One of the most common questions that students have asked during my consulting sessions is on how to become independent and effective learners. Most students cannot understand why they are getting average grades while their peers are consistently scoring distinctions. Others are disturbed by the lack of improvement in their grades despite massive increases in both studying times and spending on tutoring.
My answer to them is simple: The average student is not programmed for academic success.
To score well in school, you will need the right techniques and more importantly, the right set of characteristics. Having the right traits and making a habit out of each of them will most definitely help you push your grades through the roof!
At MG Academics, we have identified 7 habits that are common among all highly successful students. I will gradually walk you through these habits over the next few weeks. Take some time to ponder over them. Do you already possess these traits? If not, are you ready to change yourself to get better results in school and in life?
Do you have what it takes to become a top performing student?
Habit I :: Be Proactive, Take Charge
All highly successful students know this: If you want to achieve something in life, you have to take immediate action to achieve it.
There is no other way about this. Top students understand the importance of being proactive in their pursuits for academic success. They take all initiative to plan their study strategies, to discover their shortcomings and strengthen their weaknesses, to push through that extra mile when the curriculum gets challenging, to say NO to temptations (such as TV, computer games and window shopping) during examination periods and to discover the best studying techniques.
They do not leave these important processes to chance. In fact, they prefer to leave NOTHING to chance!
To be proactive and take charge of one’s life – This habit is the cornerstone of the continual academic success enjoyed by all highly successful students. There is a direct correlation between the actions you take and the results you get in life. If you allow others, such as your parents, teachers or friends, to determine where you should proceed in your life, then you have lost all control over the results you will get. Conversely, if you want to get the results you want, be proactive and assume control over your destiny! It’s really as simple as that!
Don’t get me wrong. I am not saying that you can do it all alone. Your parents may render some form of financial support by enrolling you in tutoring classes, but it’s your job to get the right tutors and get the most out of each session; your teachers may give you some helpful advice on how to study better, but it’s up to you to implement them diligently. In a nutshell, you can get all the help you need, but nobody is going to take charge of your life and steer you towards success. This, you need to do it yourself.
3 Quick Steps to Cultivate Habit I
Step 1: Increase your awareness on how you respond to events in your life, especially those which concern successes, failures and challenges. Reflect upon them and uncover those that suggest passiveness from your end.
Step 2: Jot these events down in your personal diary/notebook. Refer to them from time to time, preferably on a weekly basis. This enables you to acquire an elevated level of consciousness on your actions and the results of these actions.
Step 3: Hone your level of control over your actions and the results they deliver. Do it persistently and in time, you will successfully cultivate your first habit towards becoming a highly successful student!
MG Wong believes that academic success can only be achieved through a combination of self-mastery strategies and good learning techniques. To learn more about the best learning techniques to quickly improve your grades, do visit his consulting firm’s website at http://www.mgacademics.com. You can also get a copy of his best selling expert guide – High Impact Studying – at http://www.saveontutoring.com at a limited time discount. This expert guide is packed with proven strategies that will help you quickly improve your grades and effectively achieve your goal of becoming a top performing student.