We have been committed to helping you do better in every area as a student this year! Today, a student would be sharing her personal steps to academic success. These are things that have helped her over time and we’re privileged to have her share them with us.
Achieving your goals can seem like a difficult task, but with some practice, and a few changes in habit, you can work your way toward the grades you want. Here are some of the tips that have been the most helpful to me.
– The most important step is setting a goal to begin with: Decide where you want to be and what you want your grades to look like at the end of a semester or school year. This will give you something concrete to work toward.
– Know where you are going: Along the same lines, knowing what you are working toward in the long run can help shape the choices you make. Keeping in mind the reasons you are headed on a certain path can be a great motivator when you’re finding it hard to get work done. Remind yourself who and what you are doing it for when you need an extra push. Picture yourself after you’ve reached your goals, and you’ll most likely find the strength and focus that you need. Think about your biggest motivators, and where you ultimately want to see yourself. Use these mental pictures to energize you when you are close to burning out.
– Stay organized: Keep track of assignments, and keep track of extracurricular activities and events as well. This helps you stay aware of how your time will be spent as you approach your deadlines. For some this may be obvious, but what helps me the most is simply writing everything down. It is easy to become disorganized and overwhelmed when you’re trying to remember assignments, events, classes, and everything going on in your personal life. When I learn about an event, I write it in both the monthly and weekly section of my planner. In my experience, it’s been most effective to keep events where I physically need to be, as well as my class schedule, in the calendar on my phone. I use a planner to stay on top of assignments. In the monthly section, I write all big events as well as tests and quizzes. In the weekly section, I write any readings, assignments, and tests once again, so I know what my workload will look like during any exam period. Create a system that works for you.
– Take breaks: make sure to take breaks in between periods of focused studying. There are countless studies showing that information is retained more effectively when your brain is well rested. Work in 2 to 3– hour intervals, followed by 10 to 15– minute breaks. Try to get at least 6 hours of sleep each night.
– Reward yourself: Make it a priority to reward yourself occasionally. If you have to study for a long period of time, keep yourself motivated by allowing yourself a small snack every half hour, or after reading a certain number of pages. At the end of a successful semester or school year, treat yourself to a nice lunch or dinner. Practicing this in big and small ways can lead to more disciplined studying, as long as you only reward yourself once you have hit your target.
– Know yourself: Take the time to learn your study habits, it would pay off well in the long run. Figure out the time of the day during which you are most productive. Take quizzes to find out if you are a visual, auditory, or kinesthetic learner. Once you know which is most effective for you, incorporate these practices into your study sessions.
– Help others, and you might help yourself in the process: Try working in groups and take turns teaching concepts to one another. Once you understand something well enough to explain it to others, you will understand it well enough to pass your exams. If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.
– Don’t be afraid to ask for help: Familiarize yourself with all the resources around you. Find out if there are tutoring offices/ at your school, and when they are open and available for you to use. Meet with your lecturers and ask questions if you have them. Ask your peers to explain concepts you may not understand. Do research online, or in other textbooks if needed. Know what is available, and don’t be afraid to use it.
Follow these tips and learn what works for you. The more you learn about yourself and your study habits, the closer you’ll be to reaching your academic and professional goals.
Aiseosa Osaghae is currently a law student at Georgetown University Law Center. She graduated from University of Miami with a degree in Public Health. She is interested in health law and hoping to work on health policy and legislation.
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