It is common sense and human nature that kids going to college are going to want to have fun while parents want them to make good grades. After all, in most cases parents are usually helping their kids as they go through school at the very least in a financial sense. So the solution to having both is to find a balance. The best way to do this is to make specific time for both.
The key to partying and making good grades all starts out when choosing your schedule of classes for the semester. The two most important things you need to decide are how many hours can you take and have a life? How much time is each course going to take outside of the classroom? Usually, if there is anything outside required beyond the standard method of studying it is noted in the course description. The general rule of thumb is that you should study twice the number of actual course hours you are taking. So if you take 18 hours a semester this means theoretically, you should study 36 hours a week and you will need to allocate time for that.
So what can you do about it? The first thing is to study a little bit for every class every day. As papers are projects are due spend additional time working on that as well. The most structured and ideal way to do with it is to have a routine and try to study for the same classes every day of the week. For instance, always study for Basics of Finance at 7 on Tuesdays. Typically the workload for each class is consistent throughout the semester so if you do that you can very easily create a study and a work schedule. If you are taking arduous classes the best thing to do is to have a reward system.
It is generally not a good idea to study for more than about two to three hours at a time, although this varies with the person – it all depends on what they are accustomed to. During breaks the important thing is to do something else you enjoy.Then once you have finished all your work for the day you have the rest of the day to do whatever you please. The most important part of this area is that you have a consistent sleep schedule. Lack of sleep or irregular sleep can affect your grades and not in a good way.
It can take the effect of enjoying a snack, playing video games or any other form of exercise. It all depends on what you enjoy doing. The important part is that it is something which takes your mind off it and then you can come back to it. This method can be especially effective if you are writing a paper. You have to find a routine or rhythm as to how long your breaks are going to be. Again, it all depends on the person.
The next best thing you can do to party and get good grades is to study in groups. Some people take this to extremes. For example, if a novel has to be read in two weeks what some people do is they will get together with two or three other people and they will all split up portions of the book, somebody reads the beginning, somebody else reads the middle and another person reads the end and then everybody comes back and compares notes. This can be a great time saver but if you are going to take this approach you need to be mindful of who you do this with. Especially if you are dealing with a professor who is extremely picky when it comes to details.
There a couple of things you can do have fun and party but earn good grades. Have a routine. Be mindful of your schedule. Take breaks from studying once in a while. Lastly, recognize that college is about experiencing life as much as it is about grades.