Everyone has trouble keeping up with the level of academics, socializing and independence that college brings. I remember my first year of college (and even now!) looking around at everyone and feeling like I was the only one that spent countless hours on my assignments and struggled to understand material in class. If you are feeling like you are the only one struggling, I promise you that you are not! Read below for some great tips on what to do when you are falling behind in college!
Just last week I met with my professor in office hours about some material that I found incredibly confusing and she told me to ask more questions in class because she said that chances are other people in the class had the same questions I did and someone needed to ask them! I have realized how much asking questions really does help. If you feel embarrassed about asking questions in class, meet with your professor during office hours or ask a friend in the class if they can go over the material with you.
Try Different Study Tactics
Sometimes, changing up your study routine can actually make you more productive! I suggest trying out the pomodoro method (my roommate swears by it!). It is also nice to study in a group to help motivate you (just make sure that you stay on track).
Write a List!
When I feel like I have a million things to do, I write a list of everything pressing on my mind. Something about just writing it all out helps me clear my head and take things one step at a time.
Get a Tutor
Many schools offer tutoring free of charge or for a low price. If you feel like you would benefit from some one-on-one help, go to your college’s tutoring center to find out how you can get a tutor. If you can’t afford tutoring or your school does not offer it, check out online resources such as Khan Academy. Khan Academy is incredibly useful-especially for math topics!
If you really feel like you have too much on your plate, it might be time to evaluate what you have going on and cut back. It is hard to realize that sometimes you just can’t do it all. However, a large part of the process of growing up is learning how to prioritize.
Don’t forget to still take time for yourself. Even 5-10 minutes of quiet time can help clear your mind and allow you to focus better.
Don’t forget to be patient with yourself. College is tough but you are tougher!
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