You can prepare yourself to succeed in your studies. Try to
develop and appreciate the following habits:
Take responsibility for yourself Recognize that in order to
succeed you need to make decisions about your priorities,
your time, and your resources
Center yourself around your values and principles
Don't let friends and acquaintances dictate what you consider important
Put first things first Follow up on the priorities you
have set for yourself, and don't let others, or other interests, distract you
from your goals
Discover your key productivity periods and places Morning,
afternoon, or evening? Find spaces where you can be the most focused and
productive. Prioritize these for your most difficult study challenges
Consider yourself in a win-win situation When you
contribute your best to a class, you, your fellow students,
and even your teacher will benefit. Your grade can then be one additional
check on your performance
First understand others, then attempt to be understood
When you have an issue with an instructor (a questionable grade, an assignment
deadline, etc.) put yourself in the instructor's place. Now ask yourself how
you can best make your argument given his/her situation
Look for better solutions to problems For example, if
you don't understand the course material, don't just re-read it. Try
something else! Consult with the professor, a tutor, an academic advisor, a
classmate, a study group, or your school's study skills center
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