8 Steps to Academic Success

Step 1:

Set GoalsGoals help to keep you going by:

Providing direction increasing your attention and focus increasing your motivation and effort reducing your anxiety and increasing your confidence develop SMART goals that are: Specific, Measureable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely

2: Have a Positive AttitudeBe positive about your ability to succeed look forward to what your will learn to have an inquiring mind: get curious about your subjects!

3: Manage Your TimeSet a realistic schedule for yourself now where your time goes (awareness is key)Study for 2-3 hours for every hour of class time (eg. if you have 6 hours of class per week, aim to study at least 12-18 hours per week).

4: Read Textbooks & Course ReadingsSurvey chapters before reading; read the chapter summary, look for bold and italicized words to indicate important conceptsReview chapters and readings before classRe-read chapter and readings after classMake study notes

5: Attend your LecturesIntend to learn something each class you attendDo assigned readings before class- you’ll take better notes ask questions: this will enhance your learning process in the first few rows – you’ll pay closer attention

6: Record your Lecture NotesTake notes in classReview and edit notes after class (within 24 hours)Aim for 3-4 major reviews of your notes before examsHighlight import points, draw diagrams, make definitions

7: Prepare for ExamsReview past examsMake practice study questionsMemorize definitions and formulae – try cue cardsKnow the type of exam to expectEat balanced meals and sleep 8 hours per night

8: Write Your ExamsHave a positive attitude; do your bestArrive early with an extra pen and any necessary supplies (e.g., calculator if permitted – with fresh batteries)Read test questions and instructions very clearlyBudget your time; leave time for reviewRelax and don’t forget to breathe

DIPESH SANCHETI

Founder & MD, Sancheti Classes

(A Passionate Educationist Dedicated to ProvideQuality Education to Students since 2000)

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