Volume 92, Issue 6
Friday, September 11, 1998
Studying to get back in
Dipesh Mistry/Photo Editor
By Dave Yasvinski
Depending on the type of student you were in high school, the transition to university life may be smoother than you think. Simply update and modify the techniques you may have used in secondary school and you'll find you can keep on getting by.
1. Buying books While it is obviously necessary to purchase books, the rush to do so is overrated. Most courses don't schedule exams until October at the earliest and the longer you wait the smaller the book store lines will be. Plus, the book store gives you one week to return purchased material so careful planning will enable you to return certain books after your exams giving you extra money for other things (see #8).
2. Planning ahead Once you've finally dragged your sorry ass to class, be especially alert and attentive to the students who are being alert and attentive to your prof. These people exist in every class and must become your friends. Foster relationships with these people early in the year so when exam time rolls around you won't be forced to ask someone for their notes ten seconds after introducing yourself.
3. Going to class Now that you've planned ahead you can afford to miss the occasional class. However, make sure you attend enough classes to ensure your prof recognizes you when you go to write your final exam.
4. Notetaking A large portion of what your prof says in class will never turn up on any of your exams so it's important to avoid developing a nasty case of writer's cramp. If over half your classmates are writing madly during a certain point in the lecture, then what your prof is saying is probably important. If this still seems to require too much writing simply glance over to make sure whoever you rely on for notes has it covered.
5. Studying While some people will try to tell you to study a little every night, by the time finals come all that information might be lost or irretrievable. Power studying the night before exams guarantees the material will be freshest in your mind the next day. Try not to talk to anyone on the way to take a test as any new knowledge might push out more important info.
6. Study atmosphere The best environment to study in usually depends on the individual. However, if you're relying on an all-nighter to get you by, you might want to lock yourself into a quiet room.
7. Study breaks Breaks are tricky when pulling an all-nighter as time is of the essence. Try to keep them as short as possible and resist at all costs the urge to rest your eyes for a minute.
8. Partying The week was made for partying so live it up. As long as you get serious when it's time to get serious, there's nothing wrong with having a little fun. And although there may be another party tomorrow it just might not be as good as the one tonight.
9. Hangovers Unfortunately, hangovers are a part of life. If you can afford to miss the class you're in the clear. If not, suck it up, buy a coffee and stumble to class.
10. Brown nosing Make the most of the time you spend in class. Ingratiate yourself to your prof or TA and be as sincere as possible. The time will come when you need help with an essay or a higher grade.
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