Preparing for college life isn’t about what most people think it is.
And that leads to most students getting to college and flopping around like a fish out of water, hoping they can maybe flop themselves into somewhere they can actually start swimming.
Students that aren’t prepared for college can end up blowing more than just their grades. They can end up blowing friendships. They can end up blowing their reputation for the next 4 years of their life. They can even end up blowing tens of thousands of dollars on a completely wasted semester (plus interest.)
Are you a little concerned about college?
Well… you should be.
This will include some big changes.
Truthfully, these changes can help prepared students knock it out of the park.
It’s really not all that hard to prepare for college. The problems spring up when a student thinks they’re going to be facing certain problems but then they get blindsided by a different set.
I’m going to be going over the most important things you need to worry about so you can go into college feeling more confident than you felt senior year in high school.
Here Is The Reason Most Students That Blew It In College Blew It…
What are the biggest challenges you’re worried about going into college?
If you’re like most students then that list probably looks something like this:
- Making friends
- Having fun
But there is a huge concern that 95% of students never even think about that can end up screwing up all those other important things on that list.
It’s the kind of thing that’s easy to overlook sitting at home and daydreaming about college.
The thing you can’t forget it:
You’ve got to actually manage your day to day life differently.
If you’re living in the dorms – you’re going to have to do laundry. You need to eat something. You need to manage your own diet (and weight.) You need to get yourself to bed at a reasonable time. You need to wake yourself up in the morning. You need to make sure you’re paying for everything. And you still have to take care of yourself (and shower dammit! It’s gross not to. Especially for your roommate. They want to be nice and keep their mouths shut but seriously… they have the right to breathe unencumbered.)
If you fail to eat properly then you won’t focus as well. You’ll do worse in class. You’ll sleep worse. You’ll have less energy. You’ll probably be grouchy and lose friends. It goes on and on.
If you don’t do your laundry then you’ll probably be embarrassed going into class (and lose focus.) You might even want to skip some classes. You’ll have fewer people wanting to spend time with your gross self. You’ll be more stressed because everyone will treat you like a leper.
This stuff is basic but it’s foundational.
Without the foundation, the whole thing you’re trying to build in college can come crashing down around you.
Sure… you’re going to blame the teachers if your grades drop because of these foundational issues because you’re not going to know any better.
If you can’t manage your life then you can’t manage your way through school.
(And for commuting students – people will start expecting more out of you. You may need to worry about your car more. Maybe you’ll be expected to do more for your parents. It adds up into problems that you’re going to need to be ready to resolve.)
Preparing for college life mostly has to do with preparing for the basics…
If You Can Do Everything Else Then Class Will Be Easy
How do you know if you’re prepared for college?
If you can live on your own responsibly outside of college then you are probably prepared to go to college.
That is one of the big advantages I’ve seen in student’s that don’t go straight to college out of high school. When a student has worked a regular job and paid their own bills, they understand how complicated just getting through the average day can be. Then they get into college and it’s a breeze for them.
College isn’t as hard as a full-time job.
You can largely do your class work on your own schedule (excluding actual class times which you pick.)
You’re your own boss.
You can usually pay for most of your expenses using loans.
The hardest part is just being comfortable with managing your day to day life.
So if you want to be prepared for college…
Just take responsibility over your own life.
You know all those things other people do for you now?
Start doing them yourself.
If you can take care of those, then you’re on track to be a successful college student.
But Isn’t College Going To Be Harder Than High School?!?
In most cases, it’s not.
Sure… if you’re going from a crappy high school to a top notch college then you’re going to have some catching up to do. But if you’re going from average high school to an average college – the academic aspects aren’t going to be notably harder.
But if you’re still worried about the academic part…
Or you’re looking to take your grades to the next level…
That’s what we focus on here at Smart Student Secrets.
My name is Aaron and I’ve written 4 books (with a best-seller in the mix) all about academic domination for average students. I’ve written hundreds of articles on the skills I used to take my bottom of the class grades to the top of my class. And ultimately, how I scored near the top of my college class while working full time and doing a double courseload. And I’m nothing special.
You can do it too. In fact, given the resources you have access to, you may be able to take it even farther than I have. (I’ve heard some extraordinary stories.)
The reality is:
Getting good grades is easy.
A powerful study routine can help you remember more information in dramatically less time.
And that can make test-taking feel like second nature (even if you think you’re a bad test-taker right now.)
Preparing for college has it’s difficult parts but getting ready academically is not your biggest problem. Smart Student Secrets can help you make academics the easiest part.
This is an absolutely essential read for anyone on this blog.
I’m about 4 hours away from something big.
The story began a decade ago when I first started to share my study strategies with other students.
I had figured out the Holy Grail of academic optimization strategies – and every intermediate step to get to it. Using this strategy, I pulled a nearly 4.0 GPA while running a double course load in college – and once I started sharing it.
Droves of them.
And then teachers noticed.
Most of the teachers that were looking out for their student’s best interest got what I was saying and supported the cause. Others… well… not everyone has the student’s best interest at heart.
Early on (even before Smart Student Secrets,) I started writing for average students.
I knew… I was NEVER one of the “smart kids”. I was mediocre at best. And I knew, if these strategies worked for me then they could work for just about anybody. And that’s who I wanted to connect with.
But… There was a problem…
I built an audience giving these strategies away. Sure…
And I’d get messages from them. And we’d talk. And I’d hear their stories.
I’d hear from A+ students that cut their study time by 90%.
I’d hear from B students that took their grades up to A’s.
I’d hear from teachers that were sharing my strategies with their students.
I’d hear from older students how these strategies changed their life.
I love it. I love introducing these strategies that changed my life to other people.
But there was always this… but…
What about the C students?
What about the D students?
What about the students that are currently failing?
Sure… Some would reach out.. but…
They never followed through… They’d take a small step. They’d sign up. They’d learn some killer strategies. Seeing right there how powerful they were going to be…
And then… life kicks in. They lose sight of their goals.
And it’s gone.
Student’s came to this site to improve their life. They see the possibilities. But then… they move on.
In about 4 hours, I’m going to be introducing something – an email subscriber exclusive – that can help change that.
It’s going to make more Smart Students than at any other time in this site’s history.
If you’re ready to take your academic game to the next level – if you want to see it for yourself.
Write your email in the box. Check the confirmation you want emails. Confirm your email. And see for yourself.