When people come to college, they think about all the parties they are going to attend, all the hook-ups, the sports, greek life… But they tend to forget the reason why they’re going to college in the first place, which is to get an education.
In my past year at my university, I saw many of my friends party like there was no tomorrow. But some of those friends aren’t coming back this upcoming year because of their poor performance in the classroom. I probably partied just as much they did (if not more), but I still did really well in school.
The keys to success in school work are: Time management and being able to say “no”.
Time management is crucial. Having enough time to get your work done is of extreme importance.
I have four pieces of advice you should definitely look into when it comes into studying:
Tackle the hard stuff FIRST: When you’re starting your study session…your brain is “fresh”. You’re not stressed or anything. You should definitely attack your hardest subject. You’ll not only feel relieved when you’re done, making it easier for you to focus on your other classes, but you’ll have a better understanding of that class because you spent much more time with it.
Daily study time: The life of a college student isn’t easy. You really have no time for anything. And try to fit in 3-4 hours of studying time to that? Daily? Yeah, it’s rough but it’s totally doable. Try to get three to four hours of studying done…preferrably in the library. I would avoid the dorms for this because you’ll have many distractions. If you can get serious study buddies, that’s a plus, but most of the time they are just a distraction.
Actually make it habit…this is not a diet, it’s your education: I had a chronic nail biting problem. I did some research on the
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy: Don’t be a hermit. Don’t study more than you’re supposed to. After a while your brain doesn’t process anything. Then you’re just wasting time. After your daily three hours, go eat with friends, watch a movie, or take a nap. It relaxes your brain and it helps you absorb information.
Saying “no” is actually the most difficult part of this whole situation.
Say you are studying for Anatomy and your roommate and some other friends want you to come out and hang out with them. Most people would much rather chill with their friends than study. But set your priorities straight. As I mentioned earlier, you’re in school to get an education. So you’ll have to say no, and keep studying. As hard as it is, you’ll have other chances to hang with your friends.
Follow these and there is no reason why you shouldn’t do well.
Don’t forget, college is expensive. Don’t mess that up.