College Classes And Tips To Succeed

College classes, everyone’s favorite! Personally, I miss the feeling of being in a classroom; I can’t wait to go back to school. As of now I’ve not received my first semester schedule from Carthage College yet. I’m a bit bummed because of that, but also because they’re picking our schedule for us our first semester. I’m not a fan of surprises, but we’ll see how it goes.

One thing that freaks out a lot of students, including me, is class times. Most people want plenty of time to sleep, a lunch break, time for themselves, etc. I can tell you, from personal experience, that 8AM classes are not as miserable as they’re made out to be. With earlier classes, you get finished with everything earlier in the day, leaving tons of time for yourself in the afternoon. Morning classes may put off the night owls and heavy sleepers (like me), but getting up and moving is healthy! It will add a routine to your day and you may even be able to fix your sleeping habits. If not, hey,  morning classes leave time for naps.

Having less classes in college leads to a lot of free time. You can spend this time however you’d like, but you can definitely get easily carried away. It is very important to set out time to do homework/study, otherwise not doing your work at all is incredibly possible. RescueTime is a really fantastic productivity meter for your browser that lets you know exactly how much time you’re wasting. Basically, it helps you understand your daily habits so you can dedicate your time to being more productive instead! In the end, you should focus on homework and passing, but don’t forget to have fun.

In college there is certainly more variety in the classes available for students to take. If your major is undetermined, I think it’s important to take advantage of your options and explore a new subject, or delve into a subject you’ve always been interested in! Now is the time to figure out what you’re passionate about. If you’ve decided your major already, you can still take advantage of the variety of courses by taking a class for your major that seems really awesome. Take that challenging course, don’t just pick a class because you know it will be an easy A! The point of going to school (and paying all that money) is to challenge yourself; your school wants to give you an amazing education.

As for succeeding in class, there are a few tips I could give!

  • Sit at the front two or three rows in the classroom. This not only makes you look like a dedicated student to the professor, it forces you to pay more attention to the lecture at hand.
  • No sleeping in class! I’ve fallen asleep more times than I can remember in high school classes, and now that I think about it, it’s disrespectful to the teacher, and I missed out on a lot sometimes. Bring some coffee and pay attention to what you’re learning.
  • Find out exactly what your professor likes/wants – every one is different. For example, one teacher may appreciate quality over quantity in essays you write for them, while another may take grading easy on you if you visit them in their office hours to discuss the content. You’ll be able to adapt to each teaching style after a few weeks. Then, everything should go smoothly and you can have a better chance at getting good grades.

All in all, take your classes seriously, and have fun! In the meantime, I’ll be waiting for my schedule…


Until next time,


Sidney Burke
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Sidney Burke

Carthage College 2020. Psychology major. Criminal Justice minor.
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2 thoughts on “College Classes And Tips To Succeed”

  1. Steven Lin says:

    Whoa Sidney, they choose your classes for you??

    1. Sidney Burke says:

      They choose the times and generally pick required courses for you as well as place you in classes for your major! So basically. It’s sad.

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