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Top 5 Habits of Highly Effective Students

The difference between great and average students is in the study habits they have. The key to becoming an effective student is learning how to study smarter, not harder. This becomes more and truer as you advance in your education. An hour or two of studying a day is usually enough to make it through high school with satisfactory grades, but when college arrives, there aren't enough hours in the day to get all your studying in if you don't know how to study smarter. Most successful students achieve their success by developing and applying effective study habits. That's why we decided to provide you with the top 5 study habits employed by highly successful students. So, if you want to become a better student, don't give up but work to develop and apply the study habits listed below. You will soon see that your grades will go up as well as your overall knowledge increase. 

1. Set realistic goals

When it comes to making plans, a lot of us have a problem with specifying our goals. We will never reach success if we try to achieve goals that are not realistic. Can you master half of the book in one day? Probably not so don't expect that everything will change in exam period. Divide your tasks into smaller parts and take a little break (around 10 minutes approximately) after each of them. That's how you will manage to keep up with work and also take a rest when needed. Successful students schedule specific times throughout the week when they are going to study -- and then they stick with their schedule. Students who study sporadically and whimsically typically do not perform as well as students who have a set study schedule. Even if you're all caught up with your studies, creating a weekly routine, where you set aside a period a few days a week, to review your courses will ensure you develop habits that will enable you to succeed in your education long term.

2. Do one thing at the time

Despite what you usually hear, try to avoid multitasking. In order to do anything successfully, you must dedicate your time and energy to that. And if you are doing multiple things all at once, you will surely not be able to do so. Successful students typically space their work out over shorter periods of time and rarely try to cram all of their studying into just one or two sessions. If you want to become a successful student then you need to learn to be consistent in your studies and to have regular, yet shorter, study periods. It's very easy, and common, to put off your study session because of lack of interest in the subject because you have other things you need to get done, or just because the assignment is hard. If you procrastinate your study session, your studying will become much less effective and you may not get everything accomplished that you need to. Procrastination also leads to rushing, and rushing is the number one cause of errors. 3. Set a schedule

This is crucial. Find a schedule that works for you and stick to it. Do you work better right after school or after you've eaten dinner? Are you more productive in 90-minute or half-hour blocks? These are the questions that you must answer before making any schedule. Next step would be to master time management. You must invest time in planning in order to take the most of your day. Once you organize your time, you will see that it's not impossible to do activities on campus, do sports activities, even work part-time outside of classes. The more activities you have, time management skills are your absolute necessity.

4. Don't hesitate to ask for help

We are not equally good at everything. There will always be something that we are not able to fully understand and that's completely fine. In situations like this, instead of putting too much pressure on yourself, feel free to contact other students or professors for answers. Asking for help does not equate to your failing. It’s completely opposite, it means you are pushing yourself towards your goals. Besides, it can also give you a chance to practice your communication skills and build new contacts.

5. Make sure you're not distracted while you're studying.

Everyone gets distracted by something. Maybe it's the TV. Or maybe it's your family. Or maybe it's just too quiet. Some people study better with a little background noise. When you're distracted while studying you (1) lose your train of thought and (2) are unable to focus -- both of which will lead to very ineffective studying. Before you start studying find a place where you won't be disturbed or distracted. For some people, this is quite cubical in the recesses of the library. For others is in a common area where there is a little background noise. Focus is one of the main things in studying so you must remove all the things that shift your attention. Ditch the distractions, from social networks, mobile phone, music or TV. Even if you are thinking it doesn't bother you, each of these things is taking away your concentration and making you frustrated. And later, once you finish everything planned, reward yourself with watching your TV, listening to music or chatting with friends. Most Importantly, Take care of yourself. Don't underestimate the importance of those eight hours of sleep every night! Getting a good night is the best way for you to rest, sharp your focus and improve your working memory. Your health must remain your number one priority even if you are under such stress.  Eat regularly, get enough sleep and drink enough water no matter how busy you are. Don't forget, you can’t have a healthy mind without a healthy body.

If you want to become a successful student, don't get discouraged, don't give up, just work to develop each of the study habits below and you'll see your grades go up to your knowledge increase, and your ability to learn and assimilate information improve.

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