How to Take On Mandatory Courses
Most universities possess a required amount of credits that will make up most of your degree for at least the first few semesters. Granted, if you are attending a focused arts college, its freshmen schedule isn’t filled with typical classes like chemistry or Math 101 (as opposed to those found at a liberal arts college.)
If you are thinking of heading to a focused arts or science school, it’s more likely to expect mandatory courses geared in your expertise that will suit your needs better then those of a wide-ranging liberal arts college.
Be Fearless, Take Them On:
Although when those foreboding classes like chemistry and math come along and they aren’t really your “thing” — unless of course, you’re planning on becoming an pharmacist or actuary… be prepared and don’t sweat it! You’ll have to take them and you will pass with flying colors (we hope).
Explore all your options. According to the subjects you know will give you difficulty, find out about extra help like tutoring services often provided by the school or meet with your professor at a free shared moment to review material. Don’t feel embarrassed because you certainly won’t be the only one seeking help at these meetings (socially-speaking)!
Speaking of social, make buddies with students in your class that seem to have a better grasp of the topic. It’s like killing two birds with one stone, a study partner and a new possible friend!
Consider studying in advance. Once you receive your syllabus with the expected material and dates, start mentally preparing for each quiz or test. This is the perfect time to pinpoint your weaknesses and work on them proactively before the test comes along.
Loopholes in the System:
Backtracking a bit now. If you’re still attending high school you might be able to eliminate some of those stressful unwanted courses. If your schedule can handle it, take as many AP classes that you can get your hands on. Every AP class taken during your junior or senior year will help you immensely. However, think twice if you’re not confident you can get at least a “B” in an AP course.
Speaking of proactive… Summer college programs offered throughout the nation and around the world can help with college credits. Not only can this become a great social scene, it’s a scene-changer from home and another way to knock down some college-beginner blues.
In turn, you will have the ability to find “test out” some courses in your desired interests or majors and may be able to earn college credits as well! This will ease your academic burden in college and maybe even shorten it. But even then, who really wants shorten college? College will be one of the best eras of your younger life, so enjoy it all.