I’ve been a student for the majority of my life. I’ve gone through times of really applying myself, times of laziness, and times of frustration. Through the good, the bad, and the ugly, I have learned some keys to success in order to be a great student.
1) Dress the part
Your school may not have a dress code, but that doesn’t mean you can’t look nice. Looking your best can give you added motivation to apply yourself in the classroom. Essentially, you’re creating an atmosphere in which you recognize how important being in school can be. So, instead of the sweatpants or Yoga pants, the grizzly beard and disheveled hair, how about starting on the road to success in the way you dress? After all, when you enter the business world you will not be able to dress sloppily.
2) Know the teacher/professor
If your teacher or professor has published materials, spend some time reading them and understand what their specialties and interested are. It’s not sucking up to the teacher if you’re genuinely interested in becoming a better student. When you get to know the teacher/professor more, you might be more prone to get an awesome letter of recommendation or opportunities because of your time spent with them.
Plan out all the homework that you have to do; it will probably save you a lot of stress and anxiety later on. And, instead of merely writing down the homework that needs to be done, why not write down exactly when you’re going to do it? In fact, I would suggest you schedule out your homework in such a way that you are completing assignments before they are even do. This semester (and my last one ever!), I have been able to complete many assignments and readings that were not do for another 3-6 weeks! This has allowed me to pay more attention during class, without having to worry about all the upcoming work, and made the semester much easier to navigate.
If you are following your to-do-lists, then you should be able to find enough time to relax and de-stress every once in awhile. Instead of being tempted to slack off every day, if you have a relaxing day to look forward to without having to think about homework, it might help you stick to your homework without slacking off.