Seven ways to improve yourself academically

Seven ways to improve yourself academically

Studying for a qualification or degree was never meant to be easy. Many students may find themselves underachieving academically at some point. If you’re looking to improve yourself academically, below are seven ways that might help.

1. Positive attitude

Poor results can trigger several things. From depression to feeling defeated, looking on the bright side can be tricky. Adopting a positive mental attitude beats most challenges in life. Going into that exam, for example, with a can-do attitude will go a long way to achieving your desired results.

2. Where are you falling short?

Take a step back and look at the bigger picture. Address those areas where you’re struggling and set out a plan on how you can improve. Look at your grades over the last few months and try to find patterns. Do you have one subject that is always a problem? You may already have an idea, but by writing things down, you’ll be able to see more clearly.

3. Ask questions

Never be afraid to ask questions if there is something you don’t understand. We’re all taught to ask questions at a young age. Teachers and parents are there to help you; their assistance shouldn’t be overlooked or ignored if you need clarification.

4. Improve your writing skills

Not everyone possesses proficient writing skills; some may struggle to construct sentences. It can be frustrating if you know what you want to say but cannot get it onto paper. Understanding what makes up an excellent essay-writing technique will do wonders. Techniques such as writing a great opening paragraph, grammar and proofreading are all essential skills.

5. Don’t procrastinate

This is a problem for most people, not just students. Sometimes it can be hard to focus on a particular task if there are too many distractions. By procrastinating, you’re only delaying the inevitable. The work is still going to be there waiting. An excellent way to beat procrastination is to set yourself small goals. When these goals are achieved, reward yourself.

6. Time management

At the start of the academic year, you will know when assignments must be handed in or when the exams are. Plan your time efficiently, and whatever you do, don’t leave everything until the last minute. The best way to address time management is to create a work calendar. This should list the dates and times of exams, etc. You can also use it to break down revision times for each subject. Make sure to plan in time for yourself.

7. Private tuition

Finally, there is the option of private education or after-school tuition. If you still find yourself struggling, then a private tutor may be able to help you improve your grades for a complex subject. A little bit of extra tuition might just be what you need to give you that final push towards the end goal.

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Temi Kamson
Improving academic attainment