Each semester millions of people attend classes at a local or online college. All students know that textbooks, lectures, and projects will become part of their daily lives. Most wonder what they can do to be as successful as possible in their courses and make the road to a degree as easy as possible. The following are a few recommendations to help any student do well:
Before you enter the classroom know what you are going to have to do to achieve your best in that class. Understand where your strengths are and find help for your weakest areas.
. Are you a visual learner? Do you have to physically write-down notes or are you okay with typing them or, perhaps, just listening to the lecture?
. Use the study methods that are best suited for you. Give yourself adequate time to review material. Do not form a study group with anyone if the time will not be used productively.
. All campuses have some form of academic help. Utilize tutors, libraries, databases, organizations, and professors' office hours when you need them.
Preparation is an element of success in almost anything. College is no different. Just showing up to class is not enough.
With everything there is to get done, it can be hard to remember when things are due. Create a calendar to stay on top of due dates and make sure that you are managing your time wisely.
Oftentimes, projects and assignments will require more time than initially expected; completing the work as soon as possible allows you to dedicate the appropriate time to the task and do a better job.
Focus foremost on the information you are certain will be on the test (or quiz). From there, concentrate on important topics/main points and items of discussion highlighted in class lectures.
While most of the text is similar to lectures, reading the book ahead of class will allow you to follow the discussion more easily and understand what is going on.
No one ever attended college because they thought it would be easy. You have to study many hours and collaborate on group work to have a successful college career.
If you do not understand something, ask the professor or peers, most are more than willing to help.
Avoid the temptation to 'just take a zero' for one or two small assignments. You don't want to be kicking yourself at the end of the semester because you are.01 away from a higher letter grade (or even passing the class), which could have been locked-in with that one extra grade.
The professor isn't there to lecture for no reason. What they have to say will help to understand and reinforce the material, which will show when it comes to exam time.
. If your grade is wavering, just as with skipping assignments, those extra points can 'make or break you' at the end of the semester. It would be rough retaking a class knowing there was something you could have done to pass it the first time around.
Every class is run a little bit differently. Be aware of what the professor expects from you and how work is to be presented. Each class may require different study methods or time dedication. Identify these differences and tailor your habits to match.
By utilizing these recommendations, college students will find they have better success at achieving the expectations they set for themselves in regard to their coursework.
Job hunters who fear rejection are not alone. While nobody likes dealing with rejection, coping with rejection during your job search is no big deal when you understand having to deal with rejection comes with the territory for job hunters.
After all, your chances getting a job offer or winning an audition the first time out are practically nil. So you will conduct your job campaign with less stress by knowing there will be more situations where you do not get the job.
Being turned down for a job is never easy. Job hunters cannot avoid it. But you can avoid taking rejection personally by looking at rejection from a different point of view. With each rebuff, you’re coming closer to being offered a job.
That’s because you become a better job candidate in the job search process by learning more about yourself and the job marketplace. This lets you present more effectively at your next job interview.
1. Get used to the idea of being rejected by understanding there’s more rejection than acceptance during any search.
2. Think of interviews as auditions. Actors spend entire careers auditioning just to land one role. All you need to do is audition for and find one job.
3. Reduce rejection sensitivity by knowing that being turned down for a job doesn’t mean you have failed as a person. It means your presentation might have failed, or there was a legitimate reason you weren’t hired. Perhaps the company hired internally or picked a candidate better qualified for the job.
4. Debrief yourself after each interview. Reflect on things you did well and continue to build on them. Determine what you could have improved. And ask yourself if you demonstrated how you met the criteria for the job. Your next interviews will go a whole lot smoother because of this debrief.
5. Write the word ‘no” on a piece of paper until you’ve used it all up. Write “yes’ as the last word in the lower right hand corner. Every time you get a no, circle it and be grateful. You’re getting closer to a “yes.”
6. Transform negative feelings that have been generated with your being turned down for a job, with this magic formula —
SW, SW, SW – NEXT.
This stands for “some will, some won’t, so what — Next! Your job hunt is a numbers game. The more interviews you have the sooner you’ll get an offer. Negative feelings resulting from being turned down do not last long when you get busy and plan your next interviews.