5 Habits Successful Students Have
There are a few things that come to mind when things are getting out of hand with school:
“Maybe he’s not really the school-type”
“Does she need a tutor?”
“Maybe basketball should be gone for a while”
And these are not necessarily wrong, because in some cases, children do need tutoring or maybe activities are stealing their focus away from getting homework done. But maybe there’s a better solution than cutting basketball and fun activities.
Habits. These are things we do on a daily basis like running for a mile, waking up early and all these other things that almost feel as normal as breathing. Although they seem small, habits make a huge difference in the daily life of individuals. Good habits separate successful people from the rest.
Here are 5 habits successful students have:
One thing about successful students is that they have a plan. No, they don’t have blueprints and mastermind pieces about their lives in the next decade, they just know what they want to be and that’s the only plan they have.
Planning doesn’t always mean having a to-do list, it just means having an end-goal in mind and sticking to it until all your guts run out.
Remember the simple plan we talked about? Yep, it’s time to get that started. The thing about successful people is that they don’t really have time to figure everything out in one go, they just begin and figure things out as they journey on. The successful ones are afraid to fail, yes - but they are never afraid to make mistakes or even start again.
The best thing to do in order to know what works for your goal is to try, and if it fails? Try another one.
Doing things one at a time
Studies have shown and proven that there’s no such thing as multitasking. You may have hit two birds with a single stone but the impact of a single stone on a single bird is better than the two birds sharing one. Some may say that multitasking is a gift, but what you’re really doing when you’re multitasking is you divide your focus between two things, and there might be something that could get overlooked when this happens.
The reason why successful students focus on one thing at a time is so that the information taken in is pure and clear. Sure you can study math and science at the same time, but the chances of you retaining even a single information on both subjects when you study for two hours decreases significantly compared to studying a single subject for an hour.
Much like after a long run, our brains need a 15-minute power nap or a weekend’s getaway to breathe. Successful students don’t study every single minute of the day, but they sure don’t just sleep around all day. The key here is to balance it out. Mentioned above is a 15-minute power nap but you don't always need to nap, do something else that helps your mind rest. For example, in every 30-minute study time, take a 5-minute break. It’s the simplest way to cut your mind some slack.
Repeating simple tasks daily
This is why it’s called “developing” a habit because it takes time for simple tasks to become one. The key is to repeat the simple tasks done over and over until they become as easy and as normal as though you’re just breathing. Successful students make it a habit to develop good habits.
We have made a list about some of the habits successful students have, but how do you get your child into it? You don’t really have to figure that one out because the answer is just to start simple.
Maybe start with just asking your child about what they want to do with their studies in the next seven days. And then help them make a decision to sacrifice one thing in exchange for a small thing that they can do daily in order to reach that goal.
It doesn’t have to be big.
One mistake people make when they’re trying to get rid of bad habits and develop new ones is that they dive in too deep too soon. Test the surface, hover, swim and then go the full plunge.
Once you get used to it, and you stick to it, it’ll turn into a habit in no time.