3 things you should know as a college freshman in Odessa, TX

Every Freshman gets bombarded with advice and tips before entering college. There are internet influencers, siblings and friends, and even parents who offer well-meaning but sometimes disconnected advice on how to navigate the first year of college. Academic Coaching Specialists are here to offer our expert pointers, giving you 3 things you should know as a college freshman in Odessa, TX.


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3 things you should know as a college freshman in Odessa, TX.

1. You are responsible for your learning

Of course you are responsible for learning, after all, that is your job while in college. However, what this means is that professors only present information to you in class. They are not going to follow up with you to make sure you are comprehending material. This is not their job and they do not have to ensure you get a good grade. This is up to you to decide how you will accomplish this. Office hours, in combination with multiple other resources on campus and online are there to provide students who need help with it. No one will offer these to you or ask you to sign up. The responsibility shifts to you, the student, to be aware of what you understand and do not, and to find a way to get help with what you need.

2. You will have a lot of free time

Without the structure of high school bells or teachers to tell you it is time to move to your next class, it can take a bit to get used to going to class on your own. Be sure to set alarms on your phone to alert you when to leave in order to make it to class on time. After class, schedule that time to review notes, start on any assignments or read the text. Simply doing nothing between classes is a waste of time and will quickly build up, causing stress and requiring long sessions or late nights to complete and prepare.

3. There will be tough points in the semester/year to get through

No doubt, you will encounter some stressful and difficult situations that will require some tenacity on your part. When faced with a challenge or disappointment, use that time to think about what could have been done or what can be done to avoid the same thing in the future. This will build resilience and allow you to create habits and thinking patterns that help you to grow.



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