*This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cengage Unlimited. The opinions and text are all mine.*
So, you could say that I’m slightly stressing out. I’ve been on “summer break” (do we college kiddos still call it that??) for four months and I feel like I have forgotten literally everything that I know. If you were to throw me into an office and expect me to do exactly what I’ve learned the past few years, I’d be fired in minutes. Ok, that’s way too drastic but you get the point.
I just miss the good ol’ days where you went back to school shopping and met your teachers. Now you have to Google your professors, see which one has the least amount of negative feedback, and cross your fingers that the books they ask you to get are ACTUALLY available when you need them.
For all of you just starting out, this is for you. Preparing for college is tough, and it’s the same thing every. semester. because you have new teachers every. semester. and they expect you to do different things every. semester. You get it. So, I’m going to round up some of my favorite ways that I have turned my ugly grades (thanks freshmen year) into good grades (shout out to adult me for getting it together).
I could sit here and tell you that every professor you are going to get is fantastic, but I’d be lying, and you KNOW I’d never lie to y’all so here’s the reality of college: some professors aren’t the best and you have to rely on reading on your own time. For instance: I had an econ professor (and if you’re reading this I’m sorry…) but he really did me dirty. I got a C on his first exam, and that was that. SO, I went and read my book for the class. I took notes (from the book… not him) and I got A’s on my next two exams and people were wanting me to help them??? So, BOOKS ARE YOUR FRIENDS, especially when your professor is not. And that leads to me to the holy grail of college resources. Cengage Unlimited.
Cengage Unlimited is a subscription service that allows you access to all your Cengage courses on multiple platforms, study guides, low-cost print rentals, and EBOOKS. Yes, you heard that right, EBOOKS. As in, you can get your books online for one subscription price of $119.99 per semester, which will save you and your bank account. You’re welcome. AND when your subscription ends, you can keep up to 6 eBooks for an entire year. So when I had to take calculus last year, this would have come in handy because I spent $150 on one book. I can still taste how bitter I am. Needless to say, I will be enjoying the 500 books that my professors ask me to buy, for the sweet, wonderful, beautiful price of $119.99 because I am a savvy college kid.
Second to reading your books, make friends with your professors and teaching assistants. In my Accounting class (if you’re reading this, I really do love you both), my professor and TA were my rocks. They were the only reason why I actually understood what was going on. Not only did I pass the class, but I was one of the top students and people were wanting MY help.
Third, and lastly (because this is long and you’re gonna have to be reading for college soon so I’ll spare you), find some places to study. I can’t study in the library, I’m too easily distracted, I want to say hi to everyone (even when I don’t know them??), and it just doesn’t work. So, my college has study rooms that you can rent out, and they save my LIFE. I get so much done in those bad boys, TBH I have SLEPT in one before. I literally passed out on the ground and a guy came in and was like “oh I didn’t see you there” and I had to pause my Netflix to tell him that I was currently on the floor and he needed to leave LOL. Your school probably has plenty of other fantastic things about it too but you gotta dig.
To wrap this up, make sure you are reading your books, looking into all resources available to you (like Cengage Unlimited), and finding places where you can actually study. College is hard but you don’t have to make it harder!