Being a student is difficult. As adults, we sometimes forget the challenges we faced in school. We also have a hard time grasping the additional difficulties of the modern student. Today we’re going to offer some habits that can help smooth out these tough educational years for your favorite student!
1. Adherence to a Schedule
The ability to keep up a regular schedule is a wonderful habit for adults and students. It makes planning ahead and juggling multiple responsibilities easier. Help your student learn the benefit of making and sticking to a schedule. This goes for things like sleeping and waking, but also for following timelines and hitting deadlines. Make a plan and stick to it as closely as possible.
2. Seeing the Big Picture
It is easy to focus on the small steps instead of the big goals. Why study so hard and get a good grade?It’s not just so that you have good marks in school, it’s so that you can get into college and have a prosperous life. Why should you go to basketball practice even when you’re tired? So that you improve your skills and don’t let your team down. The ability to see the larger picture makes putting up with short term difficulties easier!
We live in a very impatient world. We have cell phones and text, so we never have to just wait for a call back. We use email to get fast responses, social media to see what is happening right now and we get really frustrated by even small waits. Learning patience, however, gives students the ability to compete in a world full of people that need things now. This helps them persevere while meeting a long-term goal, it helps them deal with setbacks and assists them in planning for the long term.
Discipline is the cornerstone of success. The idea is to put off what you want at the moment in order to achieve something greater. This is something people struggle with, especially kids. For a student discipline can mean turning off the t.v. to study for a test or skipping movie night with friends to practice their instrument. The ability to be disciplined in all you do is a skill that will lead to success in any field your student chooses!
Helping your student gain these valuable skills will give them an edge in not just the realm of academia, but in their professional lives as well. Talk with them about the importance of these habits and reward them when you see them working hard to develop them. It’s a tough world out there, the school years are a great time to prepare students for life-long success!