Tips on How Students Can Make Their College Life Easier
Congratulations! You passed your entry exams and now you are in college. You might be thinking that the worst is all behind you in high school, right? Well, not quite the case. You might be excited about no longer having to sit through classes all day long, a flexible schedule, and very minimal supervision. But, with great freedom comes great responsibility.
College offers life-changing experiences, but not all of it is a bed of roses. It is marked with a steep learning and adaptation curve especially for new students. You need to buy supplies, schedule time to study, manage your finances, maintain a social life, and pursue co-curriculum interests. All of this is not easy. Here are a few tips on how to make college life a bit easier.
Exercise and eat well
Most of the activities in college require immense physical and mental strength. Self-care is one of the ways that can help you remain on top of your game. College schedules sometimes run hectic but try and schedule some time for a workout. This will keep your energy rejuvenated and provide you the needed stamina to undertake all the activities you are required.
Eat a well-balanced diet comprised of vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. Take regular meals and avoid skipping any. Keep your body hydrated by taking water in the course of your day. It may do you a lot of good if you avoided consuming snacks and carbonated drinks.
Stick to your budget
Most of us never have to plan for our finances until we are in college, away from our family. Financial planning is one of the most important virtues to cultivate as it will serve you for life-long. Stick within your means. Don’t get caught up in buying things that you do not need. It is normal to slip up once in a while but remind yourself to cultivate good financial habits. However, don’t be too mean to yourself. Buy yourself something nice or treat yourself once in a while.
Master in-depth learning
Also known as holistic learning, this is a deep study of your course material. Go over your unit requirements, find questions for tests, and review all your lessons. Use all visual material, audiobooks, and hard copy books to review all you have learned. This will engage all your senses and solidify your memory.
Look for patterns and relationships in your course material. This will give you a better understanding of everything that you are supposed to learn.
Join a study group
Studying alone can sometimes be counter-productive as you may not understand or demystify all the concepts on your own. That is why it is important to have a group of friends whom you can study together. You may meet up a few times a week and discuss challenging topics as well as do assignments together. For example, if you were given an English assignment to come up with interesting essay titles, you can discuss such within your study group and then individually write the assignment. Be careful and avoid groups that keep digressing from studying or those that prioritize fun over learning.
Get enough sleep
You might spend most of your waking hours studying or partying. While it is good to study hard and enjoy a party once in a while, you must get enough sleep. Sleep reduces stress and strain on your body. Enough sleep will also leave you less stressed and with more energy to manage your activities.
We live in a digital age where almost anything has been simulated in an app. However, use relevant apps that will help you manage your college life. You can have a planner to schedule your study, work, and co-curriculum activities. Use an app to track and manage your finances. Get a social app to connect with friends and family. Some apps aid in study, for example, apps that help a student to learn college calculus. If you are tasked with say an assignment concerning classification topics, you can look for an app that helps students do their homework.
Ask for help promptly
If things turn out to be too overwhelming for you, reach out to someone for some help. Don’t wait until you are already stressed out in a messy situation. If you are behind in your course, reach out to your instructor or classmates and have them bring you up to speed on all that you are supposed to cover in your course. If you are struggling financially, ask a friend to lend you or call home for some cash. Not asking for help could lead you to develop mental health issues that will disrupt your learning and affect your life.