“Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.” —Dale Carnegie
Did you know 95% of the chances of success lie in adopting valuable habits? These statistics are no different for students looking to create success while in school.
And if you are a student looking ahead for the chance of creating a successful future and fantastic lifestyle, adopt these habits of the most successful students. All successful students realize that there is a certain level of commitment that is required to move closer toward their goals, and we have highlighted several of those habits here!
Most of these tips you won't learn in class. This article was inspired by the best-selling book, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. We felt inspired and wanted to create a special version, with bonus tips, for high school and college students. Please read on!
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What Are The 10 Habits Of Highly Successful Students?
1. Ability to Network
Dear students, you need to start networking. We are not talking about IT, but your social life and circle. Make good connections and get help when needed.
It isn't what you know but who you know
The most successful students know that it isn't always about WHAT you know but WHO you know. If you want to find tips that will help your classroom performance, then it might be a good idea to network with your professor, teaching assistants, or peers you know who are excelling.
Helpful study groups are one of the best habits of highly successful students. There are many benefits to completing tasks in groups, including:
- Having someone else explain something you don't understand the concept.
- Finish assignments faster.
- Share their knowledge with others, benefiting themselves and others around them.
- Making new friends.
Many students feel stuck when they think about networking. Do not like the magnitude of what it might feel like to connect or network with professors or other students overwhelm you. At the end of the day, they are people, just like you. The most successful students know that making connections early on will help shape the trajectory of their life.
2. Great Communication Skills
It is likely that you started to develop effective communication skills while in high school. The key to academic success is how well you connect with others, and you do so through developing your communication skills.
Communicate with your fellows and if you need it, ask for help. Communication is not just talking to others about your problems but also listening to theirs.
It is okay to ask for help
So, don't be afraid of a challenge; accept it, and when you find it too difficult, ask for help.
Finally, always remember that communication holds a special place among the habits of highly successful students.
3. Focus on improvement over perfection
The sad thing about higher education is that so much focus is spent on making sure you never make a mistake. In the real world, that's just not feasible or logical. Think about it, if you never failed at anything how would you start to develop the skills necessary to become an expert? This focus on performance always being perfect is initiated early on in our academic journeys and stays with us beyond high school.
Perfect performance doesn't exist. There is always room for improvement.
Among the habits of highly successful students, the most misunderstood is the achievement of perfection. Almost all of you run towards perfection and skip the improvement phases, especially in a class we really want to do well in. And as a result, you neither improve nor get perfection.
And this is not just a piece of college advice but a life tip. Be sure to pay special close to this tip and jot it down in your notes! It teaches us to take pride in the process rather than the outcome. As a result, we learn to appreciate the imperfection of life's gifts and work toward their improvement.
Furthermore, think about the inherent irony in the pursuit of perfection. The goal of perfection can become paralyzing and stifling if we dwell on it for too long.
Keep your expectations high
Please don't misunderstand; having high expectations of yourself is admirable, especially while in college. However, this enthusiasm needs to be toughened by the realization that perfection is likely out of reach, at least in the short term. We spend so many hours trying to make everything perfect, and these efforts can sometimes be spent in vain.
Finally, recognizing these thoughts and responding with progress-oriented words might help you master progress rather than perfection.
4. Focus on Personal Growth & Self-Awareness
Dear students, self-awareness is essential to a human being's life. And naturally, self-awareness is interlinked with your personal growth. Many students rarely take the time to get to know themselves, and unfortunately, never discover what it is that they want most out of life.
Are you looking to improve your life in every way possible—To be more joyful, decisive, and powerful in your student roles? If you haven't already, now would be a great time to go check out the book 7 Habits of Highly Effective People! This book will help you get started on your personal growth journey.
Your success begins with self-awareness
Unfortunately, you won't always learn this in class or any school, but the most crucial skill to hone is self-awareness. Maintaining this focus will help you become your most excellent student. And this might be one of the most vital habits of successful students.
Furthermore, self-awareness is conscious of one's own characteristics, beliefs, and values.
In addition, to make the most of your abilities, you must have a firm grasp of your personal strengths and weaknesses, habits, and values.
Finally, never desert your personal growth because it will continue until your last day.
