How to Prepare for College

Instructor: Shelby Golden
Get tips on preparing for college with this article. You'll be able to get information about how to get ready for studying, social situations and other aspects of college life.

Practice Your Study Skills

Most college courses are going to require more reading than high school students are used to. You can prepare for the increased amount of reading you're going to be doing by hitting the books over the summer. You can even get ahead and take some of the college courses you are interested in online.

Additionally, you're going to be doing a lot of research and completing a lot of projects throughout college. Making sure that you're familiar with how to research (both online and through the library system) is a good idea before you're hit with lots of coursework. You should also try to get comfortable with the computer software you're going to use for writing papers, or even taking notes.

Check out this course on college success for some easy to follow tips for taking notes, preparing for exams and efficiently managing time.

Take Time to Work on Social Skills

Your first year of college usually brings a roommate, along with many other new people you're going to be interacting with on a daily basis. You're going to need to be comfortable talking to your professors, study groups and lab partners. Working on your ability to communicate can give you a head start in whatever college you choose. This lesson on social skills can give you some great suggestions for strengthening your interpersonal abilities.

Check Out the Campus

Getting familiar with where your classes are going to be is an obvious step for preparing, but it's not the only thing you should look at before you start school. You should check out your dorm, the library and the parking system before you're living at campus full time. You might also want to get familiar with the area around campus.

It's also a good idea to research campus programs. You can often find help with various academic issues available to you. Many schools also include recreational groups and organizations that you can join before classes start.

You can check out these chapters on researching a college and the characteristics of a college to get more information about what you should look for in your college. These chapters include short lessons that go over what you should know about college before you begin.

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