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How to Achieve Academic Success-10 Study Habits and Tips for Students!

Updated on January 31, 2020
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Being a parent and teacher,Chitrangada writes with practical understanding and experience about parenting issues and also provides solutions

 Methodical planning with the help of teachers and parents is key to success in studies
Methodical planning with the help of teachers and parents is key to success in studies | Source
It’s good to discuss and exchange notes with friends.
It’s good to discuss and exchange notes with friends. | Source

What is the purpose of Education?

Being from a teaching background, I have often noticed that some students, in spite of being intelligent, with a sharp mind, are not able to score well, in their examinations.

Teachers and Professors, are in too much hurry to complete the syllabus and load the students, with homework and assignments.

Even if the students finish their assignments, do they follow the subject matter in their hurry to finish the work?

Do they really understand the subject, or just cram to score good marks?

The whole purpose of education is defeated, if the student is not able to understand the subject and implement the value of education in real life.

The Basis Of Studying :

The main purpose of writing this hub is to briefly outline, the basis or the purpose of Study and how to do it.

I strongly believe, that being systematic and organised in any thing you do, is very important. This applies to Studies as well.

Being regular and disciplined, can make even an average student, achieve great success in the studies.

This article provides, a brief outline of the things, to be kept in mind, for the Students, to achieve academic success.

How to study in a planned way
How to study in a planned way | Source

10 Rules to Achieve Success as a Good Student:

1. Prepare a workable study schedule’ or ‘timetable’;

2. Learn the skills for ‘efficient study’;

3. Master the art of making ‘notes’;

4. Develop ‘concentration’ power;

5. Develop, discover and find out methods of building a ‘powerful memory’;

6. Work to develop ‘reading skills’;

7. Develop ‘writing skills’, by constant practice;

8. Develop and increase power of using ‘words’ or increase your ‘word power’;

9. Develop efficient techniques to be successful in ‘examinations’;

10. Learn ‘time management’ techniques, to get most out of the time you devote to your studies.

" Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety nine percent perspiration."

-----Thomas. A. Edison.

Your goals are the road maps that guide you and show you what is possible for your life.

------.Les Brown

Do You Lack Motivation?--Be Your Own Motivation:

The above mentioned skills are not too difficult, to develop and master. Once a student has set his/ her mind, to achieve success in studies, they will be able to tackle, even the toughest topics and subjects.

Therefore, the 'Will power' will build the 'Self confidence' and they would know, 'What to do', 'How to do' and slowly, the student will be able to do it.

And remember, 'There is no shortcut to success.'

Do you lack motivation?

Lack of Motivation is the chief enemy, to effective learning. It might lead to boredom, staying away or the usual tendency, of putting off today's work for tomorrow. And then, occurs the backlog, which makes things, even worse.

  • Students with lack of motivation, do not have enough drive, imagination, spirit or enthusiasm to search new avenues.
  • They usually do, what they are told to do, and that too with reluctance and grudge.
  • They can not concentrate and their memory is poor.

Ask yourself, the following questions:

1. Do you have definite goals or ambitions or purpose in life?

2. Can you think and plan on your own?

3. Do your parents and teachers encourage you enough?

4. Are you able to cope up with your studies?

Well the answer is best known to you and within you.

Become your own Motivation:

Soon, you will know that you are highly motivated,

Firstly, if you develop interest in your subjects and decide to work hard and do start to work hard.

Secondly, if you develop efficient and effective, sound habits of study.

Systematic study habits
Systematic study habits | Source
The study table should be well illuminated
The study table should be well illuminated | Source

Take A Small Test To Understand And Thereby Improve Your Study Habits:

Here you have to be honest, to yourself.

1. Do you normally know in the mornings, how you are going to spend the day?

2. Do you spend, a lot of time trying to figure out, which way to begin your study?

3. Do you often have to work under pressure and then your work is left unfinished?

4. Are you in the habit of putting off or postponing your difficult assignments?

5. Do you waste time, switching on from one study assignment, to another?

6. Do you sit at your study table for hours, but your mind is elsewhere, and little or nothing is achieved at the end?

7. Do you finish your study methodically, and with responsibility, or in a hurried or haphazard way?

8. Are you aware of your strengths and weaknesses?

9. Do you set goals, for yourself and stick to it?

10. Do you monitor your improvements, and count your successes?

If you have answered most of the questions in-- 'YES', you are on the right path.

But, if you have answered most of the questions in 'NEGATIVE', I am afraid, you have a long way to go, become a Good and efficient student.

How To Increase Efficiency In Studies!

The general principle, on which the students crack competitive examinations such as

AIEEE, IIT JEE, CAT,etc. is------

'Speed with accuracy.'

Getting the best results, in the least possible time, can be termed as---Efficienc!

And, this is the golden key to success in Studies.

A student can become efficient in the subject matter only after, mastering the skills, so much so, that the techniques are at his/ her fingertips.

The student should be able to work almost automatically, with ease and speed.

To obtain that is not easy, but once you do so with constant hard work and discipline, it becomes so much easier and you enjoy, every task that you assign to yourself.

Why do you study?

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The Conclude on a positive note:

It is a tried and tested mantra, that Hard work, Will power and Self discipline, if combined together, can lead the students, to achieve great success.

Even if the student is a person of moderate ability, but uses his/ her talents methodically, they will gain more than a person of greater ability, who is not methodical.

For further reading:

How to make and follow a study time table, Source: YouTube

How to study effectively for schools and colleges, Source: YouTube

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2013 Chitrangada Sharan

Do you think planning is important for success in studies? Please share your views in the Comments section.

