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5 Tips for the Current College Student – A Brief Summary

Choices that you make as a current college student impact your grades, finances, study habits and social life. With a little help and advice, you can take steps to ensure you succeed not only in the classroom, but after you graduate as well.

Ask Questions
When you are in class and get stumped or confused about a theory, fact or statement your professors make, ask your professors to clarify what they said. Avoid walking out of college or university courses completely confused about what was discussed during class. Additionally, should you have questions about your tuition, the deadline to add or drop a class, whether or not your credits can be transferred to another accredited college or university, schedule time to meet with your academic advisor or a financial aid counselor at the school to discuss your concerns. Remember, you are helping to pay your professors’, academic advisors’ and other academic administrators’ salaries. These professionals are at the postsecondary school to serve you, so ask away. Asking questions helps you to learn, succeed at school, meet college or university deadlines and much more.

Schedule Study Time
If you set aside certain days and times of the week to study, you can train your mind to expect to slow down, create quiet space and focus on upcoming quizzes, examinations, projects and assignments. For example, you could let your friends know that you’re going to be studying on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Some good study habits can be formed in as little as one day, while others might take a month to gel. Hence, the sooner you start scheduling study hours, the easier you can carve out the time you need to achieve grades high enough to meet your personal goals or even to make the dean’s list. Of course, if you find you’re slipping academically in a course, be sure to contact your academic advisor and request a tutor.

Consider Internships
A great way to find out how much you will enjoy working in your major is to contact the career counselor at the college or university you attend and apply for an internship. Some internships are offered to junior and senior level students and last for several months. Other internships are available to freshmen and sophomores during the summer. Generally, you must submit a resume to your career counseling office when you apply for an internship. Having a good grade point average (GPA) can help you to land internships with top firms and government agencies in your field. The good news is that many companies pay you a decent wage while you intern for them, allowing you to pocket some much appreciated money while you find out first hand what’s involved in the day-to-day job functions related to your major and/or minor.

Apply for Tuition Assistance
Even if you weren’t approved to receive tuition assistance when you first enrolled in college or university, that does not mean that you cannot continue to apply for scholarships, fellowships, grants and no or low interest student loans. Each year make it a point to search and apply for new forms of financial aid. After all, corporations, foundations and government agencies create and distribute new tuition assistance guidelines every year to college students, several of which you might qualify for.

Have Fun
Sure. You are enrolled in an accredited college or university to earn a degree in a field you are passionate about working in over the coming decades, but you probably also attend a postsecondary school because you want to meet new people and have lots of fun. Student affairs departments and student organizations are great places to learn about upcoming athletic, artistic, social and entertainment events that are taking place right where you attend college or university. Have fun!

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