Hello lovelies! Today I am back to share some general advice on the behaviors and actions of successful college students so that you can learn from them and copy their behaviors to have a more successful and productive school year! Read on for 12 habits of successful students – and how you can adapt them, too.
Successful college students…
- are great at time management. Near the beginning of college, these students learn quickly how to manage their time effectively and get things done based on due dates and deadlines. They plan ahead and think long-term.
- know themselves and how they learn best. Successful students develop study habits that fit how they learn best.
- ask for help when they need it. These students know exactly what resources are available to them, and take the time to reach out for help when they need it. This includes professor and T.A. office hours, visits to their Career Center, and more.
- have realistic but powerful goals for themselves. These students aren’t afraid to think of their future and plan for the post-graduation life. They set real goals for themselves – academic, career, and personal – that they know how to accomplish.
- work smart and take breaks when needed. Successful students know when they need to take a break and relax from their work. They also know how to work smart and get things done within deadlines.
- are positive thinkers. They know how to handle their feelings and remain positive and happy. They seek help when they have problems or feel overwhelmed or stressed from any aspect of their life.
- are persistent. College students who continue working through their problems and never give up are the most successful. Learn how to be persistent through everything – even when you are struggling, don’t give up until you figure out how to succeed and cross the finish line!
- are open to feedback and criticism. Feedback is an important part of the creative, learning process. Successful students aren’t afraid to get feedback and gain insight on where they can improve in their work and life.
- learn from their experiences. Successful students don’t make the same mistake over and over and over again. Instead, they learn from their experiences – their mistakes, their failures, and their successes. They are willing to self-reflect on how they can do better as a student and as an individual.
- challenge themselves. Students who aren’t afraid to challenge themselves and try something new are the best students. They are willing to take initiative and do things that might scare them.
- build their portfolio. Successful students take opportunities in college to build up their resume and portfolio, learn new skills, and showcase their talent for future career opportunities.
- take an active role in their learning. Lastly, successful college students actively engage in their learning and care about their schoolwork. They understand their priorities in life and want to do the best that they can.
Your next steps
Want to become a successful student yourself? Take the above skills, habits, and mindsets and make them your own! Follow these steps:
- Create a schedule of your time: keep track of due dates and appointments in an agenda or planner! Find an app for your phone or laptop that will help you stay ahead of your schedule and work smarter (not necessarily harder!)
- Think about your plan: what do you want from life? Start planning and thinking about what you need to do in order to accomplish your goals. Start completing those tasks!
- Take steps to be an active learner: attend your professor’s office hours, take better notes in class, try to learn as much as you can from the material. Just choosing to be more engaged in class will help you become more successful in your studies!
- Find an internship or job related to your career interests. Start getting prepared for post-graduation now! Take opportunities that fit with your career goals, and learn as much as you can from the real world!
Thanks for reading! Are there any other habits that successful college students have? Share your thoughts and questions with me below or on Twitter @CaseyDonart.