You might think that academic success depends on natural academic talent or intelligence. This isn’t the case. School success is actually more about organization, and work ethic.
To do well in school, you have to be prepared to work hard. You have to be organized to pull it off. You need to keep track of your assignments and projects. It won’t work to try to work hard if you don’t remember what you were supposed to do! But if you are careful to keep track and stay organized, and you are willing to work hard, you will succeed. It doesn’t matter if you are not naturally academically gifted.
Follow these tips for making it easier to do great in school.
First, you have to show up. This is the easiest of the tips to follow, but the most important one as well.
At the start of a new semester or school year, promise yourself that you will go to class every day, and on time. Don’t give yourself any excuses to break this rule. If you ask teachers what makes the biggest difference in a good student and a poor student, they will mention that the students who do the best are the ones who consistently come to class.
Next, be organized. Start by getting notebooks or folders for each class. If you want, color-code them with a different color for each class for easy identification. Keep these in the same place, always, so you don’t misplace any work. Keeping them in your backpack is a good idea.
You will need a small planner or calendar. In this little book, track all due dates for homeworks and projects, and write down all of your exam dates. This helps you to not forget things that are coming up. Few things are worse than walking into class to discover there is a test that day that you aren’t ready for.
Now, schedule study time as though it were an appointment you had to keep. Don’t cancel on yourself or skip it. If you still aren’t doing well in a class, and you are keeping your study times, schedule a tutor for extra help.
Following these steps will really help you to succeed in school.