College students are often told that these years will be “the time of your life,” but they might also need to be reminded that there are still 168 hours in a week. Having the “time of your life” means using those hours wisely, yet some studies have suggested that as many as 48% of college students struggle with time management. Why this disconnect?
One of the major differences between the high school years and college years is the increased amount of “free time” that students experience. College students may lead much less structured lives than in high school and have more independence. “Free time” means time that students need to plan and define for themselves.
Students will spend less time in class and also be faced with longer term, independent assignments. Additionally, many students are working long hours to try to pay for college tuition and expenses. Students who are unprepared for the challenge of balancing school, work, social life and downtime may find themselves floundering.