Help with high school to College transistion?

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Posted on : 10-04-2013 | By : My Study Coach | In : Improve Your Concentration
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Well im 17 and a senior in high school. I want to do exceptionally well in college and presume to medical school. I’m planning on majoring in pre-med Bio with a minor in chemistry. In high school I didnt do well at all. I have gotten accepted into a university based on my act score and thea. Well i need some advice on how to keep up a minimum 3.7 GPA in college. Please help!

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Work first and party only if there is time left.

As a Medical Student you should become intimate with the biology department.

There are many things that can help and hurt you in college, and while I think it is fantastic that you are very ambitious PLEASE take a moment to step back and prepare yourself. The grades of your Freshmen year in college will not make or break you, the course load and amounts of work will change drastically from High school. While you will have professors, it will be much more difficult to get the 45 minutes of personal attention during class that can be attained with a normal high school teacher. Try following the guidelines below:

1.) You have an academic adviser for a reason. Only take what you need for the beginning of Freshmen year, it is better to slowly work your way into college instead of jumping headfirst into massive amounts of work. A higher GPA will come when you can focus clearly on your work. Talk with your adviser to see what classes you need to take immediately and how you will be able to schedule them so that you can get things done.
2.) On campus tutor and study sessions are fantastic resources, use them. I know it sounds lame, but a few nights a week spent in the library/study session will seriously help your GPA even if you understand the material.
3.) Make sure your professors know who you are, ALL of them. You might only have four professors in your entire first semester, but they will all have hundreds of students. Introduce yourself, shake hands, and talk about the course. It is easier to get perspective on a student (particularly when reading a writing assignment) when you have spoken to them.
4.) If it is at all possible take a break from work for about a month. Get used to school and THEN add in a social/work life. The more time you have to adjust to the school work, the better you will do.
5.) Drop any high school politics. College is a whole new world, your Professor does not have the time to know that your dog ate your homework. Your professors might not even collect your homework, but do it anyway, it will probably make up a heck of a lot of questions on your exam.

I hope this helps.

I’d say you probably have decent study skills to even be accepted in the first place. Take good notes, use a recording device if it is allowed and try to rewrite your notes the same night as the class, preferably prior to doing the homework. This should freshen up the lesson a bit, and give you a bit of an edge when doing the work. Keep a few different highlighters handy for different key points. I’d suggest using a mechanical pencil to underline or otherwise make notes in your textbooks and while rewriting you could use the highlighters to emphasize any noteworthy text. Something like one color for page numbers, tables and graphs, and another one or two for the other stuff. This makes it easier to follow a lecture or presentation because you could quickly draw a line or make an asterisk by penciling in and a quick mark with a highlighter to help you find the applicable page or table/graph for later.
Use the instructor’s office hours if they allow that sort of thing. Sometimes five minutes of one on one can be very helpful. Plus, “face time” is good rapport building. If the cream of the crop students ask all the questions, chances are the class will be tailored to their level, leaving the rest scratching heads and thinking “Huh?”
Managing work and study time while still having a bit of fun is a delicate balancing act. Study groups could be very good for you. If you are good at a class, you can only get better by sharing ideas and likewise someone who is good in another area may be able to explain concepts using ideas you are familiar with.
During the first few weeks of class, try finding these groups… you can learn to party after you have enough GPA averaged to cushion any bad classes. You can’t make it through the fourth year if you don’t make it through the first. However, try to get out and have a good time at least once a week.

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