As a child, you had parents who went out and bought school supplies that were listed from the school and grade you attended. Your parents would make sure all the items were in your bag and ready for the first day of school. Before the first day, your parents would tell you to get a good night’s rest and in the morning eat a hearty meal to stay focused in class. Your parents probably walked you to class the first day and ensured the teacher received all the supplies on the list.
Now that you’re in college, the days of mommy holding your hand is over. There is no supply list and the instructor has not met your parents to tell them what’s required. So how does one prepare for class?
“I get my books early to know what to expect. Once you get the books, take a look at the pretest to prepare for the test… Oh and have flashcards,” said Tiffany Shrum a freshman, who has taking classes at Vol State as a dual enrollment student.
Having books for class seems like a no brainer, but when you are in a hurry, books for a specific class may be the last thing on your mind.
“I put my books in the car before bed, so I don’t forget,” Caitlynn McClister said.
Boyd Kernodle, a graduate of Vol State was spotted on campus and he had this advice.
“Make sure to have a SD card or flash drive, they come in handy for a lot of classes. I’ve had four semesters on one drive.”
It also may sound obvious, but make sure you know where you're going.
“I know the building, but I don’t know the room the class is located,” said Michael Hodges.
Finding the room before class starts is an essential part of being prepared. It allows you to be on time and also map out the direction for the next class. If you have one class after another, remember that there is only a 10 minute break in between, which is not a lot of time when you have classes on opposite sides of campus from each other.
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Mom may not be there to tell you to go to bed and you may not need as much rest as you did as a youngster, but getting plenty of rest helps you prepare for the day ahead.
“I go to bed at 12 and get up at 5:30," said Shrum. I try to do everything before I go and make sure I have everything,”
If you can run on 5 hours of sleep, more power to you. It seems that everyone prepares for class differently and each class requires something different. Individuals need to find what works best for them. However, everyone I spoke with agreed that having books and knowing where to go is half the battle of being prepared. Oh.., paper and pen will come in handy as well.