this website SAVED MY BRAIN when i was a stressed out college student who couldn’t stop flipping out long enough to prioritize. quite a few of you are still suffering through college so i hope this helps you too!! c:
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I don’t know about you guys but I am psyched to get an education, woo. This year is a hella important year for me because if I don’t finish this school year with five As then I am a dead man walking, you get me? So this started off as a collection to help me get those fabulous As but I thought, what the hell? I’ll share this perfection with everyone else because sharing is caring. Anyways, down to the nitty gritty
001. CALEDONIA’S DECLASSIFIED SCHOOL SURVIVAL GUIDE
- advice for college
- how to survive in college
- how to survive freshmen year of high school
- college packing list
- alternative to buying expensive textbooks
- dorm room survival
- free online college courses
002. WRITE LIKE A FUCKING ANGEL
- the ultimate guide to writing
- how to write good
- how to write an essay
- how to write a good essay
- the five paragraph essay
- deadly sins checklist
- formatting your paper
- tips on getting started
- seven tips to become a better writer (stephen king)
- four ways to have confidence in your writing
- seven ways to speed up your writing
- five ways to add sparkle to your writing
- how to finish what you started: a five step plan for writers
- thirty-one ways to find inspiration for your writing
- tips for dealing with writer’s block
003. READING ISN’T ONLY FOR NERDS AND FANGIRLS
- how to take care of your books
- how to read shakespeare
- no fear shakespeare (i found this incredibly useful when studying macbeth!)
- one hundred most read books
- how to read difficult books
- how to read faster
- books made into movies
- books made into tv shows
- 350+ free ebooks
004. STUDY MOTHER FUCKER
- studying tips
- studying techniques
- how to pull an all-night and still have a successful exam result
- how to get motivated to study
- tips to help you concentrate
- time management tips
- chrome site blocker
005. LEARNING SHIT
- solve any maths equations: 1, 2.
- when your teacher says not to use wikipedia (an alternative)
- square root calculator, cube root calculator
- for when you can’t do your homework
- chemical equation balancer (what got me through chemistry last year)
- cliffnotes, sparknotes
- college courses
- how to: multiply big numbers
- crash courses (youtube)
- teaches you everything
006. PRESENTING YOUR BEAUTIFUL SCHOOL WORK AY
007. USEFUL WEBSITES BECAUSE THE INTERNET IS A WONDERFUL PLACE /SOMETIMES/
- TED (basically gods gift)
- challenge your brain
- feed the hungry and up your vocabulary game
- free online textbooks
- final grade calculator
- a whole page dedicated to studying and organising
008. MUSIC TO CALM DOWN UR SCHOOL DAY BLUES YO
- a really chill playist
- coffee shop blues
- coffee shop sounds
- calm nature sounds
- concentration/focus playlist
- relaxation is key
- four hours of classical music
- playlists to listen to: xxx, xxx, xxx, xxx, xxx, xxx, xxx, xxx, xxx, xxx, xxx, xxx.
009. ALL THIS STUDYING??? YOU NEED A BREAK, MY FRIEND.
- watch a cute ass dog lick your screen
- one hundred thousand stars
- movies masterpost
- foreign movies
- gay movies
- lesbian movies you should definitely watch
- broadway musicals
- LGBT+ books
- download free books
- read any book
- the best masterpost ever if you’re bored
010. TIPS FOR SCHOOL N STUFF BCUS I WANTED TEN BITS
- try your best. not everyone can get all As, and getting all As does not make you better than everyone else. just do the best you can and be the best person you can be.
- don’t sleep in class! i know it seems so so tempting but slept my way through geography last year and i got a C in my exam instead of the expected A so…
- Don’t tick off your teacher, follow the rules to an extent, get to class on time, respect your classmates and teachers. you know, just be a decent person.
- be positive!!! and not just for the first week or so, keep the positivity going throughout the whole school year. if you don’t believe in yourself then why should anyone else?
- "you can do it, wildcat, i believe in u" — something troy bolton said one time probably definitely
Racist white Teacher Suspended for Punching 5-Year-Old Girl in the Face
A racist teacher at Sheffield Elementary School in Memphis, Tennessee has been suspended after being accused of punching a 5-year-old girl. The teacher, whom theschool district refuses to name, has not beenarrested, but an investigation by the MemphisPolice Department has begun.
