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u/Blais_Of_Glory · 3 pointsr/college

I had this problem so many times. I hated taking 8 AM classes and I had to do it several times over the years and it sucked every time. But I did learn of a few tricks that may help...

First, I'm assuming you have either an iPhone or Android phone, there are several apps that work really well for people like us. I personally have an Android phone so some of the apps I may have used, may not be available if you have an iPhone but I'll post links for both. Check out these links and try these apps. If one doesn't help, move on and try another.

u/impecuniousyouth · 7 pointsr/college

Is your apartment unfurnished? If so you will need some basic furnishings:

  • a table
  • some chairs to go with that table
  • comfortable seating of some sort- possibly a couch (a futon is nice if you are going to possibly have guests sleep over) or love seat or upholstered chair of some sort
  • a TV if you feel like you want one (optional)
  • a bed and a mattress and some bedding and sheets (obviously)
  • a bedside table (optional)
  • somewhere to store your clothing if your room does not come with a closet already

    As far as basic living supplies go:

  • 4 spoons, knives, forks
  • mugs
  • 2 dinner plates, bowls
  • some knives for cooking
  • cutting board
  • mixing bowl
  • spatula (HEAT RESISTANT) and turner and spoons for mixing. Also possibly a whisk but really you could usually get the job done with a fork
  • cheap set of pots & pans
  • a cookie sheet
  • a fan is usually useful for some airflow
  • microwave if this is already not included
  • books just for fun
  • cleaning supplies: shower cleaner, clorox wipes, swiffer, toilet cleaner, dish soap, windex
  • plunger & toilet brush

    School supplies in college are pretty basic- you don't need much, but depending on your major this could go waaay up or down. But as far as I'm concerned your basic supplies are as follows:

  • laptop (optional- there are always computers everywhere anyway, laptops are just convenient)

  • notebooks and folders OR binder with looseleaf paper, depending on your organizational preference

  • stapler

  • pens and pencils (I like to have two different colors for pens)

  • calculator (if you will be taking math courses- go for scientific because a lot of the time graphing is not allowed)

    Things to consider:

  • Will you be paying for wifi and/or basic cable (if you want a TV)?

  • Is your lease for a year or X months? If it is a year, will you have to sublease while you're away for the summer (if you are going away)?

  • How far from campus do you live? What does the general area look like? Are you going to have to take public transportation different places? Know the area.

    I know its scary, but living alone is great, and studying in a university is really not a huge deal once you get into the rhythm of things. You'll do great, kid.
u/nonconformistnugget · 2 pointsr/college

Swiffer's are pretty great for cleaning floors and they aren't expensive. Also get a small vacuum for any carpeting. If you like coffee, definitely get a Keurig. If you're in an area that has cold winters, a comforter for your bed will be important (there are some really cute ones at Target). For when it's warmer out, having a small fan will help the air in your room circulate better. As for LED light strips, this one from Amazon worked really well for me.

u/incognitoshadow · 1 pointr/college

one of my family friends recommended this book to me after I shared that I did poorly second semester. I read it start to finish the week after the semester ended and implemented some of the time management and study techniques in the book, and did much much better the following year. I'm in my third year as well, and I sort of relapsed after becoming too comfortable with my classes this semester, so I'm gonna give it another read to motivate myself to finish strong. good luck to you and happy Thanksgiving!

u/askinnydude · 1 pointr/college

I would recommend this book: see if your library has it. It's a "how to college" book that talks about time management, study skills, that sort of thing. It's not quite what it advertises itself to be in the title, but I think it would be useful for you.

I would second /u/SmellsLikeDogBuns (interesting name), and encourage you to attend community college. It's cheap, you can easily fund it with Pell Grants and working a part time job, and getting into a four year school as a transfer student is much easier.

> What's the process of applying to a school like? SATs and things like that?

