Self awareness is a very important concept. Before we starting going to college for educating ourselves and become civilized mature responsible citizens we have to be self aware of what do we really want to do as a profession which gives us a career. Ambition is very critical at this juncture.
The most important step is to decide upon what profession would best suit us and give us a career where we can grow. More than working hard we should be happy with what we are doing.
The initial step before going to college would be to decide upon our favorable course. Then we need to get an idea of the syllabus being followed in that particular course. We ought to have an idea about what areas are we going to cover in that field as it helps us to decide upon which area to expertise within that field as a field comprises of several areas all put together as the course. You can specifically expertise on any one of them when it comes to higher studies or future plans.
Once you have awareness about the syllabus, the next thing to do would be to buy college text books for each and every subject coinciding with its syllabus.
For any subject, you have a lot of books written by several authors. We classify them as prescribed authors and local authors. Prescribed books are the ones prescribed by the college which follows that particular syllabus. Thus for a better and thorough understanding it is advisable to follow prescribed books. However you can also use other subject related books as guide or for reference.
You must have awareness about cheap college books. There are plenty of scam artists who try to sell college books in cheap rates to the college students via internet. You usually get these books at discounted rates. Thus while surfing for college books via net, check for the site’s reliability. Check for the return/refund policies followed by the site. Look out for reviews about the site. You’ll surely find unsatisfied customer’s remarks if the site is not reliable. Also see to that you get these books in good quality and condition. For that check for pages numbering and see to that no pages are missing or unprinted or even repeated instead of appropriate pages.