Are you your own worst enemy when it comes to achieving success at school? Many times you might be the one who does things that keep you from getting what you want. Read on to learn how to break that habit.
Before you go to sleep at night, think about the next day and get ready for it. Figure out what you’re going to wear, pack a lunch and extra snacks for the day, and do any reading or work that needs to be done for the next day. Also, set multiple alarms to ensure you don’t start your day in a rush.
Stay on Track
Use a calendar—paper or electronic—to mark off the due dates for class projects and reports, then work backwards to create a timeline. This means you’ll take the actual date something is due and then create deadlines for the steps you need to take in order to reach that main deadline. For example, if you have a paper due at the end of the month, you’ll mark on your calendar that you need to finish research for the assignment two weeks before it’s due, write the first draft a week before it’s due; and then write the final draft the night before the due date .
Find a Buddy
You don’t have to find a new best friend, but you should find one or two people (if not more) to work with on group projects and form a study group. Make sure that the people you choose are ones that look for the good in things, are motivated to succeed, and are willing to work hard. When you surround yourself with people like this, you will naturally start seeing the good and want to stay on top of your schoolwork and succeed.
You are in school to prepare for a new career, so keep that in mind. If you have a bad week, remind yourself of your short-term and long-term goals. It can help to write out the reasons why you’re in school and put that somewhere you can see it daily as well — either as a post-it on your wall or in a piece of paper you keep in your purse or a notebook. Anywhere that you will see it every day to remember your future plans.
If you want to learn more about how to prepare for a career in healthcare, real-time court reporting, or as a paralegal, call the New York Career Institute now at (212) 962-0002.