Things You Wish You Knew in College/University


dandy_123
on Jul 12, 2016 @ 01:44 am

I am starting college this September (For those who are curious to what program I enrolled in, it is to be a special educator!) I am a little nervous but also excited. 

I was wondering if any of you Chicks wouldn't mind sharing your experience in post secondary. Any tips, advice, mistakes lessons learned, exam tips etc. would be very much appreciated :) 

Something that kind of worries me are the exams. I don't know why but I am a bit slow at digesting information and it really bothers me how I am pretty slow at test taking. In high school, there were some exams in which I did not finish everything so it kind of makes me feel slump on the inside. 

Thank you so much if you're still reading up to this point

I have to take a language assessment test before the end of this month and is it normal to feel a bit nervous? I've been out of school for 5 months going on 6. I try my best to avoid negativity but I can just feel that little voice in the back of my head saying you have are becoming a dimwit because you've never really done anything to challenge yourself and stimulate your brain.. 

Although as a solution, I have started reading the dictionary and thesaurus flipping at random pages every night before I go to sleep. I also discovered a section on my college's website that showed samples of previous tests which I suppose is a resource to have. For some reason, I feel worried about getting a choice of question(s) in which I do not know anything about!!! I feel so silly for feeling worried but I cannot help it. Is there any advice you guys are able to give to me? How to not worry? This situation bugs me when I think about it but I need to face it.

I cannot seem to fully articulate as well I want to but thank you so much if you have read all of this post. I hope you are all well <3
 


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Irememberu
dandy123 on Jul 12, 2016 @ 03:02 am

Congrats. The only advice I'd like to give you is enjoy. First, just pay attention in class, go over notes at night,eat and sleep well, select your friends carefully as sometimes some can hold you back.If you are sharing accomodations and the other person does not keep their end of the bargain, find another roommate. Next smile,be proud you got this far, and enjoy to the fullest.
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christinat
. on Jul 12, 2016 @ 10:26 am

First off, being nervous is normal. I was in your spot a couple of years ago with no advice or tips given to me whatsoever. I had to learn to adapt to the "real world" on my own. I too, had to take an assessment test and was nervous doing so. But I just prepared myself as much as I could by skimming through sample questions. I don't know what college you're going to, but the one I went to, I got the choice to choose which question I want to answer so it made things a little easier on my end. I'm also a slow test taker, I have a hard time "memorizing" and digesting info. My best advice in this situation is to skim through the test in the beginning and do the questions you know the answer to first and then work on the troubling question after. I have a long list of advice and tips to share but it'll probably go on for days! If there's a specific question you want me to answer, I'll be glad to help :)

At the end of the day, don't worry too much. I was so worried going into college but once I got there, it felt comfortable. I look back and realized I was so worried and serious in the beginning by my final year I was so laid back with everything.
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wonderwhatif
College on Jul 12, 2016 @ 08:40 pm

I never got the chance to go, so just wanted to say good luck and make sure not to stress too much!
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prettyrainbow
. on Jul 13, 2016 @ 01:54 am

You chose a great field and faculty to be a part of! It's normal to feel nervous at the beginning but take it one day at a time and I'm sure you'll soon transition smoothly into it. Although every Education faculty proceeds in different ways, I'm pretty sure there are some common points. From my experience, we became a family of sorts because throughout our years of learning together, we really bonded. This was mostly due to all the group projects we completed together and our faculty was pretty small compared to others on campus. We really got to help each other out and the stress was at times alleviated because of this factor. I found it to be a very positive and motivational community to be a part of. Hopefully, you'll get to experience the same.

In terms of exams and completion of assignments, just make sure you organize your time properly. Give yourself the needed time to keep up with readings before every class and study well in advance so that you are prepared. Whatever you do, don't procrastinate and leave everything to be done at the last minute. Take a look at the class syllabus that each professor will give you and plan out your study periods accordingly.

A tip that worked well for me was to sit at the front of the class. I was able to concentrate better and had a clearer view of any notes the professor posted on the blackboard or projector screen/powerpoint. It's also proven that students who sit closer to the front end up performing better overall. Also, don't be afraid to ask questions or to visit your professors during their office hours, even if it's just to reassure yourself that you're on the right track. I often got extra advice or was directed to other material that wasn't mentioned during class. Professors will also see that you are really dedicated, which is a good trait to have and it can work in your favour when it's least expected. I don't mean you should kiss up to them, but be genuinely interested in learning more and improving yourself. They'll be able to see the difference.

Once you get to know some of your classmates, you can form a study group and compare notes you may have missed, help each other understand the assignments better, and/or proofread essays. I found this to really ease the anxiety that comes with studying for big exams or projects. A good tip when completing exams is to answer all of the easy questions first - the ones you are really confident about. Tackle the tougher ones after that.

Don't worry too much about the level of the sample exams that were posted on the website. Your professors will guide you to reach that level eventually. If you feel you're struggling, how about inquiring about free tutoring programs available on campus? Your thesaurus idea is very smart and will certainly help you widen your vocabulary.

Most importantly, don't sweat the small stuff and have fun! I'm confident that you'll keep growing intellectually in the years ahead and make lots of progress as you continue through the program. From what I've been able to observe in your comments on this forum, you are a great communicator, which is so important in this field. Enjoy the journey and good luck!!

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dandy_123
. on Jul 17, 2016 @ 11:14 pm

Thank you very much for all of your responses! I haven't been too consistent with my "solution"(more on the occasional side) but I do read everyday before I go to sleep so I guess it is better than nothing! Another little update, I have yet to book the day of my assessment but I am going to do it within the next few days. I'm trying to build up confidence and positivity within myself. I think I believe in myself! I should believe in myself anyway, because it probably isn't as scary as I am making it out to be. I want to thank you all for your responses again! You're all amazing :)
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Yoanella
Enjoy and relax on Jul 18, 2016 @ 01:21 am

Try to make the best of your time in college. My best advise is keep on working every single day, don't rush in the last moment and you will get quality work while you learn and you also have the time of your life.

All the best!
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dandy_123
Update!! :) on Jul 20, 2016 @ 08:02 pm

@Yoanella Thank you very much! :)

I just wanted to update you guys and say that I have booked my assessment for the 26th! I don't know why but I feel a huge sense of relief... I just feel great! lol it's so random but I feel good and confident
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prettyrainbow
. on Jul 20, 2016 @ 11:14 pm

Good luck @dandy_123! Sending positive thoughts your way for your success. I'm sure you'll do well. :)
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dandy_123
Update! on Aug 03, 2016 @ 11:38 pm

Hey Ladies! I just wanted to update you guys and let you know that I got the results for which class they placed me in (based on my test). I got into the advanced class!!!!! I am so happy and I want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for your support <3
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prettyrainbow
:) on Aug 03, 2016 @ 11:45 pm

Oh my gosh, that's wonderful!! I'm so happy for you and hope you can now breath a little easier knowing this step is out of the way. The rest will continue to fall into place.

Enjoy your first semester!

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