I recently answered a question about getting organized for study on Yahoo Answers – and I thought it might also be helpful to my readers who are students – and their parents.
The question asked how to get organized in order to achieve better grades. Here’s my suggestion, along with a few extra tips just for you. 🙂
6-Point Strategy For Being an Organized, Successful Student
Create a week-by-week timetable to plan out all your classes and commitments.
Tip: Use a diary or wall planner; create a table in Word; use whatever format makes it easy for you to see exactly what you have to do each week.
Enter all your due dates for assignments and exams as soon as you get them.
Tip: Entering everything in one place like this will help you quickly identify challenging weeks. You can shift some tasks to lighter weeks to even out your workload.
3. Work Backwards
Working backwards from your due dates, allocate all the tasks needed for completing your assignments and exams. Enter these tasks into your week-by-week plan.
Tip: Work backwards to avoid those last-minute stresses. List all the sub-tasks of each assignment, essay and exam, then schedule the tasks backwards from the due date. That way, you’ll meet all your study deadlines.
4. Work Hard
Unfortunately, I have to add this one, because without it the others are a waste of time. 🙁 When you’re studying, study hard. The rest of the time, relax.
Tip: Each week, complete all the tasks on your weekly plan. You might need to go to the library or say no to friends – work out what you need to do and do it. But then reward yourself with some fun. Which leads me to:
Schedule relaxation every day and every week to keep your energy and motivation up.
Tip: Get some exercise, learn relaxation or meditation techniques, have fun with friends. Learn what you enjoy – and do it regularly.
6. Set Goals
Set a few SMART goals (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-bound) for exactly what you want to achieve. It will keep you focused on what you want and what you have to do to get there.
Tip: Use goals to remind yourself of the big picture benefits that will come from being a good student. It will help you stay motivated.
How To Succeed As A Student
- Student Success Kit: How to get organized, plan a successful semester, and earn good grades
- SMART Goals Guide: Everything you need to achieve your goals
And good luck to all you students about to start a new academic year!
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18 thoughts on “6 Things You Must Do To Be A Successful Student”
These are wonderful ways I’ll try it
this is a wise step even unto A levels.
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For all my student friends out there…..this is good advice!
It got me through a Bachelor of Psychology with a perfect GPA. 🙂
i want to know how any student get succes
All of these are amazing success strategies for students. Rest is the key to have a focussed mind. I myself being a student tried so many relaxation techniques out there and meditation certainly is the best.
Check out my blog on some benefits in which meditation can be helpful to students at http://www.studentsgain.blogspot.com
@Goldie: I only have a few personal coaching clients, and I’m not taking on new ones, so I can focus on creating personal organization programs. M 🙂
I would like to know if you, Michel, do coaching for individuals. If yes,how much do you charge per session?
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All very good points, especially the one about working backwards. Personally, I create “Ronit’s due date” for my assignments, which is a week or so before the external one. This way, if anything unexpected happens, I can still make it on time.