1. answer thequestion, "why am i going to college?"
many college students really don't have a clearreason for being there other than the fact that they don't knowwhat else to do yet. they inherit goals fromfamily and peers which aren't truly their own. what are you thereto learn? what do you want to experience?
2. imagine yourideal college experience。
once you know why you're going to university,imagine your ideal outcome. whether you'vealready started university or not, stop and simply write down someattributes of your ideal experience. describe it in as much detailas you can. real life will of course turn out differently than youvisualize. the point of visualization is to giveyou more clarity for making decisions right now。
3. take at leastone extra class each semester。
the real benefit to a dense schedule isn't thatyou'll graduate sooner. the real benefit is thatyou'll enjoy a richer experience. this sort ofthing sure looks great on a resume。
4. set clear goalsfor each class。
decide what you want out of each specific class.sometimes you'll achieve your goals; sometimes youwon't. even if you do your best, you may stillfall short. you'll have to pick your battles.
some are worth fighting; others are best ignored。
you don't need to put an equal amount of effortinto every class. inject extra effort when it'simportant to you, but feel free to back off a little from classesthat are a low priority based on your specific goals。
6. get an earlystart to each day。
getting an early start each day helped you get alot more done, not just in the morning but throughout the day。
7. reclaim wastedtime during your classes。
not every class is going to require your utmostconcentration. sometimes teachers babble.
sometimes they reiterate what you already know. if a class isreally challenging, sit in the front and soak up everyword. but if a class isn't challenging you, thensit in the back, do homework for other classes, and pop your headup every once in a while to see if there's anything worth jottingdown。
8. learn materialthe very first time it's presented。
one of the biggest time wasters in school ishaving to relearn something you didn't learn properly the firsttime. when students say they're studying, most ofthe time they're making up for a previous failure to learn thematerial。
9. master advancedmemory techniques。
one of the keys to learning material the firsttime is to train yourself in advanced memory techniques. i don'trecommend memorizing by repetition because it's way too slow。
10. have someserious fun!
challenge yourself academically, but giveyourself plenty of time for fun as well. don'tsquander your leisure time hanging around doing nothing。