Every year many students enter college with dreams and aspirations of becoming an effective student. However, not all students have a full understanding of the challenges that it takes to meet this goal. Many often ask themselves, “What does it take to become an effective student?” There are many answers to that question, but the problem is that most students do not understand how important time management and proper study skills are to a college career. With social activities, friends, and family as outside influences on a schedule, students are unable to properly utilize their time and often find themselves overwhelmed by the workload. Others have not developed the study skills that they need in order to master the classes. Practicing daily habits of success is an important building block for any student; therefore, to be an effective student one must have time management and proper study skills. Mastering the art of time management is easier said than done. Every student is handed a syllabus in class, it is important to read this since it lists the dates for when the quizzes, exams, and homework assignments are due.
Taking an organizer and writing down all important dates will help in planning ahead and planning your workload. If there are many assignments that are clustered up then prioritize them and set aside ample time to be able to finish them. It is important to make a list of what has to be done every day. By planning ahead assignments will not creep up on you. The unexpected often happens in life so it is best to make a schedule that has room for flexibility in it. One of the keys to time management is: make a plan for school work then work the plan. Showing up to class and showing up on time is essential to any students’ college career. Class time is when information, assignments and handouts are given. With time management a student is able to take control of the work, reduce stress, and make the most out of student life. Without proper study skills, a student will not prosper to the best of all abilities.
The most essential factor in studying is to have an appropriate study environment. Noises can be distracting and interfere with studying. It is not just important to come to class but taking notes and participating in class room discussions is also beneficial to a students’ college career. When given the opportunity to read ahead then do so, by doing so a student is able to come to class prepared and ready to ask questions. Planning early for a test is imperative; therefore, students should not cram the night before an exam. Studying should be done in intervals of forty-five minutes at a time. Rest is important when studying; study when you are rested, alert and have planned for it. Many students are unaware that they should consult with an advisor throughout school. They are there to assist in choosing the classes to take, as well as, to help with giving any advice. There are many obstacles in life that can interfere with studying; however, it is up to the student to make sure that they have a full understanding of what is expected from them, that is why with proper study skills they can strive to reach their full capabilities.
Though there are many challenges to becoming and effective student, if the use of time management and proper study skills are applied then any student could become an effective student. Understanding how to manage time between classes, as well as, life with friends, family and work will give them more time to enjoy student life. With so much work to be done in school it is important that time management is used so that they do not fall behind or do not have enough time to properly study for your exams. With proper study skills students not only can make the grades that they would like to but they will have more of an understanding of the subject. There are many students who enter the doors to schools all across the world each and every year; however, not all of them will become an effective student. Less than half of the students that enter into a four year college will graduate, I wonder how many of them were an effective student.