The academic life is a fascinating one, and while some seem to get it wrong all the time others keep getting it right. Hence, repeating an attitude of excellence. To that end, I have taken it upon myself to share with you eight habits that will boost your academic life. Enjoy the read.
Note taking is a very important habit you have to develop in order to reach your desired academic goals. While it is quite agreeable that all students have the ability to write fast as well as grasp what the lecturer is saying at the time, a wise practice would be to use abbreviations and acronyms. The importance of note taking cannot be overestimated as some lecturers do not ask questions from handouts or textbooks but from what they tell you in class. So, the next time you are heading for lectures, make sure you are with at least a pen and a jotter.
2.USE OF DIAGRAMS
Try to translate the long notes and jottings you have into simple diagrams and charts by yourself. This will help you have a deep grasp of what you are studying. It will also develop in you the ability to answer questions in your own language using your intuition. Believe intuition is one aspect of education you should never toy with. Albert Einstein said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge.”
3.WORK WITH OTHERS/SOCIALIZE
It is usually said that no man is an island and that applies and that applies also in the world of academia. Working with people and exchanging ideas will boost your creativity and problem solving capacity to a level that would surprise you. Besides that, you also get to share useful material such as past questions, handouts and so on.
Hmmmm………….It’s not all about books and classes after all. All work and no play they say makes jack a dull boy, and when I say dull boy I mean dull boy! So, its obvious Jack has a lot more to do. Scientific evidence based on neuroimaging approaches over the last decade has demonstrated the efficacy of physical in improving cognitive health across the human lifespan. More active and higher fit individuals are capable of allocating greater attentional resources toward the environment and are able to process information more quickly.
5.DEVELOP AN INTEREST
It was Aristotle that said, “Passion in the work puts perfection in the art.” It is usually said that whatever is worth doing is worth doing well. It is unprofitable for you to approach your academics with a dead and lukewarm attitude. So, a good practice would be to develop a genuine interest in what you are doing—it is very easy to do; just work with like minds. Enthusiasm accentuates your creative forces and causes you to achieve the unthinkable.
6.LISTEN TO CLASSICAL MUSIC
You are surprised to see this right? Don’t be. According to a new study, listening to classical music enhances the activity of genes involved in in dopamine secretion and transport, synaptic neurotransmission, learning and memory, and down-regulates the genes mediating neurodegeneration. Just in case you are at a loss regarding what all these scientific phases mean, the message is quiet simple—listening to classical music calms your nerves and makes it easy for you to absorb information. It also protects your nerve cells and prevents them from degeneration.
7.EAT YOUR VEGGIES!
I know you didn’t expect to see this here, but you have anyway. You are what you eat! A nutritious diet nourishes the brain. The vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants in fruits and vegetables seem to promote healthy brain function. According to a study of more than 16,000 students at 40 US colleges, students who ate plenty of fruits and veggies had higher GPAs than those that didn’t. Don’t also forget to take lot water as 80% consist of it!
Believe it or not listening is a skill you have to develop in order to better your academic lot. I would have derived you a lot if I didn’t pen this. In fact, its so important I think it should top this list! As a student, you need to develop not only your writing or talking skills but also your listening skills. You should be able to listen well enough to know what is required of you per unit time. Mastering your listening skills will not only make you standout academically, it will also make you a unique team player and a matchless genius at the same time.
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