College Hacks: What Teachers Won’t Tell You
[*If you can’t even make it in college, then how can you make it in the real world? *]
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In contrast to high-school where students are cared/watched after with a close eye and the mentality is “no student left behind”, college has a strong sense of every-man-for-himself. You’re on your own now. And if you don’t care for your own success then no one else will for you. There are thousands of students attending and advisers simply do not have the time to carefully adhere to each one. Do not expect guidance to be delivered to you on a silver platter. You must do your own independent research to advance your career; having purchased this eBook you already intuitively understand this.
College is overwhelming for new students because there’s 1000s of things happening at the same time and somehow you’re expected to keep track of everything. You’re thrown into a chaotic environment and expected to figure things out on your own – a process known as immersion learning. It’s a sink or swim environment where adopting and learning quickly is imperative for success. You are not looking just to survive – you want to flourish; and to flourish, you must be take on an independent journey on constantly learning how to succeed in this environment. The vast majority of this knowledge will not be spoon-fed to you; you must acquire it for yourself.[* Hence, keep your eyes open, be observant and jot down notes of the important insights you’ve made along your college journey.*]
The first rule of college is do not be afraid to ask college staff for information because of a fragile ego. It’s better to look stupid for a moment then feel stupid for a lifetime. Only the one who is humble enough to admit that he does not know everything, will acquire knowledge.
The admissions and advisers generally do a lousy job of informing the student of the available resources that students are paying thousands of dollars for to have access to. As I have repeatedly emphasized, the student is expected to do his own independent research to uncover the vast amount of resources available to him. First and foremost, figure as much as you can on your own but for gaping holes in knowledge, before seeking advisement. The college’s website is packed with useful information. *They will be annoyed if you ask them questions that are too obvious or easily accessible. *
While they may act annoyed that you are interrogating them, do not allow this to faze you. This is their job that they’re being paid to do – they should be fired if they are incompetent at doing so. If they can’t provide quality information, acquire their name and then threaten to go to their supervisor. Be aggressive in seeking advisement. If the adviser is lousy, find another one. Do not be afraid to press hard. In life, does that are aggressive in pursuing their goals are successful; while the timid, shy and weak, are left to die alone in the dark. Similarity, those who expect more, end up getting more.
It’s also important to not appear shy when asking questions. Do so with an assertive manner and a strong sense of entitlement. Avoid phrases such as “Can I ask you a question?” or “Do you mind if I ask?” Instead assume the frame that it is absolutely normal to ask – which it is. You are entitled to information. Mentalities are contagious. By projecting this frame of mind, they will fall into it as well. Jot down important notes such as room numbers, dates, times or phrases. Taking notes will prevent “memorization overload”.
All beginnings are hard. The first day of college is often the most nerve-wrecking. Will your classmates be helpful angels from heaven or bullying demons from hell? Will you be blessed with an easy-going teacher or one that lays down the law like no tomorrow? Will it be a breeze or will the homework mount up higher than the Eifel Tower? Fear not, for these questions are short-lived because within only a few blinks of an eye, half the semester will already be over.
The most important phase of college is the beginning because it sets the tone for how you will act throughout the entire semester. From the moment you walk into the campus habits are already forming and these habits will remain throughout the next 3.5 months. Doing well in college is just a set of habits. Hence, it is imperative to set the correct patterns right off the bat. If you start strong, you will remain strong but if you start weak, it will require massive amounts of energy to recover. Further, starting strong is important because first impressions are lasting ones and it is significantly more difficult to correct a bad first impression than it is to simply set a good one initially. Do not go easy on yourself just because it’s the beginning of the semester and the work has not started to pile up yet.
How you start the day has an impact on the entire day. Start strong, to end strong. Getting up at 6AM in the morning has clear advantages that should not be easily overlooked. It is a powerful surge of motivation to start the day early; this inspiration carries you through the day. It also allows for clear, undisrupted thinking because you do not have family members interrupting your flow with their “urgent” remarks. Getting up early creates a safe-zone buffer to ensure that you finish any leftover tasks form yesterday and get to your destination on time – better early than late.
Combine getting up at 6AM with taking a walk to contemplate life and plan your day. Ask these questions out-loud and wait for the answers to come. What are specific goals that I want to accomplish today? What’s my mission statement? How much progress have I made so far? [*At this rate of progress that I am now in, where will I be five years from now? *]What lessons can I learn from yesterday’s adventures? Jot down important insights that come to mind and make a video podcast summarizing these insights. Alternatively, record these thoughts in a laptop that will later be combined with other “morning segments” into an eBook published on Amazon.
The anxiety felt on the first day consumes mental energy and is often deemed unpleasant. However, a more beneficial frame to have is that this stress is excitement towards an unknown and is normal. This flight or fight response should be leveraged to your advantage; use it to fuel you.
