Starting college can be stressful whether you’re returning or starting your first year. There are several ways to reduce the stress of college life and the challenges that it poses. Use these tips for a successful school year
Do it now
Take initiative and don’t wait until the last minute to do something that you could accomplish right now. Stay ahead of your schedule and on top of things. Start early. Instead of waiting until the last minute to do your assignments, start and finish them right away. You will have spare time in which you can sit back, relax and admire the new productive you.
Instead of going through the motions of going to class and reading the book, be genuine in what you are doing and what you are learning about. Engage in the material. Think of how you can apply what you are learning to your life. Build and invest in new relationships with friends.
Always have the necessary supplies for your classes. Eat a balanced meal with nutritional value so your body will function with the highest potential. Get a full seven to nine hours of sleep each night so that your body is alert and ready for the day.
Take a risk
Don’t let the fear of failure keep you from taking risks. Always be open to trying new things and getting out of your comfort zone. Have no regrets.
Use your resources
Start a study group and ask your classmates for help. Go to your instructor’s office during his or her office hours to ask them for clarification if you have any confusion. Use the free resource of the writing center and the Academic Resource Center.
Manage your time
Don’t procrastinate. Prioritize your commitments and learn to place your most important commitments ahead of the smaller ones. Stay organized using methods that work for you. Use planners, digital calendars, alarms and lists or whatever is best for you.
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