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10 Common Reasons Why Students Don

10 Common Reasons Why Students Don

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10 Common Reasons Why Students Don't Graduate from College

College Success: 10 reasons why students don't graduate - Wikimedia There's not much mystery about not graduating from college. There are 10 common reasons why they drop out and 10 ways to help make sure it doesn't happen Did you know that more than 25% or more of college freshman never graduate? One-fourth! Why? There’s no mystery about it. The academic reasons aren’t secret. What’s most amazing is that few college students seem to learn from those who have struggled and failed before them. It’s repeated year after year. Yes, some drop away for financial, health and family reasons. Some are homesick or have conflicts with work. The majority, however, leave for very similar reasons. From many years of working with college and university students, here are 10 of the most common reasons I’ve seen why students don’t make it through their freshman year, 10 solid indicators how to give it your best effort so you’re not one of the dropouts.

Study Skills
How to read a textbook. How to take notes in class. How to figure out what instructors really want. What kind of learner you are and how to learn in spite of it. Don’t wait for your first failure notice. Get help early. Attend Student Success events. Develop study skills from Day One.

Substandard Management Skills
Lack of time and project management skills can kill a student’s best intentions. Looking forward towards deadlines, making a plan, and then working it, all take practice. Every time you step into a classroom or log online for a class, your academic priorities may change. Then, your plan has to be adjusted. That takes a management skill some students do not possess. Build yours up!

Anaemic Self-Discipline
The demands of college means making choices that put academics first every day. It means putting other opportunities second, or third. That takes an almost unwavering focus on academic and career goals, in particular for part-time students and those who hold full-time jobs. You won’t do your best without it.

Managing Freedom Poorly
Being unable to appropriately handle the freedom of college life is a big cause of failure to graduate. Daily, there may be distractions and temptations not related to classroom expectations and academic goals. Online and face-to-face socializing frequently gets in the

it’s wise to identify study partners. some students actually believe sleeping in is more important than attending a lecture or lab session. the academic challenges can become an avoidable grind. What part about “attending” college do you suppose they don’t get? Avoiding Assistance Too much freedom. In between. And. sitting in a classroom. knowing classroom expectations. this time isn’t connected to real-world requirements for success. too much fear. and some students are shocked by that difference. Responsibility Avoidance Taking personal responsibility for your education is an important foundational requirement for college success. Maybe this comes from being in college simply to meet someone else’s expectations. is essential. being on campus. They think they can catch up by using someone else’s notes.way of academic success. Thinking About Success in College Learning. that is. That’s not realistic either. and planning and setting deadlines are just some of what needs to be basic in your college life. it’s about partying and personal pleasure. or a misunderstanding about what being “smart” includes for some students results in not asking for help early enough to make a positive difference in their academic performance. carrying a book in your backpack or in the . or simply ask instructors for clarification for better understanding of course materials. Insufficient Motivation There’s just not enough motivation for some students to succeed. Academically. not enough purpose and not enough direction. understanding and setting goals. For instance. before socializing or anything else. studying and successful test-taking are not done by some sort of natural osmosis. Putting academic expectations first. it will show up early. There may be an unending flow of invitations to do anything but study and attend to course requirements. that won’t work. Misaligned Priorities Lack of time and effort spent in studying may be part of the misunderstanding that college is just like high school. Somehow. Without it. It’s not. Bad choices can be an epidemic among students. Inappropriate Priorities Some students believe their time in undergraduate school is an interlude between their life before and after college. arrange for tutoring. In the early weeks of a course. Academic Detachment Failure to attend class regularly is a killer disconnection from academic reality. Getting to know instructors. Nobody else can do it for you.

Study skills. It all takes commitment.trunk of your car doesn’t equal college success. How about yours? . All the other reasons for not making it in college can be summed up in a few words: motivation. Motivation has to come from your head and your heart. day after day. Paying tuition doesn’t mean that graduation is automatic. self-management. It’s not an entitlement. every day. and project management capabilities may be improved with training and practice. maturity. and attitude.

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