Top 10 Tips For Stressed Students To Succeed In College & University
If you are pursuing a degree in college or university, chances are you may be stressed out for a variety of reasons. Whether it is because you are low on funds or there is too much homework, there is a tip in this list for almost all students.
This list are some of many tips from my personal culmination of my college and university experiences over the years (from Bachelor’s, to Master’s, and PhD):
1) When you first start college (such as a Bachelor’s degree), do not worry to much about what major you want. Try and have some ideas and meet with your academic advisers by the end of your first year. You are a growing individual and life may take you in a different direction, so it is okay to not be too certain of what you want yet. Just make sure to plan out when you need to decide a major so you don’t end up staying longer in college to finish your degree.
2) Save all of your notes, powerpoint slides, papers, and exams. You never know when they may help you down the road… especially if you are pursuing higher education which leads me to my next point…
3) Some Master’s and PhD degrees accept credits from similar previous graduate courses. For example, if you decide to pursue a PhD, you may be able to transfer some credits from your Master’s degree over to your PhD. You will need to submit the syllabus for each course you want credit for, and perhaps a study guide and/or paper in order to receive credit. This can save you a lot of time (you will be able to graduate sooner) and money (tuition especially).
4) Stop buying your textbooks at your college/university bookstore. They are usually overpriced. Use websites such as Amazon Student (sign up with your .edu email address, it’s free for the first few months and worth the once-a-year discounted charge). With many books on Amazon.com, you can either rent them or buy them for a cheaper price and you can get two day free Prime shipping. For those that are even more tight on money…
5) Go to your college/university library and check out course textbooks. Moreover, ask the library if there is an interlibrary loan, where you can request a book and the library will consult with other connected libraries to see if they can get the books for you. This is usually free, just make sure you return the books on time. You will need to wait about 3-10 days for the book to arrive in the library, so prepare in advance. If you are stressed on finances, many college/university libraries also have a large movie and video game section where you can take them out for free. Reward yourself once in awhile with something recreational and know that you’re getting the item for free to loan!
6) Does your college/university have counseling? Chances are as a student that you may be able to have free therapy sessions. Some colleges and universities have a limit of 10 free sessions per academic year. These sessions may be priceless if you need to talk to a therapist for anything you are going through or if you are just stressed out.
7) Does your college/university have a writing center? Take advantage of the writing center (it is usually free) to help improve your writing. This can help you over time as you learn to find and hone your voice. Additionally, sometimes the writing and reference formats can be originally confusing (MLA, APA, etc.), especially if you are switching from MLA to APA, for example.
8) At the beginning of your semester, take a look at your syllabi and input all due dates of assignments into your cell phone calendar so you know in advance when they are due. In case you may forget, you will always have a notification in your cell phone calendar that an assignment is due. For an added bonus, also write in your calendar to work on the assignments when the due date is nearing.
9) Save your documents in a cloud server, such as Google Drive. You can even type out your documents online and they save automatically which means less chances of losing documents due to crashes from other programs! This is a great way to keep track of everything as well.
10) Finally, perhaps the best tip for last: Get to know your professors and meet with them during office hours. You may learn some extra tips in how to excel in your course and what in particular the professor is looking for in the assignments that you have to submit. Additionally, the more you know your professors, the more chances you have of asking for a reference letter from them that can be quite substantial and can make all the difference for your future endeavors!
Hopefully some of these tips are helpful for you during your educational journey. Try to get involved on campus, whether through an organization, club, or student newspaper. Some clubs/organizations are even operational online if you are a distant (online) student. Take advantage of what your college/university offers.
Do not forget to treat yourself once in awhile and pat yourself on the back for a job well done! Additionally, try to be in different environments to keep you motivated to continue working. Wishing you the best in all of your endeavors!
Have some tips for other students? Share them in the comments!