I am currently in my first semester of college and i am exhausted! I thought i would have it handled on my first year but its taking really long to adjust to campus and classes. I've been really slacking in class and i can't seem to have the motivation i would like to achieve my goals. I keep telling myself i'm going to do it but i get distracted with another thing! I'm bad at paying attention in my classes, focusing and getting work done and the big one STUDYING. Please give me advice! Thanks
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All the suggestions are great below, but I also want to add that do not feel pressured to finish your degree the time that "everyone else" does. If you takes you one more year to get your degree that's ok! This will allow you to take less classes and give each class more focus and commitment. Think about this option it's better to end well at your own pace than not at all. Good Luck to you!!
Stop right now and take out your agenda. In it write all due dates on assignments, major exams, and doctors' appointments. Choose times that you are in a good mood and not in class to study and do homework.With studying you must study 15 mins, get yourself a tiny reward, then continue with homework and studying.
Make acquaintances with people in your classes and study with them.
For the focus problem take a caffeinated beverage to classes with you.
The first year of college is always the hardest because you have to teach yourself how to study as an adult - you don't have someone hanging over you, telling you to do your homework, no going out tonight, etc.
As for time for studying, you should put yourself on a schedule. Get a planner and block time on your planner for studying and MAKE IT HAPPEN. Don't let someone distract you because studying is the only way to make it through college and get yourself that job you've always wanted. Turn off your phone, the television, the radio, and any other distraction that could keep you from studying and ensure you are alone. If this doesn't work out for you, consider joining study groups that can help you stay on task.
As for paying attention in class, taking notes is a good way to pay attention. Sitting and listening often causes the mind to stray and attention is then lost; however, if you're writing down the things you're listening to, you are more prone to staying on track and listening throughout the whole session.
Above all, make sure you're balancing your schedule with your school work, family, and friends. School HAS to be a priority in your scheduling but so does your leisure time. Good luck!
First, make sure you are getting the basics of rest, good diet, relaxation, and some leisure time with family and friends. Then look over your daily schedule with a trusted friend or family member to make sure it is realistic and doable. Work on it with them until your schedule looks reasonable -- for you. Then follow the schedule. I think it would be okay to take 30min-1 hour a day for catching up with friends or watching TV, but any more than that and you're likely to fall behind in your studies. One thing you can do is make friends with students in your classes and get together for studying or at least talk on the phone about the day's assignments. That way, you have someone else doing the same thing and it'll make it easier for you to stick to it. Good luck!