College has so much going on: away from home, no parents, new living arrangements. What makes this so much more complicated is not having good study habits. Poor study habits just makes college life that much more challenging. Going to college opens up a whole slew of new experiences. You got new friends, new town and new challenges. One of these new challenges is knowing how to study properly. This might be the biggest challenge of all.
It’s a common experience for college students to realize that being able to study well really helps make university life successful and enjoyable. It’s also common that being a good studier is perceived as a natural talent or a ninja-like skill.
Neither natural talent nor ninja training explains it. It really comes down to habits.
Freshmen show up at university with what they already have. They bring their grades, experiences and study methods. Because of their abilities, many students developed ways to study that worked fine in high school but are not sufficient for the rigors of university classes.
As these freshman get into the college experience, they realize university classes are at a different level than what high school was. In addition, they find that the study habits they brought from their high school classes won’t work anymore and that improvement is vital in order to perform well academically in college.
A complicating factor to developing better study habits is that there is little breathing room for college students to reboot how they study. The pace and volume of classroom work and preparation is such that changing to better ways of studying is very difficult to squeeze in.
Perhaps putting this situation another will help clarify what I mean. A high school student competitively in high school and does very well in her meets because her of natural ability compared to her opponents.
This superior runner practices, yes, but no more than the girls who finish behind her. Her first place finishes are due to what she was given not from what she does to prepare.
The top notch runner now goes to college to compete and sees that things are different. Now the competition has her talent, too, and her standings begin to fall off from what she is used to knowing.
Our high school runner understands her training needs to improve. She just doesn’t know when she’ll be able to do the improving. She competes weekly which restricts her available time. So she needs to continue her high school level training to keep her results from getting any worse.
A better choice for her would be to get some help to make the change sooner rather than later.
It is a similar situation with getting good study habits. Some outside help can really help. Getting assistance with college level study skills is very similar to our track scenario. It can happen sooner rather than later.