While learning and gaining knowledge is a primary goal in college, the education process includes several accompanying organizational and lifestyle-oriented processes that could be beneficial to studies. In an article by Nadworny, the author listed seven main points or steps that would help ease the college life and studying process. While the author’s points predominantly focused on the aspect of handling stress and pressure, the article helped me address the activity that I already do well and one that needs improvement.
Although learning to handle stress and pressure from studying is equally vital, implementing the author’s steps with organizational elements could improve an individual’s learning abilities and capacity. Thus, having confidence in the knowledge itself would significantly reduce the level of stress in college. The point that I already do well is taking notes in a way that highlights valuable information. Moreover, I use notes to structure the main points of studying material and to navigate myself. In my opinion, taking notes on important information could be compared to imprinting or reflecting the material in the consciousness, which helps to remember the information.
The other significant point that the author made in the article is that college activities and schedules require using a planner (Nadworny). Although I know how to take notes, I tend to put the information in several places when it should be organized and stored in one place in a form of a planner. I acknowledge my mistake and plan to force myself to use the planner and develop a habit of putting organizational notes into it.
In conclusion, after reading Nadworny’s article on seven steps to success in college, I have evaluated my current skills and habits and defined two that resonated with me. I already have enough skills to make notes about important information, which is the first step of Nadworny’s list. However, in the second step, the author recommends using a planner to keep the notes close to the schedule and make timely changes. I hope to develop the habit of using a planner in the future to make my life in college easier.
Nadworny, Elissa. “How to Study: 7 Ways to Get More Out of College.” NPR. 2020. Web.