When some students enter university they have poor study habits. Some people
think that the university should require students to take courses on study habits
When some students enter university they have poor study habits. Some people think that the university should require students to take courses on study habits
Many students nowadays do not have good study skills. Some of them are easily distracted by social media while others never do preview and review before and after classes. These poor study skills are indeed great obstacles for students’ college experience. This leads some people to come up with the claim that the best way to correct their bad study skills is to offer a compulsory study skill course for freshman class. This required course sounds effective in cultivating good habits, but I disagree it being the best solution because of the following reasons.
Firstly, university freshmen are mostly eighteen-year-old young adults，an age of late-teen when many of whom are still rebellious — especially towards compulsory courses and activities. They believe that it is their rights to choose and decide what they want to do and learn. Therefore, whenever they are forced to attend a course, no matter how valuable the course is, they will detest the course from the very beginning for they consider it as a violation of their individual freedom. In my school, for example，students are required to attend “life-skill class” every week. Despite the fact that the course actually includes useful content like first-aid and emergency care, all the students complain about this class because its being required. If the universities ask the students to take compulsory study still course, the situation will not be much different. Instead of improving their study skills during the course, the students will rather develop dislike towards the school administration, which is certainly not a scenario expected by the school.
Secondly, compared to a compulsory course that teaches students how to develop good studying skills, it is more meaningful and invaluable if the university drop the students in the mid of woods and leave the students on their own to realize their previous poor skills. Then the students may try to correct the poor skills during the process of exploration. This is similar to the case of self-correcting mistake and failures — if a child himself can realize his/her mistake and remembers the lesson of failure, it will be a much more precious learning process than the case when parents directly point out what is wrong and what causes the failure. For instance, once I spent a whole afternoon working on a sequence problem but eventually found that I still got the wrong answer Although upset, I resisted looking at the answer key. I went through my solution carefully again instead and eventually dug out the problem. At that moment I felt a sense of achievement that I would never have if I referred to the answer key directly. Based on my experience, I am convinced that self-exploration process is a better alternative than the compulsory study skill course.
Admittedly, a compulsory course might be necessary in some specific cases. For instance, some students may have very poor self-discipline. If the university leaves the task of improving study skills to themselves, they will never realize their problems but will always procrastinate. In these special situations, only required courses have the power to cultivate those students with good study skills. But these cases are rarities instead of the majorities.