"He that is good for
making excuses is seldom good for anything else."--Benjamin
Partially adapted from Steven Covey,
Seven Habits of
Highly Effective People
Take responsibility for yourself
Responsibility is recognition that in order to succeed
you can make decisions about your priorities, your time, and your
Center yourself around your values and
Don't let friends and acquaintances dictate what you
Put first things first
Follow up on the priorities you have set for yourself,
and don't let others, or other interests, distract you
from your goals.
Discover your key productivity periods
Morning, afternoon, evening; study spaces where you can
be the most focused and productive. Prioritize these for your most
difficult study challenges.
Consider yourself in a win-win
You win by doing your best and contributing your best to
a class, whether for yourself, your fellow
students, and even for your teachers and instructors.
If you are content with your performance, a grade
becomes an external check on your performance, which may
not coincide with your internally arrived
First understand others, then attempt
to be understood
When you have an issue with an instructor, for example a
questionable grade, an assignment deadline
extension, put yourself in the instructor's place. Now
ask yourself how you can best make your argument given his/her
Look for better solutions to problems
For example, if you don't understand the course material,
don't just re-read the material.
Try something else! Consult with the professor, a
tutor, a classmate, or a study group.
Look to continually challenge yourself