Having straight A grades in class, tons of school recognition and still have some time for social life—these things pretty much sum up our #studentgoals. While we know some people who are the epitome of an ideal student, we can’t help but ask, “How to be you po?”
You are lucky if you’re one of those students who can navigate through senior high school with breeze. Yet, a vast majority of success stories still doesn’t happen overnight. If you want to be successful in your studies, you need to develop positive study habits. Here are the seven habits of a highly effective student that you can follow:
What are the habits of a highly effective Filipino student?
1. Takes the initiative to find the solution to a problem.
We all have those moments when we face problems that don’t have obvious, immediate solutions. But what separates highly effective students from others is how they react to these problems. Instead of instantly asking for help, problem-solvers look for ways to work through the challenges.
You can try the 15-Minute Rule of Problem Solving. When a problem arises, take fifteen minutes to assess and solve the problem in any way you can. Maybe you’ll find the solution that was just there all along. However, if you don’t have the answers after fifteen minutes, list down the steps you took that didn’t work. Then ask someone for help and hand them down your notes.
2. Knows how to set the right goals.
Goal-setting is important for every student. It keeps you focused and motivated. But without having a clear goal in mind, it would be difficult to achieve them. Whether you want to go to your dream college, improve your grades on a certain subject, or learn a special skill, you need to set a specific target.
Instead of having general terms like “study for the mid-term exam,” break down it down into smaller, achievable steps. You can write something like “spend one hour reviewing statistics” and then “answer the practice tests in English”. When you break your goals into smaller parts, they are easier to manage. You can also track your progress right away.
3. Listens attentively and takes notes.
Good note-taking habits will take you far. Taking notes while reading or listening keeps you focused. As you write down important ideas that you read or listen to, you can better recall the lessons.
The Cornell Method is an effective note-taking technique for senior high school students. The method follows the record, reduce, and recap process.
You record notes on the right-hand part of your notebook. Then on the left-hand narrow part of your notebook, place the important keywords. Now, at the bottom section of your paper, try to summarize the lecture using only the keywords you put in the left-hand column.
Unannounced class recitations and on-the-spot-brainstorming sessions can happen anytime. The question is, are you prepared for these sudden pressures? Learning how to think on your feet can help you process your thoughts thoroughly and express them clearly.
The next time you need to give a spontaneous speech or prepare an on-the-spot presentation, you can do the following:
- Relax and take time to respond.
- Get straight to your point.
- Construct your thoughts first.
- Be honest and direct with your ideas.
5. Puts first things first.
Time management can be a struggle for a lot of students. But you don’t have to be a master of time planning to overcome this challenge. The simple use of a planner can make a big difference in your study habits. Having a to-do list can help you stay on top of your school works. The Eisenhower Matrix is a great tool to help you get your priorities straight.
6. Takes regular breaks.
Staying up all night while reviewing your lessons might seem okay, but too much of this can take a toll on your health. Learn when it’s time to take a break and push through when you can.
The Pomodoro is an effective time management technique. Do this method if you’re going to spend long hours at your desk. Set a timer for 25 minutes and work on your task without interruption until the alarm rings. Then go to a 5-minute break. Repeat this cycle for four times. Then take a longer break—say, for 30 minutes to relax your body and mind. Start again.
7. Is a rockstar team player.
Group work will always be part of student life. Teamwork is the most important ingredient for any group task. Without teamwork, your group will not be able to achieve your goals.
So how can you be the groupmate everyone wants?
- Be punctual to your group meetings.
- Don’t be afraid to pitch your ideas.
- Respect your groupmates: their time, their effort, and their opinion.
- Go beyond the bare minimum and always strive for excellence.
- Group study seriously, but don’t forget to have fun!
Small changes with your behavior can lead to big long-term results. By developing these seven habits of a highly effective Filipino student, you can also achieve your #studentgoals. Read more tips on how you can make the best out of your student journey in our Grown-up Guide blog section!