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How to achieve academic success

To achieve your vision for academic success, it’s important to create clear, actionable objectives and develop good habits and skills to guide your learning and avoid feeling overwhelmed.

Former United States president Harry S Truman is quoted as saying, “imperfect action is better than perfect inaction”.

It’s one thing to read and become aware of the habits listed below, but the most transformational component is to commit yourself to implementing these habits, or even a select few.

  1. Work on your time management skills

Taking multiple classes in a semester means you have to juggle many assignments, quizzes, and exams. To prioritise your work you’ll need to plan out a daily, weekly, and monthly study schedule to stick to. Take advantage of digital programs and sites for note-taking and planning like Notion, Google Calendar, and My Study Life. Or you can put your own twist on good old-fashioned planners, bullet journaling, as well as habits trackers and study to-do lists. Pick what works best for you and run with it. Small steps in organising your life also include: Preparing for class beforehand, having a healthy sleep schedule, and maintaining a clean and tidy studying and living space.

  1. Take care of yourself physically and mentally

You can’t expect to meet your goals if you experience burnout. That’s why it’s important that you take care of your physical and mental well-being. Moreover, schedule time just for fun. When you make the time to do activities that you love, it benefits your well-being and ultimately increases your chances of academic success. If you do find yourself feeling overwhelmed or struggling mentally during your studies, consider reaching out to a professional therapist or school counsellor.

  1. Take notes

You’ve probably experienced the frustration of sitting in a class, feeling completely lost and struggling to keep up with the lecturer. Taking notes during class will help you focus and engage with the subject matter, know what is important to know, and will help you recall lessons during revision. Try it out.

  1. Review regularly and test your knowledge

New information tends to fade quickly, so an essential step to effective studying is reviewing the material regularly. Utilise the spaced repetition study method by reviewing the material you’ve learned during the week on weekends. Or review the information after seven days, 30 days and 90 days after you’ve had the lesson. Moreover, make testing your knowledge part of your study routine. This helps you get a full picture of the subject matter. You may ask your teachers about where to find past tests and exams. Some institutions have them readily available on their websites.

  1. Get strict about distractions

Even if you’re the type who can’t study in utmost silence and prefer white noise and crowded places to study, there are still distractions that you should avoid. You’ll have to be as strict as a strict parent with yourself on this! Put all your devices on “do not disturb” mode when studying, avoid triggers like TV and games or any activity and object that usually distracts you from studying.

  1. Fall in love with the process

Make the most of your time as a student. If it helps you focus better, get competitive with yourself. Choose to see your academics as a game. With every new year, it’s a new level you have to master in order to advance.

Keep in mind that ultimately, we are the results of our habits.

– Afterbreak Magazine,