Every success or failure in life is a product of habits. Whether we like to believe it or not, we are always in charge of whatever our outcomes in life is and the truth is, until we change certain things that we do and certain things we allow around us regularly, nothing will really change in your life. While I was a college student, I observed a lot of students and their methods of studying. I did this study for a long time and I observed that truly, all the high flying students I ever came across and understudied have something in common. There is what we call Study Habits of High Flying Students.
What are those habits?
Passion & Interest
I have never seen a student who did very well in a course he/she did not have some interest or passion in. Passion is always a precursor for effective study. How do you build passion for your study? Before I resumed a semester, I had this habit of going to do a background study on the history and present importance of the courses I would be taking in that semester. Doing this helps me to see how relevant it is to my life and to the degree I was pursuing. From there, I build real passion that launches me to want to know more about the course.
Every good student I have always met has this habit of asking questions and not relenting until he/she got to the root of every subject matter being discussed. Without curiousity, it is highly impossible to be a good student. This is not just for you to do well in the school, but even in life, you need it a lot. Your life can never be better than the quality of questions you’re always asking yourself or others. Curiousity is what drives you into thorough study, broadens your perspective and deepens your insight in a subject matter. Without it, your knowledge will always remain shallow.
One of the Study Habits of High Flying Students is serious collaboration with other sound minds. High flying students know how to leverage on the intelligence and insights of others. They are not always seen as loners. They have a very strong support group of other sharp minds. When it comes to being academically sound, you need to understand that collaboration is the way. No two persons have the same brains, same levels of intelligence or learning styles. Whatever it is you know or understand very well, make it a habit to teach others and when you’re finding something difficult too, first look for your peers who can teach you. There is serious power in having study groups and study partners. Mind you, they need to be serious-minded individuals as well.
Timeliness & Commitment to Study Time Table
High flying students don’t wait until it is two weeks before exam to start serious study. Immediately a semester or term starts, they map out their study time table and learning goals for the term/semester. They spend each day trying to make sure they close up their learning gaps. As much as possible, they don’t miss classes and they engage actively in every class. They don’t wait until after three days before they review class notes. They spend their time after school hours and even in vehicles to do short-term reviews. They make sure every 5 or 10 minutes with any book counts. Is this part of your study habits?
Conscious Thinking & Meditation
High flying students take enough time to think on what they have read. They don’t just close their books and abruptly move to other activities. They take sufficient time to ponder on lectures and notes. The more they do this, the more they internalize and understand their lectures and notes. A lot of people think just by attending classes and reading their notes, success becomes automatic. Nothing can be farther from the truth. If you fail to take time to think on your lectures and your notes after reading, you have already planned to fail. The best part of reading is when you’re not with the book. It’s never about how long you read, but how well you think.
I will stop at here in this post, but I want you to remember that these things are habits. Until you begin to change your habits, never expect your results to change. That thing which will make you a success in your academics is not what you do once in a while, but what you do consistently, hence your habits. Do you need a coach to keep your accountable and be your ally through this? You can always contact me.
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