Lindsay proffers some thoughts on why mature age students always seem so smugly organised, and I have to agree with her. The other aspect is that I suspect that working actually teaches you how to work. I look at how much I used to get done as a student in 8 hours, and how much I get done in a work day now, and I am massively more efficient than I used to be.
It’s about time management. Being organised. Knowing when the deadline is. Not spending hours and hours twattling with friends.
School is about making a career, not fun, and I think a lot of first years end up learning that the hard way.