Adjusting to college life can be an exciting, but difficult thing to do. So many things that you have been used to in high school change very quickly. When I started school at Appalachian State University, one of the most significant changes that I had to make was my study habits. In all of my previous schooling, I was usually able to get by without studying very much or investing a substantial amount of time on my homework. However, coming to college, it was clear to me that I was going to have to make a change in order to make the grades I wanted. At first, I thought it would be a simple change to make, because of all of the free time that you have as a college student. However, that was far from the truth.
It is important to utilize the extra time that class schedules give you throughout the day to study or do homework. Even if my classes did not start until 11am on Tuesdays and Thursdays, I would still make the effort to wake up at a reasonable time in order to complete assignments or study. Of course, it is very tempting to sleep-in until your class starts, but you would be wasting valuable time to do your homework. I have always found that it is better to get things done early in the day, because you will have more free time later! Staying up late to study is always an option, but it is difficult to focus at night and it is much better to relax and get a good night’s rest.
Another way to utilize your time during the day is to take advantage of the hour-long breaks that you may have in your schedule. You may want to spend some of those breaks at the dining hall eating and socializing with your friends or working out at the SRC. However, doing homework and studying during these breaks is also a great way to utilize your time. I find that when I have a set amount of time where I have to complete an assignment or a reading, I am more likely to stay focused and complete it within the time allotted. Sometimes it is difficult to stay motivated during the day and check off everything on your to-do list. However, developing good time management skills will decrease your stress and give you more free time for fun activities!
Senior, history, secondary education