Tiffany McConnell told WMC Action News 5 that she questioned her daughter, Payden, when she woke up one morning with a black eye after noticing puffiness the evening before. “I asked her what happened. She told me her teacher pushed her down and punched her, and I was devastated.”
Payden began kindergarten last week, and McConnell says the transition was difficult for her daughter. She told Fox Memphis, “My daughter said she was crying and screaming because she wanted to come home with me, and the teacher got mad because she wanted to go to the restroom again…and pushed her down and punched her.” She says the school’s principal told her another child also witnessed the incident.
McConnell will home school her daughter for the rest of the year. “My child is afraid to go back around theschool,” she explained.
The district plans to follow up with the allegations. Shelby County Schools said in a statement, “The District is investigating these allegations, and the teacher has been suspended pending the outcome of the investigation.”
These occurrences serve as reminders that we must listen to our black kids and know what’s going in their please white racist controlled classrooms.
This happened right down the street from my house.. I would be in jail.. Jail.. jail.. jail.. Peep how the school board refuses to name the teacher…
it’s white people punching babies I feel like I’m losing my mind
beat this teacher’s ass.
why the fuck do these people get into teaching in the first place if they have that short a fuse????
Oh my black ass woulda been buried under the jail.
Ain’t. NO. way. in. hell.
That poor baby. For the rest of her life, her first memory of school is going to be being assaulted the teacher who was entrusted with teaching and protecting her.
That is for ONE COURSE at the graduate level.
And people wonder why poor kids don’t usually go to college and ESPECIALLY don’t go to grad school.
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ there’s why
Not to derail but I like accuracy. I dot know what school this is but at your average public state school a grad class is $600 , meaning you should be takin 10-12 credits meaning you’re paying $1800 for classes alone . Hence these schools are out of range for poor students
This IS an average public state school in the US. That $600 isn’t for one CLASS, it’s for one CREDIT. And classes are average around 3 credits per class.
• your mental health is more important than your grades/school work
• you are fabulous
• they’re probably not even paying attention when you give a presentation
• one friend is better than no friends
• eat a healthy lunch
• take care of yourself
• please stay safe
• your mental health is more important than your grades/school work
• I love you
This is the system I’ve used since my sophomore year of high school for notes and its worked consistently, all the way through to my senior year of college. I hope it helps!
- I generally use three different color pens in bright shades. You want your notes to be something you enjoy looking at. One color is for headings and important, must remember facts (pink). One color is for key words and theories (green) and one is for definitions (purple).
- If I’m given a diagram during a lecture, I do my best to copy it down. Then I try to describe whats going on in my own words. Having a mental image of some important process has saved my but on an exam multiple times!
- I also draw little example pictures inline with the text of my notes as additional memory devices.
- If the professor makes the class slides available before the lecture, I’ll print them and write general summaries of the material in my notes ahead of time. That will save you from rushing in lecture and give you more time to ask questions about the things you don’t understand.
Generally, my notes don’t come out as neat as they are here. Most of the time, I end up copying them over so they’re easier to read and study from. Plus you get the added bonus of extra revision!
Good luck and happy studying! Xx
..that takes soooo long
Two kinds of people….
Alternative: If you don’t want to switch pen colours, try using highlighters as you take notes. The system I used was one colour for headings and another colour for key tidbits of information. When I was studying, it made it super easy to go back through my notes, because instead of staring at a wall of text I could easily partition it based on highlighted headings, and then pick out the most important words that i’d highlighted, and then simply read the notes associated with the key words. Highlighting takes almost no time to do as you go. You just need to be able to tell in class what counts as key information and what doesnt (because if you highlight too much it becomes pointless). Bonus: you won’t zone out or fall asleep because you’ll HAVE to pay attention to figure out what info to highlight and what not to highlight.
