5 Critical Resources College Students Always Forget About

1. Professors

They’re more than just that person standing at the front of the classroom talking at you for three hours a week. A big part of their job is to help you learn the information you need to know.

So let them!

If you have a question or problem or anything you’re unsure about pertaining to the class, just go ask (even if you have a prof that scares you a little—we’ve all had those).

And if you’re not quite sure when would be a good time, most professors list their office hours on the course’s syllabus. Or you could stay after class. Or get to class early. Or send them an email. Or…

You get the picture.

2. Tutors

When I was a writing tutor, I would go entire shifts without a single student coming in for help. This made no sense to me, especially when I constantly heard my classmates complain about being horrible at writing and not being able to pull off a decent grade on their papers.

The bottom line: if you’re having trouble in a subject and your school offers tutoring for that subject, go see the tutor!

 3. Career development centers

Many colleges or universities have offices devoted to helping students get their careers off the ground. They’re just what the name suggests: they specialize in building and reviewing resumes, doing practice interviews to prep for real ones, and much more. Some even have contacts with the school’s alumni and often work to connect them with students for internship and job opportunities.

Career centers are easily one of the most valuable and overlooked resources on any college campus.

 4. Reference librarians

Where do I begin with reference librarians?

For one thing, they’ve saved me from a doomed research paper on more than one occasion. For another, they should be your first stop after getting your paper assignment if you have no clue where to start looking for information.

Reference librarians are simply awesome. They know the library better than anyone else and they’re experts at finding specific information either on the shelves or in online databases.

Why wouldn’t you want their help?

 5. The syllabus

THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PIECE OF PAPER YOUR PROFESSOR WILL GIVE YOU.

Keep it.

Do not lose it.

It’s your reference guide for assignments, due dates, your professor’s office hours, and all the other information you need for getting the best possible grade out of the class.

Now, it’s only fair to make it clear that not every professor uses their syllabus as a survival guide for their course. I’ve had profs who hardly put any information on theirs.

Then again, I’ve had others who made it clear that our grade was dependent on that piece of paper.

I’ll let you in on a little secret: The only way to figure out which is which is to read the syllabus top to bottom!

Hey, it’s better to be bored for three minutes than to be panicking come finals time because you have no clue what’s going to be expected of you. Believe me, that doesn’t end well for anyone.

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Ana Koulouris

Ana Koulouris

Ana Koulouris is a senior at Benedictine University in Illinois pursuing a degree in writing and publishing. When she is not at work in the Office of Admissions or on the university's newspaper, she can be found writing short stories, reading anything and everything, and spending time with family and friends.

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