For many students, the new school year is a chance to begin again. Perhaps they didn’t do as well as they could have last year, and they are hoping to find some strategies that lead to greater academic success. Or, perhaps they want to do even better than they did in the previous term, and they want some practical ideas that can help them reach their goals. Many students come to college and struggle their first year. In most cases, it’s due to how they study. They use the same study skills they used in high school. College is different. The start of the semester can be a hectic time. You’re juggling your career, classes, family, and friends. During this transformative six-week program, you’ll learn how to address your college coursework and develop new strategies to help you succeed in college from the moment you arrive.
Here are some strategies:
No.1 Remember your ultimate goal:
True success is measured in fidelity to the Will of God, and not necessarily in how many book analyses you wrote or how early you finished the school day. When holiness is your top priority, your struggles and failures become opportunities to prove your love for God by persevering in the student’s life to which you are called. It is guaranteed that you will find obstacles and discouragement, whether in algebra, book analyses, or time management. But I can also promise that if you “seek first the Kingdom of God,” He will bless you abundantly.
“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.” ~ Abraham Lincoln
No.2 Personalize your study methods:
Once in a while, subsequent to battling for quite a long time on a paper or test, I would at long last understand that I wasn’t getting anyplace. Needing urgently to complete the task, I continued battling despite the fact that I was just debilitating myself further. To maintain a strategic distance from such useless burnout, I constrained my opportunity regarding a matter to 60 minutes, the sum for the most part prescribed by Seton. At the point when the hour was finished, I would set aside the task until tomorrow and get the following task or course. In senior year, I found a hour excessively prohibitive, however regardless I required an utmost. Not with standing when you are taking a shot at your most loved subject, you ought to get up no less than consistently and revive yourself. Have an apple or some tea. Purge the dishwasher. Stroll around the piece. Complete a couple of extends. Overlap a heap of clothing. Moving around will enable your mind to get more oxygen so you can concentrate better. An expression of alert: If your whole school day comprises of breaks, you will never wrap up. Bear in mind to come back to your books!
No.3 Pay attention to detail:
Studying is key to high school success, and cultivating good study habits is important. In the lesson plans and the online study skills course. However, besides developing good habits, you need to (at least you should) figure out the most effective and efficient way for you to study. While I don’t know what methods you’ll find best, I can tell you what I found helpful. Mortimer Adler’s How to Read a Book taught me to read for understanding and mastery of a book’s content and was good practice, too! I also incorporated study time with chore time, partly to occupy simultaneously my active mind and restless hands. As I milked our cow, I would outline my book analysis essays; when I washed dishes, I reviewed facts and formulas from the day’s lessons. Whatever methods and tools you choose, don’t blindly follow the lesson plans. Approaching history this way, I perfunctorily scanned the chapter, read it, outlined it, and answered the questions. However, I did not retain much of the material until I performed these steps mindfully, making an effort to identify key points and to remember important facts. Aim to learn the material, and don’t get sidetracked with putting checks in boxes.
No.4 Find a mentor:
We teens are growing up, and are given more independence and more responsibility. However, responsibility involves asking for help when necessary, especially in order to prevent problems from escalating. Even better, seek a mentor who can help you address potential difficulties and identify problems that you yourself cannot recognize. Seek your parents’ guidance first. God gave them to you to be your teachers and mentors, but they cannot help you unless you let them know and act. Regularly consult with them: make plans to tackle problems, prioritize your to-do list of assignments, review your progress to detect potential difficulties, identify resources like their personal libraries or a willing older sibling, and don’t forget to celebrate achievements.
Maybe you will even want to schedule a fifteen to thirty minute meeting every week or two. I was blessed to have not only my parents’ help, but also guidance from willing Seton veterans among my extended family. My aunts tutored me in a few courses, which were enriched by their talents and experience. My elder cousin encouraged my confidence. I realize that the support of these mentors contributed to my success, and I am very grateful.
Ask for help. You, too, will be grateful.
“Success doesn’t come to you, you go to it.” ~Marva Collins
No.5 Overcome distractions:
Maybe your goofy little brother constantly seeks your attention. Maybe, setting out to do research for a paper, you get caught in the Web, going from link to link. Maybe you are a voracious bookworm with a bookshelf next to your desk. Maybe you can’t resist the sumptuous pile of clean laundry begging to be folded (especially if you dread your current school assignment).
Distractions may seem small, but wasted time can accumulate fast. Trust me; distractions are a problem that must be addressed if you want to finish high school well and in a timely manner. First, figure out everything that distracts you. Look for ways to eliminate or minimize the distraction. Move your study area where you won’t be disturbed: a nearby library, a spare bedroom, or the home of a nearby relative. Organize your desk and keep non-schoolwork away from it. If elimination is impossible, you will have to fall back on self-discipline. Ask your patron saint for help, and do not get discouraged by your failures. Instead, be inspired to stand strong next time.
Strong study skills can help a poor student succeed, just as poor study skills can allow a gifted student to fail. If you devote as much attention to your study strategies as you do to the material itself, you will give yourself more opportunity to excel in your coursework. The strategies for academic success are probably some of the most important readings that you will do between now and the first day of class. Here are a few tips, but there is a wealth of information available at the College through faculty, staff, the computer resource center, the college learning center, and in our college library about how best to prepare for classes with the goal of helping students to succeed.
“The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will.” ~Vincent T. Lombardi