Do not procrastinate. Pretty self-explanatory right? WRONG! It’s a little more than budgeting time to study outside of class as some would think, especially if you are an athlete or pledging a fraternity.
Couple tips and heads ups:
1. When you are done with classes go straight to the library, sit at a table and start getting that day’s work done. Don’t just wait till 6 that night to start, get it done the moment class is over.
2. For every hour spent in class aim to try and put an hour and a half additional study to that subject outside of any homework time you need to put it. Homework time does not necessarily count as studying always, depending on the material of the subject.
3. There is no going to a lecture or class and then taking the test and getting an A. It is as simple as that. Especially in the sciences.
4. In high school you could wait till Sunday to write a paper or do all the homework assigned for the coming Monday and Tuesday classes. Well at Wabash good luck with that sometimes. Have fun on the weekends, if you don’t you will wear yourself down even quicker than ever. Try to get as much done Friday afternoon and night as possible, then you can have the entire Saturday and much of Sunday to relax.
5. Sleep doesn’t exist, just a little forewarning. A good 8-9 hours will exist on some days, but be prepared to only have 4 hours or 5 hours of sleep multiple times in a week. Sometimes that is just how the cookie crumbles.
6. If you are in a sport and pledging a fraternity, then you should be prepared for other pledges who are not in sports to have things constantly done before you. The simple matter is you will have 2-3 hours minimum each day taken out do to a sport (which is so worth it! #RedpackSwagger #XC). Also, it’s difficult to balance things sometimes with school, sports, and pledgeship.
7. Read while you walk to class! There are 10 minute “passing” periods between schedule class hours, and every freshman will more than likely have a “small” book they have to read for at least one class. That period spent walking can cover at least an additional 30 pages a day and quickly add up over the period of the week. Just know how to use your time.
8. If you’re religious there tends to be a Tuesday service and a Mass on Sundays around 7pm. IF faith is important to you, then don’t miss Mass or a service because homework is pilling up. An hour out of the week for God is never wasted time.
Shout out to my friend Nathan Bode ’16, another blogger, who is a Wabash man that knows how to brighten anyone’s day. Also to Ryan Horner ’15, who you can always sit down and have a serious talk with and knows how to be compassionate.