The school's website will list the requirements. There's an application you fill out (either school specific or the common app), and then they sometimes want test scores (SAT, ACT). US News' rankings are the most commonly used for finding the "best" schools, but your local community college would not be a bad place to start.

u/[deleted] · 1 pointr/college

For my class I have to buy a specific piano book, but yes, I agree on a separate binder for music. I’m going to get this for my other classes (music fundamentals, rock styles, English & math. I’ll also keep the syllabi in here as well and extra stuff I may need). I actually play three instruments, piano, guitar, and bass clarinet. However, I only need to focus on piano now, since I’m taking that class this semester. Next semester I’m taking guitar (I’d rather get real teacher instruction instead of teaching myself at this point), and outside of school, I’m getting clarinet lessons. My ex boyfriend was helping me learn the clarinet but things are kinda weird with us now, and I don’t know where to go from here. There’s things he couldn’t help with since he played the bassoon but he has clarinet experience. Im required to join concert band next year. I would’ve this year but I stopped playing band in high school, and the instructor advised me to take at least a year of lessons before joining the band, which I’m fine with. Thank you for the suggestions though. I’m also going to buy some staff paper, just in case.

u/VA_Network_Nerd · 2 pointsr/college

I just recently downsized from my SwissGear Synergy after 10 years of service as a Network Engineer.

14" Laptop, assorted tools, cables, console adapters, iPad... all kinds of stuff.

Lifetime warranty.
I'd call it very water resistant, but not completely rain proof.

I wanted something smaller, and more I dunno, executive-looking I guess.
So I went with a Everki Studio
Which I like quite a bit. I'm still getting used to carrying less stuff around though.

Just about any quality laptop backpack will keep your stuff dry for a 5-10 minute run to your car.
If your walk is significantly longer than that, then please just slide a micro-umbrella into a side pocket of said backpack.
That's a much cheaper solution than searching for a truly water-proof bag.

In addition to Everki, don't ignore the more advanced LL Bean bags like the Turbo Transit

Yeah, I know LL Bean might have a middle-school or high-school image in your mind that you may want to avoid. But the quality of their construction, and the solid support from their lifetime warranty shouldn't be ignored.

u/tastingcopperx · 3 pointsr/college

There is no magic bullet here, I'm afraid, and the sooner you realize this for yourself, the easier it will be.
What you're experiencing is a very common problem and you're not the only one struggling with it. What you should focus on is learning /how/ to learn. This will require trial and error and it will take some time.

I want to point you to some resources which have helped me to start overcoming this mindset.

(Unfortunately because I'm on mobile the links won't look very nice but I'll try to clean them up later if I have time)

A Reddit comment - https://www.reddit.com/r/confession/comments/nxdzz/im_not_as_smart_as_i_thought_i_was/c3d91jl

A blog all about effective study habits and developing them - http://calnewport.com/blog/2009/03/30/4-weeks-to-a-40-adopt-an-autopilot-schedule-and-a-sunday-ritual/

A book which talks about the mindset we're in and how we can change it - http://www.amazon.com/Mindset-The-New-Psychology-Success/dp/0345472322

I wish I were more eloquent and could write wonderful, inspiring comment myself. Just know that you're not alone and that this is not a dead end road. You can definitely push yourself and you'll end up with that high GPA again.

u/theecakee · 3 pointsr/college

How good are your study skills?

Doing things like...

  • Planning your time effectively
  • Taking good notes on lectures and readings
  • Not procrastinating
  • Practicing problems for more technical courses "math, chemistry, physics, technology"
  • Using memory and recall/retrieval for more liberal arts courses "social studies, english, biology"

    etc etc.

    I think this book really helps to learn better studying skills, where I learned most of what I know.

