Students Con't

Beware of tempting credit card offers with free gifts! The typical college student finishes their senior year with $3,300 in credit card debt. This is enough debt to possibly keep you from renting an apartment or buying a car after you graduate.

Pay off your credit cards every month - no exceptions! Better yet we recommend that you write a check or pay cash and don't use a credit card at all. Learn to do with out it.


Strength for the Journey

Students ask for prayer for "strength" more than any other thing. So we started to really think about strength and where it comes from. We found that a combination of fellowship, weekly worship, productive quiet times spent reading your Bible, praying for wisdom and the needs of others, and asking God to direct your steps, are the best sources of strength. Ask for your "daily bread" before you read your Bible, then keep eating! When Jesus said "I am the bread of life", He meant that He is there to gain strength from, just as we do from eating (see John 6:35).

He made the statement of being the bread of life after feeding 5000 people. You may wonder, "Did he really feed 5000 people? This must be a myth or a typo." If Jesus was God in the flesh, then he certainly had the power to duplicate some molecules. Don't be so quick to explain away the miracles in the Bible, because you'll miss the point of why they are there. Why have an event like a picnic for 5000 then? Well Jesus did it to make a point. He is able to supply you with an abundance of strength, just like they had an abundance of food!

Fellowship twice a week with other Christians is crucial, once for a worship service and once for a Bible study or a small group. A worship service helps you stop and get your eyes off of yourself. A Bible study will move you forward spiritually. Anything less than this amount of spiritual food will eventually wear you down. As they say, the Bible will keep you from sin or sin will keep you from the Bible.

Some recent graduates say that the biggest drainers of their strength came from living with or dating non-Christians. So they advise not to let your missionary zeal extend to your dating life or your living quarters. They usually influence you more than you influence them.

For gaining strength, see The Whole Armor of God


For I have not lost sight of my plan for you, the LORD says, and it is your welfare I have in mind, not your undoing; for you, too, I have a destiny and a hope. Jer. 29:11 (Knox)

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Practical Study Tips

1. Have a study plan - a definite time and place for study each day.

2. Sit indoors in a straight back chair in a quiet place. Listening to music slows you down - you are not there to be entertained but to work.

3. Have one calendar on which you put your important exams, major assignments, due dates and other activities for the semester. Set this up the first week of classes and check it frequently.

4. Balance your classes each semester in terms of your work load. Some courses have a lot of required reading; science classes require a lot of lab time. Don't take more than two time intensive courses during the same semester. Make sure you have the needed prerequisites before taking a class.

5. Consider carefully before committing time to activities which require too much travel or would cause you to miss classes too often.

6. Make sure you have the needed prerequisites before you take a class. Otherwise your other courses will suffer when you put them on hold to do the catch up work for this class.

7. Do the required reading BEFORE the class so you can ask intelligent questions. Attach your class syllabus to your notebook so you don't miss an assignment.

8) Observe whether a professor's exams questions are taken mostly from the content in the notes, the textbook, or from a mix of the two. They tend to be consistent about that.

9) Double check your assigned reading schedule before you start your work each day. Otherwise you might read the wrong chapters by mistake.

10) EMERGENCIES: If you get in a very bad position due to unusual personal circumstances, talk to the dean of students. Once I came down with mononucleosis. I was sleeping 22 hours a day! The dean approved taking my fall finals in January when I was stronger. It all worked out.

Likewise if your mother is dying of cancer, you may need to be with her, not writing a term paper. Ask for a grade of incomplete in your hardest classes which will be resolved within a specific time frame, i.e. 2 months. You only have one Mom! Family is more important.

Study Time Tips

 

1. The less structured your weekly schedule is, the easier it is to waste it. You need both a task list and a schedule of when you are going to do your work.

Semester planning templates Semester Planning .xlsx
Semester Planning .xls

These spreadsheets have great tips on completing a term paper and managing your time. Coordinate the tasks on this spread sheet with your iPhone calendar.

2. Get out of your dorm room and into the library or an empty classroom so you can study in a quiet place. Staying in your dorm room when you need to work will just invites distractions.

3. Have a written schedule. At the beginning of each semester, you should draw up a weekly study plan. It should show the days of the week across the top and the hours down the left side. Each day of the week should be blocked out first with activities you can not change, like classes, work, team practices, meal time, and errand time (laundry, food shopping). Allow yourself one TV show a week on your schedule but no more. Then find the blocks of time in between the other activities when you can get in a good 45 minutes or more of study time.

Download a Class Schedule .xlsx.

Download a Class Schedule .xls.

4. Study alone. There are two exceptions to this rule: (a.) You missed a class and need to get the notes. Hint: someone else's notes will never help you as much as being there so always GO TO CLASS unless you are really sick!

(b.) You want to review or discuss a topic with 3 or 4 other students before a mid term or a final. Be sure to stay on track during the meeting. Study with people who take good notes.

5. Never miss a class if you can physically be there. If you are exhausted, aching, and have a fever then stay in bed.

6. Find out when your professor has office hours. Office hours are when the professor is actually in the office the university gives him. His department's office can tell you the location of his office. Usually the hours are posted on the office door. Talk to your professor if you are stuck on some concept.

If you are stuck on understanding Post-Modernism learn the basics by clicking below and you'll be wiser than the professors. After all, how can you trust a developed system of thought that says you can't trust developed systems of thought? :)

There are plenty of resources on surviving secular professors. Also see our Apologetics page:

Intro to Postmodernism

Apologetics: The Defense of the Faith

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