Another alternative: Bring a copy of any pre-released slides with you to write on directly. I find that when I spend less time copying what’s on the slide and more time transcribing/paraphrasing what my prof is actually saying about those slides, I have much better notes to go back to because they’ll have more in depth information (since slides are usually just skeleton notes that aren’t sufficient to study with). The most common thing I’ve seen is to print the slides in advance and write directly on them, but if you want to save on printer paper you could bring a tablet if you have access to one, download the file and write directly on the notes with a stylus, or if you don’t have access to a tablet you could at least save printer paper by copying the skeleton notes into your notebook in advance as OP suggests.
I’ve tried a lot of different systems for taking notes, and I can honestly say that the two systems I’ve outlined above were the best ones I’ve ever used. The most important thing is that you don’t just copy the slides shown to you in class - paraphrase the things your prof says about the material as well! Remember, you can always go back and re-read slides, but you can’t go back and re-hear your prof give a lecture, so prioritize what you write down!
SOMEONE FINALLY SAID IT
So if a teenager is at school for roughly 8 hours, and they are doing homework for 6+ hours, and they need AT LEAST 9 HOURS OF SLEEP FOR THEIR DEVELOPING BRAINS, then they may have 0-1 hours for other activities like eating, bathing, exercise, socializing (which is actually incredibly important for emotional, mental, and physical health, as well as the development of skills vital to their future career and having healthy romantic relationships among other things), religious activities, hobbies, extra curriculars, medical care of any kind, chores (also a skill/habit development thing and required by many parents), relaxation, and family time? Not to mention that your parents may or may not pressure you to get a job, or you might need to get one for economic reasons.
I will never not reblog this
"…but teenagers have no reason to be stressed."
I’m seeing so many unhappy back to school posts on my dash, and I think the really shitty thing is that your high school teachers are telling you that they’re pushing you so hard for college, and your college prof’s aren’t telling you anything because they know too much— and what you’re really being trained for is how incredibly shitty your future employers will treat you.
I mean it, I’ve worked in places where your bathroom breaks were monitored and timed, where conversing with coworkers was a punishable offense, where you racked up vacation hours but understood that you really weren’t supposed to use them, and on and on and on.
I hope that you all, the generation just behind mine, get angry. I hope you get angry enough to say no en masse, and to light shit on fire to make your point. I hope you vote like voting is a guillotine, and I hope you remind employers that strikes and organized labor is a force to be reckoned with.
I hope you take the fact that in the adult world, we all know that union jobs are the last good jobs, and instead of being apathetic to unions, organize more of them.
I hope you look at this bullshit, and look at running this race from 15 to 70, and howl, and I hope that we’re all together in this, that the privileged use their privilege to support those who aren’t.
Success is not adapting to exhaustion and constant fear of losing your job, your health insurance, the roof over your head. A life well lived is not lived in the service of increased profits for someone you will never meet and to whom you are not human.
I want a go home I’m tired
Don’t Hit MEwhat’s happenin in korea
You want to know what’s happening? Korea’s education system is literally the most rotten piece of shit to ever exist.
Let me explain the context of the poster on the left.
The average time a kid spends in school in the US is 900 to 1000 hours per year, spread between 175-180 days (x)
In 2007 there were mass student protests in Netherlands because they increased the hours spent in school to 1040 hours per year, or 8 hours a day, 130 days a year. (x)
Korean high schools, on the other hand, enact a 3150 policy, 225 days of school with 14 hours a day, or from 8 am to 10 pm (x)
Also due to the private education sector of hagwons and the fierce competition of Korean high schools, basically after school kids go to hagwons, or personal academies, till 2, 3 in the morning, fit in maybe 4, 5 hours of sleep and go back to school. (x)
It was only in 2012 that schools went from having classes on Saturday excluding the first and third Saturday, and it was only in 2007 when they changed from having class every Saturday. (x)
This system is literally the epitome of the factory schooling system which comes as a result of a capitalistic schooling system and it works kids too hard which is one of the reasons Korean school kids are some of the unhappiest of pretty much any OECD country. (x)
For the photo on the right, physical punishment is not fully banned in Korea.
Since 2011, Seoul, Gyunggido, Gangwondo, and Julla Bukdo have banned the use of direct physical punishment, or basically hitting kids with either tools or physically with their body. That being said that’s basically only about half of South Korea.
