College is a time to have fun with friends, right? You’ve seen it in all of those college movies and TV shows – partying, experiencing romance, having fun 24/7. That picture isn’t one that’s particularly accurate. While it’s true that you’ll have a blast at college experiencing adult life for the first time and meeting new people, there’s also something you should be paying more attention to: your schoolwork.

Studying and learning is what you or your parents paid all that money to get you into school for. If you neglect your studies for social activities, wouldn’t that be a waste of money and time?

The trick is to keep things about 70/30. Spend your weekdays studying and focus on your school work, but that doesn’t mean your social life has to truly suffer. You don’t have to sacrifice your social life in order to do well in school – you’ve just got to learn how.


Learning How to Schedule Your Life

Sometimes the best way to make sure you’ve got enough time for social time and schoolwork is simply plan it all out. Something you may have to sacrifice for college is spontaneity – you’ll have to do a lot of heavy planning if you want to make the grade while having time for a social life.

This is something you can do with apps and other forms of self-scheduling. Keep an agenda or utilize the built-in calendar and clock on your smartphone. These are cheap and easy methods of keeping track of what you need to do and when you can have your off time.


Keeping Free Time Simple

One mistake college students make is partying hard or staying out way too late during the weekend. While it’s great to have and take advantage of free time, you also have your studies to consider. This is especially true of Sunday night – you don’t want to stay up until 2 AM Monday morning if you have to get up for class four hours later.

This doesn’t mean you have to be a shut in on your days off, though. Instead, take advantage of activities you enjoy around Syracuse University that don’t involve staying out all night. Hang out with friends, but set a curfew for yourself. You’re an adult now, and being an adult means leading a disciplined life.


Studying Smartly

Don’t forget that when and how you study also affects your grades and your social calendar. The quality of your study time can either give you more free time or less depending on how committed you are. Dedicating yourself to four hours of study time when you get home doesn’t mean staring blankly at your computer screen, waiting to go out for the evening.

When you study hard, you do better in school. Some teachers lighten the workload of students who show proficiency, especially around finals time. However, skirting your study duties means that you’ll fall behind. This leads to more work and no play.


The Best of Both Worlds

You also should consider the idea that social studying is an option you can partake in. If studying in groups or with friends is something you think you shouldn’t do because of the distraction, avoid this option, but it’s worth a shot. Studying with a partner or in a group can be great for practice quizzing and asking questions about the material in order to get a fresh perspective on the work.

You can also reward a good study session with something more social. For instance, spend an hour hitting the books with a buddy, then go hit the local coffee shop for a reward together.