Here are my 5 tips for beginning students!
1 – Study Group – Community
It can be hard for some people to make friends at university; so suggesting a study group for each or several classes is the perfect excuse to get to know other students. The television show Community is the perfect example of this, bringing a diverse range of strangely stereotypical characters together through the desire to pass Spanish class.
I should warn, you may not get to shoot each other with paintballs in the lecture rooms, steal a space flight simulator, or live in the building’s air ducts. However, helping each other study and pass courses will give you new friends, great marks, and maybe a few crazy adventures of your own.
2 – Ask lots of questions, but not too many – don’t be that guy
The difference between school and university that freaked me out the most, you didn’t have to raise your hand and ask to go to the toilet. This is about the only question you shouldn’t ask during tutorials and workshops though. Similar to the study group, the opportunity to confirm any statistics, or question anything you are unsure about is something that shouldn’t be taken for granted.
In saying this, there’s that old saying, “no question is a stupid question.” I personally disagree, as evidenced by Jonah from Tonga below. Don’t abuse the privilege!
3 – Get to know your lecturers – They are real people!
You can probably see a trend growing here. MAKE FRIENDS WITH EVERYONE! Your lecturers are industry professionals with years of experience, countless contacts, and they mark your exams. Don’t see it as bribery, but keep yourself in the good books and don’t be afraid to stand out from the rest of the class.
4 – Don’t buy textbooks unless you have to!
As I’ve mentioned in previous blogs, money can be hard to come by as a university student. One cost you can save a lot of money on is textbooks. Sure, the course content might say certain textbooks are required. However, there a a few ways you can avoid buying them.
The library – The library might have copies of textbooks you can use to study. Unfortunately, if 30 people have the same idea, there could be a fight to the death for the last copy.
Study group sharing – You should have seen that coming.
Find out if you actually need it – Ask lecturers and previous students whether you actually need a particular textbook, or if you can live without it.
5 – Find a way to distance yourself from Facebook – like seriously!
Facebook is the worst thing to happen to productivity ever. I don’t even know why, but I can find myself looking at pictures of people’s pets and meals for hours on end. The easiest thing I found was to just disconnect from the Internet and leave my phone in my bag.
After several cold sweats and uncontrollable shaking, I realized I could actually survive a couple of hours a day without checking updates. Who’d have thought it?
Once again, I hope this has helped some of you find your feet and make it through the next few years.
Until next time,