University of California
Type of paper: Thesis/Dissertation Chapter
Three Types of Students
College is a melting pot of people. Everyone is different; students learn at different paces and have different learning styles. If students choose a community college they are placed in classes based upon their academic testing scores. Students will find themselves in a classroom with peers whom are on the same level academically. Although the students in these classes are following the same curriculum, they are all different when it comes to their work ethics in school. In College there are three kinds of students: procrastinators, over achievers and academically, average students.
Procrastinators are found in all levels of schooling. They are not necessarily bad students, but some may earn that reputation. These students tend to arrive late to class or come unprepared. Their homework is often turned it late or finished with only minutes to spare. Believe it or not; most of them are very intelligent, they just do not have effective time management skills. With good time management skills; these students would find it easier to balance school, home and work.
In addition to procrastinators, you have over achievers. Over achievers are able to perfect nearly everything they do. These students strive to be the best and are determined to succeed. They come to class early and often stay late. Their homework is completed days before it is due and they are always prepared when arriving to class. Some may believe that these students are academically smarter than others, but that is not often the case. They just have a better balance when it comes to managing their time efficiently. These students will also find college to be an easier journey that most will.
Most commonly in college you will find, academically average students. These students fall right in to the middle of the two types mentioned above and tend to blend in. They may not arrive early or stay late, but will arrive on time and have homework completed when due. Their goal is to learn a subject and pass with an acceptable grade. You will also find that most of these students carry a bigger load outside of school, whether it be work, home and/or children. As a result of this, their time management may be more difficult to balance. This type of student is not any more or less driven then others when it comes to success. As a results to having themselves, spread so thin time management may be a little more difficult to balance.
In conclusion, college is a wonderful place to experience more freedom and express ones, personal learning style. There is no right or wrong student to be. Throughout life there will be procrastinators that do not have good time management skills and have a hard time balancing school, home and work. There will also be over achievers that are able to prefect nearly everything they do inside and outside of school. Last but certainly not least, there are always going to be those who are average. They fall right in to the middle of the other two types mentioned and tend to blend in. With that being said, as different as these students may be, there goal is the same. The goal is to learn the material, graduate with their degrees and become successful.