Are you one of those three million students who start college? Feeling scared, nervous, and excited, ready to live the college life you’ve always wanted. But you don’t want to disappoint your parents or flunk out. Also do you not want to be a typical college student? Well attending college you are always going to make mistakes. It’s your first year to actually know what college life is like. To help you succeed, here’s some tips. There are five main mistakes college students make. I’m going to tell you the top three main mistakes that I think is helpful.
The number one mistake students make is cutting class. Most students think they can miss six to ten lectures in each course an pass by just fine. However, it doesn’t really work that way. Each lecture contains three percent of the course content, and costs about 1/350th of the tuition. If you actually think about that fact, what’s the point even missing class? You are just wasting your money away. Well let’s just state reality; students think about it as it’s just my parents money, who cares. So to encourage your child not to miss class have a talk with them. Show them that partying, getting lazy, or just not wanting to go to class effects them in the long run. Scare your child with that fact of missing just one, one simple class is throwing away three percent of you tuition.
If the number one mistake was cutting class, can you guess the second most mistakes made? Here’s a hint: I think I’ll just double up on my classes this semester to knock out my credits. Yes, overloading is the correct answer. Students think it’s a point of pride to load up on classes. They will try to put as many classes as the college will allow them. Even better, they will go for a double or triple major. Students this is not going to help you like you think. When you overload on a semester, your putting too much weight on your shoulders. Not only to much weight but you won’t have a good concentration on those classes. Parents, to help you advise your child not to overload explain to them that it’s ok to just take a standard course. Point out to your child unless the classes make sense all together they’re most likely not going to pass. Think of it this way, the more concentrated you are the better you’ll do in the courses and the better you’ll impress your employer.
Now that you know cutting class is the number one mistake an overloading is the second, you’re probably trying to guess the third; well the third mistake students make is procrastinating. I’m sure “this paper can wait till tomorrow” sounds so familiar. Procrastinating is what most students believe in. Putting things off till the last minute an also pulling all-nighters is typical college life, believe it or not. Some ways to help students fix this is time management and carefully planning. If you were to just take two hours out of your free time, you would be amazed how much you can get done. Also if you have good time management, you shouldn’t have to procrastinate. However, when you carefully plan your dates; it gives you time to get the assignments done. Key thing to carefully planning is being organized. Without parents and teachers to tell you what to do, when to do it, “you’re in charge of this college life.”
In conclusion, college life is not all about partying, pulling all-nighters and living the good life. College is more than that. In order to succeed you have to have that want. When you want to cut class think about your tuition going down the drain. Also you can think to yourself is going to the beach, or is this party good enough to miss class this day or the next day. Will it get you that career you want? Not only does cutting class hurt you but overloading and procrastinating just does the same. If you overload you’re not fully concentrated in that semester, it also makes you procrastinate due to much homework on your hands. To not make those top mistakes you need to take college like it’s a golden prize, not just your parent’s money. When your parents talk to you and you think it’s nagging, you should actually listen. Your parents only want what’s best for you plus your career. Parents encourage your child, stay connected, and help them make the best of college. Remember college is what makes you future.
Top Three Mistakes Students Make