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Some Of The Biggest Mistakes Students Make

November 19, 2012

Don't Make A MistakeCongratulations! You’ve done it. You’ve enrolled and you’re going to college! You’ve made a big decision that can have a positive impact on your future, but remember that the hard work starts now.

Carrington College California offers intense, accelerated vocational programs; programs that are designed to get you through college and out into the real world, starting your career faster. It will take a lot of hard work, but if you stay committed to your goals, we can help you maximize your potential and transform your life through education.

But too many students think college will be easy once they get here – here are some of the biggest mistakes you need to avoid if you hope to be successful at school.

  1. Cutting classes – If you think you can miss a bunch of lectures and labs and still do well, you’re mistaken. Take responsibility for your education and do your very best to make it to every class; after all you’re paying for this instruction, why waste money by not showing up?
  2. Taking on too much elsewhere – Carrington programs are intense. So be prepared to make sacrifices elsewhere – either in your social life or your home life for the duration of the program. Concentrate on doing well at school – there will be time for everything else once you graduate.
  3. Wasting time online – Too many of us spend too long on social media sites each day. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube are responsible for a lot of missed deadlines. Build in a social media-free zone to your schedule. Or treat yourself to some social media time as a reward for completing an assignment or for reading a couple of chapters.
  4. Putting stuff off – Don’t put off assignments until the deadline, and don’t pull “all nighters” before tests. Managing your time well is vital, and rushing something at the last minute or cramming isn’t going to bring you long term success.
  5. Not asking for help – Your instructors are here to help you, and more importantly, they want to see you succeed. So if you’re stuck, ask questions or see if they can help you with some one-on-one tutoring.
  6. Not taking the externship seriously – This can be one of the most important parts of your college career – a wonderful opportunity to put theory into real world practice. It may also be the longest interview of your life. Make the most of it.

By choosing to continue your education with us you have started on the path towards a fulfilling new career. And if you can avoid these common college pitfalls, then you have every chance of seeing your future take flight.

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