15 'Ned's Declassified' Tips That Still Work In College

15 'Ned's Declassified' Tips That Still Work In College

Tip #334.3F — When you're sitting with your friends, you are at the cool table

We all know and love the classic Nickelodeon show "Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide," but have we taken enough time to really look at the tips? In honor of college students everywhere struggling here are 15 of "Ned's Declassified" tips that are just as relevant in college.

1. Tip #305F - Stay together with electives

The Middle School (ahem, college) system will separate you from your friends but you can use your electives to stay together at least once. Plan ahead: pick the same class. It's simple.

2. Tip #503.B - Be ready for surprises

I guess the only way to be really ready for the first day is to realize that nobody's ready.

3. Tip #320A - No class is ever full

No class is ever "full," it just reaches capacity. And to get in, all you need is Tip #320B.

4. Tip #320B - Get teacher approval

Get teacher approval. And a decent speech.

5. Tip #112 - Do whatever you can to stay awake

The Boring Teacher: Always have something in handy that can keep you and the class awake.

6. Tip #338.XU - Don't kiss up, do the work

I know it doesn't feel like it but teachers are people too and if you just do the work or at least try in class, you'll be amazed how much your grades shoot up.

7. Tip #334.3F - When you're sitting with your friends, you are at the cool table

When you're sitting with your friends, you are at the cool table.

8. Tip #987.4 - Home sick? Ask a friend for notes

Avoid falling behind in class and get a classmate to make copies of notes from the days you miss. But make sure that person takes good notes. Or better yet, get someone to video tape the class.

9. Tip #308 - If you're on the wrong end of a rumor, IGNORE IT!

If you're on the wrong end of a rumor, don't panic, just ignore it.

10. Tip #312 - Don't believe rumors and don't spread them

Rumors. Sometimes they're fun but usually they are nothing but trouble. So don't believe them and don't spread them.

11. Double Dating = Less Pressure

Avoid awkward silences with double dating.

12. Ask your teacher about tutor options

Don't beat yourself up. If you have a tutor, it doesn't mean you're dumb.

13. If you fail, don't overreact

Talk to your Guidance Counselor (or adviser, or professor, or TA) for advice on how to pass.

14. Don't get in the way of 8th graders

Walk with your friends in dangerous zones (away from eighth graders and actual college dangers).

15. Tip #309.8.2 - Have fun, don't have super-high expectations and go with the flow

THE FINAL AND MOST IMPORTANT TIP EVER (which was technically Moze's tip all along) Have fun. Don't have super-high expectations and go with the flow.

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Finals Week As Told By Schmidt

Schmidt Happens

Finals week is finally upon us. The time every college student has dreaded all semester and there is no avoiding it. Let the stress, tears, and sleepless nights commence. Here's Finals Week as Told by Schmidt.

1. When you walk into the library and see that there are no more spots available because every freshman decided to start using the library now.

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2. You run into someone from your class and they ask you how prepared you are for the final.

3. Your first meltdown begins...

4. And then you get a call from your parents asking you why you've been so on edge lately

5. When you're three coffees deep at 2AM and believe everything will be okay even though you still haven't studied.

6. The day has arrived and it's time to take your first final so you give yourself a quick pep talk.

7. When you are the first one to finish the final early because you didn't study.

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8. Trying to pack while studying.

9. And then you start wishing you didn't wait until the last minute to pack because now there is no way your stuff will fit into your car.

10. When you get your first grade back.

11. And you have to tell your parents how you did in the class.

12. When all of your roommates are done with their finals and you still have one left.

13. But then your time has finally come and you have finished your last final as well.

14. And you realize you have survived yet another hell week.

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What To Expect For Big Lecture Classes

Don't be afraid, you'll survive these classes.

I’m about to finish my first year of college once spring quarter is over, and I’ve already been able to experience classes of many sizes, ranging from 13 students to a little under 500.

Thankfully, my larger lectures have been taught mostly by energetic and passionate professors, which I deem as a key quality needed in a great class. Especially for these larger scaled classes, it’s much easier for students to fall off track quicker when the ratio of student to teacher increases.

Student engagement is critical in lectures because the more students are able to participate, the more they can keep focused. In a 400 student class, I had the professor keep the class interesting and persuasive by using memes and gifs throughout his lessons, as well as debatable questions to be consulted with your peers. There were also videos that resonated with today’s media society, all surrounding and relating to the important material kept on a PowerPoint presentation.

Another professor I had read off his already indistinguishable PowerPoint and, occasionally mapped out problems on the chalkboard. Almost one-third of the class dropped within the first week.

Now, this isn’t to scare you away from these large-scale classes. If the professor is worth their dime, they’ll know how to engage the class, and as long as you put in the required effort as well, you’ll have no problem adjusting to the larger class setting.

Remember, the main goal is engagement and participation, even if it’s not to the whole class or to the professor themselves. Don’t be discouraged by the numbers, there are many ways to seek independent help as well if you feel that you’re struggling.

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