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How To Pass Hard College Classes

How to Pass Hard College Classes

A lot of college classes are just plain hard. But there are some strategies you can use to help you. If you want to learn how to pass hard college classes, read on!

It's about time management – It's easy to waste time in college. First time away from home, so much to see and do. But if you want to pass, and even do well, you have to learn how to manage your time. At the beginning of each semester, make sure to get the schedule and syllabus for all of your classes. Get a weekly planner and map out your schedule. Block out time for your classes, sure, but what about the time it takes to get to each one, time it takes you to get ready in the morning, practice times, exercise, meals, when you're going to sleep – make sure you capture everything. What's there on the schedule is important, but what you really need to look at is "free time", the time that's not scheduled. This is time you can use to do homework, review notes, and read the assigned material.

Where to study – If you're in the dorm or an apartment, there are way too many distractions. So where should you study? The library. Block out time after your last classes to spend two hours every night studying there. The library is the only place that is guaranteed to be quiet,

Go to every class – This is not the time to miss classes for being hungover or because you decided to sleep late, or you wanted to go see a game. You, or your parents are paying a lot of money for this. You need to show up. And turn your cell phone off.

Take notes – This should go without saying. Try to capture everything, even things you're pretty sure are in the textbook. Don't try to figure out what's important or not. Get it all. Use time right after class, if you have it, to read over your notes. This is when the material is freshest in your mind. Reinforce your memory with your notes.

Try to start on your assignments as soon as you can – Again, your memory of the material will fade a bit as time goes on. It'll be easier if you start work on your assignments as soon as possible.

Read everything in your textbook – You can't afford to cut corners here. And don't just read your textbook, outline it. Yes, read everything, but also highlight the important parts. This forces you to concentrate, think, and determine which parts are relevant. When it comes time to study for exams, you don't want to waste time flipping back and forth looking for things when you could already know where to look. In addition, concentrating helps memory retention, so highlighting actually reinforces concepts. And accept that you're not going to be able to trade those textbooks in. Use them.

Study smart for your exams – Last but not least, make sure not to waste time going over and over what you already know. Make sure you concentrate on the parts where you're having difficulty.

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