Three typical mistakes of first-year students

According to statistics, it is the first session that is the most rich in expulsions. About 20% of first-year students are forced to leave the university already after the first semester. The reason is the inability to independently organize the work and lack of understanding that lectures and seminars are not school classes, writing college essay does not happen one day before an exam and these exams in high school – not a school test.

The system for monitoring attendance and the results of work during the semester in high school is less rigid than in school. At the same time, not every freshman is forward-thinking, not everyone is ready for adult responsibility for the use (and squandering) of their time. The lack of a “teacher’s rod” gives rise to the temptation to use “free time” for personal matters, and to make up for it before the session.

We have tried to identify typical mistakes of freshmen: hope for a textbook, copied lectures and the traditional “I will make it all overnight.

 Why not enough of a textbook

A great shock for the majority of freshmen is the fact that a textbook plays an auxiliary role in the university. And cramming for the exam does not guarantee a successful passing!

A high school student receives basic knowledge based on a textbook, while a student is confronted with a variety of scientific viewpoints and concepts. Most students are able to understand them independently by about the fourth or fifth year (and many students do not know them at all). At lectures, the instructor helps students build a logical body of knowledge, gives the latest data, which have not yet appeared in the textbooks.

Do I have to rewrite lectures?

So, there is nowhere without lectures – after all, the teacher is by nature such an intrusive creature that it is exactly what he said at the lecture, he will try to learn from you at the exam!

Therefore, closer to the session students begin to copy, photocopy the lectures of more assiduous friends. It’s here that another “ambush” awaits the freshman.

Each recording of a lecture on paper or on a laptop (this method of work is spreading now as well) is a product of a person’s creativity, a personal interpretation of what he or she has heard. Each student has his own abbreviations, his own reference words. By the way, blind rewriting of lectures and notes is easily distinguished by the teacher. In the blogs of teachers you can read funny stories about bluntly copied lectures. For example, about how twenty people submitted notes where they used the word “relevance.” Clearly, one made a mistake, and the rest rewrote it. In another course, the word “communicator” was used en masse in lectures instead of “communicator”…

In general, if your classmate writes that crocodiles hide their eggs in the sand because they are afraid of getting frostbite, and you write off this lecture, there is a chance that the teacher will laugh not at one moron, but at two.

About RJ Frometa

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