another from the series of tips for art students (specifically who go to scad). here’s a link to the post on technology and lifestyle
Don’t take hard lecture classes. Don’t take easy major classes. You’re not here to just pass with a good grade, you’re here to prepare a bulletproof portfolio and you can’t do that if you don’t learn anything.
Always show up to class even if you don’t have your work finished. The lectures and critiques are important and will help your currently unfinished work.
Remember to check your syllabus!
If the supplies are not immediately needed, wait/plan to buy them. Ask classmates to share the cost of supplies with you.
Search online for books. You will have better luck with supplies at Blick or Utrecht.
Take care of your supplies. Clean your brushes properly. You can make them last for a long time.
Always use a cutting mat under your work when using an Xacto — otherwise you will destroy the flat surface you are cutting on.
Change your Xacto blades often! You can buy a big pack of replacements for pretty cheap.
Plan how to get to class before you go. The bus routes and building maps are in the Resources tab of your MyScad.
Let the buses leave their stop. After they start moving, they are not allowed to pick you up even if they only reach the end of the street.
Don’t leave trash in your workplace — especially in buildings you are about to leave.
You are here to learn. It’s not a cool to not care, and it’s wasting everyone else’s time.
You may have been the biggest fish in your pond back home, but it is time to let go of that and open yourself up to learning, regardless of what skill level you are at compared to your classmates.
Don’t burn bridges. If you’ve got a group project, you want to prove to your peers that you’re awesome and reliable. Building good relationships in school can help you get a job later.
Make friends with your professors. They are here to help you and help you with your professional development.
Work on maintaining and updating an online portfolio from the beginning of your career.
Don’t go to class under the influence.
Research is real work. Take your pre-production work seriously. This makes the finished work easier, and will still be valid and useful if your final work is unsuccessful.
Do not print right before class. Do not mat your work right before class.
Prepare your files before you print (PDF or Packaged InDesign File), and don’t print at FedEx. Budget for time printing - especially during midterms and finals. And for the love of god, be nice to the people at Creative Approach.
Have your files ready before you present: keep them on a flash drive or uploaded already to the Dropbox. Use a PDF or JPEG for presentations - never an InDesign file or PSD unless instructed to.
If you’re having trouble with presentations or even just how to phrase a question, try writing it down first.
Take DeVincent for speech. He’s awesome and will make the class scary. (This is coming from someone with a stutter!)
RateMyProfessor is your friend.
Turn in your work on time, finished or not. The feedback is more important than the grade.
Don’t make excuses. Learn to take responsibility for your actions.