College is an exciting time, full of endless opportunities. Students can explore new majors, take on exciting internship opportunities, and perhaps even study abroad. They’ll make lasting friendships and even explore new romances.
But, along with all this opportunity comes a wealth of new stress and pressures. A large part of that stress stems from academic responsibilities. Of equal weight is the stress that comes with wanting to fit in and make new friends.
A large part of struggling in college stems from poor study habits and procrastination – something that can be combatted. Let’s explore the five top reasons why your son or daughter is struggling in college, and then we’ll discuss the best ways to combat all of them.
1. Bad Study Habits
Gone are (the majority of) the days when students just need to memorize facts and regurgitate them. Now, professors are looking to see that students are in-depth, critical thinkers.
This requires time, effort, and energy. It’s important to spend time reading the text, asking tough questions, and focusing in on in-depth reports and papers.
Bad study habits lead to procrastination. If students don’t manage their time well, they wind up staying out all night with their new friends and then “cramming” when it’s time to study or write a paper.
Procrastination walks hand in hand with stress. It creates undue pressure when tasks can be completed at a steadier pace.
College breeds a whole new set of questions and uncertainties. Now’s the time to select a roommate, declare a major, set your course load. Being responsible for so many outcomes is another breeding ground for self-doubt and stress.
4. Adult Bullying
In truth, it’s easier for students to find their pack of friends in college than high school. There are so many after-school programs and opportunities to meet people with similar interests.
But, what if, in those new circles, your child feels somehow left out or marginalized? It’s hard for them to put themselves out there, so any sort of feelings of non-acceptance can be hard to handle.
Procrastination, as well as the distraction of trying to fit in, or the potential disappointments that come with feeling left out, can take a toll on your child’s ability to perform well in the classroom.
This is their first time “out on their own” and the fear of failure, or actual existence of failure, can really shake a student’s sense of self-esteem.
How to Help Your Child Struggling in College
One of the best things you can do is help your child struggling in college is to make a schedule they can stick to. It’s absolutely possible to take everything in and succeed. But, it’s a matter of time management.
Help your child set up a schedule that revolves around classes, part-time work or internships, and study time. Then, with all the remaining time, encourage them to take advantage of clubs and campus dinners with roommates and friends.
Here at NeuroHealth, we can help you ensure your child succeeds in their academics, no matter the age. We offer neuropsychology testing, school consultation advocacy services, academic probation advocacy, and an array of treatment options.
Together, we can develop a plan to meet the behavioral, developmental, emotional, and social needs of your child. Feel free to contact us today!