Yesterday I talked about how your college choice can impact your college success based on some factors like academic programs, campus activities, and even college location. Here are some more of my thoughts on how you can own your college choice.
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To be as successful as you can be academically, it’s not enough that you study. You need to make good decisions as to where and when you study. Let’s focus on where.
At the risk of boring you with common sense or sounding like somebody’s mom, let’s first talk about where not to study. Anywhere there is a TV, talking, loud music, or a lot of movement can be quickly eliminated. Let’s face it. You’re not that fired up about Statistics. You probably enjoy it about as much as a trip to the dentist. Given that, you’ll settle for just about any distraction possible to pull your head out of your notes. Said another way, if you study any place where you can be distracted, you will be. And that means one of two things: either you won’t do well on the exam, or you’re going to spend a whole lot more time studying for it than you would have otherwise.
If you haven’t tried the library, I’d highly recommend it. Find an out-of-the-way corner and plan to stay for a while. Just avoid the “Social Section,” the area where hordes of “C” students gather for literally hours at a time to talk about how unprepared they are for the exam tomorrow. You’ll know the “Social Section” when you see it. Avoid it like the plague.
Get serious. Focus on what you’re doing so you can maximize your results with a minimum amount of effort. No friends, no phones, and no potential candidates for a big date on Saturday night.
You’ll get your studying done faster and then be able to concentrate on these other highly important issues.
You have finally finished exams and your holiday shopping, and you are on your way home for great food and relaxation. In fact, you could be categorized as a professional at this. You catch up on all the sleep you missed throughout the semester, you get together with high school friends, you watch tons of TV shows and movies, and read your favorite magazines. But your winter break needs to be much more than this! Here are some additional things you should be doing over the break: