Have you ever wished you could look inside the minds of straight-A students and find out how they do it?
If so, keep reading.
In this article, I’m going to share with you the study tips that will enable you to succeed academically.
This list of 101 study tips for students is divided into the following categories:
- Attitude and mindset
- Learning methods and techniques
- Habits and commitments
- Support from others
- Memory and brain function
- Structure and routine
Are you ready?
Let’s dive in!
Attitude and mindset
1. Don’t say “I have to”, and instead say “I get to”
The words you use when you talk to yourself are important. They shape your attitude.
Saying to yourself: “Today, I have to work on this assignment” will produce feelings of stress and frustration.
Instead, try saying to yourself: “Today, I get to work on this assignment.” Saying this will remind you that education is a privilege.
This simple change in attitude will give you more motivation and focus to get the task done.
2. Take full responsibility for your own learning
When you take responsibility for your learning, you’ll become more proactive.
One way to bring about a change in this area is to ask yourself: “If I’m not responsible for my learning, then who is?”
Asking yourself this question will help you to realise that no one else is responsible for your learning – not your teachers, and not your parents.
3. Do more than what others are willing to do
In academics – as in any other area of human endeavour – the students who excel are the ones who are prepared to go the extra mile.
Instead of doing the bare minimum to meet the requirements, do more than what others are willing to do.
This might mean doing two or three more questions than the ones that your teacher assigned.
It might mean looking up additional resources, or it might mean proofreading your essay one final time.
4. Don’t focus on grades too much
As a student, it’s easy to become fixated on grades.
But remember that grades are just a form of feedback; they aren’t an end in themselves.
Don’t allow a focus on grades to cause you to forget that it’s the process of learning that counts in the long run.
5. View challenges positively
When you’re learning something new, you’re likely to feel overwhelmed.
This is why you must develop what Dr Carol Dweck calls a “growth mindset”.
This means that instead of telling yourself that something is “too hard”, you tell yourself that it’s an opportunity to “grow” your brain.
After all, the more challenges you take on, the more you’ll learn.
6. Write down 3 to 5 reasons why you want to do well academically
One key to succeeding as a student is to be clear about why you want to succeed.
As Jim Rohn once said: “If you have enough reasons, you can do the most incredible things.”
Write down 3 to 5 reasons why you want to perform well in school, and read the list daily.
7. Volunteer and serve others regularly
This will remind you that education never occurs in a vacuum. Education is always about learning from others or passing on that knowledge to others.
By volunteering and serving others, you’ll start to see that your life isn’t mainly about you. It’s about using your skills and knowledge to make the world a better place.
In turn, this will give you the willpower to persevere in the midst of obstacles.
8. Regain your focus by asking these two questions…
The first question is: “What’s important now?”
The second question is: “What’s important next?”
A lack of focus is often the result of trying to do too many things at the same time.
When you find yourself unable to focus, these two questions will bring you back to the present.
9. Use systems and routines
Focus on developing systems and routines, instead of continually thinking about what you want to accomplish.
Students who perform well attribute their success not to lofty goals, but to their daily systems and processes.
The problem with focusing too much on goals is that this doesn’t enable you to connect your goals with the effort required.
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