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Monday, August 26, 2013

College: More Tips for the First Day

Last year, I posted five tips for the first day of school. This year, now that the first day of the semester has come around once more, here are five more tips.

#1: Pay attention to the syllabus
I know it's boring and that, for the most part, they're all basically the same but it's still important. This is when you'll find out what the class entails and when major assignments are due.

#2: Know where you're going
Look up which classes you have when and what rooms they're in ahead of time. If you're like me and you're afraid you won't remember, write them down somewhere or put them into your phone.

#3: Arrive early 
Get to class early. I tend to be fifteen or twenty minutes early the first week, just so I know how long it takes me to get there and I know I won't be late. This is also a good time to meet your fellow classmates and sometimes the professor.

#4: Sit toward the front
Choose a chair toward the front of the room. Not only is it easier to see and hear, but you're less likely to get distracted. Plus the professor will be more likely to notice.

#5: Come to class prepared
Bring notebook, pens, pencils, and any textbooks that the class requires. It's usually fine not to have the textbooks the first day, but there have been classes where I've needed them right away.

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