’t do it! We all procrastinate at some point. In some cases, you’re able to wing it in others well not so much. If your professor assigns you an assignment a month in advance, I recommend spacing out the assignment and working on it little by little. This not only helps you ease off the stress of the big assignment but, you’re able to complete it more efficiently. As in the words of Thomas Jefferson, “Never put off for tomorrow, what you can do today.”

I hope these tips come in handy for you all! To the incoming freshman congratulations on embarking a new chapter of your life, you’ll do great. For any continuing college students stay focused you’ve got this. I’ll be cheering you all on. Until next time Chao!

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