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Bad College Study Habits
Olya Bezvushko

Discovering how to study abroad in university is a challenge for most international students. There are many mistakes that appear during the education process.

1. The most common studentís mistake is poor attendance, besides it is also considered as most unavoidable. If you want to succeed in college, particularly colleges in Washington D.C., you need to be in class all or most all of the time, without any doubts.

2. Bad time management. It happens very often that students become very overwhelmed with numerous academic and other responsibilities, so learning to manage your time is essential. This becomes crucial with schools like Albertus Magnus which expects many of their students to be diligent with assignments outside of class

3. Poor notetaking skills. Unfortunately, many students come to colleges without having mastered this critical skill. To succeed in school in the USA, you need to learn how to listen actively and take accurate, thorough lecture notes.

4. Last minute work. If you write a paper at the last minute, it shows. If you try to do the reading at the last minute for the test that's tomorrow, you're unlikely to do well on the test. While it may be impossible to completely avoid the experience of pulling an all-nighter, do the best you can to keep up with the work on the syllabus.

5. Delay. The issue of last minute work is related to delays. Learning to stay focused is a skill, especially with so many distractions like Facebook and video games around campus.

6. Reliance on classmates. When you ask a friend to take notes for you while you're absent is very risky. You should do this only in case it is absolutely necessary. Study groups are an effective way to prepare for a test, but only if you conduct them correctly and don't rely on the other students to do all the work.

7. Over-counting on the Internet. Its much easier to make research with the help of Internet than it was a decade ago. Unfortunately, now many students rely too much on the Internet and ignore other ways to do research. Keep in mind that it is more likely to encounter inaccuracies on the Internet than in a book or article. So, when using the Internet, always verify the information you find online by looking at other sources.

8. Forgetfulness of reading dictionaries. When your instructor hands you a detailed description of how to write an assignment, read the description very carefully and follow directions. If you have any questions, ask the instructor, and if he or she goes over the assignment in class, listen carefully and take notes. It's plenty frustrating to work hard on assignment and receive a low grade because you failed to follow instructions.

9. Plagiarism. It can be a serious problem on college campus. It happens due to hot deadlines and panics.

10. Failure to ask for help. Professors aren't going to look for students who need help. You should ask if you have any questions. Attend office hours whenever necessary. Look for other source of help on campus, for example, such as the writing center.

Remember, it is a hole process to learn how to study. If your study habits are not what they should be, assess what you need to change and do your best to improve. There are no perfect students, but if you put in the effort to study more effectively, you'll find yourself improving quite a bit over time.

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