How Not To Become A College Drop Out

Thursday, 17 January, 2019 - 06:22
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There are 5 major reasons students don't finish their studies. Here are some tips to help you survive the challenges students face at varsity.

How Not To Become A College Drop Out

The reality is that first year students have the highest drop out ratio among all college students.

In the video 'The Top 5 Reasons Student Drop Out Of College' created by EssayPro we look at why some students abandon their studies before their academic course is complete.

No Discipline

The number one reason students drop out of college is a lack of discipline. “When a student has the willpower to finish their education and takes active steps to follow through with it nothing will stop them.”

Survivor Tip: One way to become disciplined and motivated is by setting goals and planning for your future. This will keep you focused when things get tough.

Heavy workloads

The combination of tests, homework and assignments can make even the most dedicated student feel inadequate. Academic courses require complete commitment but many students are not ready for this level of responsibility and dedication. As a result students fail to deliver on their assignments and exams.

Survivor tip: If you can't cope with the workload make a plan to join a study group or approach your college for academic support. Don't suffer in silence.

Wrong major

“About 80% of college students decide to change their major at least once.” It is not uncommon for students to commit to a course of study only to discover the programme is not what they expected. When this happens students may turn to a trade or an alternative study opportunity to earn money faster, rather than finish their qualification.

Survivor Tip: Get career guidance and do your research before you enrol for a course. Speak to people in the programme or in your prospective career if possible to get a better idea of what you can expect.

Family Issues

“Unexpected family problems can arise.” This can impact the financial stability of the home. Or incidents such as death or divorce can heighten stress levels in students who are already strained by the demands of college life. Students who feel unable to balance their responsibilities might be tempted to opt out of their studies.

Survivor Tip: Share your burdens with a friend, counsellor or person you trust. Talking to someone can help you get perspective about your problems and how to solve them.

New surroundings

Living on campus 24/7 is a huge transition from attending school for eight hours a day. The practical adjustment of sharing personal space with strangers, participating in college life and being away from home can be overwhelming.

This scenario may not cause students to drop out but it can add to the pressure they feel in their first year.

Survivor Tip: Give yourself time to adjust to your new surroundings. Speak to older students and get advice on how to better manage your study schedule and personal time.

There are many challenges and bumps along the journey but learning to ask for help from people who have walked the road before you can make the difference on your path.

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