Study Habits Beyond High School
As college seniors complete their final exams and prepare to enter college, teachers can give them a farewell present-tips for succeeding in college. Prepare your students for life beyond high school with these tips.
This Week's Tips
Get Organized for College (Monday)
Students must improve their organization skills for college. College professors expect a greater amount of responsibility and organization from students once they are in college. If students are disorganized, they will quickly find themselves falling behind in classwork and readings.
Become an Efficient and Proficient Reader (Tuesday)
Students must learn techniques to read quicker while absorbing more of what they read. Most college courses require students to read an average of 100-150 pages per week. Multiply that by 4 or 5 classes per semester and it equates to between 400 and 750 pages of reading per week. At either end of that range, it represents a large increase over what is required in most high schools. Students do not want to fall behind in reading because they may never catch up.
Get Test Wise (Wednesday)
College-bound students must improve their test-taking skills. Exams in college range from multiple-choice (often used in large classes) to essay exams and combinations in between. The instructor will most likely tell students what to expect. If they haven't already learned a few test-taking strategies, now is the time for high school students to start.
Master Time Management (Thursday)
Time management skills are crucial to keeping up with reading assignments and course projects. Students should invest in a weekly planner. They should carry it with them during the week to mark assignments, due dates and group meetings with other students.
Learn to Take Good Course Notes (Friday)
Students heading for college must quickly learn how to take efficient and clear notes. Most classes in college consist of lectures and labs. During lectures, it is crucial to know how to record the important points the instructor makes about the subject. Carrying a regular notebook for all notes is a critical part of staying organized. Well-written notes taken during class are often a good study tool to use at exam time.