Also, indirect physical punishment such as making kids to planks, make them kneel with their hands up, making them run laps, or of the sort is still fully acceptable in all Korean schools. (x)
Anybody who’s a Korean in a Korean school right now already has experience with getting beat by a teacher and some kids still have to deal with physical punishment by teachers.
Though inrelevant for the point made in this comment, I’d like to add that the Dutch pupils didn’t strike against more hours. They striked against the fact that during those extra hours they would have stay in class without education being provided. So this whole 1040 hours norm would not improve the quality of education.
Dutch education is quite good, though not exellent. Dutch pupils however, are among the happiest pupils in the world. So in general, we are not to complain at all!
Most hours of the Korean schooling system is 야간 자율 학습 or night time self free study where they are kept in school without instruction under teacher supervision and made to study so…
Interesting. I did not know this. I supposed there would be a teacher present who actually provided education, but it’s all ‘voluntary’ self study… The lack of useful education during those late hours makes this case even more sad… Is this abnormal high amount of hours obligatory by government regulation, or do students just feel like they should study that hard?
Mostly it’s due to the fact that it’s mandatory
She wears short skirts I wear t-shirts and we’re both getting sent home from school because its distracting to boys apparently
okay this one made me laugh
HELP A NATIVE AMERICAN FAMILY THAT IS BEING SUED BY THEIR CHILD’S SCHOOL FOR QUESTIONING CULTURALLY OFFENSIVE THANKSGIVING CURRICULUM
The Eagle Bull- Oxendine family is being sued by their child’s school for defamation, because they asked the school to permanently change their offensive and culturally insensitive Thanksgiving curriculum and to honor a two-year scholarship taken from their daughter after they voiced their concern over Native appropriation there. The school was having children make feathered headbands and literally play Indian. When the Native parents expressed disapproval over it, rather than address this racially sensitive issue, the school told them to keep their children home from class.
This case is moving forward and they need to raise funds to defray mounting legal expenses. Please share this link and donate what you can. If they lose, we all lose. This case has the potential to set dangerous precedent where Natives are effectively gagged from speaking out against redface, appropriation and the abuse of our culture and sacred ways by mainstream society. This is legal conquest. We can’t allow them to play Indian and hide behind judicial robes to do it. Thank you.
Contribute here: http://www.gofundme.com/8f3z30
This needs to be rebloggable …
number 9 tho
number fucking 9. there was a dude that would play his guitar outside of my window at 1 am all the time
Some bits that I’ve picked up:
There’s a general rule of college that if you were sitting in that seat for over two weeks, that is your seat. Not many if any professors have seating arrangements but switching seats will fuck everyone up.
Get there early and stay late. As soon as you get home you will not want to do shit. Stay on campus and do some homework while you’re in the environment.
SIT UP FRONT. The best way to start understanding something is to listen to someone talk about it and you can’t do that from the back of the class trying to listen over everyone whispering to each other. LISTENING WILL MAKE HOMEWORK SO MUCH EASIER.
Be childish, but be respectful. Have a massive snowball fight across campus, but don’t aim for anyone not taking part.
SHUT THE FUCK UP IN THE LIBRARY. Some people work there, some people sleep there. It is a quiet space.
Don’t be afraid to talk to professors. They are not there to flunk you. They would rather you pass than not.
IF YOU NEED TUTORING GET TUTORING DON’T WAIT UNTIL YOU’VE DUG YOURSELF INTO YOUR GRAVE.
Get involved. It will help you make friends, give you new skills to learn, and even help you get a leg up in the work place if you know the right people.
I will add to this as a GTA:
Take time for yourself—buy a planner, figure out when your best study hours are, figure out WHERE you study best, and figure out how much time you need to complete an assignment—AND THEN make sure to pencil in an hour for video games, some time to watch a TV show, or time to just lay on your floor and blow bubbles. Whatever you like. Don’t forget about YOU.
SLEEP. EAT. DRINK WATER. Don’t die. Caffeine =/= sleep. I cannot emphasize that this much.
