At our apartments in Blacksburg, VA we have quite a few college students. Recently we found an article in Global Post – Everyday Life on how to be the most effective college student. We thought we would share the main points with you.
Obviously, being an effective college student means balancing all aspects of life and learning. Besides all the learning in the classroom, college is also a transition period from being a kid at home to being an adult. Learning how to balance school, work and personal time, make adult decisions and manage finances is part of the educational experience.
Self-discipline is critical to keeping up with the challenge of successful classroom performance and life demands. Self-disciplined students show up to class regularly and on-time, pay attention and take notes during class, study, prepare well for exams and seek out instructors for assistance. All of this contributes to a stronger class performance and effective learning. Additionally, self-discipline helps in scheduling and time management which lets you optimize school, work and all activities.
Effective college students get engaged in their education as opposed to simply going through the motions. Be sure to participate regularly in class discussions, interact with other students in team projects, take notes and ask questions on confusing topics. Engaged students keep schedules of tests, projects and other high-priority activities, and they maintain to-do lists that help them optimize time management.
College is a two- to four-year commitment that will have ups and downs in academics and social experiences. Making a habit of dropping classes when you get one bad grade or feeling dejected when projects don't go well isn't effective. Successful students take the opportunity to learn what mistakes they made on tests and projects to avoid them in the future. They also take advantage of tutoring services and other support services to improve study habits and test skills.
College classes typically emphasize production, performance and results more than effort. Consistency in attendance and work completion are important. Delivering high-quality homework and projects and earning high test grades are what makes you a top student. Editing and reviewing papers to avoid simple grammatical and spelling errors are habits of effective students. Completing all required elements on homework and projects and then finding opportunities to go above and beyond helps you earn good grades and stand out from your peers.
Excerpts - Global Post