13 Habits of Successful Students
End of the semester is coming, and finals are right around the corner. Some of you may be ready, and some may be panicking. Either way, creating habits to keep you motivated and going strong will help to keep you sane.
1. Go to class
I cannot stress this one enough. Getting to college, the freedom to decide if you go to school can be a great, but it can also be a detriment. Sure, your face gets lost in a lecture hall with 200 other students, but you’re the one who’s getting cheated by not showing up. Going to your class gives you the information you’ll need, knowledge on future assignments, and creates a working relationship with your professors. This about this next time you figure that missing a class to nap is worth more than your grade.
2. Office Hours are your friend
If you don’t understand a topic, take advantage of your teachers office hours. Ask questions and get a good understanding of the material.
3. Get to know at least on professor each semester
Branching from office hours, you’ll thank yourself when you’re graduating and can go back and ask teachers for letters of recommendation. By getting to know your teachers, they can write a letter that gives better detail, and they know a bit of what you went through and can give a more personalized letter. While asking a teacher whose class you did well in might seem like a good idea, if you don’t know who they are, it will be fairly generic and not hold as much weight as one from a teacher who knows you.
4. Take advantage of your campus’ resources
Your tuition is paying for more than just your classes. Often times there are tutoring or writing centers which can help you when you feel like you’re drowning in work. Do yourself a favor and use these early to be able to stay caught up.
5. Use advisors to help plan the best schedule
One thing I never knew the value of was running my proposed schedule by an advisor. She was able to provide me with classes that would play better to my strengths and tell me when one class may cover more than one required course. A 15 minute appointment could save you time, money, and stress.
6. Become a pro in time management
Are you good at managing your time? College taught me to be strict with my time management. Stay tuned for more help in developing a good time management skill.
7. Know when you need a break to avoid burn out
If you’re working too hard, you could infact burn out. Learn when you’re feeling overwhelmed from working too much so you can give yourself a break. Breaks don’t have to last long. These can be a day, a couple hours, whatever you feel you need to get yourself back on track. Without doing this, you can make yourself uneffective and do even worse in class.
8. Love yourself
Take care of your body. Eat well and get enough exercise to keep your body functioning. If you don’t take care of yourself, you will be less effective that you want to be and even find yourself sluggish. Need to get on track? Try my 16 week challenge to get yourself feeling better and creating good habits.
9. Know how to study for different kinds of classes
One thing I realized late was that each class needs to be studied for differently. Are your tests based on vocabulary? Do you need to use flash cards for memorization? Or do you need to spend more time reading the textbook? Evaluate your class and what you’re expected to accomplish, and adjust to make the best of your semester. Need help coming up with a study plan? Message me to help you create a plan.
10. Make goals and stick to them
Creating goals for your semester can better help you stay on track. They don’t have to be large, but make sure you have them. Maybe you want to have at least a GPA of a 3.0 this semester. Or you want to study for your classes more. Whatever it may be, make your goals and place them somewhere that you’ll be reminded of them constantly.
11. Get enough sleep
This is crucial to being as effective as possible. If you aren’t getting enough sleep, you won’t be functioning at full capacity and you can’t access the kind of focus you’ll need to be successful in your classes.
12. Learn what methods work for you
This applies to reading textbooks, taking notes, and listening in class. You can try all the tips and tricks from other people you want, but if you don’t find something that helps you to understand material, you will not be able to do well in your classes.
13. Have 1 day per week that you don’t study
This may not be one that everyone agrees with, but something that has helped me greatly. I give myself Sundays to do any chores I need and to and to recharge for the week.