Academic success is the sole aim of every serious scholar. There are many things you can do to set yourself up for success in your academic ventures. Here are the two most import tricks you can employ to ensure you succeed.
- Have a plan.
It has often been said that failing to plan is planning to fail, and it’s true. Any scholar without a workable plan is setting themselves up for failure. Having an actionable plan ensures that you always know what your next move is, and so you can create schedules and routines around your plan which will help you succeed.
Your plan should help you lead a well-rounded life as an academic. It should have specific details about how to succeed in your academics, such as:
- Studying hard, including using academic journals online to do this.
- Attending academic conferences.
- Having study groups.
- Engaging a mentor.
- Creating healthy relationships with fellow students and lecturers.
Your plan should be complete with timed schedules and to-do lists, as well as a diary to record your achievements.
- Set goals.
Having goals is one of the best ways to set yourself up for academic success. Goals are a precise way of listing everything you want to achieve and also give yourself a time frame for achieving it. This keeps you on your toes and ensures you’re always working towards something. Your goals should be:
Know exactly what you want to achieve. Eliminate indecisiveness and write down specific goals. For example, rather than just setting a goal to lose weight, a more specific goal would be to lose 1kg per month.
You should be able to set goals which you can measure or tick off once the task is done. For example, within the larger goal to lose weight, 1kg per month is measurable. Working out for 20 minutes a day, eating a certain number of calories daily, etc. are also measurable goals. Nothing feels better than ticking off an achieved goal.
You should set goals with your resources, time and circumstances mind. I mean, you can’t set a goal to finish your thesis in a month when you have to work two jobs daily and look after a husband and kids, right? One month wouldn’t be enough. Break the big goals into smaller goals and allocate sufficient time for each.
Set goals which are realistic considering the resources at your disposal, your personal capabilities and your commitment levels. Set a few goals first and as you accomplish them and enjoy your success, increase them gradually. So instead of setting a goal to read three chapters a day, how about starting with just one chapter and building momentum slowly?
For you to achieve a target, you must give it a time frame or deadline by when you hope to achieve it. Doing this will help you stay committed and dedicate time each day or each week towards achieving your goals. Remember that doing long hours without breaks will not only overwhelm you but also make you less enthusiastic. Set short hours and give it 100% focus.
Achieving academic success might be hard, but it becomes so much easier when you have an actionable plan in place and set goals which you work towards attaining. Try it today and watch yourself roll in sweet success.