How to Make the Most of Your Educational Experience

How to Make the Most of Your Educational Experience

School is your time to grow and shine. It’s important to take full advantage of every opportunity you have while you’re earning your degree. Below are the principles of successful schooling:
    Attendance: The most obvious step in learning is actually attending classes! Of course, at some point there may be something in your life prevents you from being able to attend a class, but don’t let that become a habit. ORT professors do the best to make sure you get the most out of your time with them. They want you to attend class and you should want to, too.
    Taking and reviewing class notes:  You’ve gotten yourself to class and you’re all ready to absorb everything the professor has to say. That’s great! The next step is crucial: take notes! There’s no way you could possibly remember everything your teacher says in class, so you need to record what’s important. When taking notes, make sure to take down the “meat” of the lecture. Highlight keywords (words your professors repeat or emphasize). Do your best to keep your notes organized. It will be easier for you to go back and understand later. When going over notes after class, make note of any questions you have to go over with your teacher or classmates the next time you see them. Keeping up with your notes means keeping yourself on track with your classes.
    Participation in class activities: When you’re in class, you should really do your best to also be actively present! When there’s a discussion in class, join. Participating in class is a great way to help you understand and retain the information you’re learning. If your professor asks if anyone has any questions, don’t hesitate to speak up. Don’t be embarrassed if you didn’t understand something. If you have a question, there’s a good chance that someone else in the class doesn’t know either. Make the most of your time with your teachers and peers.

  Homework & assignments: Always do the reading assignments. Even if your professors don’t make them mandatory, they assign pages to you for a reason. Readings will help supplement what you’re learning; and, like your notes, they will keep you on track with your classes. If you’re having difficulty with a writing assignment, try to first outline what needs to be in your paper. That way, you have a clear course of action to really power you through your work and, most importantly, keep you organized. When you’ve finished, be sure to read your paper over thoroughly. Don’t only rely only on spellcheck. Also have someone else take a look over your writing to be absolutely certain there are no mistakes. Miscellaneous assignments may be the ones put off until last, but these tasks are the ones that apply to your career the most. Get the most out of your assignments by putting all you can into them.
    Time management: For most of you, school is not your only responsibility in life. It’s important to organize your time so nothing gets left undone. The way in which you organize your time will depend on what works best for you. This could be keeping up with a calendar, organizing goals on a monthly, weekly, or even daily basis, and even using online or mobile tools to keep up with tasks. When delegating time for studying, it’s important to spend at least an hour to an hour and a half, daily, reviewing your class materials. If you have time enough to do more, do it. If you don’t, that’s okay. It’s important to remember there are only 24 hours in a day. Identifying your priorities and using tactics to organize them is going to help you be the best student you can be.
For other questions on how to maximize on your education experience, speak to an LA ORT advisor. We’re here to help!

LA ORT is a group of nonprofit junior colleges in Los Angeles and Van Nuys provide career training in short term courses.

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