AND MOST IMPORTANTLY:
COMMUNICATE WITH YOUR INSTRUCTORS! If you’re sick, shoot an e-mail and say “Hey, I’m sick today. Can I set up a time to talk to you about what I missed?” If you’ve got a good opportunity (scholarships, to go to another country, to check out a cool lecture, etc.) let your prof know ahead of time. If you just need time to work on projects, all it takes is an e-mail. We understand. I gave a student a free skip day because he e-mailed me and said “Hey, look, I have two massive tests and a project due and I need the time to study.” And THAT IS OKAY.
However, sometimes you just need a personal day, and you know what, when you wake up and getting out of bed seems like the worst idea ever….just turn off your alarm and get that sleep.
Some additionally tid-bits that might help you
- Before signing up for classes, look on “ratemyprofessor.com" and see if the teachers at your campus are included. There may be two or more teachers for the same course, and you want to try and pick the good/easy one. Who your professor is can have a great affect on what grade you make, even for the "same" class.
- Look for a facebook group for your "graduating class" set up, which is a good way to make friends and find people with similar interests (particularly for introverts).
- Look for a facebook group for each of your courses. If there isn’t one, MAKE ONE and send it out via the course email or word of mouth. These groups are helpful for if you missed class and need the notes, and especially for review time before exams.
- If no one else does it, make a google doc of the exam reviews and post it on the class facebook page. That way everyone contributes to the review. 200 brains are most definitely better than 1.
- During lectures, unless Internet is required, TURN IT OFF. If it’s on, you WILL end up on tumblr or some other site, and you will miss important shit.
- For the love of God, pay attention to your syllabus. Sometimes assignments are listed there, and that’s the only place it’ll be mentioned. Also, if it says to do a reading by a specific date, DO THE READING BY THAT DATE. Otherwise you will get behind, and you will have 200+ pages of textbooks to read in one night before the test, and you will cry.
- Yes you actually need to do the readings. Yes it is a lot. Yes it will suck. Do it anyways.
- If you are used to getting all A’s, do not cry when you get a B. Take it from someone who killed herself for two years to maintain a 4.0, it feels like the end of the world when your GPA drops, but it’s not. You’ll be okay. Just breathe and do your best. Your best is good enough.
Try to make sure you leave an open hour around midday so that you have time to get food in you. A lot of people forget to do this. If you have to have back to back classes, check your syllabus or with your teacher—some midday classes allow you to bring in a drink and a snack. Some will even allow you a full meal.
If you can get an online/pdf copy of the book without busting the bank, DO IT. Sometimes there are even annotated versions online. This can make notetaking a shitton easier, because you can highlight printed-out versions of the book and they won’t dock you on the money back. Sometimes professors move through their lecture too fast for you to write stuff down. Shrugging off that old ‘don’t ruin your books’ rule you had in high school may be your only hope.
UNLESS YOU NEED THEM OR REALLY WANT TO KEEP THEM TRY TO SELL BACK YOUR BOOKS—maybe even offer them online to incoming students. You won’t get nearly the worth of them but someone after you will thank you a million times over for providing a used copy. If you take good notes, you can sometimes buy/sell those as well. A lot of professors teach literally the same class every time.
IF YOUR PROFESSOR PUTS NOTES ONLINE GET THEM. GET THEM NOW. TRUST ME. YOU WANT THOSE NOTES. Bring them in with you if it’s possible to get them before class.
Keep change on hand. Always.
The Best Way To Make Friends:
Bring a printer with you to college and offer to print people’s stuff for half of what the school does or for free if you can afford it.
Carry around small candies with you and offer them to people while waiting outside of class. If you are the ‘candy person’ this gives you an in for starting conversations.
Buy a jumbo pack of chalk and find an open sidewalk on a free day. Write the words ‘Come draw with me?’ and begin doodling.
Have a pack of cards.
Last But Not Least: if you go onto campus and you can’t find what you’re looking for, and you are afraid to go up to someone and ask, find an open, well-populated area, hold your schedule/map in hand, and walk in circles for a few minutes, looking up and around in obvious confusion. Other students know this body language well. Someone will stop and point you in the right direction. (if you are worried that the person’s directions are a joke or faulty, wait for them to leave and take up the stance again; if the directions match-up the second time, they’re legit; do not allow a person to ‘show you the way’ unless EVERY STEP is along an obvious walkway, just in case)
For those of you who fear assault, most campuses aren’t much for small blades or mace. Carry a pocket air horn or a hand bag of those little pop-rock fireworks unless you can get a concealed weapons permit.
