Student Survival Guide

Essay by jenna1026College, UndergraduateA+, February 2008

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The decision to return to school to further one's education is one of the most important decisions that a person can make. Going to college full-time is not something that someone can just do in their spare time. Attending and excelling in college takes time, hard work, and patience. No one can know everything. College courses are available to teach the information that is not readily available. Getting a college degree allows people to reach heights that they had not been able to before. A college graduate has more opportunities for advancement and pay increases than coworkers that do not possess a degree. There are steps to take that can help someone in college to excel in their classes and be more prepared for life after college.

Conducting Successful Library and Internet SearchesThe internet gives today's students a vast array of information at their fingertips. Anyone can sit down at a computer for a few minutes and find hundreds, and sometimes thousands, of pages relating to the information that is being searched for.

Searching for information is simple. Narrowing down the results that are given to a small enough number to work with takes a little more work. Brainstorming is one way to start the process. By writing down the main idea and writing down thoughts as they come, the student is giving herself more information to work with. When someone just tries to think about the information without writing it down, valuable ideas could be forgotten. Writing down anything, even if it does not make sense at the time, can open up even more avenues of thought on the subject. After doing searches on the ideas that are written down, the results will still need to be refined. Enclosing the search words in quotation marks will decrease the number...