Turning over a new leaf in your studies

​Spring is the promise that everything can begin again, that you can let go and embrace something new.  New seasons also present an opportunity to turn a new leaf and refocus on what's important, such as your studies. So how exactly do you make sure that your leaf has turned?

Get over the past

Ok, so you haven't focused as much as you should have and perhaps your grades have suffered. The first thing to do is forgive yourself for your mistakes and make a conscious effort to make things right again. You can't wallow in the past, it will take too much of your time and keep you from moving forward. So forgive yourself and start afresh.

Set new goals

If you want to succeed, you need to set goals. Goal setting not only provides you with direction, but it also provides a benchmark for determining whether you are in fact succeeding.

Asses your current reality

Figure out where you stand in the bigger scheme of things. Perhaps you need to score atleast 80% on your next assignment to balance the scales, or perhaps you have a project that could help you tally up your score. Whatever the case, make sure you know exactly where you stand and what is needed to succeed. A conversation with your lecturer could help put things into perspective. Book an appointment and ask for help.

Jot down your plan

Now that you know what needs to be done, start writing down your plan. Perhaps you would like to schedule two hours every day to revise the day's work. Create your study plan and make sure that you stick to it. It's always advisable to place your plan where you will see it every day.

Stay positive

Maintaining a positive mindset is essential to tuning over a new leaf. In the words of Bo Bennett, "having a positive mental attitude is asking how something can be done rather than saying it can't be done."


Written by Karabo Keepile

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