By Madison McInnis
Honors Core 1 might seem like a daunting challenge for freshmen with what resembles a never-ending list of Greek mythology and infamous pop quizzes that are given out like candy. Don’t lose hope just yet, freshmen! You can ace those Core 1 quizzes like nobody’s business following a few simple guidelines:
Step 1: Buy the books. This is a no-brainer. How can you be successful if you aren’t even reading the material? And yes, this is a class where you actually need to read the material. Amazon is your best friend for buying books cheap before the semester starts.
Step 2: Don’t fall behind on your reading. A very important difference between high school and college is that you are now paying for your classes. You can’t afford to be lazy. Plus, you will feel at ease knowing that you are on top of your reading assignments and prepared for in-class discussions.
Step 3: (The most important step of all) Print out the review questions online! I can’t stress enough how helpful the review questions are. The quizzes and exams are made up of the questions online so you are setting yourself up for success by looking these up and answering them. Find them here.
Step 4: Follow along with the questions as you read. Every now and then we all get in a reading slump because Greek mythology, though it may be brilliant, is occasionally boring. Keep yourself focused and at least skim the reading, and use the questions as an outline for the key points that will be discussed in class.
Step 5: Find a study group. Living in Pace Hall gives you access to an exceptional community since you’re surrounded by your classmates. Use this to your advantage and find a friend or group with whom you can review the reading. And if you’re a commuter, don’t hesitate to stop by Pace anytime. There are always people in the common room hanging out and doing homework with whom you can review.
Follow these guidelines and you will be well on your way to passing your first class as an honors student. Also, it never hurts to get a head start on reading the first book when the syllabus is released. Most importantly, have confidence in your abilities, freshmen. There is a reason you were accepted into the Kugelman Honors Program, and you can do anything you set your mind to!