Something I have found super useful, RECORD THE LECTURES! Buy a smart pen, buy an app, buy a recorder, use your phone! This especially helps in classes where professors don’t use power points or provide outlines for the class.
^ But make sure you ask beforehand about recording lectures, because there are some professors that forbid it for one reason or another.
Working on group review sessions together is a great idea, but don’t assume that everything your peers say is true. I’ve had large groups of students write the same wrong information on a test because someone wrote it on the googledocs review sheet.
If you’re going to use ratemyprofessor.com, read the comments rather than looking at the scores. The comments will tell you why the professor has that low rating and it may not be for any reasons that bother you. Remember that the easy professors are not always the good ones.
This one is counterintuitive, but if you’re really homesick, Skype or facetime may not be your best friend. Having the picture and the voice of your family or friends at home available to you 24/7 can make it really hard to be at college. I seriously fucked myself up with this my freshman and junior years before figuring it out. Think about coping mechanisms that don’t involve calling home or about how to limit/structure your calling home time.
On a related note, experiencing depression or anxiety is REALLY common amongst college students, especially but not exclusively freshman. Know the signs, recognize the signs, get help. Be kind to yourself.
It’s been said before, but I’ll say it again: For the love of god, SLEEP!
From someone officially no longer a freshman. Especially you brown girls out there, I love you, here’s love.
- You do not have to ask to go to the bathroom. Just go.
- Gotta take a call, gotta text someone back for something important? Yes, just leave. Come back when you’re done. Depending on the prof. it will irritate them if you text in class.
- Please go to career fairs.
- Make a resume even if you’re not applying to a job. Actually, just start putting that together. So when you have to, you have a format to follow. So much easier.
- Familiarize yourself with your health services and counselling services, how you can get a particular service, etc. Even if you don’t nee it yet.
- Join a club. Or two. Maybe not like, 15, because freshmen have a tendency of either taking on too much or not doing enough.
- Be on good terms with your advisor. If your advisor is awful, find someone on campus that isn’t, that will advocate for you, that will help you find the loopholes.
- Don’t know what to wear? Keep a simple black dress on hand that you can tone up or down. It’s a life saver.
- Desi girls, yes, you can wear a kameez shalwar. Sometimes it’s very, very satisfying when you decide to go present at things in a kameez shalwar where people are forced to take you seriously and also confront their own racism. It’s very, very satisfying reminding people you succeeded because of who you are and not despite it. Rub it in their face.
- Make friends with seniors. They will tell you all the secrets.
- Make friends with cafetaria staff. Make friends with housekeeping. Make friends with grounds maintenance people. Not for any reason of “what you can get out of it” but because they are wonderful and work hard and are constantly disrespected and they deserve better. I’ve noticed they treat people much the same way they’re treated. If they obviously don’t like you (I’m looking at you, white girls always talking about why housekeeping is side eyeing you…) you might want to check out why.
- Everyone has a story. Listen. Everyone has something to teach you.
- Sometimes the thing a person has to teach you is that you should not associate with them or their kind. Learn how to sort through toxic people and not. Do not give energy to toxic people. Do not let them feed off you.
- Forget any and all relationship advice re: should you date or not date. Do whatever feels right to you. Please remember, don’t do anything because you feel lonely. It will hurt you. Badly.
- This is around the time a lot of people have the space to begin questioning a lot of things they were raised with. Politics, sexuality, religion. Their mental health gets rocks. Again, familiarize yourself with counselling services.
- Going to tutoring does not make you stupid, it makes you efficient and practical. Go. Get that A.
- If you don’t get that A please don’t beat yourself up. If you’re at the night before something you’ve been working on and you’re really exhausted and your professor knows it it’s okay to ask for that extension. Even if they don’t give it but you know it won’t be done, let them know what’s up instead of just being late.
