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10 Insanely Effective Habits of Top Students

This post is all about 10 insanely effective habits of top students.

It can be hard to navigate college life, especially if you’re an incoming freshmen fresh from high school.

It’s so important to develop great habits to have the best success while in college. If you’re reading this, you’re probably looking for effective ways to make yourself study and perform better overall.

Are you skipping class on the regular?

Do you dread studying after class?

Do you find yourself daydreaming in class when you should be paying attention?

This post is exactly what you’ve been looking for. We’re going to give you the run down of the habits you need to develop in order to start performing better in your classes and in school overall. 

College life can be daunting because there is so much more required of you. You may have professors who assign a boat load of homework just because or professors who require you to read the entire textbook before the next class which may be 2 days from that day.

All we’re saying is: it’s a lot. But, it’s not impossible and we’re confident that if you follow these tips, you’ll be super successful.

10 Insanely Effective Habits of Top Students

1.They put themselves on a schedule. When you get your class schedule, take note of the classes that are on the same days and schedule your study time around it. Do not go hang with friends when you know you have set a particular time to study. 

For example: If your classes are scheduled on MWF set the time to study for those classes on those days. If your classes start in the afternoon, study in the morning. If your classes are in the mornings, study in the afternoon. If your classes are all over the place, study in between classes if possible. 

2. They don’t make excuses. You know what you need to do and you probably know how to do it, but you keep making excuses for why binge watching shows on Netflix is better than studying for your upcoming test. This is the problem with most people in life. We tend to make excuses for why we fall short.

Take a hard look in the mirror and understand that you aren’t where you want to be in life because you let excuses take over your life. Like we said in the example above, put yourself on a schedule and then stick to that schedule. If it’s on your to-do list, complete it. If you have successfully done everything on your to-do list, then and only then can you do leisure activities. This habit sets you up for success big time. It’s not easy, but nothing worth having comes easy.

3. They study their notes after each class. If you are having trouble retaining information, this habit is going to be a game changer for you. For starters, make sure you are actually taking notes in class and bring your book with you too. Highlight key points and then write out what your professor is saying also. Professors love throwing in questions on the test of things they’ve mentioned just to make sure you were paying attention.

This simple habit is a game changer because you have no idea how you can simply scan through your notes in just 15-30 minutes after each class. When your professor goes over what might be on the test, you don’t want to look like a deer in headlights. Stay away from taking notes and never looking at them. You may not remember everything, but the material will remain familiar to you if you look over it periodically.

4. They go to sleep early. Students are notorious for partying all night and skipping class in the morning. Don’t let this be you. While there are some professors who don’t take attendance, there are others who make it a part of your overall grade.

Give yourself enough time to sleep so that you can have enough energy to tackle the day. Refrain from partying and getting drunk the night before your 8am class. We know you may feel like you’re missing out on a lot, but remember why you started. And while you’re at it, take a look around. Most of the people you see will be moving back home after their first year. Stay focused.

5. They find like-minded people. Surround yourself with students who want to accomplish great things and don’t think that college is some big party. Again, have fun but remember to focus on what’s important. The best thing to do is find a study group where everyone shares information and their thoughts. 

There are many college courses that are hard as hell. You are going to need a group of like-minded individuals who actually want to succeed in that class around you. Trust us, late night study sessions with ambitious students are priceless and beyond helpful.

6. They set goals and smash them. How many times have you set a goal and failed to achieve it? Yea, from this day forward, stop doing that. When you set a goal, be relentless about it. Do everything in your power to make sure that you absolutely smash the goal that you intended to hit. 

Refrain from setting a goal and then forgetting about it. That’s no way to hit a goal. You have to look at the goal every day and then take actionable steps every day to make sure you’re on track to hitting that goal.

7. They avoid burnout. As we mentioned earlier, college is a different beast. It’s way different from what you’ve experienced back in high school. It’s for this reason why burnout can happen so easily. 

You may find that your life consists of going to class and studying all the time. Sometimes it’s ok to take a step back and take a break. Burnout can lead to feelings of worthlessness and depression and that’s the last thing you want on your plate. 

When you begin to feel like school is becoming too much, take a nap, take a day for yourself, go shopping. Do whatever you need to do in order to make yourself feel good. Remind yourself why you’re studying so much and that the rewards will be great.

8. They understand it’s a marathon not a sprint. Highly effective students look at things with the long term in mind. If you can only see things for what they are right now, you probably won’t get very far. 

While studying day in and day out may not seem to have any immediate benefit, know that your rewards are coming. The rewards may not be immediate but they will come. This is one of the main ways that insanely effective students separate themselves from those that are just getting by. 

9. They are insanely aware of the end goal. If you understand your “why” you’ll be more likely to stick with the plan. Keep in mind what you came there to accomplish and never forget it. This will be extremely useful in keeping you focused on what needs to be done.

10. They celebrate their wins. Work hard but play even harder. Yes, go hard for what you want, but don’t forget to celebrate how far you’ve come. Most people don’t finish their to-do list. But if you find that you stuck to your to-do list faithfully for the entire week, it’s time to celebrate!

Take pride in the fact that you are literally out here chasing your dreams. For that, you deserve to be celebrated. Don’t wait for others to celebrate you, celebrate yourself because you deserve it.

10 Insanely Effective Habits of Top Students

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