Back-to-Campus: Tips College Students NEED to Know

Tip #1: Balancing it All

Not only are you trying to balance classes, study time, group work, and tests, but there is the social aspect of college life to fit in as well. On- and off-campus activities, including everything from hanging out with friends to intermural sports, make up a big part of the college experience. While managing your time can be tricky, it doesn’t need to be overwhelming. Try using an agenda or planner. There are plenty of apps out there, or you can even utilize the calendar on your smart phone. (There is also nothing wrong with pen and paper planner.) Utilizing such tools can help you manage your time and keep it all straight.

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Tip #2: Where and How Long to Study

You know you best. Whether you study better in your dorm room with your headphones and your favorite music or in a quite space in the library, find something that works for you. Once you find your sweet spot, break up your studying into time blocks. Try studying for 30-50 minutes and then allowing yourself a quick break in between those studying times. This approach can help you stay energized and focused.

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Tip #3: Don’t be Afraid to Ask for Help

College is a fantastic place to gain independence and be on your own, but that doesn’t mean you can’t ask for help along the way. If you are struggling with something in a class, find out what your instructors office hours are and ask for clarification. That’s why they have them! If you are feeling extremely stressed or just not quite yourself, make sure to reach out any of the counseling services or health center.

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Tip #4: Safety First

While college is a great place to meet new people and have new experiences, that doesn’t mean you should completely let your guard down. Being aware of and being able to identify potential threats on- and off-campus is an important skill everyone should have. For example, when walking home at night either from class or a friend’s house, be attentive and aware of your surroundings. Or, if you are out enjoying a beverage with friends, make sure to keep an eye on your drink–even non-alcoholic ones! Your safety is something that YOU have to own.

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Tip #5: Get Your Money’s Worth

We all know college isn’t exactly cheap, so make sure you utilize some of the free services your campus offers. Some options may include your college’s gym/health center, sporting events, theater program, or other after hour events—check them out. Some or all of those thing may be included in your tuition, and if you are already paying for them, might as well enjoy them. 


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