    For actually getting help, check your schools library (if they have one at CC) or just use the internet. Especially with programming classes, there are many tutorials on Youtube and subreddits like /r/learnprogramming
u/propellercollective · 1 pointr/college

I, too, was in remedial math when I first started college. Two recommendations: (1) Find the best math professor there is at your school - you need a great teacher. (2) Check out this book from your local library: https://www.amazon.com/Mindset-Psychology-Carol-S-Dweck/dp/0345472322. Cultivate your mindset - you CAN pass remedial math and you WILL pass remedial math, but it's a step-by-step process and it's going to be hard work. You're not inherently "bad" at math. Don't let this one thing stand in your way of achieving your dreams. (3) When you do get back into a math class, check out https://www.khanacademy.org/ for free video tutorials on the topics you are studying for some extra help.

u/peregrin5 · 2 pointsr/college

Study smarter, not harder.

May I direct you to: "How to become a Straight-A Student" by Cal Newport. In this book are a lot of strategies to help you learn more while not burning out at the same time.

Also there are smarter ways to study for math and science courses than just chugging at the material again and again until hopefully some of it sticks in your head. "A Mind for Numbers" by Barbara Oakley is a good read for math/science courses.

u/Chocoaff · 2 pointsr/college

I'd recommend taking a look at Cal Newport's book How to Become a Straight A Student. It offers some really good advice on how to become a better student, particularly in terms of how to schedule and use your time effectively. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0767922719?ie=UTF8&tag=stuhac-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0767922719

u/mattresses12 · 5 pointsr/college

I’m starting college this fall too, and what I plan on having is:

All in one 5 subject notebook/binder

• Separate one inch binder for my music class (if you have a class that’s not a core class I recommend getting a separate binder or folder for it)

• Folder for important resource papers, syllabi, etc

• Spiral college ruled notebook (you can add paper into that all in one binder I mentioned above, but I prefer having one paper notebook for all my notes)

• Cold insulated water bottle

• Anti-theft laptop/schoolwork backpack (I recommend this )

• Pouch for pencils, sticky notes, paper clips, pens, chapstick, lotion/hand sanitizer, stapler

• Lanyard-wallet for your ID and other important cards (I also recommend this )

• Notebook Planner

• Desk Calendar to put on your desk or hang on your wall

• Flash drives

• Printer and ink

• Laptop

• Pepper spray/other women safety items (it can’t hurt to be prepared)

Hopefully this helps. :)

u/InelasticAdam · 4 pointsr/college

I would look into Bose. Much better sound quality than beats, in my opinion they are the best. I own a pair of noise cancelling headphones and a speaker by them and they really are quality. Here's a link to the wireless ones and the pair I have.

https://www.bose.com/en_us/products/headphones/wireless_headphones.html

https://www.amazon.com/Bose-QuietComfort-Cancelling-Discontinued-Manufacturer/dp/B0054JJ0QW

Not sure how much you are willing to spend but they are well worth it in my opinion.

u/TrekkiMonstr · 2 pointsr/college

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000MAHBYQ/

Quick read, I start in September so haven't yet tried putting it into practice, but check it out and try out some of the methods inside. Only $5 too

Also curious where you're from? Never heard someone say "making [grade]" before but that may just be that I don't talk much with those across the pond about grades lol

u/Haiiiiiiiiiii · 1 pointr/college

There are cheap brother/canon monochrome laser printers that will be efficient and have cheap third-party toner support.

Here's what I got, but if you look around, there are bound to be better deals on other monochrome lasers.

u/FTFYcent · 2 pointsr/college

Get off reddit. Read books. My suggestion: How to Become a Straight-A Student by Cal Newport. Grab a copy from your library (or buy it--it's only $10) and read it, in addition to helping with your attention span it'll give you good guidance on maintaining a top GPA when you start school. Start things off on a good note, you don't want to have any regrets later.

u/uyjg · 1 pointr/college

>basic outline method

Cornell method fine? My football coach/geography teacher showed the method and had us take notes using it. No one ever used it again. Investing in a notebook like this one then!

>check into if your school has a writing center

I'll see when school starts.

