How to Survive + Thrive in College

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It’s almost time for all my college student readers to head back to school for the fall. So in today’s blog post, I am sharing with you all my best tips, tools, and advice for you to survive and do well in all of your courses this upcoming semester.


Get AND Stay organized.

There's a lot of different ways you can get organized for your college courses. Buy a planner, organizer, utilize an app, or get a large wall calendar — whatever it takes for you to remember when assignments are due.

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Utilize your Syllabus.

This tip might seem obvious but so many people still do not take advantage of syllabuses and how helpful they can be. The syllabus for a course basically explains the format and timeline of the class for the entire semester;

  • the dates of exams and how they will be given

  • how you are graded

  • attendance policies and more

I always copy down all of the important dates from each course's syllabus into my planner as soon as the semester starts, sometimes I think I am crazy for doing all of this so early but it ALWAYS ends up helping me later on and saving me time.

Find a Study Buddy

Finding people with the same major as your own that you can study with can improve your whole college experience. It’s refreshing to have people in your classes that you can talk to if you need help with anything. One of the most effective ways for me to master course material is teaching someone else about the subject; therefore, I totally recommend this study technique.

Establish your Ideal/Favorite place to Study

Finding the best spot for you to study and get assignments done without distractions is crucial. Once I got into a routine of studying at the same location for almost the same amount of time each time I went, studying became so much easier and less stressful because I had a pretty good idea how much I could get done in a certain period of time.

Note Taking.

Find a note-taking method that works best for you that you understand and can refer back to easily and stick with it! You want to take notes that will actually help you understand and learn the material in the course, not just word for word what the professor is saying.

Anytime a Professor writes anything on the board during class, write it down. Or type it, SOMETHING! If they are taking the time to do that during class, it’s probably pretty important. Using the Cengage Unlimited subscription, you can access study guides and tools that can help you when studying for an exam along with going over your notes. 

Lastly, make sure to take care of yourself mentally and physically.


Even though there are so many things that seem so important throughout college and they are, your health always comes first.

I hope these tools, resources, and tips help you all in some way when preparing for your next semester of college!

I wish you all the best this upcoming semester ~



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