How to balance school and work: 5 strategies for academic success

so the first one I’m always amazed that when I talked to students about straights and introduced the topic in workshops in classrooms that it’s a new concept that we’re sort of taught to know what our weaknesses are and figure out how to manage them but in fact knowing and using your strengths really has been found to have more significant positive impact on people’s success and well-being there’s a tool called the via strengths finder and that’s a tool that’s been used in pause psychology to help people know more about their strengths so the second tip is to have goals now the great thing about being a student is you get these nice little syllabuses and they tell you what your goals are for a week what your goals are for the semester and that provides a nice structure for people I think it’s also important as most extension students know that you know knowing how your academic work fits into your future personal academic professional goals and it’s important to remember what they are some tips about goal-setting is really to have specific goals really the best goals are kind of specific they’re also your own goals and the importance of having flexibility so the third goal that I want to give students is that feeling good matters so you know when you’re in a class working on a project if you’re excited about it if you feel good if you like your classmates or teachers you love your class you do better right and there’s a lot a lot of research that actually happier people are more successful and in fact happiness leads to success versus when you’re successful you become happier one strategy that has been researched to help students and people improve their well-being is just even writing down three good things that happen every day so that’s a tool that I have a lot of my um clients and students do to just it also helps focus you on what’s working the fourth tip is really learning how to be more resilient so it’s to know that life is going to happen things aren’t always going to go your way and how do you figure out how to bounce back and be resilient many students at the extension school have high expectations for themselves and which is great having high expectations and to be motivated but they don’t have a lot of space to deal with when things don’t go right so the fifth tip that I think is important to know that’s always a shock to many students is that you need to build in recovery time many students are living in their stretch zone by being students and having jobs and trying to figure out careers and getting theses done all those things so we’re often in stretch zone and so the stress is in bed but people fail to take recovery time right and that’s from the taking you know a break every 90 minutes taking lunch eating meals spending some time in the weekend just to recover okay now and and we all know it’s that vicious cycle well you’re so busy you don’t have time for that those are the first things to go unfortunately those are the things that are most important to help fuel people and really keep them on course to achieve their goals

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