Three Study Habits That Will Change Your College Experience

 PEYTON WELCH           

           I would be lying through my teeth if I told you college was easy. I, along with the rest of my fellow bloggers, seek to do just the opposite. We write these posts to give you the honest truth about Samford. To that end, I confidently say (and this might rock your world): College is not the easiest thing I’ve ever done. Notice, reader, that I deliberately did not say that it was the hardest thing I’ve ever done. That would also be lying, and as we already went over, the freshman blog team never lies. These thoughts are useful simply to say that you will have to study in college. I know, what a shocker.

            College is not easy, but it is fair. No professor will ever force you to fail. Some may give more work than others, or have harder tests, or hold you to higher standards, but in every scenario, you will be able to do well. There is one question I prompt (and expect) you to ask right about now: “How can I do well?” I’m glad you asked! I happen to have three tips that will set you on the road to success in your college career. Employ these habits, and your future will be prosperous (as in, you’ll get way more sleep than the rest of your friends).

 

1) Do Your Work Early.

            The biggest stumbling block for students to get their work done doubles as one of the great things about Samford. There are always fun things to do. I can’t even count number of times I’ve sat down to study and then got right back up because someone wanted to go eat, play basketball, or socialize. Opportunity seems to be knocking on every door in the library that has the word “Exit” above it. This is why my first tip is “Do your work early.” Do it right when you get out of class for the day. Your mind will already be in an academic mode. For all of the activities I mentioned above, just about every one of them tends to happen at night. If you are disciplined enough to sit down and finish your work in the afternoon, you will be free to enjoy the adventures that night brings. Plus, if you start studying in the afternoon and realize that it will take a lot more time than you originally planned for, you still have the rest of the day at your disposal.

2) Study in groups and individually.

            One of the great things about college is that there are hundreds of other people that have taken/are taking the same classes as you. Having trouble with a subject? Find someone who is doing well and study with them. Being around super smart people is contagious. Intelligence tends to rub off. Studying with friends also makes the ominous task much less stressful. However, I often see students suffer because they neglect individual study time. That is why I urge you to engage the use of both. Find a healthy balance that best suits your needs. There are some days when you’ll need to find the corner cubicle on the top floor of the library. Focus is the buzzword. Your studying will be much quicker and more efficient if you are able to focus.

3) Don’t wait.

            Alas, we find ourselves back at the feet of one of the most well- known stress monsters: procrastination. Procrastination is more than just a long, over-used word, it is a distortion of priorities that promises joy and abundant life, but unmercifully strips it all away at the most inconvenient time. Yes, it can take hold and drain the life of even the noblest of students. But take heart, oh faithful and triumphant pupil! You have the power to eliminate it once and for all. Map a course of action. Keep a tight agenda. Allocate your time accordingly. Whether it be studying, reading, or writing, pace yourself. I promise you’ll be thankful you did.

College is a constant battle between school and… well… just about everything else. Occasionally my friends and I will jokingly remark, “Man, Samford would be so great if we just didn’t have class.” Though that remark may insight a few smiles and some giggles, we truthfully don’t actually mean that. We are here largely because Samford offers one of the greatest academic programs in the country. I consider myself blessed to be able to learn at this school. Be that as it may, there is still a war between the world of academia and the world of campus life. You can put an end to it, however, and your most dependable peace-making strategy is the implementation of a few good habits. School and fun don’t have to be at odds with each other.

            Do your work early. Study in groups. Study alone. Don’t wait.

            But most of all, have fun.