2017 is here! With the New Year finally here, now is a better time than ever to start re-calibrating and preparing for another year of education. Whether you’re finishing the second half of your education or starting the next, there are plenty of ways to have better academic success throughout 2017.
Stay Connected With Instructors & Classmates
Staying connected with teachers is a great way to stay on top of your academic progress. Furthermore, when you keep in touch with classmates, you can help each other succeed by providing accountability, asking questions, and providing educational help. Just because classes are online and give you a lot more freedom than traditional classes doesn’t mean you still can’t find ways to stay connected.
Know the Core Requirements of Each Class
When classes are online, it can be easier to not fully understand what is explicitly required of your academic progress. Some students may fall behind simply because they don’t realize what is required. By figuring it out as early as possible, you can focus your attention on the core areas of the subject that matter the most for your academic success.
Keep a Reliable and Effective Schedule
Online education may provide unparalleled freedom and flexibility, but that can often come as a double-edged sword if not maintained correctly, especially for students that need a little extra guidance from teachers, parents or other guardians in their life.
Whether you’re a parent/guardian or a student, find ways to incorporate a schedule into your daily life for education (studying, learning something new, getting ahead, taking care of homework, preparing for tests, etc.). The better organized you are with your time, the more effective your schooling becomes (and the more free time you’ll have as a result).
Establish a Clean and Organized Workspace
Just because you don’t have to go to school and sit in a desk doesn’t mean a desk isn’t important. Having a workspace can help your mind focus on education and associate the desk/workspace as the place to study, which will in turn help you perform better in your studies.
The great thing about learning online is that you can customize your workspace however you see fit. Bigger desk? Softer lighting? Artwork on the desk? You can do it all, as long as it helps you get comfortable and allows you to focus on the work at hand.
Write Down Your Academic & Life Goals
No guide to 2017 success would be complete without the usual “write your goals down” advice, but it’s still an important part of success in academics (or any area of life for that matter). Writing your goals down helps you to start transferring ideas from your mind onto something more tangible. The more you focus on your goals, the more your mind can work on finding creative ways to accomplish them.
Stay ahead for 2017 by preparing today! Regardless of when you get started, you can always find ways to improve the chance at succeeding and improving yourself throughout 2017.