Smart study skills for your college success

About halfway during high school, several parents realize their kids will soon be off to university, out on their own.  And that is when the worry starts. Do they know how to make food? Will they memorize to do laundry? While it is very important for parents to start modeling life skills for their kids, this is also the time to strengthen the study skills that will assist them succeed in college.

Here are some studies skills you should assist them master now:

  1. Managing your time-

High School Habit: Most students are inundated with extracurricular, SAT and ACT exam prep, university applications and more — not to mention a full day of school and often a part-time job. Helping your child learns to plan and prioritize, not only their evening but their entire week, is an vital skill to staying on top of fluctuating homework assignments and other obligations.

Study skills College Pay-off: Class time in university can be deceiving. All of a sudden you are not expected to be somewhere all day and the freedom can be liberating. Depending on the timetable, students might have only a couple of classes a day – or none at all! Being thrown into this atmosphere can be difficult for kids who are not used to planning. They might not understand that if they have seven hours of class one day, they good to be doing a complete bunch of studying on the days they have a lighter load.

  1. Studying sans distractions

High School Habit: Students do best when they study free from thumping music, and, yes, even their siblings. Help them set up a quiet, well-stocked study place so they can reduce their distractions and get their work done as effectively and efficiently as possible.

College Pay-off: If they thought their home was distracting, wait till they spend some time in a dormitory. There is constantly someone wanting to make a fro-yo run, visit the gym and even indulge in a Home of Cards binge. If your child has established fine study routine, they will be more apt to find a quiet study spot, whether it is their dorm room and the library, therefore they can get their homework done in peace and then have fun!

  1. Monitoring your tech breaks

High School Habit: Fear of missing out (FOMO) is a strong pull, and it can be hard for your child to willingly part with their devices while they study. Help them figure out a suitable break plan therefore that they have a goal to finish and then they can catch up on Instagram.

College Pay-off: Again, all of a sudden there’s no one telling them what to do, and so it can be persuasive to try to study with the TV on and a browser open to Twitter and Facebook. But if they have experienced how much more quickly they can do homework when they are 100% on task, they may be more likely to carry that routine into college and turn off the tech – at least temporarily.

  1. Breaking projects into manageable pieces

High School Habit: In school, tutors are still pretty good about giving plenty warning when there are large projects and having checked in points along the way, where you have to turn in a rough draft and outline. Adhering to that plan and seeing how much easier it is when you have segmented your work – can set your teen up for success.

College Pay-off: Lecturers are not nearly as helpful, in various cases. Often a grade depends on one paper, and final test. It is up to your child to figure out how to plan their time so they are able to complete the project and studying by the due date or exam date. The skills they have learned in high school about breaking up projects and completing a bit at a time will stand them in good stead.

  1. Seeking help when you need it

High School Habit: Do not wait until your kid brings home a less-than-stellar grade to seek outside help! Several times, the indications are there from your child feeling frequently overwhelmed to sudden negativity toward a sure school or class in general. Do not let them flounder. Seek help from the tutor, or online experts via Our experts can assist with everything from a hard calculus assignment and homework to studying for AP tests.

College Pay-off: Once your child learns to recognize their pain point, they are more likely to seek help before it gets too bad. Assist them find resources, whether it is the TA, a study group or an on-campus resource room. Their dorm and counselor advisor will be able to assist them recognize the study help they require.

It can look almost impossible to picture your child in the dormitory, but the time will be here before you know it. Helping them set up good habits and routines – for sleeping, eating, exercising, and yes, studying – will make the transition that much easier.


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