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While the majority of individuals see the true value of a college degree, many are unaware of how to go about beginning the process of getting theirs. From selecting an institution to choosing a major, college requires a great deal of preparation and planning. The good news is the following article has many tips and good advice for making a smooth transition.

Being a good notetaker is critical. Taking notes helps you learn the information given. You will also be a step ahead when it comes time to study for an exam. You may think you already know it all, but write it down anyway.

Don’t spend your money on coffee every morning. It is just too much money. Make your own coffee. This can help reduce the expense without hurting the quality that much. The amount of money you save will allow you to purchase a great coffee machine.

Try to refrain from signing up for a credit card when you enter college. Such credit cards often have very high fees and equally high interest rates which can get you in trouble before you know it. You should come away from school without having to worry about paying a credit card off; after all, you will have to pay your loans now!

TIP! Don’t be afraid to switch schools, after a trial year if the school or program you have chosen is not suitable to you. There are so many emotions to deal with, you won’t know if you don’t like the school or you’re just homesick.

When you are creating your schedule of classes, try not to pack too many classes into one semester. Too many classes can overwhelm you and create stress. You can easily get burnt out. Try to balance your schedule so that you only have to deal with a couple of hard classes in a single semester; fill your schedule out with less demanding classes.

Do some research about scholarships or grants you are eligible for. A lot of people don’t even know that they can get financial help because of a unique factor; even left handed people have their own scholarships in some places! State and federal grants also exist that do not require repayment.

Where you sit in your classes can have an affect on how well you do in a college course. Sit in the front to show your teacher that you mean business. You’ll be able to listen better and can ask questions without needing to yell across the room.

Take public transportation to school. Often times, the time it takes to ride the bus is about the same as it would be to drive there. You will save time by not having to hunt for a parking space on campus. You also won’t have to pay for gas or parking passes. It is also a way for you to “go green.”

TIP! They make it easy to get around on foot, on public transportation, or on a bike on a campus. You may want to reconsider bringing your car to college.

Take a lot of electives. The wider the spectrum of classes, the better chance of finding your niche. The first year of college is a great time to try new things and challenge yourself.

Map out your classes and schedule before the first class. Determine the amount of time you need to travel from class to class, and plan accordingly. If you have a map plan your route carefully!

Eat breakfast every day! Even grabbing a quick snack like a piece of fruit or a cup of yogurt can make a big difference. Hunger pangs are devastating to your test performance. Getting something to eat before a test will help you to keep your energy level up and make it easier to focus on the work at hand.

College shouldn’t be scary! With all of your new found freedom, make sure that you set aside time to study and attend classes on time. Remember that the primary purpose of attending college is obtaining a solid education so that you can live on your own.

TIP! When you are dating in college, plan to be creative. You could spend some time home with your friends or significant other and cook a nice dish.

Cell Phone

Turn off your cell phone or silence it during class. Your classmates need to also pay attention. Nobody wants to have their learning distracted by a cell phone. Avoid texting in the middle of class, too. You are not invisible and texting is disruptive. Use your phone after class, not during.

If you haven’t yet adopted a regular sleep schedule, now’s the time to do so. Not enough sleep can be hugely detrimental to a student. If you don’t get enough sleep, then focusing on classes will be difficult.

To find work while in college, make your way to the school’s career office. You should be able to find jobs on campus and get some help with finding a good job once you graduate.

TIP! Get plenty of rest. It can be tempting, especially when living in a dorm, to stay up all night and party and try to cram in studying, but you have got to get some good sleep.

Always carry around a bottle of water while on campus. By carrying a water bottle, you can ensure you stay properly hydrated while on campus. It is especially helpful if your classes are right after one another. Being hydrated helps you to think clearly and learn more efficiently. The sheer number of water fountains these days allow more ease in refilling water bottles.

Everyone knows that a college degree has a great impact on success in life. It can be confusing, when looking at colleges, to know which one is the best fit. Using the tips from the above article can help you make the most informed choices and increase your chances for success.

Empowering YOU For Success,

Mark Duncan

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