No matter what age you are, if you took a moment to think back on your life, years of memories of school would flash before your eyes. From preschool through high school and for many, college, one could say that we all know how to be a student, right? Well unfortunately, that is not necessarily true. Many students struggle to make that transition into college, and the struggle can continue throughout an entire undergraduate career.
It is no question that college is a balancing act. Between classes, homework, athletics, internships, work, maintaining a social life, and getting eight hours of sleep, it almost seems impossible to be a winner at it all. But my friends it is possible! I could write a complete separate post on how to succeed in each one of those areas, but for the purpose of this one let’s focus on academics. Here are some tips on how to balance your life academically, so that you can kick butt while hitting the books.
- Time management – Yea I know, I know you’ve heard this one before, but you haven’t quite figured out how to master the art of managing your time correctly. It takes practice, especially if you aren’t used to thinking about time in that sense. But I promise it makes a big difference once you start to practice it. But how? What helps me the most is prioritizing, planning, and staying organized. What assignments are due sooner? How long would it take you to complete each assignment? Those are some questions you can ask yourself when trying to prioritize your school work.
- Ask for help when needed- whether it be your professors, classmates, mentors, tutors, coaches or family. Take full advantage of the knowledge that you are surrounded with daily. Have educational goals – Know what you want and go on and get it! Set goals like: maintaining a GPA of 2.5 or higher or a goal to pass your hardest class (UGH math!), or simply set a goal to finish writing your paper that’s due at 11:59 by 11pm instead. Set yourself up for success by setting yourself up with realistic goals that will boost your confidence and be proof of what hard work produces.
- Understand that actions affect learning- I will try really hard to not make this sound like I am lecturing you. I think everyone is mature enough to comprehend that all actions good or bad, have consequences. The act of studying enough to ensure that you know the material for your test the next day will likely result in a passing grade. Choosing to sleep through your 8am every other day will likely result in a failing grade in participation and attendance. Being an awesome student is not necessarily easy for everyone, but that doesn’t mean it is impossible. Remind yourself that you got to the point of college so you are doing something right.
Exercise these tips, and you will find yourself going from struggling to successful in the classroom.