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how to be ready for college?

I'm a senior wanting to be a bio-engineer, before i wanted to be a marine biologist. i want to get all A's just like last year. navy biologist marine-biology military


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Eileen’s Answer

I went to the US Coast Guard Academy right out of high school before I got a degree in marine science from a four-year college after an injury. If you are going the military route, make sure you are in shape! Know what is going to be on your physical tests and get ready for them.

thankyou very much. Genevese S.

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Victoria’s Answer

Hi!

This is a great question! I am a recent college grad and reflecting on my freshman year of college I remember contemplating the same thing. What i realized is that college classes are different than high school classes. In my opinion, there is less hand holding - there isnt a set path of what you should do to do well. You may need to review everyday or you may be someone who can cram and get it done. This is where you will have to do trial and error + this will depend on the class too. I would say start off with a plan for studying and getting work done by leveraging google calendar and stick with it. Start more aggressive with your cadence then adjust.

thankyou :) Genevese S.

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Yasemin’s Answer

Hi Genevese! Excellent that you are getting As now! Good study habits tend to follow throughout education, so if you are doing strong now you should be just fine in college. I would recommend to devote a good amount of time to your classes and study well; I know it sounds simple but honestly it is. Most of the time students struggle because they don't put in the work effort and seek help when needed. If you are doing well now it means you have a good study routine so definitely just follow with that, you may have to change a couple of things because college is more independent than high school such as if you study 2-3 days for an exam for high school in college, you will have to study maybe a week prior to the exam. There is a heavier workload in college but if you also take AP classes in high school now then that will also help in preparing you. Also there is a tutoring service part of your tuition in college so if you struggle with anything definitely make an appointment with the center and seek help early when needed- you can also go to your professor's office hours as well- so use both of these resources! I hope this helps!

Best of luck future undergrad!

thankyou so much :) Genevese S.

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Amela’s Answer

Genevese,

I remember when I was making the transition from college to high school, I was extremely nervous about how I was going to manage my time and workload. I also had an intense workload in high school, and I actually found that I had much more time in college than I did in high school. I got to design my own schedule, and didn't have classes all day, so it was much easier than I anticipated.

Luckily, you are already getting great grades and have developed good study habits, so that will all help you tremendously. The most important thing when transitioning to college is figuring out how best to balance your classes and what environments you are most productive in. For example, I could never do homework or study in my dorm room because I wouldn't be able to focus. I was much better at studying at the library, so my advice would be to just be aware of your surroundings when you are feeling the most productive. I don't think you will have too much trouble if you are already doing well in school. Good luck!

thankyou so much. Genevese S.

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Jennifer’s Answer

Getting ready for college can certainly be scary especially if you are going away to school. One of the biggest things that I was not ready for is the insane amount of time you have to yourself and it all depends on how you plan out your classes/schedule overall. This "free time" cannot go to waste. Get ready to plan out your weeks, day by day, this is certainly something that has helped me and it is so important to be organized because professors will give you tons and tons of assignments and its easy to get lost in all of that.
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Blake’s Answer

Hey Genevese,

Great question. My absolute number one recommendation is to practice your time management and study habits. You will have a lot more free time in college compared to high school (usually), but the choice to use the time to study vs. do other curriculars is entirely up to you. It's often a difficult decision choosing "studying" vs. "fun events" but it is imperative for your success.

Thanks,
Blake

thankyou :) Genevese S.

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Kiirsten’s Answer

Hi Genevese!

Awesome question and great job for having all A's-- that is a huge accomplishment! All of the prior answers have been wonderful I would just like to add to take time for yourself mentally during college and not push yourself too hard. I took AP classes in high school which really prepared me for classes in college, but I was very aggressive with my schedule my very first semester and ended up stressing myself out. It seems like good grades are important to you (which is wonderful), so I suggest that you start off taking 4 classes (this is the typical amount per semester) and work your way up to more classes per semester if you see fit. My final piece of advice is to not worry if the classes you take aren't what you thought they'd be and you want to change your major. I struggled with this my first semester-- I went into college wanting one degree then ended up with another-- some people know what they want and stick with it, others don't-- just remember it's okay!

Have fun, college is super!
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Karen’s Answer

They key to getting good grades in college is good study habits. If you have all A's now, then it sounds like you are on the right track. If you have a specific major and career in mind, be sure to connect with a good advisor who can help you select the classes that are most relevant to this career. Study hard, and use a planner to keep track of assignments, tests and labs.
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