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Tips for students who are not fresh out of high school

Updated on May 8, 2012

Tips and suggestions

1. Placement Test

2. Meet with a counselor to do an educational plan

3. Take general classes if needed

4. If you know what you want to major in

5. Set your priorities straight

6. Manage your time effectively

These are some tips on what steps to take after you apply to a college and get enrolled.

First of all, if you decide to attend a junior college; prepare to take a placement test. There is usually a study guide for the test so if you are not right out of high school you probably should brush up on your school skills.

Second, after you take your test and get the results make an appointment with a counselor so you can make an education plan, which should be updated every semester. This will help you to stay on track and choose the correct classes that pertain to your educational goal.

Also you want to take general classes that are needed and especially if you’re not sure about the major you want. On the other hand, if you do know what you want to major in then take some of the required classes as well. Taking some of the required classes helped me stay focus and interested in my educational goal (taking only general classes may be boring for some).

Further more set your priorities straight and plan accordingly. For instance if you are more concerned about money and your job then plan (if you are employed) your education around your job schedule and do not take too many credits at once. Remember that you will need to study a lot so make sure you will have time to study. Also if you are into partying and are not serious about college then maybe you shouldn’t be there. Therefore, people who are serious can enroll and take the credits they need. Moreover you don’t want to fail a class or withdrawal because in the future there might be consequences’ according to your schools policies (and it doesn’t look good on your transcripts).

Lastly, manage your time effectively. Each class you take usually takes between 4-7 hours of study time a week depending on how difficult it is and how many credits it is. So, do not over exceed the amount of credits you take it’s better to take less and get done a little longer than take a lot and not pass and have to take it all over again! Buy a daily planner and plan your days; time efficiently. Make sure to always make the time to study; it’s the smart thing to do!

I learned this the hard way so, i'm just trying to inform those who don't have a clue, good luck!


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      Aditya Soni 4 years ago from India

      It was a well written hub sassydee . I think students who are actually applying for the colleges irrespective of their subjects, they will surely get some knowledge after reading this hub. Keep on hubbing in future. Voted up and God bless.......:)