• Malvern Madondo

    Malvern Madondo

    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

    Malvern's Bio:
    I have heard that the average human being uses 10% of their brain's potential. Whether that's true or not, this blog is a mirror of at least part of my brain's functionality and activity. It is an outlet through which I share my experiences and escapades here at CSS. I hope that in between the mixed metaphors and rambling in my posts, you find something valuable. I have an overwhelming interest learning new things and expanding my horizons (which is why I am here). Wait, I just lost my train of thought... Welcome to my 'Pensieve' ~ thinking out loud..

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    Casablanca, Morocco
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    Mathematics & Computer Science

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5 Things I wish I’d known: Inside the classroom

On my way from a project presentation at the Minneapolis City Hall today, I passed through the UM – Twin Cities and saw lots of orientation groups all over the campus. I just started thinking to myself and wondered what I wish I had known about college before or when I started off. I will start with some things I wish I had known about classes and inside the classroom.

      1. Do not be afraid to seek help

It takes courage and a degree of boldness to ask for a pen or piece of paper or for directions on how to get to the next class. In some of my classes, I was that introvert who lived in the corners and shadows. I did not do as best as I could have in those classes. I limited myself to my resources because I thought I had everything I need and was able to figure out things on my own. College is more of collaboration, especially CSS, because really no one knows everything or has everything. We all need help.

2. Learn with a purpose

Obviously people learn in classrooms, but not everyone has a purpose to their learning. Sometimes we just learn for the sake of learning, but I wish I had known that I needed SMART goals for my learning process.

3. Study effectively

I always had music to accompany my studies, and sometimes I had food too. It’s always best to know what study method works for you and stick with it! Take notes in class and prepare for exams in advance (easier said than done).

4. Take the 0 – Credit courses

Most of these are not intense or fast-paced and therefore, can be a good way to learn at a normal pace and what more, something you enjoy learning or anything new outside your field of study. Challenge yourself and broaden your horizons.

5. Know your priorities

Each person you will meet in college is different. I have never met the same person, only people with the same names! Because each person is different, each person is unique and has priorities and goals that are unique only to them. I always felt pressured when I had lots of options or things to do. It was these moments that I wished I recalled my priorities and ,focus on that which truly matters, as one of my mentors always emphasize.

Well that’s all folks! You might know some or all of these things, but it is always good to rethink and go back to the starting point in order to get a clear sense of the finish line. I hope this will be useful in your college studies and classroom experience. Looking forward to learn about your experience and know your thoughts.

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