Study Habit #2 Create and Write Down Realistic Study Goals
An essential part of having a successful study routine is to write down realistic goals that include a deadline. If you do not set up a deadline, you will not be motivated to do the work on time.
Furthermore, if your goal is too big to achieve, then you might be setting yourself up for failure and this will also not help motivate you to study and accomplish your goals.
Once you know your learning style, do a self-assessment of your current study habits and your current grades. Here are some questions to ask yourself that will help you create realistic goals and come up with a plan for good study habits.
- When do you usually study and for how long?
- Do you find that it is effective?
- Are you happy with your grades?
- What subjects do you need to focus on or are having difficulty with?
- What grades do you need to have in order to pass?
- What are your personal commitments and priorities?
After answering and reflecting on these questions, you’ll be able to see what areas you need to put a little more focus on. Maybe you are not spending enough time doing the right amount of work necessary each day or perhaps you choose to study late at night when you’re not as alert and energetic.
If you have noticed your grades are slipping in certain courses then perhaps you need to hire a tutor to help you with those subjects.
If you are finding yourself short on study time and are more focused on your personal commitments, then maybe you may need to give up some social activities and devote more time to focus on your studying.
Use the SMART method when setting up goals: set Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-bound goals.
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