Thinking About Changing Your Major?
The semesters almost over and you might be wondering if you should change majors. Firstly, it is perfectly okay to change your major! On average, 50% of students going into college that declare a major, change majors. And of all these students, many change majors two or three times.
I came to RIT and chose Computer Science, but I learned that it wasn’t the best major for me. I enjoyed all the computing aspects, but all the programming became frustrating and I discovered that I didn’t enjoy it anymore… I spoke with my Academic Advisor and decided to try Computing Security and I loved it!
While there’s nothing wrong with changing your major, do not change majors just because your courses are hard! If you truly love what you do, and enjoy what you’re learning, stick with it. College is hard… everyone feels overwhelmed and frustrated from assignments. So take some time and ask yourself, “Am I changing majors because I don’t enjoy it?” or “Am I changing majors because it’s hard?”
Here’s a few things to keep in mind before you start your second semester:
- It’s perfectly normal to change your major! But don’t change majors just cause classes are too hard.
- Ask yourself “Do I love what I’m learning? Do I enjoy it?”
- You DO NOT have to decide your entire future after this first semester! Continue in your major and you can decide what you wan to do later!
- If you need some more advice, come speak with an Academic Support Specialist in the ASC! We’re here for you!
The 3 Levels of Review
There are three different types of reviews you should do when preparing for an exam! Following this guide will help you study better and memorize more material!
Same Day Review (Take 15 minutes per class)
- Reread and edit your notes
- Reread chapter outline and summary
- Review terminology
- Check for understanding of concepts and figure out what you still don’t understand
Regular Weekly Review (30-60 minutes per class per week)
- Organize and condense information - reformat (not re-copy) your notes combine class notes with text notes
- Create study questions
- Create summaries, study sheets, maps, and charts of most important information
- Rehearse, recite, say it, sing it, draw it!
- Create mnemonics and memory tricks
The Final Review (start at least 2 nights before the exam)
- Test your to get feedback about what you know, what you need to know and what you have trouble remembering
- Create a “pre-test” from your study notes and text
- Recall WITHOUT looking at your notes
- Review old tests
- Practice with a friend
Making the Most of 168 Hours
There are so many reasons that it is important to create a schedule! Planning how you use your time decreases anxiety, decreases procrastination and increases your control over you!
Here are 11 Tips for Effective Time Management
- Set realistic study goals. Just winging your study sessions prevents you from grasping concepts and staying focused. Decide what you what to get done.
- Plan a definite time. Scheduling a specific time will prevent you from procrastinating.
- Know what you need to study. Knowing what you need to study beforehand will be way more effective and easy.
- Predict. Thinking about the amount of time you will need for each assignment causes you to work harder so you save time. By timing your assignments, you are more likely to concentrate and less likely to become bored!
- Reward yourself. Plan something exciting to do after you finish studying! Watch a movie! Play a game! Hang out with friends!
- Be organized! Avoid wasting time by looking for things.
- Prioritize. Make sure you know when to study and do assignments, and when to hang out with friends. Set your priorities and learn to politely say “no.”
- Break it down. Breaking down large tasks into smaller components and schedule them for specific days.
- Start easy. If you’re having trouble getting started, begin with “an easy step” to get motivated and focus.
- Set a stop time. Setting a stop time will encourage you to continue working hard in anticipation of completing all your work!
- Never cram the night before! Distribute your study in hour-hour segments over a period of day. You won’t remember as much cramming at the last minute!
Following these steps will help you study better and feel less stressed!