8​ Study Habits You Need To Get Into Before The Semester Hits You Hard

8​ Study Habits You Need To Get Into Before The Semester Hits You Hard

Make this semester your best semester yet!


As you've been in your classes for a few weeks now, you've probably had an okay time managing everything.

As you start to flip through your syllabus and check out your upcoming semester assignments, you're most likely starting to feel the pressure. Whether this is your first year in college or your last, the crash of all of your assignments and responsibilities in a semester comes faster than you realize. And when it does come falling down, it feels like you're being hit by a train at full speed.

Don't worry! There's still time to get ahead of the game before it's too late! Starting with these study habits...

1. Make a calendar and actually use it.

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Spongebob calendar


Whether it's a physical calendar that you write in with multi-colored gel pens or the calendar on your smartphone, take advantage of the calendar. There is too much going on in your life right now to remember everything by yourself. Use this calendar to remind yourself of the homework you have due for the week and tests you need to start studying for.

2. Find a study-buddy. 

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Study buddy


You can't do all this studying by yourself. Find someone to accompany you to the library and read over your papers for you before you submit them. Plus, studying is a lot more fun if there are friends involved.

3. Take advantage of your campus resources, such as free tutoring!




Most, if not all, universities and colleges offer free learning centers to help you get ahead or catch up. You can join a group session if you simply want a refresh of the material or you can sign up for an individual meeting to focus on your specific concerns. Plus, it's free.

4. Attend your professor's office hours. 




A majority of the time, your professor isn't as scary as they seem and they actually want to help you. Visit your professor's office hours at least a week before an assignment is due to get on the right track. If your professor doesn't offer office hours or isn't your favorite person of all time, there are usually other professors or instructional assistants who are more than happy to help you. I used to go to my math professors office hours every week and she would never show up. Soon one of the other math teachers noticed I was coming and invited me to see her whenever I had questions. She ended up helping me with a lot of my assignments and was a great resource.

5. Review material ahead of time so you can ask questions in class or during individual sessions.

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Review material


To know what you have to know, you have to know what you don't know. You know? Let me say this in easier terms. Don't be afraid of the things you don't understand. Having questions is a good thing because you're not supposed to know everything. Bring those questions to the right people to get answers and embrace the unknown with open arms.

6. Ditch the distractions during class time.




Class can sometimes be interesting... if you actually pay attention. If what's happening on your social feed is on the back of your mind, put your phone in your bag. If you keep texting on your computer instead of taking notes, write your notes by hand. The more you put into your classes, the more you'll get out of them and more importantly the less catching up you'll have to do.

7. Don't give up on yourself, even when it feels like you'll never understand the material. 

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We're smart


Sometimes you're going to fall on your face, like Andy in that gif. The important thing is to remember that you've got this. In order to understand new material, you have to get past the mental block that you give yourself when you want to give up.

8. Enjoy the experience. You won't in the moment, but you will when it's over.




While staying up late in the library and reviewing flashcards before class sounds like a nightmare right now, once it's over you'll admire the hard work you put into it. I've had some impossible classes before when every day was like entering the gates of Hell, but once I got my beautiful grade at the end of it... it felt pretty dang good.

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It's Time To Thank Your First Roommate

Not the horror story kind of roommate, but the one that was truly awesome.

Nostalgic feelings have recently caused me to reflect back on my freshman year of college. No other year of my life has been filled with more ups and downs, and highs and lows, than freshman year. Throughout all of the madness, one factor remained constant: my roommate. It is time to thank her for everything. These are only a few of the many reasons to do so, and this goes for roommates everywhere.

You have been through all the college "firsts" together.

If you think about it, your roommate was there through all of your first college experiences. The first day of orientation, wishing you luck on the first days of classes, the first night out, etc. That is something that can never be changed. You will always look back and think, "I remember my first day of college with ____."

You were even each other's first real college friend.

You were even each other's first real college friend.

Months before move-in day, you were already planning out what freshman year would be like. Whether you previously knew each other, met on Facebook, or arranged to meet in person before making any decisions, you made your first real college friend during that process.