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    • ChitrangadaSharan profile imageAUTHOR

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      6 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Pro-Hubber, for reading the hub and appreciating!

      I am glad if this hub was useful to you. Thanks for voting up and sharing! Thanks for the Follow and your wonderful comments!

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      6 years ago from Florida

      wow... what a wonderful tips and advice. after reading your hub now a realized my weakness and i knew how to set goals and get motivated.. voted, shared, and bookmarked.Thank you.. and always be in track to spread the words. :)

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      6 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks mylindaelliott, for reading the hub and your comments! So nice to see you again. I would be happy, if the hub helps your son in anyway.

      My best wishes!

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      6 years ago from Louisiana

      Great hub, I need to give this to my son. He has such trouble with studying. He's smart but not organized.

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile imageAUTHOR

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      6 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Om Paramapoonya, for visiting this page and your positive comments!

      You are right, 'Time management' is a skill, which is always helpful and relevant.

      I am glad you found the hub useful.

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      Om Paramapoonya 

      6 years ago

      Nice hub! I think some of these "rules" or tips can be helpful not only in school or college, but also in real life. Time management, for example, is a very crucial technique to master no matter how old we are or what we do. Rated up and useful!

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile imageAUTHOR

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      6 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Mr. Happy, for coming back. I appreciate your comments and the discussion. Because you can discuss or be in a conversation, only if you have knowledge about the topic and you care about it. We can have different points of view, that's okay with me.

      You are right that educational system all over the world has its flaws and no system can be perfect. Being a part of it, I know there can be various good recommendations, which can prove quite beneficial for the students.

      Many factors are responsible for unemployment. The government needs to create enough jobs, only marks or grades should not be used to judge a candidate and things like that.

      In India too, there is such a tough competition for qualifying in Entrance tests for engineering, medical, MBA etc. Seats are limited, whether it is admission to college or universities or jobs. Everyone wants to go for higher education, so that they can earn more and spend a quality life.

      We as teachers have a very small role and if we can make a difference, it gives a lot of satisfaction.

      I believe both parents and teachers should play and they do play an important role in Nurturing a child.

      Thanks so much for your visit, conversation and yes, the link is great.

      Have a good day!

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      Mr. Happy 

      6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Greetings once again,

      Forgive me for being so straight-forward and perhaps controversial ... that is how I am. Let me say also, that I greatly appreciate a teacher's job. My sister is a teacher for primary school and so is her better-half. My grandmother was also a math teacher for primary school.

      With that in mind, I skipped most of my classes in highschool. Most teachers were dull, boring and full of wrong expectations.

      You mentioned that it 'is a teacher's job and responsibility to shape and give direction to the students" - I would say that a teacher's job is to guide the students on their own individual paths and not to give them direction. Each of us have our own direction but as children we need help and guidance on that path of ours.

      I find that schools and even parents try to tell kids what to do: "Be a doctor or a lawyer ... they make lots of money." Or: "study hard and get a career"to be successful and happy". And look at where students with university diplomas are now: unemployed in many places around the world ...

      That is why, I object to strict rules and regulations. They are often misleading and misguiding. Yet, I appreciate your job, your effort and intent, even though, I do not agree with the system of education as it exists in most places around the world nowadays.

      And not to seem just on the negative side, I urge You to research the educational system in Finland - it is certainly something to look up to: no testing until the age of sixteen, as one quick example. Here is a clip to get You started off if You wish:

      Thank You for the conversation and all the best!

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile imageAUTHOR

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      6 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Mr. Happy for reading and commenting!

      I have written this hub to help out students, mainly from primary or higher secondary classes, based on my observations of students as a teacher. It is to be read or understood in that context. It is their formative years and they do need guidance from somewhere. And it is a teacher's job and responsibility to shape and give direction to the students in the most appropriate manner.

      I hope you get my point of writing this hub as a teacher.

      Many thanks for your visit and feedback!

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      Mr. Happy 

      6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      "Do you normally know in the mornings, how you you are going to spend the day?" - No. Every Day is a Mystery, every Day brings new opportunity, new adventures and experiences.

      "Do you often have to work under pressure and then your work is left unfinished?" - I like to work under pressure and I finish my work. No pressure, no work - I'll just sit and count the leafs on the Standing People (Trees).

      "Do you waste time switching on from one study assignment to another?" - Switching from one type of work to another is not wasting time in my opinion, it freshens the workload. : )

      "Do you monitor your improvements and count your successes?" - Yes, I count my successes and then, I use a megaphone to let everyone else know how successful I am ... LOL No, of course I do not count my successes ... what for? To make the Ego balloon-out of the body, with how successful I am? Haha ...

      So, from my answers I guess I am not a good and efficient student but what do I care, I already finished my university studies as an Honor roll student.

      You see, I just answered these questions to show You that there is no fit pattern for any each one of us. We are all different Beings and we create our existence as we see it fit for ourselves. Each one of us has our own paths ... to tell someone how to study or how to live their lives is a very tricky thing. I appreciate your attempt though.

      I enjoyed the read.

      All the best!

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile imageAUTHOR

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      6 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks SANJAY LAKHANPAL, for your visit and support. I am glad you liked the hub.


    • ChitrangadaSharan profile imageAUTHOR

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      6 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Kasturi dear!

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      Sanjay Sharma 

      6 years ago from Mandi (HP) India

      Nice and analytical hub.Voted up.

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      6 years ago

      Good one mom


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