1 out of 3 college freshmen frequently reported “feeling overwhelmed by all I had to do.”* Yet they don’t make time for work.
Yet they don’t “make time” for the work.
Students want to re-create the very active lives they had in high school: activities, clubs, sports, phone and online time Study gets squeezed out.
Most courses meet only three times a week, so students wrongly feel they have “plenty of time. It’ll get done.” But it doesn’t get done, or it doesn’t get done well.
Most college students lack a sense of how to manage time
The idea that if I do A—hang out with friends in the union, etc.—I won’t have time to do B (study) doesn’t rein in their actions. College gives them independence and accountability, but they don’t know how to handle it.
They “fake it” in class.
Most of the time, preparing for a college class means reading and learning to get ready for the next class, not handing in worksheets. Students can go to class without doing the reading. They keep their heads down and sit “in the back.”
The first test rolls around
The student hasn’t done many of the readings, much less studied the material. The same is true with papers/projects. Students cope by dropping courses—
- to avoid poor/failing grades, or
- to lighten their workload, or
- to rid themselves of morning classes to offset sleep deprivation
The result? The same consequences discussed on the cramming page:
- Added semesters
- More debt by “re-taking” courses or changing majors
For all of these reasons and many more, students often lose their major and lose their dreams. While this has been a bird’s-eye view of “what goes wrong,” it is, unfortunately, true to life. Students need to be ready before they go. If you would like to leave a question on this website go to _-__________ and I’ll publish answers.
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*— The American Freshman: national norms fall 2012 COOPERATIVE INSTITUTIONAL RESEARCH PROGRAM at the HIGHER EDUCATION RESEARCH INSTITUTE AT UCLA.