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The first day of school is overwhelming for some students, but it doesn’t have to be for everyone. It’s possible to take the stress out of this experience by following some simple tips. Make this transitional period easier on your first day of college by doing the following:

1: Don’t close your dorm door:
By keeping the door to your dorm room open, you’re allowing people to come in and introduce themselves and creating an inviting atmosphere. Not only will this help you make friends easier and quicker, but you’ll also know when your dorm mates are moving in also.

2: Get Settled as Soon as Possible:
The sooner you unpack all of your belongings, get rid of the boxes, and stow away your suitcases the sooner you’ll feel at home. Creating a homey atmosphere within your dorm room will help stave off homesickness, as well as help you keep organized right from the beginning.

3: Go Exploring:
You may not have time to do this on the first day of college, but it’s important to go exploring throughout the campus as soon as possible. If you can go exploring shortly after you’ve unpacked your dorm room, this is optimal. That way, once you’ve set up your homey environment, you can start feeling at home in your surroundings.

4: Keep Snacks Around:
A great way to make friends, and to keep them coming around, is to have snacks on hand all the time. Keep chocolates, cookies, or chips on hand as soon as you move into your dorm room. That way, when you go around introducing yourself down the halls, you can offer snacks to neighboring rooms. Even candy or popcorn will be well received; it doesn’t have to be anything fancy.

This is just the beginning for making your first day of college easier and less stressful. One of the best ways to make this day go more smoothly is to let your mother fuss over you, and spoil you for one last moment.

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When it comes to acing college exams without working overtime, class notes make a world of difference. All good students, therefore, attend classes regularly and maintain notes for future reference. To make the most of your class notes, you need to adopt the right approach.

Here are some tips on note taking:

Be Organized

When you have several classes to attend and too little time on your hands, you need to be organized. Begin by maintaining separate notes for different classes. If possible, use separate binders to arrange your notes properly. You should also write your course name and date on each page to organize your notes.

Review Your Own Notes

Once the classes are over, you should go through your own notes to ensure everything makes sense. A quick review will tell you if you have missed out a word or number. Accordingly, you can check with your classmates to keep your notes updated.

Highlight Key Points

During classes, professors always emphasize key points that you are supposed to take special note of. A simple time-saving technique is to highlight key points that you should focus on when you are preparing for your exams. You can even leave your comments against the key points to remember they are important.

Listen Attentively

Merely jotting down notes is never going to help you when you are preparing for your exam. Instead, you should focus on listening attentively to what your professors are telling you. Once you start listening to what they are teaching you, it will be easier for you to make connections between the subject and its analysis. You will start thinking along the right lines and ask questions that really matter.

Compare Notes

Comparing notes can help you remember important points that were discussed in the class. Your classmates may have highlighted points that you missed. By comparing each other’s notes, you can get more insights to prepare for your exams.

Taking notes can help you save a lot of time and effort at the last minute. For more tips on how you can prepare for your college life, follow us at the Bryerson Family Education Blog.


Your college years can provide many opportunities and plenty of fun.  There are quite a few pitfalls that one will want to avoid when entering college; we have lined up a few for you here to be aware of, so that you make the best decisions:

1.  Be sensible with learning tools and applications.

You can invest in a few apps and software that are truly useful, but avoid tools you do not actually need.  Make sure that you are truly going to need to purchase your own apps and software before buying them. This is especially helpful with expensive software such as Photoshop or other design tools that can easily costs hundreds or even thousands of dollars.

2.  Achieve a balance with your social life.

College is a time for fun and new friends, but your social life should not be your main priority; you also need plenty of time for your studies and extracurricular activities. Try and find a healthy balance between your college “fun” life and “study” life.

3.  Avoid the habit of procrastination.

When you procrastinate with something important, it may never be done at all.  Learn effective time-management skills so your schoolwork and other tasks will always be done on time.

4.  Avoid all-nighters.

Whether it is basic schoolwork or studying for a test, last-minute cramming is not the best approach.  You may not retain as much information as you need, and your grades can suffer. Not getting enough sleep can have very extreme and negative affects on both your ability to learn and retain information and your health.

5.  Avoid unnecessary credit cards.

College students are one of the main targets for credit card companies.  You may receive many applications in the mail.  In general, the best approach is to avoid credit cards entirely. If you do need to finance necessities while in college, look for low-interest cards or other means such as student loans, financial aid, or secured loans.

These tips for college students can help you avoid college mistakes.  These tips cover just some of the main mistakes that college students get into in their first year of college.

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The choices that you make in college will impact your entire life, and one of the most important choices will be that of choosing your major. Such a choice determines your type of degree and your future employment prospects. If you want to get the most out of your education, you’ve got to choose the right major.

It’s often helpful to start by looking at your own life. What are you good at, and what do you enjoy doing? These two questions will help you to narrow down the field of possible majors. Next, ask yourself about the jobs you have had in the past – what did you enjoy about them, and what did you dislike? That will help you to figure out the types of employment that you might realistically enjoy. While it’s always good to pursue a passion, you have to realize the constraints of the working world.

You should also spend a moment looking at careers that line up with the questions that you asked yourself previously. Can you get a job doing what you enjoy? Are there even ways to monetize your particular skill set? If not, you might want to move down the list to something else. You should always find ways to love the job that you have, but that does not mean that every passion is worth the time and effort that it requires to get a degree in the subject. Make sure that you can make a living off of the degree that you choose to pursue.

At the end of the day, your major is going to have a huge impact on your life. Don’t panic, though! Most colleges don’t require you to choose a major immediately. Take your time, make a smart choice, and don’t be afraid to change things if they don’t work out. If you want to be the kind of person who succeeds at life, you’ve got to be comfortable with your decisions – and that means taking the time to examine your options.

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