Bobcat Voices: Back-to-School Tips

Bobcat back-to-school tips
from the experts: YOU!

We asked the Texas State University community what they recommend for getting the most out of their classes and their time at Texas State. Here’s what they said:

  • Lisa Carter: Introduce yourself to your professor on the first day.
  • Christine Malseed: Go to your professors’ office hours. Get to know them. It’s good practice/real networking and it helps your grade when you get one-on-one help.
  • Christi Townsend: Make sure your professors know who you are.
  • Stephanie Sivells: Go to class, and don’t get on Facebook or play on your laptop. Pay attention and take good notes. People will be more willing to help you if you show you care when you are there!
  • Stephen Ramirez: Go to class and pay attention.
  • Joe Castaneda: Half the battle is just showing up. In other words, GO TO CLASS! :)
  • Mason Myska: Show up! Be responsible. Professors, staff and fellow students will help you, but only if you show up and ASK. Graduating college is a great achievement and graduating as a Bobcat is even better. Good luck!
  • Lisa Metzler: Go to class, all of them, every day. You (or your parents) are paying a lot of money for you to be there. Get your education!
  • Citizen Reindeer: Go to class. Sit in the front. Put the electronics away. Take notes. Study your notes. And don’t squander your time with students who are not serious. And if you don’t get the grade you want, don’t ask your parents to call the professor to sort it out. You are an adult; speak for yourself.
  • Isaac Fife: Even if you are embarrassingly late, still go to class. Even if it happens every day. Even if it’s just to catch the last 10 minutes. Even if you have no paper to take notes. Even if you’re hungover. Go to class.
  • Sue Mary Palmer: Show up to class; get emails and phone numbers of at least three classmates for missed lecture notes; and use all the resources available to you: the Bookstore, the library, the Writing Center, the Rec, etc.
  • Karen Patterson Guerra: Use all of your resources on campus, including checking in with your Academic Advisor, the Office of Disability Services, the Writing Center, etc.
  • Melissa Smith: Make sure you read over your notes after every class. You will be surprised what it will do for your GPA. Sounds like a pain but it saves you from pulling all-nighters.
  • Alyse Finch: Avoid the last-minute study crunch by studying at least an hour a day. It will seriously reduce stress at finals.
  • Jessica Torres: Don’t ever get behind when it comes to reading.
  • Sweets Urquhart: Management is the key to success. Make a journal to manage your time wisely.
  • Hector Avila: Prioritize.
  • Serena Angie: Don’t go home every weekend! Stay here and make friends. It’ll heighten your college experience if you’re here for more than just your classes.
  • Ronnie Pena: Join student organizations. You will learn about yourself and grow as a leader, not to mention you will meet lifelong friends and mentors.
  • Tommy Luna: Get involved. What you put into your college experience is exactly what you will get out.
  • Misty Martin Carrothers: Try to find something interesting about every class. If this is impossible, find a study partner who is interested in the class subject.
  • Elizabeth Trevino: Back-to-back classes may seem like the way to hurry up and get the day over with BUT scheduling breaks between classes really helps mentally. GOOD LUCK to all the incoming freshmen!
  • Erik García: Those one-point extra credits can really make a difference in the end. So do them, because they can push your grade up a letter if you are right on the edge.
  • Amy DuBose: Actually sleep. It helps your mental, emotional and physical well-being. Don’t cram, especially if you’re already tired. Don’t go home every weekend. Stick around and get to know your fellow students and San Marcos.
  • Elisa Licha Cisneros: Always go to class before or after major holidays; professors give extra credit, test questions or hints these days. READ THE SYLLABUS. If you ever have questions about make-up, attendance policy, etc., it’s all in there; don’t waste your professors’ time by having them repeat themselves, they don’t like it. Start thinking outside your comfort zone; don’t limit yourself by being close-minded.
  • Brittany Wattner: I teach several sections of a required freshman course. The biggest mistake my freshman students make is to assume they can put in the same amount of effort they did in high school and do well. Pay attention, take detailed notes, and try to understand concepts rather than memorizing definitions. Professors notice when you come to class prepared, and they appreciate it (which may be reflected in your final grade).
  • April Hahn: If you take the tram, DO NOT wait until the last minute. Don’t bank on being able to catch the bus 15 minutes before your class, especially early in the semester.
  • Adrianna Garza: Take every opportunity you can to volunteer or intern in your field. You don’t want to graduate and realize you hate whatever it is you studied.
  • James Cisneros: Internships: more important than you think.
  • Andrew Stauffer: Study and take time to have some fun. Not the other way around.
  • Erik García: Wear actual shoes. Sandals are comfortable, but they are hardly suitable for climbing all these hills.
  • Kate Kerns: Seriously. Just bought two new pair of running shoes for this semester.
  • Sally Parris Barton: Start workin’ out those thighs and calfs now!
  • Jennifer Rivers:1) Learn how to prioritize, and ALWAYS save enough time for sleep. 2) Go to class! Professors care about your education, but only if you show that you care too. Use all the resources available to you — you’ve already paid for them, and odds are, they will help you big time. 3) Take good notes! It’s hard to study if you don’t. And study every day. It’ll make everything easier to absorb. 4) Get to know your professors, even if you don’t like the class. It shows them you’re invested in learning, which goes a long way. Try to sit in the front. It shows you are engaged and it will help you pay attention. 5) Remember to save time for you. If you don’t slow down now and then and take a few deep breaths, it’s easy to get stressed out. 6) Connect and make friends. Network within your department. Invest yourself in making college an experience rather than just a few more years of school. It can make all the difference. Get involved. Do your best. Be happy with who and where you are, because you’re a Bobcat now! Welcome to Bobcat country! Eat ‘em up, Cats!!

One response to “Bobcat Voices: Back-to-School Tips

  1. Some great advice. If you don’t do the things on this list, not only will you not do as well, you probably won’t make it through.

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