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The transition from high school to college is not easy, but somehow you made it out on the other side.

It is no secret that transitioning from high school to college is difficult. No matter how excited you were to get away from home, reality hit at some point. Although some people are better at adjusting than others, at the times when you were not, your roommate was there to listen. You helped each other out, and made it through together.

Late night talks were never more real.

Remember the first week when we stayed up talking until 2:00 a.m. every night? Late night talks will never be more real than they were freshman year. There was so much to plan for, figure out, and hope for. Your roommate talked, listened, laughed, and cried right there with you until one of you stopped responding because sleep took over.

You saw each other at your absolute lowest.

It was difficult being away from home. It hurt watching relationships end and losing touch with your hometown friends. It was stressful trying to get in the swing of college level classes. Despite all of the above, your roommate saw, listened, and strengthened you.

...but you also saw each other during your highest highs.

After seeing each other during the lows, seeing each other during the highs was such a great feeling. Getting involved on campus, making new friends, and succeeding in classes are only a few of the many ways you have watched each other grow.

There was so much time to bond before the stresses of college would later take over.

Freshman year was not "easy," but looking back on it, it was more manageable than you thought at the time. College only gets busier the more the years go on, which means less free time. Freshman year you went to lunch, dinner, the gym, class, events, and everything else possible together. You had the chance to be each other's go-to before it got tough.

No matter what, you always bounced back to being inseparable.

Phases of not talking or seeing each other because of business and stress would come and go. Even though you physically grew apart, you did not grow apart as friends. When one of you was in a funk, as soon as it was over, you bounced right back. You and your freshman roommate were inseparable.

The "remember that one time, freshman year..." stories never end.

Looking back on freshman year together is one of my favorite times. There are so many stories you have made, which at the time seemed so small, that bring the biggest laughs today. You will always have those stories to share together.

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The unspoken rule that no matter how far apart you grow, you are always there for each other.

It is sad to look back and realize everything that has changed since your freshman year days. You started college with a clean slate, and all you really had was each other. Even though you went separate ways, there is an unspoken rule that you are still always there for each other.

Your old dorm room is now filled with two freshmen trying to make it through their first year. They will never know all the memories that you made in that room, and how it used to be your home. You can only hope that they will have the relationship you had together to reflect on in the years to come.

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Why You Should And Shouldn't Pursue A Science Degree

From personal experience, here are some actual reasons, in my opinion, why a science degree is a really bad, yet really good idea.


Since I was in maybe 6th or 7th grade, I've always dreamed of being a doctor. Don't ask me why, but for some reason, I just up and decided I wanted to pursue one of the hardest possible careers that exist. Anatomy, science, and math have always been interests of mine, but not necessarily strong-suits. These areas, for me, always take extra work and studying to excel on exams and homework versus English and history. Regardless, I ignored this. Why? I am dumb. I didn't pay attention to what my personal strengths are, but rather what my interests alone were. I guess what I am trying to say here is, through personal experience, I've learned that it's important to pay attention to what your personal talents and interests are and to find a good middle ground. This can apply to any degree, not just a science degree.

Interest in science has increased over time. As technology and medicine have advanced, people have recognized that there is a need for more people in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) field. There are more jobs available for people who pursue STEM degrees, and those jobs generally offer more money. According to Business Insider, non-STEM majors earn an average of $15,500 less per year starting salary than STEM majors. This is enticing to many but can be misleading. Science degrees are very difficult to earn, which is why they offer such high-earning salaries and give so many job opportunities after college.

If you are actually good at math and science and know the first 100 numbers of pi off the top of your head, by all means, feel free to become a neurosurgeon or aerospace engineer, but I had to learn my lesson the hard way. Just know that nobody's opinion matters but your own and this is your life. The decisions you make during these four years will affect your career for the rest of your life. Don't pursue a degree just because it will make you a lot of money. Pursue a career because you are good at it and you actually enjoy it.

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