If you have just started college and have a job, you'll need some study tips so that you can learn how to get more done fast.
Students have a hard time these days. Not only do they have a heavy workload at college, they also have to balance their studies with one or more jobs just so that they can scratch by. Making the transition from school to college or university isn't always easy, as you will find it's u to you to get the work done. There is no more spoon-feeding by teachers and if you are away from home, no parents nagging you to do your homework.
It's a great experience to go to university and enjoy the freedom and social life, but it's also important to get the work done on time. So if you are feeling overwhelmed, how can you make sure you stay on top of your studies?
What Do I Have to Do?
The first thing to do is to make sure you know what is expected of you, for example, how many essays or other assignments will you have to hand in and when they are due.
What is the Standard?
You will also need to know the standard expected. A college essay is not the same as a high school essay and you need to be sure you know the difference. If you aren't sure - find out! Colleges all have study skills classes and handouts and if need help, it's important to get it right away. It's much better to spend a couple of hours learning how to get things right the first time than having to resubmit work when you have a pile of new assignments waiting.
How Should My Work Be Presented?
You will find that each different type of assignment has a pattern, a formula if you like. And once you've learned the formula, you have the framework for each corresponding piece of work. There is still plenty of room for creativity and originality without the formula, which is just a blueprint enabling you to set the work out correctly and make sure you have covered every aspect of the topic.
If your tutors don't explain how a report or essay should be written, ask to see examples. There should be some in the library or study skills centre or you can ask students who are ahead of you in the course. Be sure not to copy their work - examples are just to show you how it's done. Copying could get you kicked out.
Once you have the blueprint, write out a list of headings which will represent the sections of your assignment. Next, put each heading on a separate page and jot down your immediate thoughts about it. This will help you see exactly which areas you are already knowledgeable in and which need more work. Then decide how you will tackle each one and in which order. For example, some sections will require research in the library and others might involve interviewing an expert in the subject.
If you have any additional thoughts about one section or you come across new information when researching something else, make a note on the appropriate page.
Make sure you know which system your college uses for referencing and use it - even if you prefer a different method.
As you are reading and doing online research, always write down the full reference of any information you think you might quote. If you are working online, simply copy and paste. If you do this as you go, you will save a lot of time and frustration at the last minute.
If you take a systematic approach to your college assignments, you will get things done much more quickly and you'll be ready to write that essay quickly as soon as all the research is done.