A boxer at the ring fights hardest when he knows that he has a fanbase watching who cheer him on and a handful of coaches who analyze his every move to give the highest quality advice possible. Likewise, having a couple of friends can mean the difference between passing and failing; they’ve got your back in case you missed class, need homework help or simply missed something important that the teacher may have said. [*Just knowing that you are not alone is important emotional support. *]A team of several people fighting to achieve a singular goal is more powerful than a lone wolf on a one-man mission. It is important that these friends be super-academic achievers because peer influence is significant; hanging out with the wrong crowd will tear down your grades instead of bringing them up.
Once at the beginning of the semester, I had obtained 4 numbers of different students from the class I was attending. Yet, they all dropped out later! Do not assume that you can go easy on yourself because you’ve got an army of students watching your back. [* Most students are not A+ students; hence, they should be used as a last resort - not as the front line. *] You are the front line; they are on the reserve.
The best time to acquire numbers from students is at the beginning of the semester before social circles have already been established. At the initial phase of the semester is when students are the neediest; therefore, capitalize while the iron is hot. “I’m going to give you my number in case you miss class or if I need your homework help.” As they take out their phone, say “I’ll type it for you.” Then call yourself. This is the best method because asking students for their numbers can sometimes lead to fake numbers by skeptical, anti-social paranoids. It is best to obtain multiple numbers because at this point you don’t know which students are smart and which ones are the weed-blazers.
Keep your eyes open. Which students are contributing most to the class and seem to have all the answers? The key to doing well is to befriend the nerds. Although the nerds were picked on in high-school, they are worshiped as gods in college. Nerds are losers in the social scene but reign supreme in the classrooms; the library is their domain. One never expects himself coming late or missing class, but when a mysterious hurricane strikes – you’ll be happy you have someone reliable to trust with catching you up to speed. Just like plagiarism is forbidden but paraphrasing is fine, cheating is forbidden but assisted help is fine.
Nerds are also easier to befriend than the popular kids. While the students who are popular in the social scene already have their social-needs being, nerds are often lonely and not as picky. They feel a sense of pride when someone asks for their help. Butter their ego with a sincere compliment and they will melt in your hands; then proceed to ask for their valued assistance. However, as I have already pointed out, coming to others should be a last resort option; rely on yourself than to rely on others.
A brief ten-minute break to grab a coffee or to put your head down on the table will disrupt the flow of studying but it will allow you to come back with greater ferocity and it will pay off in the long run. Playtime is not to be seen as the weak, lazy man’s excuse to procrastinate the inevitable but rather as an extremely important, necessary investment like eating, sleeping and pooping! Without recreational activities, we are forced to function at a fraction of what we could be in order to relax while working. Ignore this advice at your own peril because overworking can lead to burnout, loss of enthusiasm and going on a losing-all-control-binge. Once burnout has occurred it will take substantially more energy to recover than it would have taken if you were to focus on not falling off the edge in the first place. Stop, drop and recharge. The big secret to prevent burnout is to enjoy the process; make a list of benefits that you will gain from researching this topic (or engaging in whatever activity that you are engaging in).
Every moment of the day, you must be either focused on a goal or contemplating what the next goal should be. Not having specific, concrete goals with deadlines is the recipe for failure because the human condition is take the path of least resistance. By not applying pressure on yourself, you will certainly take the easy way out. [*Vacation time is infamous for making students weaker (not stronger!); *]not doing work trains the body to not do work. In contrast, the harder you work, the stronger you become. Going easy on yourself is the path to failure. You must be your own boss and constantly push yourself to beat old records.
Block out negative influences entirely. In my college years, I had a crazy relative at home who was constantly bickering and complaining, so I decided to take lunch with me and study uninterrupted at the college’s library. This idea immediately and radically improved by productivity. However, if I was forced by circumstance to study at home then I would drown out the noise with headphones blasting no-lyrics instrumental music. Getting good grades in college is as important as having a full-time job and your family must understand this.
“What you put in the mind, is what the mind produces. If you’re a vicarious reader who constantly consumes high-value quality content, then your writing will be full of golden gems; good input creates good output.” – Boris Goldstein, Write a Book a Week for a Year
College Hacks: What Teachers Won’t Tell You _____________________________ QUOTES FROM THE BOOK: _____________________________ - "Although the nerds were picked on in high-school, they are worshiped as gods in college. Butter their ego with a sincere compliment and they will melt in your hands; then proceed to ask for their valued assistance." - "If you can't even make it in college, then how can you make it in the real world? " - "At this rate of progress that I am now in, where will I be five years from now?" _____________________________ TABLE OF CONTENTS: _____________________________ The Worst Introduction You Will Ever Read. There is No Silver Platter. Rule 1: Embrace Immersion Learning. Rule #2: Look Stupid How to Not Annoy. Rule #3: Interrogate like a Boss. The Initial Pain Period Set the Pattern Early Bird versus Night Owl First Day Butterflies Lone Wolf versus Team Force Front Line versus Reserve The 100% Foolproof Method of Getting Phone Numbers Weed-blazers versus Nerds Need Help Call 911 Nerd Don’t let the Candle Burn Out. Easy Makes You Weak The College Library is Heaven.