Help! My Class Is A Total Nightmare…

Any college student can tell you about that one class they had that pushed them to their academic limit:

  • The professor was in a perpetual bad mood,
  • The course material sounded like it was in another language, and
  • The mere thought of going to class was enough to make them want to hide under the nearest rock.

Never no fear, students, for there are steps you can take to survive a class such as this.

Take notes.

If you’re having trouble understanding the material to begin with, the last thing you want to do is sit in class without paying attention or taking good notes.

They’ll help you review the information later, plus you can take them to your professor for extra help.

Speaking of which…

Visit your professor outside of class.

Find out when your professor’s office hours are and put them to use. Whether you’ve got a question about problem #12 on last night’s homework or today’s lecture made about as much sense to you as underwater basket weaving, the best thing you can do is go in for help.

Professors have office hours for a reason: to give their students all the help they can. Asking questions in class is also a great way of not only clearing up any confusion, but making an impression with your professor.

Chances are that if they see you’re trying your best, they’ll go the extra mile to help you out.

Find your study group.

When it comes to difficult classes, two (or more) brains are definitely better than one. Not only do you get to bounce ideas off each other and test your knowledge of the material, but you get to know your classmates.

Listen to your professor.

When your professor gives you a summary of what will be on the test (which chapters, sections, or types of questions, for example),  write it down!

They’re not trying to trick you–that stuff will actually be on the test, so take advantage of the heads-up!

Get a head start on assignments and papers.

This is pretty self-explanatory. The sooner you get started, the more time you’ll have to ask your professor for help with any questions or problems you may have.

Breathe.

Staying calm is a great way to keep the information where it belongs: in your head.

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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.