It would be fair to say that the culture shock between the last year of high school and the first year of college can be very severe for some students. College can feel like a whole new world thanks to increased workload and the sheernumber of deadlines for numerous different classes. Though you may be a high school student who has gotten their work rate and productivity skills down to a tee, this may not necessarily translate in similar success in college. There are many reasons for this, including the fact that the learning is more intense and the fact that there are many more social factors that will arise from your newfound independence to rival your studies for your time. If you are worried about the level of your productivity in your college studies, then take a read through this list of tips for making it as honed in and effective as possible.
1. Limit Your Social Media
Social media is one of the key distractions in the battle against homework. When the bulk of your homework has to be done on a computer or similar device, the temptation to stray from work to dive into Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, or Buzzfeed etc. can be almost too strong to resist. Rather than giving in to your networking cravings, treat your social media platforms as a reward from every hour spent studying or every piece of individual homework completed. That way, you’ll have something to work towards when you are struggling with a particular essay.
2. Utilize The Library
The over reliance on laptops and other devices has meant that over the last few years to desire and tendency to go to a library to study is as low as it has ever been. You might not remember what it actually feels like to study in a library. The truth is that the stricter, quieter atmosphere makes for a much more focused and suitable work environment. Compare it, for example, with a shared dorm room that always has people going in and out and making noise. Make the decision to go old school and spend an afternoon in your college library. You will be surprised by just how much more productive you feel when among other students who are also trying to get their work done.
3. Be Healthy
Focus and sharpness of mind is heavily linked to living a healthy lifestyle. If you want to be as productive as possible, it’s a good idea to pay some attention to your diet and your activity levels. College students often have a tendency to eat bad foods and keep unusual hour If you can iron out some of these creases, eat better food and get better sleep, then you will definitely start to see a rise in your levels of concentration. This will positively affect your levels of productivity.
4. Group Work
The tendency to procrastinate is much stronger when you are working alone. Try to counteract this by working in a group. This can be a big boost to productivity for some students. When others are around you and relying on you to work just as hard as they are, the motivation increases. You will find that you are inspired to get much more work done than if you were sat at your desk by yourself. There is an undeniable human element to this. The fact that you don’t want to be deemed a failure in the company of others. If you are prone to procrastination, then organising a study group could be the best thing you ever do.
5. Realistic Schedule
High school is filled with students who are able to wait until the very last minute to do their homework and can still get great grades. That just isn’t the case when it comes to college. Rather than leaving everything until the eleventh hour, map out a work schedule for yourself at the beginning of every school week. Make sure that you allot enough time for all of your classes and the extra work that might be assigned by your professors for each one.