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Making the most of gaps in your schedule while in school

Posted by admin on August 30, 2015  /   Posted in CUSP Services

Starting college is a time-honored rite-of- passage, marking the beginning of adulthood. College transition programs will help to prepare you, but you yourself will be doing the work of studying, writing research papers and completing lab assignments. An essential aspect of college success is good time management and one advantage of a college schedule is that you will almost certainly have breaks between classes. Using this time wisely will benefit you in numerous ways. Here are some ideas:


Immediately after a class, review your notes. Be sure that you know what is coming up, if there is an assignment due at the next class or if an exam is looming on the horizon. If you have a question, contact your instructor as soon as you can.


Right before a class, review any notes and write down any questions you may have from the previous class. Questions do not always occur to us immediately. Sometimes we need to mull over new information and fit it into what we already know. Then the questions arise and the next class is the best time to get them answered before newer information causes you to forget what you wanted to ask.


If you have a long break, completely switch gears. Some physical exercise provides a nice change to sitting and studying. Go for a walk around campus. If there is a gym or pool and you have sufficient time, get in a workout. You will feel fresh and re-energized.


Grab a snack, especially if you had an early morning class and did not eat breakfast. You truly cannot learn on an empty stomach; that is not just an advertising slogan for cereal companies.


Join study groups. They are helpful for all students but especially students with learning challenges. Discussing the course material out loud will help you to comprehend and retain it. What you did not grasp, someone else will, and they can help you to understand. Check with the learning resources center on campus and join an existing study group or start you own. You may also end up making some good friends.


Find a quiet spot and just relax. Learning is exhausting and your brain needs down time to process and store what you have just learned. If it is safe to do so, you can even nap for a while.


Get a head start on assignments. Procrastination is your worst foe. You do not need large blocks of time to work on major assignments. In just half an hour you can start looking for sources for a research paper or sketch out thoughts to develop later. The advantage to this is that your subconscious mind will go to work and by the time you revisit these ideas your brain will have developed them with little effort on your part.


The road to a college degree or certificate is not easy. Making the best use of the time at your disposal is a tried-and-true strategy for success. So plan well and you will prevail.

The Importance of Being Social and Making Friends in College                                                              

Posted by admin on August 30, 2015  /   Posted in CUSP Services

When attending college, most people look at it as a time to prepare for their career. However, it is also a time to explore socially and meet the friends of a lifetime: You cannot and should not spend your entire time studying in books because the students who often succeed in academics will also have an easier time socially.


For example, when you feel stressed, a social life will provide relief that lets you return to your studies without feeling stressed. If you are someone with Asperger syndrome, ADHD or other developmental disabilities, this becomes especially important, but it can be hard for these students to adapt socially. Luckily, there are higher education disability services that can assist students to make that transition. When you socialize, you will receive more from the experience at college.


College offers students endless opportunities to grow and get involved. Learning takes place inside and outside the classroom. When you are involved, it builds a community on the college campus. Because many students left their friends and family behind, participating in activities will allow you to create new friendships and find people who share common interests and goals. In addition, this can help you to discover your strengths and passions. Have you gone to college without knowing the career path you want to follow? Socializing at college can help.


Socializing can also help you to build your resume. Even freshman year should not be considered too soon to position yourself for your future career. Oftentimes, the fraternities and sororities provide you with more than the opportunity to socialize and party. You see, every organization like this will be dedicated to a specific mission or purpose, biology for example. If you are considering a career as a marine biologist, your employer will see that you are a member of that fraternity, and you will have increased your chances of being hired. A lot of members report that belonging to a sorority or fraternity is the most rewarding experience of belonging to a college.


Another benefit of making friends in college? You will remember your college years as some of the best years of your life. When you are trying to find your niche on the college campus, sometimes it is easier said than done. If you are someone who struggles to make friends because of a disability, you may want to consider a transition services for special education. This type of service can help you to connect with an amazing group of people.


What are some of the best ways to get involved on a campus? First, use the campus resources. You will often find this information in the office or at the university website, but the majority of campuses will offer an involvement center that lists the activities because involved students create a positive environment that helps colleges to thrive. Second, try everything at least once. Reach beyond your comfort zone and look for different groups. While you may not think the engineering society is for you, college gives you the chance to explore new possibilities.

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