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Five Habits of Highly Effective Students

In order to be an effective student you must take the initiative to “do something”, stop sitting around and take action! Don’t wait until tomorrow. Don’t wait for the perfect time. You can’t finish if you don’t start. You have to make the decision to ditch some behaviors that do not add value to your life. Developing positive habits can help you succeed and decrease anxiety when it comes to your studies and grades.

  • Change your mindset: Failure is not an option. The work can be done if you put in the necessary time and effort. Academic success is much more about hard work than natural talent. Classes can be hard and tests can be stressful, however try to study when you are in a positive mood. Start by saying this affirmation daily: I can learn the material, I can improve, and I can learn anything…

  • Good study habits: Cramming for tests the night before only adds unnecessary stress. You can start developing good habits by setting aside quiet time each day for studying, even if you don't have homework or a test the next day! Also review your notes daily, this will help you retain the information. Click the following link for more creative ways to develop good studying habits:

  • Reward yourself: When you truly deserve a reward, then you should get it! In order to motivate yourself when you’re having difficulty sticking to your schedule, allow yourself an immediate reward for completing a specific task.

  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help: Asking for help does not equate to your failing. Ask for help as soon as you think you need it. Putting it off will just stress you out more.

  • Stay healthy: You can’t have a healthy mind without a healthy body. It’s important to eat healthy, work out, get adequate sleep and stay hydrated.

Sticking by these habits will help you create a positive life balance and aid in the success of your high school and college career! Just try it and see how it works out for you!

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