Here at Prepsmart, we believe that study habits may be the single best predictor of student performance success.
Time and again, we see students who have developed good study habits overcome obstacles and achieve their academic goals. Whether the students were behind due to the pandemic or were navigating courses that they felt were difficult, students who have exhibited good study habits have managed to achieve their academic goals.
On the other hand, poor study habits have resulted in the opposite outcome. Irrespective of students’ abilities, we see students with poor study habits time unfortunately achieve undesired results and outcomes. We see some smart students leave their work till the last minute, and in some cases do not submit them. We see time and again highly capable students who can excel in their classes fall behind because of poor study habits.
Hence, we are taking the time here to emphasize the importance of good study habits, something we emphasize in our program and work with our students on.
What make up good study habits:
- Independence: Ability to learn the material, pay attention in class, and take responsibility for deliverables and ensuring things are submitted on time. Taking the initiative to take ownership of school work is key.
- Time management: Allocating time efficiently to completion of tasks. An important part of this is staying focused while working on tasks. Understanding how much time to allocate to all of the different activities, from studying to homework to spending time with friends and socializing are all components of time management.
- Organizational skills: Staying organized in every sense of the word. Placing material into folders (physical or digital). Having a calendar with all the deadlines listed. Completing tasks in an organized manner, finishing things completely to the extent possible (where feasible) before moving on to the next task. Not being scattered.
- Attention: Paying attention in class and while completing work, meaning not getting distracted. Distraction is a huge source of learning loss. Attention also means paying attention to the details.
- Discipline: Staying consistent and focused on task.
It is never too late to develop good study habits. Part of this skills comes from the maturity students develop as they get older, but we highly encourage parents and instructors to work on promoting and instilling these skills in students.
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