There are a lot of materials out there that will teach students how to be highly effective. Managing one’s time wisely, having the right attitude, and setting goals are just some of the things that these self-help articles or books would teach a student. Although these tips can be quite effective, there is another approach that could help students in their academic endeavors. The outcome can even be more pronounced when implemented complimentarily with those mentioned above.
Knowing what NOT to do can be just as effective as knowing what to do, and can sometimes work a lot better. This way, you eliminate the things that hinder you from being a successful student. These are some of the habits or attitudes that a student must get rid of to become a successful student.
Procrastinating things until the last minute
Procrastination is one of the bad habits that a lot of students have. They would not do their work until the deadline looms over them. There are so many reasons this can be bad for a student. One of them is that the student would only realize then that the work is actually a bit more difficult than they thought. This in turn could result in a lot of stress. What happens is that instead of maximizing the time and to create an A-grade work or fully understand a given reading, the student is forced to submit a “not-so-good” work. This eventually results in another bad attitude: being content with mediocrity.
Complacency with mediocrity
Companies nowadays can get very competitive with one another and would like to hire topnotch employees. Students that have reveled in mediocrity for most of their academic life would have a hard time getting hired as opposed to those that have shown exemplary marks. If you have the capacity to get grades that are higher than the passing mark, then why not work on it?
Not seeing the bigger picture
Everything you do at school can have an impact on future studies. Doing things just because you have to do them to graduate or get a passing grade is never a good idea. In school, you’re given plenty of opportunities to hone your skills and reach your potentials so take advantage of them.
Acting on impulse
Students that act on impulse may create situations that they would not have wanted to happen in the first place. Acting on impulse usually means making decisions without really thinking about possible consequences. As a student, you should be able to think more rationally. Before making a decision, take a step back and consider all the variables that would be affected by your decision. This way, you have carefully studied the positive things that would come out of your decision, and, at the same time, be ready for any negative repercussions.
In school, getting low grades is part of the learning process. But you shouldn’t dwell much on your weaknesses. Instead, consider failures and mistakes as opportunities for you to improve yourself.