Professor John Ventola
10 October 2018
How to be a Successful College Student
College can be an intense experience due to the numerous activities one has to assume and decisions one has to make to face a variety of challenges. How they choose to overcome these challenges determines whether they become successful or not. It would be nice if there were an instruction manual to tell one how to be successful, and how to overcome these challenges. One of the most difficult challenges facing people today is college. Often people go into college with their eyes closed tightly, meaning they are totally unprepared for what lies ahead. Meeting basic requirements to enter college, selecting the right courses, learning how to study on the college level, and managing time are all key factors in becoming a successful college student. In order for college students to achieve academic success, they must manage time efficiently, maintain study skill, and set a reasonable goal.
The first step to being a successful college student is time management. Organizing time between school, work and social life carefully is important. To be an efficient student, students must balance free time and be sure to plan a loose schedule that the student can keep day in and day out. Students should designate a certain number of hours to studying, reviewing, and homework and try to keep the hours as consistent as possible. It is wise not to study for extended periods of time; studying for shorter intervals more often instead of studying for hours on end is better. A student will find that attention stays focused and studying goes by much faster. To be a successful student, one must leave enough time each week to complete assignments, readings, and revisions even if it means sacrificing some social time. According to Sherry Kafka, no one in her family had ever gone to college right out of high school because her family was poor. College is difficult for her. The advice she gave to achieving success in college is finding a creative life. It actually makes life and thinking less cluttered and clearer (Bain 64).
Further, to be a successful college student is to maintain study skills. Many students think that being a good student means just showing up for classes, taking a few notes, reading the textbooks, and studying right before the tests. However, learning, like many other activities, involves a complex set of skills that require practice. Similarly, studying involves learning a complex set of skills, such as note taking, test taking, etc., that must be practiced in order to become a good student. In the experience of one student, three assignments from his spring term were never completed before returning to school in the fall (Leibow). This is an example of a person not maintaining good study skills.
Moreover, to be a successful college student is to set a reasonable goal. Goal setting for academic success is like a road map; it gets a person from one point to another. Goals provide the direction one needs to reach a destination. The best way to get results is to plan for the future, but live one day at a time. “A bachelor’s degree is no longer considered a potential stepping-stone to a better life. Rather, it is now fully acknowledged as the gatekeeper to myriad social and individual benefits, ranging from income, employment stability, and occupational prestige, to engagement in civic and political activities” (Nora). This means a goal that is important to getting a college degree
The key factors in becoming a successful college student are meeting basic requirements to enter college, selecting the right courses, learning how to study on the college level, and managing time having a goal and perseverance in college are what makes a successful college student. College students should develop habits of always motivating themselves to attempt for excellence daily basis. To succeed in college, working hard, dedication, and being persistent is the way that can lead to great success in college, career, and in life. Without these guidelines college students will not know how to be a successful college student that open the door to the kind of life you want.
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