As a college student, you quickly learn that there are good habits and bad ones. Unfortunately, sometimes you may need help learning how to translate tips for success into your study habits. Read on for help setting priorities along with other tactics to improve your college experience.

Good habits for college students

When setting priorities, there are three main things all college students should remember:

  1. Don’t put yourself in an impossible situation. Prioritize which classes are most important, use your time wisely to create success, and plan for two hours of studying for every hour of class.
  2. Be sure to define priorities. Make three lists to help you stay focused: one for the month of things you need to do, one for the week ahead to budget your time, and one daily to-do list of what has to be accomplished on each day.
  3. Learn how to handle distractions. If you find yourself distracted by friends or television, go to a place where you are alone. The best way to handle distractions is avoiding them.

Time management

Time management is key for success in college and beyond. In Your Guide to College Success: Strategies for Achieving Your Goals, Seventh Edition, authors Jane S. Halonen and John W. Santrock wrote about how vital this and other good habits are for college students. “Highly successful scientists, businesspeople, and other professionals say that managing their time on a daily basis is crucial to reaching their goals. How you choose to spend your time can make all the difference between success and failure in college,” they wrote (Halonen/Santrock, 63).

Here are more ways better time management is beneficial:

  • When college students use time better, you will be more productive.
  • Your stress will be diminished if you do a better job setting priorities in terms of time management.
  • Good habits, such as time management, will benefit college students even after you graduate and go onto a career.

More tips for success

When it comes to setting priorities, one important thing for college students to remember is that you should focus on the quality of your studying efforts, not the amount of time you spend on something. In How to Be a Student: 100 Great Ideas and Practical Habits for Students Everywhere, Sarah Moore and Maura Murphy explained, “develop smart goals for your study by being specific, having goals that are testable and measurable, making sure that your goals aren’t too easy or too hard by being ambitious but realistic, and ensuring that you allocate your own deadlines to the achievement of the goals that you have set.”

College students should be specific about setting priorities for study plans. For instance, some good habits for your studying session are to focus on being able to explain the important principles in the text and to be able to write three paragraphs about the subject when you are done.

Do you have any other tips for success when it comes to setting priorities? Let us know in the comments.

Reference: Halonen, Jane S., Santrock, John W. 2013. Your Guide to College Success: Strategies for Achieving Your Goals, 7th ed. Boston, MA: Cengage.