To help prepare students to succeed in college, an article from The Washington Post listed out a variety of things that students should be aware of—or at the very least start think through—when gearing up for college.
Here are eight quick tips to share with your students:
Carefully plan your first-semester schedule.
Planning out your schedule for the year can be overwhelming. Things to consider: If you are not a morning person, signing up for a bunch of 8 AM classes, is just not practical. Also, try not to overload yourself. The article suggested to “take a moderate load of courses totaling no more than 12 to 18 credit hours.” Check out Atomic Learning’s How Do I Prepare for a College Workload? course to better prepare.
Take your roommate agreement seriously.
No one ever said having a roommate would be easy. Especially when living quarters or dorm rooms can be cramped. Everyone has preferences regarding study time, overnight quests, food, furniture and more. The article went on to say, “Being upfront about your expectations from the beginning can help avoid problems later.” This course on What Concerns Should I Have About a Roommate? may also help.
The article explains “The best way to find your niche on campus is to get involved with clubs, service work or intramural sports.” Find what you like, and it will help introduce you to others on campus interested in the same things. Careful though, try not to overcommit yourself. Watch a course on How Involved Should I Be in Campus Life? for more insights.