Some first year college students do not have good study habits. Some people believe that colleges should provide all of the first year students with a required course to develop their good study habits. Other people believe that providing this kind of course is unnecessary. What is your opinion and why?
People may take it for granted that high school graduates proceed to the higher level of education with study habits already well developed, but that is not always the case. The worrying truth is that learning habits, despite their critical importance, are generally recognized as the weak links of college readiness for the majority of first years. Thus some people propose that all first-years should be required to take the learning-to-learn course. Personally, I am fully in favor of this proposal and will elaborate my points in the following paragraphs.
To begin with, providing this compulsory course will prepare the students for a smooth transition to college study and further enable them to navigate their first year successfully at post-secondary level. Different from high schools, students are expected to study independently particularly in terms of what they learn and how they learn. This is often characterized by the substantial amounts of reading assigned with minimal instructions. They will also be tested less on memorized facts, but more on critical and analytical thinking skills. Under such circumstances, freshmen will easily feel lost and systematic training on essential study skills at this critical stage, such as organization and time-management skills, will surely help them move along and engage in stimulating experiences outside classroom. For instance, just before I entered college, my brother tutored me in how to schedule and the importance of note-taking as well as prioritizing. Thanks to that, I managed to finish my first year with top grades without much pressure, while most of my classmates, who apparently didn’t learn effective learning habits, were overwhelmed by the coursework and stressed out when cramming for the final exam.
Besides, the benefits of effective study habits go well beyond school life and will surely spill over when students enter the workplace. This is particularly relevant in the context of heightened competition and ever-accelerated pace of change, where employees are expected to be multi-skilled and ready to apply new knowledge quickly. This means it is no longer what you have learned that counts, but how you learn and cope with changes that really determine your future success, and this is where the study habits you acquire in college come into play. My brother’s career success is a good case in point. He could hardly remember what he had learned about his major, but what he did was integrating the learning habits he developed then into the flow of his daily life, turning him into an effective lifelong learner. This enabled him to keep his life in order and retain the motivation and curiosity to learn basically whatever interested him or he deemed as promising. This later became the solid foundation on which he rebuilt his career in IT.
Opponents may argue that it is impossible to teach certain study habits that will work for everyone and teaching in this way will only limit the range of choice students may have. However, the fundamental aim of the course is to provide an underlying framework or a set of guidelines, on the basis of which any possible variation for individual preferences should be welcome.
In summary, first-year college students should be required to take the course on good study habits as this will help students achieve both academic and career success.
1. analytical thinking skills：分析思维能力
2. time-management skills：时间管理能力
3. move along：向前移动
4. engage in doing sth.：参与某事
5. cram for：临时抱佛脚，填鸭式学习