10 Habits of a Successful Student
Being back in school is one of the greatest feelings ever, last semester taking some time off really bugged me and honestly I got really depressed being home all day with nothing to do. Now that I am in school, my goal is to do the best I can. While, it’s still going to take time to recover I’ve been doing really good in school. I haven’t fallen behind and my grades are better than they have ever been.
Here are 10 habits, I practice to be a successful student, I find when I follow these I am not as stressed and I can do more than just school work all the time;
1. Plan homework days- Each week I give one day to just do homework. It really just depends on what is due that week but if I have enough time then I just try to get everything done so I have the rest of the week to do anything else.
2. Always study before tests- For me it just depends on the test as to when I start studying. For math and physics, I start at least a week before maybe two, it just depends on what the topic is. I relearn all of the concepts that first week and then when it’s closer to testing time I learn all of the equations or write them down multiple times.
3. Read the textbook before doing homework- there are times that I skip reading the chapter and end up getting a lower score compared to when I do read the chapter. It’s just better to know what you are doing instead of just guessing.
4. Always pay attention in class- I get it, class is boring especially when you already know this stuff. Even I have a hard time paying attention but when I put my distractions away I end up obtaining more information.
5. Ask questions- It is okay to ask questions, dont be embarrassed if you dont understand something because you never know other people may have the same question you have but they are just to scared to ask.
6. Use your resources- In college you pay for the excel centers, so why not use them? If I don’t understand something and my instructor isn’t in their office, I always go to the excel centers, because at least then I am able to learn about what I don’t understand and I can even get some homework done while I am at it.
7. Be Responsible- Don’t get distracted from your education, you aren’t paying thousands of dollars to fail classes. It isn’t worth the money to not take your education serious. You are a student before anything else but I promise the fun stuff will happen after you get your school done.
8. Get plenty of sleep- Not going to lie ever since I finished chemo, I am staying up later and later every day. It is not the best for me but the entire time I was sick or going through chemo I was in bed by seven and asleep by eight. I can tell you that I do not function if I do not get at eight hours of sleep, so make sure you are getting the sleep that your body needs.
9. Don’t fall behind, get ahead when you can- When you are taking a self-paced online course it is easy to just forget about it, even when taking a regular online class it can be hard. Know your deadlines and get it done, if you can get ahead that is even better.
10. Don’t stress. You can do this!- if you are looking for a good book to read to improve your mindset, this book by Carol Dweck was a great read. It really opened my eyes on how my mindset towards certain things in my life, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success
Being successful does not mean getting straight A’s, its the dedication that you put into your education that makes you successful. As Peter Pan always says “All you need is Faith, Trust and a little Pixie Dust” as long as you believe in yourself you will never fail. Go out there and be the person you want to be and know that only you can decide your future so why not make it the best?