Picture this: It's 3am and you are huddled over two textbooks that collectively weigh more than 40 pounds. Empty cans of Monster Energy drinks surround you as you profusely sweat all over your notes trying to cram everything into your brain that you can before your test at 8:00 am.
This has been me and a lot of my friends our first year. And my goal for you at the end of this article is to never have to feel that struggle EVER!
You might be thinking “But how do I avoid looking like a racoon due to dark circles from lack of sleep?” Well don’t fear, Christine is here! If there is one thing that I love doing more than talking about myself in the third person, its helping people get organized and have good study skills. I know you may feel scared about the transition to a post-secondary learning environment and I don’t blame you. Thinking back to my first year, I remember how scared I was as well. Here I will give you my tried and true tips and tricks on how to rock your upcoming school year, and what is available here at Conestoga!
Okay so maybe not at all times (necessarily), but your course outline is going to be your bestie in college. If you don’t know what a course outline is, it’s basically an overview of each topic taught in the PowerPoints which instructors provide to you. I use this as my study guide for all of my courses. It is basically a large cheat sheet! All of the content on the outline is testable so you will never be surprised on a test.
If there is any takeaway from this article for you, I hope it’s this. Use the Learning Commons! They are the on-campus tutoring center. They have so many different services available, from one-on-one appointments to drop ins for every subject imaginable. A good habit is to book an appointment or attend a drop-in before a test. This allows you to sit down with a tutor who can help explain any things you may need clarification on. I did this when I had a statistics class, and my marks started to improve drastically. Also, a tip for papers: whenever I know I have a big essay due, I will book an appointment way before the due date. They can help you with everything from brainstorming to editing. Might I add it’s also free!
My last tip for you is to find your note-taking style. My style took almost 2 years to develop. I have tried so many different methods which I will definitely explain in another post. I personally find doing my readings the night before, (by answering the unit outcomes) is super helpful. Then, on the day of the lecture, I will have my slide show open on the other side of my screen, and add points and pictures from the class.
So that’s it! I hope this has helped you. If you ever need more tips feel free to come up and talk to me on campus!