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How To Plan For Success In Your College Studies

May 15, 2008
There's an old saying out there that says; if you don't plan for success, you're planning for failure. This holds true especially when it comes to studying. A successful student needs to have adapted a good strategy for his/her studies. Some subjects demand more preparation than others but in the end of the day, you need to have a good plan ready on how to tackle all your study material. How do you put these goals done on paper? I suggest you find away that suits you without necessarily embracing one type of strategy all together. The goals that you write down will function as turning points in your academic career, thus making it easier to see where you're heading.

It's important that you write down the goals as clear as possible, this will help you form a stark and vivid picture on how to reach that goal. It's all really a process, you initiate by asking yourself why you're doing what you're doing (your motives are great encouraging factors) and then what type of result that you're expecting. Try to be as realistic as possible without being all too negative or outright naive. To summarize, you need to know the why, the how and the when of your studies.

One of the biggest reasons most people refrain from planning is because of procrastination, we tend to forget that "I will do it tomorrow" turns into weeks and then into months without having done anything valuable. Your time is valuable, do as much as possible, as early as possible! End your procrastination today! I guess you've had some time to sit down and think about your studies by know, so what do you do?

Grab a pen and paper

All you need to do is to write down the actual steps that you calculate (which may not occur as you've had in mind) needs to be done, all on paper. When you've done this, be sure to separate long termed goals from short termed ones. Having difficulties in getting started? It's O.K, we all suffer from writer's block once in a while but there are good ways to counter that. I suggest beginning this project by asking yourself questions, important and relevant questions on your studies. The list below shows a few suggestions on some questions you may consider using, they are only suggestions so you shouldn't probably limit yourself to them. Make sure your plan is suited for your personal needs and situation.

- Is my knowledge sufficient to indulge in this?
- Exactly what type of information do I need?
- Is there anywhere where I could obtain such information?
- What types of skills do I need to master, is it easy/difficult?
- What type of resources can I find and use?
- Is my way the only or could I do I have better options?

If you've finished doing all the things I mentioned before, I think we're ready to actually make the talk into walk and execute our plan. Finally, my last advice to you on this issue is to remind you not to go over your head. It's easy to become over enthusiastic about something and then lose the flame altogether, walk in baby steps while keeping your eyes on your goals.
About the Author
Guled Cirro is a writer on topics relating to online education, for more articles on how to concentrate please consider visiting his site, it's filled with free study tips and guides to all college students.
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