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Tips for a College freshman!

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Awesome!! First year of college is great. 

Some tips: 

- Get involved on campus/campus life. Join a club, sorority, etc. 

- read the required materials ahead of time

- break up larger assignments into small, more manageable pieces 

- talk to your professors during office hours

good luck!

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On 8/27/2019 at 1:05 AM, Islandsandmirrors said:

- talk to your professors during office hours

This makes a big, big difference. Of course you don't want to come across as a stalker or weirdo, but just making sure that they know that you are interested in the subject etc. really helps. And you may need references later on as well. If you are an anonymous face, it's much harder. If there is coursework then make sure you discuss this with the Prof during office hours. 

On 8/27/2019 at 1:05 AM, Islandsandmirrors said:

- read the required materials ahead of time

Talk to the people in the year above you about the Prof's preferences, teaching style, and assessment strategy etc.

On 8/27/2019 at 1:05 AM, Islandsandmirrors said:

- Get involved on campus/campus life. Join a club, sorority, etc.

Yep. You need to talk about leadership and teamwork skills in your resume. Make sure you get involved in projects with demonstrable outcomes and that you undertake a role that you can talk about when/where necessary.

Make sure you know inside out how the University sets its grade classifications, how the marks are added up and what flexibility they offer e.g. retakes and resits and what the rules are for these.

Find out which courses have group work based assessment. Make sure you know which clever students are likely to be on those courses and then make sure you get pally with them and convey an image of being on the ball and a potentially effective team member. Obviously you don't want to free ride, but at the same time working with motivated and bright people is a way easier approach to getting high marks.

For many people University has the image of a place where people sit around and chat over coffee. That may well be true, to an extent. But as you can see from the above, the smart people are careful about who they have coffee with.

Some people may think it is overly 'strategic', but you are competing with people for whom it is as natural as breathing and most of it comes under the heading of good aklaq anyway.

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Most important: keep up with assignments. Keep ahead of assignments when possible.

Second most important: maintain your health. Eat healthy foods and make sure you find time to exercise, preferably outdoors.

And then everything else mentioned above.

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