6 Tips to Get Ready for College Before Day One

23 July 2019   Kristina Abbey
Here are some tips and tricks to make sure you’re as ready as you can be for college.

Prepping for College

As the fall semester approaches many are preparing to start into college. Whether you are a new student or a seasoned scholar there are many things to do to get prepared to start your classes before the semester begins.

Clear Your Schedule

Our days seems to fill up with never ending tasks that take all of our time. When school begins, we must somehow figure out how to squeeze extra time out of the day to attend classes and get schoolwork completed. Before classes begin, take a good long hard look at your schedule. Look for time stealers and time wasters that you can eliminate. Perhaps it’s flipping through social media or binge-watching that favorite show. Maybe it’s a lack of scheduling or meal planning. Running to the store several times a week can surprisingly take up a lot of unnecessary time. Before the semester begins, look for the holes in your day that you can open up to allow you to focus on your classwork. You’ll be surprised at just how much extra time you can find. Be sure to talk to your family also, if there is anyway they can help out around the house ask them to pitch in and take on responsibilities to help lighten your load.

Check Your Computer

Many schools have specific technology requirements that students must have in order to use their online systems. Even if you are attending full-time as an on-campus student, you will likely still need to have access to the school system to submit assignments or review course material. Take some time to ensure your computer is meeting those requirements. Also, be sure to have your computer checked out by a knowledgeable IT technician to ensure your computer is running smoothly and that there isn’t any malware. Then you can enter into the new semester with the peace of mind that you are prepared and ready to go!

Save Your Stuff

Saving your work is important, really important. There is nothing like losing an entire essay or all your research due to a computer malfunction. Even computers that are in good condition can have issues. So, save your stuff, not just on your computer but in multiple locations. You can use cloud storage services like Dropbox or Google Docs or use a flash drive or external hard drive to back up your files. Remember, the more important the item is, the more places you should be saving your work. If something happens to your computer, then you can rest easy in the knowledge that your files have been saved.

Backup Plan

Whether your computer is new or old, it is always good to have a backup plan in place for your education. Things happen to computers and thanks to good old Murphy’s Law, when something happens to your computer it will happen at the worst possible time. When it comes to schooling, most colleges require assignment submission to an online forum. So, with this in mind, what will you do if something happens to your primary method of assignment submission? Have a conversation with a friend or family members and ask them if you can use them as a backup. Find out if you can go over to their house at a moment’s notice to submit your work, which you would be able to do since you’ll be saving your files to more than one spot. You may never need to use your backup plan but having one in place can give you a little peace of mind in knowing that you will be able to get your work turned in even if your computer crashes.

Plan Ahead

You know when the semester is running, you should already have your class schedule and know when the classes will begin and end. Now take a look at your personal calendar. Are there any major events coming up? In the fall semester there is the Thanksgiving holiday, perhaps you have family coming in from out of town or maybe you are planning to go see them. Once you have your course assignment calendar, take a few minutes to look at when assignments are due and then compare them to your personal calendar. If you have assignments due the week of another planned event or activity, then you know to plan ahead to allow for your assignments to still be submitted on time.

Overall, planning ahead and having a plan in place to make sure you can stay on top of your classwork is an important step to staying on track with your assignments. With a little time and some conversation, you can set yourself up to be successful in your next semester.

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