By Ivy Wang
1.Find the fastest way to class and plan your day efficiently.
Some classes are on the Arts Quad which is a 10-15 minute walk while others such as Business/Econ or Vet classes are 20-30 minutes away. For those with classes that are further away, you can purchase a bus pass, but a pass can be mighty expensive so if you don’t want or need the exercise, make sure to plan out the day in the morning. Doing this avoids situations such as wasting half an hour to walk to the dorm and then back to the library or class just because you forgot a book. Additionally, plan where to have lunch or when to do it to minimize the time you spend walking back and forth.
2. Use the afternoon to finish work (universal “don’t procrastinate” rule still applies). Socialize at night!
DON’T –WHATEVER YOU DO– fall behind on the reading. It’s ten times harder catching up after you’ve let go. Don’t think that just because you have one class and your lecture might end at noon that you can wait until 9 to start. There’s usually a lot of reading or writing or problem solving across all courses. If you’re in Architecture– prepare to skip going to RPCC and order lots of food to Milstein Hall instead.
3. If you want to be a good student– preview the material.
Some professors assign readings the day before the they lecture on the material (as was the case in Freedom and Justice). Then during the lecture they go into more detail or clarify on the readings. This method was found to be very helpful by students taking those classes. Other students whose professors lectured first and then assigned readings had more difficulty understanding everything in class and found it harder to complete those readings after, missing out on details.
4. Take advantage of office hours- no matter whose.
It’s hard to get close to most professors, but TAs are always open and very friendly. If you have anything you want to discuss, debate, or demand, TAs are generally very helpful. OR ask your fellow students…
5. Find several close friends or study buddies
That way you can study together, work on assignments, peer edit, and just have a reference (and be a reference) for others to survive together.