Student Success Starts With a Great Attitude
Working on a college degree while tending to life’s other tasks and responsibilities can challenge even the most organized and productive person. So how do successful students manage it all?
According to research by TalentSmart, 90 percent of ultra-successful people are “skilled at managing their emotions in order to stay focused, calm, and productive” and they also approach challenges with self-control and logical thinking.
If you’re a student, managing your emotions can go a long way in keeping you on track with your studies. Maintaining a positive attitude while juggling school, work, and family may not be easy, but it’s definitely worth the effort. And when you combine a good mood with good study habits, you’re giving yourself the gift that keeps on giving—a relaxed and motivated you!
Give the tips below a try:
Create a Comfortable Study Area
One way to stay focused, calm, and productive is to designate a study area in your home that’s isolated from main living areas. This way, you won’t be distracted when someone walks by or turns on the television. Make sure the area is well-lit and everything you need is within reach, including books, paper and pencils. An L-shaped desk works especially well because you can set your computer on one side and spread out your books and papers on the other.
Develop a Daily To-Do List
When you sit down at your desk to attend an online class or work on your homework, take a few minutes to think about what you need to accomplish, then create a task list. For example, your list might include reading, working on an assignment, or spending time on the discussion board interacting with your instructor or classmates. Every day, when you’re done studying, create a task list for the next day based on what you’ve just accomplished. Keeping a running list will give you a sense of accomplishment and keep you focused on what needs to be done.
Connect with Your Classmates
Developing relationships with your classmates is a good idea for many reasons. If you’re confused about course content, or just want another opinion, you can ask questions in class forums or via email. If you’re really hitting it off, you could arrange Skype sessions and talk “in person.” Classmates can also offer moral support when you need extra motivation to power through the course.
Celebrate Small Victories
You may not think that turning a paper in on time or finishing required reading is a “victory,” but it is. When you meet your goals, however small, reward yourself. You can also share your victories with other CTU students and alumni on social media pages like Facebook. Maybe the reward is just getting your favorite kind of coffee at the local café or a buying that small item you’ve had your eye on. The point is to take a moment and pat yourself on the back for a job well done, no matter how small. When you achieve a series of small victories, the boost in your confidence can last for months. So take credit for your hard work—you deserve it.
Managing your mind as well as your to-do list is a great way to stay motivated and excited as you work toward your degree. Remember these tips next time you’re stressed and turn those negative emotions into positive energy. Need some motivation - take a look at this CTU alum’s story!
1 http://www.forbes.com/sites/travisbradberry/2015/09/22/12-habits-that-set-ultra-successful-people-apart/ (Visited 1/28/16)