Most people think success at school depends on study skills, but many students are naturally bright enough to get by without trying very hard. As kids we’re told, ‘Go to your room and study’, but what does that mean? Who takes a class on how to study? No one really teaches you how to do it.
Usually students hit a wall sometime in high school. They get to a point where the curriculum is challenging, and they just can’t comprehend it without additional help. College-bound students especially will find that advanced classes will need their full focus if they’re going to pass with a decent grade. No matter how bright you are, without good study habits you won’t be successful.
The good news is that it’s never good late to learn. With a little practice, you can nail down the habits that will see you through a successful college career.
Manage Your Time
Time management is one of the most important things that a college student can learn. Often times bright students will find that while in high school they don’t need to study for much of anything, and that their homework can be completed in a half an hour when they wake up in the morning. These students, in addition to not really learning, will get a rude awakening when they step into the world of college life.
Keep a planner, whether it be a paper planner, a leather-bound planner, an iPhone app, or a calendar on a netbook, there is no reason not to jot down all important dates and deadlines. In addition, set aside time for studying, there will always be more interesting things to do, but setting aside time for studying will ensure that what needs to be done is done.
This is especially important when studying or reading course materials, particularly when living in a dorm room or with roommates in an apartment. When reading or taking notes out of a textbook, make sure the computer is off or study away from the computer, put on some headphones and let the world disappear, do whatever it takes so that distractions are minimized and all studying can be done in one shot.