I'm currently in my 1st year of college. The adjustment to college was actually hard for me. Now that I'm in college I sometimes get discouraged in myself when I make a poor grade. I graduate high school with honors so, I'm not use to making poor grades. I study just as much as I did in high school, but my studying habits might not work as well for college as they did in high school. Can you give me some ideas of new studying habits that I can try?
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I completely understand where you are coming from. The transition from going to high school to college is not always seem-less for some but don't be discouraged. It is apart of the process. Here are some great articles and tips for study habits:
Being organized is a great study habit. I'm currently in graduate school and I organize my calendar by putting every assignment due from my professor's syllabus in it so i can remember assignments due and also readings due for class.
Also, don't study in your dorm room or at home. You become too comfortable and won't be focused.
College Professors are different from your high school teachers. If you are having difficulty, talk to them or check our the Student Resource Center they have great times.
Believe in yourself. You will do great :)
I think that time-management and organizational skills are necessary and helpful in college. For a stress-free college experience, I recommend that you organize your notes (class and homework), and review them at least once a week. I'm not sure if your school is under the quarter or semester system, but either way, if you have a complicated schedule, reviewing often is your best option. Also, take advantage of your Professor's and TA's office hours- it is your responsibility to seek help when there is a concept that you don't understand.
Make sure you use all the resources that your college offers. Many schools have academic support centers that have tutors available to help you prepare for exams. Sometimes the tutors are fellow students who are familiar with your professor. Think about joining a study group with your fellow classmates too.
Basically studying for college is quite different from studying for high school. What I do, and has been working for me till now, is that I study close to the test period. For example if I have about 3 chapters to study for an exam which is on Monday, I start studying on Thursday. I read the first chapter on Thursday, second on Friday, and the last one on Saturday and then on Sunday I revise and I'm ready for the exam on Monday. This way I can study and still have time to chill or do other things. Basically you just have to make a plan and stick to it. It's a bit difficult but it'll make your life easier and will reduce the pre-test panic (well, it reduces mine). I can imagine how you feel but I'm sure you'll be fine, just keep working hard.
This ended up being longer than I expected lol. Hope it helps. Goodluck!