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Showing posts with label Study Tips. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Study Tips. Show all posts

November 17, 2012

Planning the Best Class Schedule for Next Semester

As the end of the semester nears, many students begin thinking about their class schedule for next semester. It is always a good idea to plan ahead, creating alternate schedules prior to your assigned class selection date. Planning ahead also allows students to schedule classes at times that work best for them.

For example:
  • If you do not function at your best during early morning hours, typical of many college students, planning ahead allows you to pick out afternoon classes with later start times. 
  • If you are a non-traditional student or have a work schedule to consider, you can explore night or weekend class options. 
  • If you are the type of student who cannot focus enough to sit through 5+ hours of classes, plan ahead to give yourself breaks or spread your class schedule throughout the week, attending fewer hours each day. 
  • If you are like me and prefer to have as many school free days as possible during the week, take all of your classes on two days. 

Consider the pros and cons of each schedule type, such as... scheduling all of your classes on two days may mean taking multiple midterms on the same day with no study breaks in between while taking later classes may possibly cut into your free time. It's best to figure out what type of schedule will allow you to be the most productive.

Don't forget... to create alternate schedules in case some classes are full.

Always check... with your academic advisor to ensure that you have selected the appropriate classes for your degree program.

All you need to do now is...  pick up your books, show up for your scheduled classes, do your homework, study, and live Dorm Smart!


December 29, 2011

The 5 Worst Mistakes I Made My Freshman Year At College... Get the Dorm 411!

"...I was so excited my freshman year of college. I could not wait to move into my dorm room, meet new people, and have new experiences. Surprisingly, all of this newfound freedom left me feeling a little lost. As a result, I made a few common freshman mistakes along the way..."

1. Getting involved with the older coeds…
Somehow I thought I needed to be a part of the in crowd. Of course, at that time, I was a freshman at Tulane University… far from home and the comfort of my family and childhood friends. Being insecure in my newfound freedom, I thought it was so cool being one of the only freshmen invited to their parties. My advice for incoming freshman is to be yourself, and the right friends will surface in process.
2. Getting involved in a romantic relationship…
The right relationships can be fun. It is nice to go out, meet new people, and experience new things. However, college is a time of self discovery so getting involved too soon in a serious romantic relationship can completely derail you, both personally and professionally. Enjoy the college experience.
3. Not taking campus safety seriously…
One of my biggest mistakes and the hardest to share with readers… I felt invincible, like it couldn’t happen to me… I was wrong. I trusted a friend. I went to his dorm room to study alone and became a victim. BIG MISTAKE! Always take precautions on and off campus. For example, only study and travel in groups, carry personal safety products approved for your campus, lock you dorm door even when you are there, and don’t allow yourself to become impaired by alcohol. Live smart, and stay safe!
4. Failing to balance…
One of the hardest things for most college students their freshman year, myself included, is learning to balance personal activities, classes, and study time. College is a balancing act that must be performed throughout life, so it is the perfect opportunity to master this skill. Classes are only a semester or quarter long, so do not procrastinate when it comes to studying. Once you are behind, it is almost impossible to catch up. If you’ve been skipping classes, your professor will not be sympathetic. Bottom line, while it is important to set a schedule for personal activities to alleviate stress and create a sense of belonging, it is equally important to attend class and study consistently. Balance!
5. Failing to take care of my health…

Freshman year, I was all about working out, rock hard abs. However, between going out, pulling all nighters, and failing to maintain a healthy diet, I got sick a lot! As a result of my lifestyle, I struggled to maintain my grades. As an honor student on a full ride academic scholarship at one of the top 50 business schools in the country, failing to eat properly and get enough sleep were not my smartest choices.
In hindsight, all of the mistakes that I made my freshman year came from a place of insecurity, leaving the comforts of home and my childhood friends to embark upon a new adventure. Oddly enough, I grew up with a strong sense of self; so it surprised me, my friends, and my family. Trust in yourself. Don’t lose sight of who you are throughout your freshman year. If you have already started making these mistakes, just remember… it is never too late to make changes and redeem yourself.

Live Dorm Smart,


November 6, 2010

It’s too noisy in my residence hall to study or sleep! What can I do? Get the Dorm 411!

by Christi Leslie, Founder & CEO of
Creator of


Let’s face it! Unless your family is the size of the Duggar family, it’s probably a whole lot noisier in your residence hall than at home, making it difficult to study or get a good night’s sleep.

Consider investing in a quality set of noise cancelling headphones or ear buds to reduce the noise.

Other options to consider:
  • Use ear plugs.
  • Take cat naps during the day (not during class).
  • Consider studying in the library or if weather permits, a quiet place on the campus grounds.
Live Dorm Smart!