5. Stay Organized
One thing we have learned from the book 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is the importance of ORDER. Always start with a plan, whether studying for a test or completing an assignment. If you make a strategy, you can learn more efficiently. However, if you take the time to organize your studies, you may avoid this and stay on top of your progress. An organized study schedule for the week, month, and year is impossible to achieve without first creating a plan. If fact, getting the best grades depends on your ability to know when assignments are due!
Similarly, be sure to keep your study space neat and tidy. It's impossible to concentrate on your studies without ideal conditions.
Finally, you'll be able to focus better and get more done if you study at a dedicated desk and chair. Practice this habit as often as possible because organizational skills are something you will need past your diploma or degree.
6. Find Mentorship
The best scholars realize they can always rely on their peers for help. If you can find a genuine learning partner, be it a friend or a teacher, you'll have someone to test your ideas and who can provide you with insightful, timely feedback.
Additionally, mentors may have access to resources that are not readily available to you. Learn from those who have walked the path before you. Ask questions and get to know more about their stories. You will learn a lot just by studying the successes and failures of others.
Sometimes your best mentors will be virtual. There are plenty of mentors to choose from online, from Les Brown to Tony Robbins. They have spent decades creating their life's success and have so much to share. The long-term goal here is creating a successful LIFE. Be sure to learn from those who already have.
And remember, a mentor can be for a lifetime. Who knows when you will need their advice even when you are no longer a student?
7. Participate In Extracurricular Activities
Students who do well in school always maintain an optimistic attitude toward their studies and future.
The first step is for students to develop a more substantial interest in and commitment to their education, which can be accomplished through activities like contributing, membership in a club, or taking up an instrument. As a student, you have access to so many resources and opportunities to find things that make you happy outside of academia.
Furthermore, when students engage in activities outside the classroom, they find joy in their education.
Also, college life is so busy and full of workload that your mind barely has time to refresh. And there comes a time when good sleep is not enough, and your mind craves something more.
You need something extra to fill that part of the brain. For instance, you can join a music club or a gym or seek a place in any other functional activities like hiking. The smarter you are at taking the time to discover what works for you and your schedule, the more likely you are to stick to it. Maybe you just need to try out a few activities before you find the one that works for you!
8. Prioritize Mental Health
When studying for that CHEM I exam the night before, we can forget that our mental health should be prioritized. It's impossible to ignore the impact that issues with mental health have on college students, given that these problems can affect anyone.
Also, stressful as college might be in any academic year, the last ones have been incredibly stretched due to the pandemic. Naturally, the global pandemic has made existing mental health problems and stress levels even more severe.
Furthermore, you need to prioritize your primary tool which is your mind. Also, you need to keep it stress-free and ready for business.
In addition, making friends and spending time together during the evening can lessen the stress substantially.
Finally, when you talk with someone, it drains all your tension and stress. So, communicate and prioritize your mental well-being.
9. Incorporate a physical fitness plan Into Their Weekly Schedule
Health is the real wealth, period. So, you must take some time out of your busy schedule and focus on your physical well-being, which goes hand-and-hand with your mental well-being.
Also, having a morning or evening jogging partner is always lovely. Similarly, a bonus tip would be to keep a water bottle and something sweet with you when going for a walk or run.
You do not have to overdo it as a student. If daily is not working for you, you can skip one day and exercise every other day. Or shorten the physical activity times. Get in the mindset of health and wealth!
Finally, the habits of highly successful students include an exercise routine that keeps their minds fresh and ready for study challenges. Physical activity has the possibly to improve your memory.
And hey, a bit of fatigue always helps you sleep and wake up early in the morning.
10. Take Pride in Their Own Work
One of the best habits of highly successful students is making the effort to take great pride in their work. Yes, confidence in their ability to perform gives them the energy and a feeling of pride in their work.
Naturally, when you feel proud about your work, you must be very good at it. Of course, no one talks about being ignorant of others' feelings. This habit teaches you to take pride in your work and have empathy and flexibility. Finally, empathy will not let your hurt others' feelings and flexibility will leave room to learn more.
Commit to your goals
After everything is said and done, all habits of highly successful students need commitment and focus. So, don't deviate from the path once you have adopted these habits. And stay focused while avoiding distractions. Get the sleep, excise, and motivation you need to create your own success while in school!
Finally, remember your health is the crucial factor in all this. What's the point of trying to create a successful life if you don't have the health to enjoy it?
Stay healthy and be successful!