>If you are living in a dorm, definitely talk to the people on your unit.

What do I say to them? Just go up to them and introduce myself?


u/SmolWags · 2 pointsr/college

They should just get a carbon filter smoke buddy. They're like $12 on Amazon right now and work way better than the DIY version.

u/KoshOne · 2 pointsr/college

https://www.coursera.org/learn/learning-how-to-learn or you can read the book the class is based on.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00G3L19ZU/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Yes, it says math and science but really it's about how the brain learns and it could help you.

u/gtr1234 · 1 pointr/college

Cal Newport researched what the best students did to get A's in this book. There's a lot of stuff in it that was totally counter-intuitive and goes against common opinion.

http://www.amazon.com/How-Become-Straight--Student-Unconventional-ebook/dp/B000MAHBYQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1396307579&sr=8-1&keywords=straight+a+college

u/_forum_mod · 2 pointsr/college

Available for free on Amazon. - here

u/squeakyrobot · 1 pointr/college

I use this binder/notebook. It's small and light, like a notebook, but I can move pages around and reuse it, like a binder.

u/flamec4 · 2 pointsr/college

https://www.amazon.com/AmazonBasics-Backpack-Laptops-Up-17-Inch/dp/B00EEBS9O0

Very good backpack, I bought this before school started and a ton of people I've met on campus have the same backpackm

u/minamonster · 1 pointr/college

My first two quarters after transferring to my new school went AWFUL. I took 18 units each quarter and ended up with a 2.01 GPA. I realized I needed a change and was pretty desperate to try anything. I looked up how to do well in school and found this book and it had pretty good reviews: How to Become a Straight-A Student: The Unconventional Strategies Real College Students Use to Score High While Studying Less https://www.amazon.com/dp/0767922719/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_uBLnxbERDTZPP

I thought it would be a gimmick and waste my money. But a lot of the tips helped a lot. This quarter I'm not struggling as much and my grades are above a 3.0.

u/brdth · 1 pointr/college

It's really all about practice and persistence really...I had to learn how to study in middle school, which is why I didn't need my mom asking me "did you do your homework/did you study" everyday. Unless you were directed under those terms, it's kind of difficult to ask you of that kind of diligence and self-dependence when you've never been raised under that environment or put it into practice.

This is a good book that I read over the summer last year, and it really helped a TON before returning to college; even for someone like me that has been putting these practices into play for awhile.

u/thegerman94 · 2 pointsr/college

http://www.amazon.com/Wenger-GA-7305-14F00-SwissGear-Computer-Backpack/dp/B000NONHYY
This is the one I have it has been really good. Plus all swiss gear stuff is under lifetime warranty so if it ever breaks from anything other then you actively choosing to destroy it you can get a new one from them.

u/psychodahick · 6 pointsr/college

I have the Amazon basics book bag, third year still holding up, plenty of room

this one

u/tgvfm · 1 pointr/college

I personally like this one (https://www.amazon.com/Texas-Instruments-MultiView-Scientific-Calculator/dp/B001A4G1TY). The only annoying thing is exponents, instead of a "E" button there's a "X10^." I used it for a Calculus based Physics class and it worked just fine.

u/RolfIsSonOfShepnard · 3 pointsr/college
  1. Set up multiple alarms with 5-10 minute gaps, also make sure your phones volume is at the max

  2. If you have the money buy this alarm on Amazon. It's loud and also it has a thing the size of a hockey puck that you can put under your pillow that vibrates. Your body can't really ignore your pillow/head vibrating so it works every time, at least in my experience.
u/sam_i_am138 · 1 pointr/college

I have this cheap one from Amazon, it's lasted almost three years now.

u/AwkwardKid94 · 7 pointsr/college

I use this bag. Can store a laptop along with a few notebooks and textbooks and many pockets for pens, pencils, electronics. I've been looking for something more "elegant" i guess you could say but I haven't found much and I'm content with this bag.