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How to be a successful student

Genina Dana Melad

Truth be told, there is no one secret strategy to becoming a successful student. As a


matter of fact, most successful students combine multiple techniques so they could
take notes swiftly, manage deadlines easily, and study efficiently; fine-tuning the
study habits and practices that work best for them.
Although each student has a different style in studying, here are a few basic
strategies that can help you become a more successful student!
1. Beware of catastrophic thinking.
If you want to succeed, thinking that you will fail even before you begin
is not an option. Do not allow yourself to think about failure for it will only
hinder you from doing any work.

Keep in mind that academic success is much more than inborn talent,
it is hard work that does the job.

Also, do not let low scores get you down. Do not panic; one bad grade
will not ruin your semester, let alone the end of your college life. Just think
about what when wrong and revise your study methods. Always remember to
take a deep breath and re-evaluate. Do what you need in order to stave off
negative thinking.
2. Master the art of time management.
If you still want to hang-out with your friends, watch your favorite
Korean drama, have a good nights sleep, and still have good grades, then
you need to figure out how to make everything fit in your schedule. Think
about how you want to spend your time now and design a schedule that best
suits you. Are you allowing enough time for sleep? Have you dedicated
enough time for intensive study? These are some of the things that you
should consider when coming up with a new schedule. Keep a calendar or a
list of all the dates of your tests, term paper deadlines, and other important
assignments and projects. It is vital to plan ahead so you can spare yourself
from the sleepless nights or overworked weekends. You will find yourself
spending guiltless hours to kick back and relax when you are not rushing to
meet a deadline.
3. Focus on one thing at a time.
A lot of us like to multitask. When we try to do multiple things at once,
it makes us feel more stimulated and more industrious. Studies show,
however, that we actually are not multitasking but rather rapidly switching
the focus of our brains between tasks. For that reason, instead of directing all
energy in one task, we spread it thin, which causes us to do a mediocre job of
everything. On the other hand, single-tasking allows us to be more attentive
with the task at hand therefore allows us to think deeper and creatively in the
work.
*I changed this completely kasi feel ko if nilagay ko pa yung how to avoid
distractions, hindi na yung idea of not multitasking ang pinopoint out ko huehue*
4. Create specific and realistic goals.
Can you actually read a 500-page novel and write a paper about in
under 7 hours? Probably not. Remember, just like objectives in a lesson plan,
your goals must be S.M.A.R.T. (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and
Time bound.) By setting clearly defined goals, you can measure and take
pride in the progress of your goals. You will also build up your self-confidence
as you acknowledge your capabilities in achieving the goals you have set.
5. Form a solid study group.
Ever heard of the phrase, two heads are better than one? Well this
saying is especially true when it comes to studying. Working in groups enable
you to get help from others when you are struggling to understand a concept;
complete assignments faster; and teach others thereby helping your peers
and yourself internalize the concept.
6. Reward yourself when you deserve it.
To motivate yourself when you are having trouble sticking to your
schedule, allow yourself an immediate reward for completing a task.
However, remember to be honest with yourself. If you indeed deserve an
award, then you should get it so it acts as a positive reinforcement for your
good behavior.
7. Take care of yourself.
You can have a healthy mind without a healthy body. Studies show that
yogurt, vegetables, chocolate, and coffee help improve memory. Foods that
high in sodium, sugar, and fat increase stress and depression which can
negatively affect your cognitive ability and inhibit memory. So remember, eat
right, work out, get sleep, and stay hydrated.

References:
10 Best Study Habits of Successful Students. (n.d.). Retrieved from ECPI Blog:
https://www.ecpi.edu/blog/10-best-study-habits-of-successful-students
Boardman, S. (2015, August 27). 20 Secrets of Successful Students. Retrieved from
Psychology Today: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/positive-
prescription/201508/20-secrets-successful-students
Rose, J. (2014, July 7). 10 Habits of Highly Successful Students. Retrieved from
Thought Catalog: http://thoughtcatalog.com/jessica-rose/2014/07/10-habits-
of-highly-successful-students/