A junior college education places emphasis on both in-depth theoretical knowledge and the ability to apply this knowledge to various contexts, so it is needless to say that life in JC will indeed be stressful at times. However, it is by no means an impossible feat, so fret not, you will come out alive and well and still sane (hopefully) if you adopt the right attitude and studying methods. Here are some tips we have to help you survive JC life!
- Plan a schedule for the day
We have all heard of the old adage, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail”. Time management is especially crucial in JC because you simply cannot afford to waste your whole day away. Set aside 15 minutes every morning to plan out how you will utilise your day. Of course, remember to give yourself breaks so that your mind can recharge.
- Read your lecture notes beforehand
To avoid feeling lost in lectures, it is always good to do some pre-lecture reading so that you have a rough idea of what you will be learning.
- Understanding is key-
Many students enter a JC with the misconception that memorising will seal the deal for an A. The truth of the matter is that in junior college, there is simply too much information to grapple with, to the point that memorisation alone is sorely insufficient.It is far easier to remember something by understanding the concepts instead. To do this, consistent practice is key. Approach your tutors for consultations so as to clarify the concepts you are weak in. Also, there is no such thing as too much practice in JC because delving deeper can help you lock the concepts in.
4.Cultivate the right attitude
Sometimes it is hard to have the mood to study when everything is weighing down on you, but you need to remember that everyone in JC is fighting their battles too. Remind yourself of the reasons why you chose a junior college in the first place and keep your end goal in sight. Think of your dreams and ambitions and how a JC education will enable you to reach them. There is no doubt that preparing for the A Levels is tough on everyone, but try to think of the long-term gains — that if you work hard, you will be one step closer to your dreams. Or freedom. So, don’t give up because of a bad grade.Think instead about where you went wrong and how you can improve the situation.
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5. Prioritise the important things
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If you know that you absolutely need to complete a task within a set period of time, avoid distractions such as your Whatsapp, Instagram or Twitter, so that you stay focused on what you are doing and get it done as soon as possible.
- Make friends!
Friends keep you sane and they will probably make up the core of your memories of JC, long after you have abandoned your notes. Friends brighten up your day, and they remind you to keep the end goal in mind even when you are feeling discouraged. Make friends by joining the many activities that NY provides, like camps or service-learning events. You might find some like-minded friends when you take part in these events 🙂
We hope you’ll have a fulfilling JC experience, and always remember to appreciate the people who are there to support you along the way – your friends, teachers and family.