This page is mostly advice for my academic advisees, but research students and others might also find this information useful.
Here are some useful (and free) programs that you should use. Many of them can be accessed from any computer with an internet connection, including your phone. Let me know if you have questions on any of them.
- Evernote: their motto used to be “save everything”, because you could. Keep notes, reminders, lists, photos, ideas, priorities… everything!
- Mendeley: a program to keep all of the references you use for your papers. Generates perfectly formatted bibliographies.
- Google calendar: Can sync with your phone (ask me how). Use this for your class schedule, reminders, due dates, etc.
- Dropbox: save and access all of your files online.
- lots of other options out there, including these
Here are some additional tips
- 25 useful tips for new college students
- read blogs (or write your own)
- get familiar with the BSC web page
- get BSC email on your cell phone
- before you send that email to a professor…
- on the same line of thought, here are 10 things to avoid
- ok, last one – here’s an email form that you can use if you’re in doubt
Finally, you should have a plan that you’re working toward. Use the steps below to review your progress toward that plan. At the end of each week, take 10 min to ask yourself the following:
- What have you accomplished over the last time period (day, week, month, etc.)?
- What setbacks have you encountered over this time period? How did they affect you? How did you overcome them (if you did)?
- What are your specific plans for next week? (Keep in mind that vague goals like, “work harder” aren’t useful, whereas specific goals of “write 500 words a day” are.)
- What can you, I, or your friends do differently to help you increase your productivity?