10 Best Study Habits There's no one secret strategy for becoming a successful student. In fact, the most successful students have had plenty of practice with study strategies, managing deadlines, and note taking, so they have fine-tuned the study habits and practices that work best for them. While every student has a different study style, there are a few basics strategies that can help you become a more successful student.

Every successful student has his or her fair share of stumbling blocks. Don't get frustrated when things don't go according to plan every time. Find a system that works for you and make adjustments as you go along. As long as you're committed to your academic success, you'll succeeded.

Get Organized...

Whether you use an "old school" paper planner or a leverage the power of the Cloud, set up and maintain a single calendar. Make sure you include all class information, including when reading assignments are due, exams, and projects, as well as any personal or work-related events and deadlines. By streamlining your life on one calendar, you'll be able to see everything in one place and adjust accordingly.

Attend Class...

Sounds like a no brainer, but it can be easy to skip a class now and again, especially when life starts to get busy. Whether you are learning in a classroom or online, make an effort to attend any lectures when they are live, watch all videos, and participate in any calls, forums, and discussions. Skipping classes and events will put you further behind in the long run, and you may miss the valuable information that comes from a lively discussion.

Make Time To Study...

When managing your class schedule, be sure to budget enough time to study. Schedule specific and dedicated study times in your planner and make sure to honor those commitments. Don't just caffeinated to stay awake and study, it's important to get your sleep even when you're in a time crunch!

Set Goals...

Whether your goals are to read 90 minutes of assigned reading every day, or score a perfect 4.0 for the semester, set and record your goal, This will hold you accountable to yourself and help you benchmark your progress and work.

Prioritize Taking Care of Yourself...

Make sure you’re eating and getting enough sleep. Burning the candle at both ends can leave you short towards the end of the semester, so organize your time so you have a little room to eat, sleep, exercise, and have some fun.

Reduce Distractions...

Successful students know what kind of study environment works best for them, whether they need complete silence, or a little background noise. Figure out where and when you study best and make a commitment to that study style. If you have children and a family, you may need to find a space away from home to study, so make that a priority.

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Review, Review, Review...

Start each study session with a brief review of the material, including class notes, discussion questions, and any points you may have thought of since the last time you cracked the books. This keeps information fresh, builds a solid foundation, and helps you decide where you need to spend most of your time.

Utilize Your School's Resources, ALL of them...

Office hours, language labs, tutoring, all these services are available for you if and when you need them. Take a little extra help when you need it, before the issue becomes complicated and convoluted. Successful student know when to reach out for a little extra help.

Do Your Toughest Assignments First...

You'll feel better if you finish your hardest, longest, or most challenging projects and assignments at the beginning of the week. Think how accomplished you'll feel when you get to cross that big project off your to do list. In addition to that sense of accomplishment, you will also ensure that nothing – work deadlines, sick kids, soccer practice, gets in the way of meeting your school commitments.

Leverage Your Experience And Experiences...

You may not have graduated from the school of hard knocks, but successful students know how to translate their life experiences and lessons learned into academic success. Be sure to reference any work experiences, life lessons, and overall perspective in your assignments. Your professors will get a chance to see you beyond the page, and your work will be more authentic and effective.

It takes time to get adjusted to your schedule and a new routine down. It's normal to struggle, but don't forget to ask for help!

If you're an online student, here is an interesting article to check out Study Tips for Mastering Online College Courses.

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