I may not be a student anymore, but that doesn’t mean I can’t share my scholastic wisdom (hehe) with all of you, especially those of you still in university or grade school. Not to mention, I am also studying independently and learning some new skill sets for work during my free time (currently going through all my old C# lectures and notes), so some of these tricks actually come in handy even now!
Never skip class. Self-explanatory. Regardless of if a professor posts all the course material online, I made it a point to attend every single class. Sometimes simply being there helped me comprehend concepts better, and – as icing on the cake – I had the opportunity to ask questions on anything I was confused about.
If possible, browse through lecture powerpoints ahead of time. When I did homework problems before those corresponding lessons were covered in class, I scored higher on exams. This is because while struggling through the problems, I taught myself theorems and techniques prior to them being explained by my professors.
Participate actively. If a professor asked a question to the class, I always tried to answer. Even if I got it wrong, it was the effort that counted, right? Most days, I sat smack-dab in the front of the classroom with my hand perpetually raised in the air. Hermione Granger would have approved!
Have a designated homework/study area. I kept all of my books, notebooks, and laptop in one place where I knew I could focus best. Additionally, I tried to maintain a sense of order so I wasn’t overwhelmed. Having cute stationery helped, too!
Eat well, sleep well. Taking care of my body in turn means I’m taking care of my mind. I made sure to eat nutritious foods (though I treated myself to chocolate occasionally hah) and rest up. I’m guilty of not sleeping as much as I should have, but that is what weekends were for! Just kidding… hehe, not as well as I could have done, on that front.
Do not procrastinate. I’ve definitely struggled with this while in art school, so I consciously made an effort to schedule my tasks out while in engineering school. It took a huge burden off my shoulders and now it has become an ingrained habit in my everyday life – I just cannot leave anything until last minute.
Find time to relax. Every few hours while studying or doing homework, I watched some funny clips on Youtube (my favorites involved cats), or I got up to stretch and walk around. It’s healthy to hit pause for a moment.
There you have it! As I mentioned, some of these things were definitely difficult for me, but with enough discipline – they are not hard to achieve. I hope you find this post helpful. Be sure to share your own habits in the comments below!