Colleges will hold your hand. Let them. Professors (or TAs) typically have review sessions before a test. Do not miss them!
Some schools offer classes that help freshmen learn the art of paper writing. Can't hurt! There are study centers. Go to them! And free peer tutors. Sign up! If you get a tutor you don't like, go back and say the tutor's style isn't right for you.
And don't think you're the only one who needs help. "In freshman year, I was intimidated to speak up about needing a tutor," says Jackie. "I was under the impression everyone was smarter than me." Lots of freshmen feel that way, as Jackie knows now that she's been a mentor herself.
Don't overdo it. It's time to present a public service message from the National Council on the Dangers of Overstudying: Chillax!
A self-admitted poster girl for overstudying is Sharon of Williams. She worked "a ton of time." A classics and English major, she endlessly translated writings from the Greek. After all-night study sessions for an exam, she'd get "amped up" on caffeine and take the test. Not a good plan. "If I'd slept," she says, "I might have been able to function better."
In high school, she was an athlete and a student government activist. In college, she had no time for extracurriculars. She wishes she'd taken a less demanding mix of classes. And she wishes she'd gone to her teachers and said, "I'm so swamped—I need to figure out a way to do what I need to do."
Sharon's advice: "Challenge yourself, but have fun."
Oh, yes. And don't forget to study!
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