“There is no elevator to success. You have to take the stairs.” -Unknown

This is my first year to attend college as a dual-credit student. Going to high school and college at the same time can be overwhelming for a six-teen year old.  It’s my second week and I’m still adapting. Before starting college, I had the mentality that studying for long periods of time was not needed, because I’ve never really had to. Boy, I had a rude awakening. Hopefully over this semester I can become more effective in my studies. Jeff Bennett has definitely made some helpful suggestions on how to accomplish this in his “Hints on how to succeed in college classes.” In his text he elaborates on budgeting time, strategies for studying, preparing for exams, and presenting homework assignments.

I admit, I have difficulty with budgeting my time. I’m probably one of the biggest procrastinators. I tend to spend more time on Facebook or Myspace, when I should be studying for a test. I agreed when Bennett pointed out that if we plan to do well, we should stop dilly dallying around and use our time wisely . He says that in a 3 credit class( I’m taking two) you should: take one to two hours per week reading the assigned text, three to five hours on home work assignments, and two hours for review and test preparation. It sounds like a lot, but I’ll do anything to better myself and my GPA.

I mentioned earlier that I usually never hardcore study, but college is a bit different from high school. Bennett suggest that we should always be in class. This is important because, one, listening and participating in discussions help us retain what we learn.We learn more by doing this than just reading notes.  This is true, considering I learn better when things are explained visually. Two, you’re are just wasting money when you don’t come to class. Again he talks about budgeting your time to study an hour or two each day, instead of cramming in everything the night before.  I’m totally guilty of cramming, this is where my procrastination sets in.  If something is giving me trouble, and I’m unsure, I always ask for help from teachers, professors, friends, and occasionally my hillbilly family.

When preparing for exams, getting sufficient rest and relaxing has never been easy for me. I always tense up during test. I think it’s the whole concept of “working better under pressure”. My homework and assignments are always usually neat and organized, like Bennett proposed, if I can’t read it I don’t expect someone else to.

I hope that I can apply this helpful advice effectively to my life. I would like nothing more than an A in both of my classes. I just have to buckle down and reach my full potential as a college student. I’m jumping in head first. If I want to be a pediatric nurse, I got some studying to do.

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