- May you all have professors that engage with you and care about you and your wellbeing. I’ve had some good ones and bad ones. It’s a process.
- Get a good night’s sleep and eat your veggies. Drink water! Please.
- Advocate for your fellow students and peers. You’re all in this together for the next 4+ years.
- Learn and listen from other but— especially brown girls with radical politics— remember who you are. Write it down somewhere. Remind yourself. When things are shaky and desperate, remind yourself what truly rings at your core.
- If you don’t know what to major in, how to get a job, how to figure out financial aid, how to do taxes, how to make yourself food, how to do your laundry, what the hell you’re supposed to do with your life, don’t worry. Just ask. No one else knows everything either.
- Good luck.
- Learn to navigate Professor’s office hours. If you’re a science student, and think you understand that concept but might be unclear on that one tiny concept, go to them. Start from “I think this is what abcd is, but this one thing isn’t sticking … “. If you understand everything, go to them anyway. Also, LEARN TO EXPLAIN CONCEPTS TO YOUR FRIENDS. It’s the best study tip I can give anyone. If you’re a humanities student, go discuss the thesis of your paper with them. This is one of the best ways to network with professors. Remember: y’all are going to need recommendation letters. Oh, and the explaining things to other people is also for humanities students.
- Don’t be shy about changing jobs at college. Remember: a diverse skill set is useful, and so is having a decent number of people to have write you recommendation letters. In my experience, it is good to have at least two professors and two employers/internship ppl for recommendation letters.
- Go to your job training. If you don’t understand something, or something seems weird at your job, speak up.
- If a professor or an employer is harassing you, seek out help. If you do not have a women’s center/anti violence center, go to counselling or your career center. Your Residence Director (or equivalent) is also usually a good choice. Why do I recommend them before the police? Because of different protocols in different states and different schools, police may not be able to keep your anonymity as you would like. If people turn you away, don’t be defeated. You deserve a healthy academic and work environment.
- Be kind to your roommates but learn to speak up for yourselves. Read the last sentence again. Make sure you’re not overdoing either one.
- Have a hobby outside your academics (and extracurricular if you do that). It could be TV. It could be staring at a wall silently for 20 minutes. I don’t care. Have something that keeps you sane.
- Eat well. Learn to eat well. Even if you’re not getting enough sleep, eating well will keep you longer from that burning-out-point. Oh, and drink water. Lots of water. Especially if you see yourself becoming a coffee addict. If you’re going to pull all nighters on too much coffee, water is important. Very important.
- And on that note, pace yourself on your coffee.
- Learn to stay organized in terms of your deadlines and to do list. You dont need a fancy calendar on your wall. BUT. I find that it helps if I write out a list the night before or first thing in the morning of everything I have to accomplish. It declutters my brain and helps me feel a little less stressed. And! As you check/cross off things of your list, that feeling is soooo good.
- On that note, many tutoring centers now will help you navigate the how-to-study and how-to-manage-my-time things. Not just general workshops (though there are helpfuls too) but also one on one consultations. THEY ARE SUPER HELPFUL.
- Keep track of what your career center is doing in terms of events. Take advantages.
- Do extracirriculars. Join an organization or two, or pledge. Even if you don’t pledge (pledge wisely!), rusing often helps you meet people. Networking is a skill I’m still learning.
- Do SOMETHING in college outside your academics. Do extracurricular or have a job (even if you don’t need the money). Studies show that students who do things outside academics have lower rates of dropping out of college, and of depression etc. Regardless of it’s true or not, it helps you stay organized and on top of your shit. But don’t exhaust yourself. This is how you learn life skills in college. Such as time management and also whatever skills your job/extracurricular gives you (also who doesnt like extra money).
- To avoid hangovers, drinking (a glass or two) water before and after drinking helps. (So I have been told, I don’t drink).
- Sparknotes is still mad useful in college except most college books don’t have a sparksnotes. Still. Sparknotes.
- If life is crashing around you, find a confidant. Even if its the counselling services. Trust me, there’s a way out of every disaster. Or a second chance. And talking to people helps. Either you’ll find out your own solution, or someone will point you in a helpful direction. Don’t give up on yourself.
- Don’t ever give up on yourself.