College




Students throughout the country enter college each year without the needed study skills. It is not unusual for bright students to get through the lower grades and even through high school without much studying. But when those same students get to college they often find they are completely lost and their grades are falling at alarming rates. Study skills in collage are vital if the student wants to get the most out of his college experience and wants to succeed. In addition, the student may want to go on to a graduate program and will need the best grades he is capable of to apply to the program of his choice.


Study skills do more than assist in getting the best grades a person is capable of. They also help prepare the student for the work world that he will enter upon graduation. In the work world there are many jobs which require a certain amount of personal study time or training time. If the employee developed good solid study skills during college then the ability to study and learn new job skills will be there.


Solid study skills in college also prepare the college student with good time management skills, which will be valuable in the job market(Stewart 1999) . Time management is vital in many areas of life including college(Stewart 1999) . For each class a student takes the teacher has an expectation that the student will devote several hours per week studying that class material , notes and preparing for tests. Managing the time for study will allow the student to stay on top of the study needs instead of having to cram at the end of the period for the test. In addition effective time management of study time will lessen the time the student has to spend studying. Learning how to study can be very time effective(Stewart 1999) . The college student who reads, pulls out key points and makes notes about them , then reviews those notes will in the end be better prepared and use less time than the college student who waits until the night before the test to read the entire coursework and try and memorize it(Stewart 1999) .


Another help to study skills is for a college student to do homework assignments soon after they are assigned(Stewart 1999) . In high school there is much more structure with the teacher assigning work that is generally due the following day(Stewart 1999) . However in college the teacher will often hand out the entire semester’s assignments on the first day of school and not mention them again. it is up to the college student to plan his time and break the assignments into manageable blocks throughout the semester. Solid study skills will have the student already prepared in how to do this because study skills involve planning and use of time.


“A recent study by the American School Counselor Association and Sylvan found that nearly 60 percent of school counselors surveyed believe students are not adequately prepared to tackle homework assignments. Seventy percent of the counselors said teachers in their school think students have poor study skills(Stewart 1999) .”


Very few schools offer classes on how to develop solid study skills, therefore students are left to their own devices when it comes to figuring a method out(Stewart 1999) . Unfortunately waiting until the grades begin to fall is not the time to start the study skill learning process, it should be instilled before entering school(Stewart 1999) .


A lack of study skills at the college level can be costly in several ways. The first way it can be costly to the student is in tuition and class fee costs. A college student who does not have solid strong study skills is at risk for failing classes and having to take them over again. This means additional class fees as well as more tuition if those additional classes prolong the projected graduation date.


College students who are willing and skilled at spending a few hours a week preparing and studying their class subjects saves themselves lots of frustration and anxiety later(Palmer 1996) .


Research has demonstrated students who have access


to a study skill course have a higher retention rate when it comes to material