by Amy DeFelippis
College, school in general, is almost as formulaic as the math equations you use in calculus class. The formula is not known by everyone, but I am here to tell you it.
Go to class
Part one of the equation might be easier said than done- go to class! Skipping just one class is an hour and a half of material that you will be expected to know for a test, paper, or even the final exam. No matter how tired, cold, or lazy you are, you must go to class in order to get good grades.
Prepping for the work
Once you mentally prepare yourself to wake up for that 8 a.m. class, you must also prepare your assignments. Being organized is a really helpful tip for college that is often pushed aside. Writing down when your assignments are due in an assignment notebook (even on your hand) will be extremely beneficial to you in the scheme of the semester. It is much too difficult to scan your syllabus for due dates or continuously check MyIvy. Be organized. I promise it will help you.
This equation doesn’t seem too hard so far, does it? It is mostly common sense. However, its parts are things that you might forget to think about as a college student. The next part of the equation gets a little difficult, especially when you are juggling both school and a job.
Don’t be late
If you want to do well in college, you absolutely have to get your assignments in on time. If you are really trying to be successful in a class, you will do everything in your power to get your assignments in when they are due. Late assignments mean points off, which leads to a lower score, which lowers your final grade. Like I said, school is formulaic. All you really have to do is make sure you do all the parts of the formula.
Remember why you’re doing this
I know that there is a lot more to your life than the classes you take. You have a job, a family, a social life, etc. I get it. The most important part of the equation is to remember why you are attending college, and where you want to go in the future. Always have your goals in the back of your head, and they will motivate you to go to class, be organized, and get your assignments in on time. School is not the only aspect of your life, but it is a very important one. You get to decide your future, and it can all start by showing up to class.