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Tips for Success

Set Goals!

One proven approach to goal setting is to make your goals SMART. 

S - Specific 
M - Measurable 
A - Achievable 
R - Realistic 
T - Time-bound


Helpful Hints for setting SMART goals:  

• Remember that goals are always evolving and changing.

• Writing your goals down gives them more power and strength.

• Be precise with your goals.

• Surround yourself with positive and supportive people who will help you to stay on track.

"I approach everything step by step....I had always set short-term goals.  As I look back, each one of the steps or successes led to the next one.  When I got cut from the varsity team as a sophomore in high school, I learned something.  I knew I never wanted to feel that bad again...I knew exactly where I wanted to go, and I focused on getting there.  As I reached those goals, they built on one another.  I gained a little confidence every time I came through."

Michael Jordan

Study Tips

1.  Find a quiet, well lit place to study that is free from distractions (cell phone, television, non-studying friends).

2.  Choose a comfortable place to study -- but not SO comfortable that you get sleepy!

3.  Find the time of day that works best for you and make that your regular study time, if possible. 

4.  Form a habit of reading over each day's notes while they are fresh.

5.  Bribe yourself!  Upon reaching your goals, reward yourself with something fun.

6.  Take frequent short breaks -- like taking a walk to energize yourself.

7.  Alternate between studying alone and with a group.  Working alone can be good for mastering concepts and information, while working with a group is a great way to test for true understanding.