Tuesday, 29 November 2016

7 ORGANIZATIONAL SKILLS EVERY STUDENT MUST MASTER



Organizational skills lie at the top on the ladder of success. Organized people are successful people. Disorganized people are unsuccessful people. Students aiming to be at the top in their academics must master organizational skills.

In the world of work, organizational skills make a difference between the successful worker and the mediocre. The key to success is organization. Organization ensures that things are put at their rightful place and this result in success!

There are 7 organizational skills every student must master to become successful. These skills will make students successful in their academic and their career life!

1.    Planning Skill


Planning is the art of determining what must be done. It requires you come up with a list of things to be done. Proper planning requires you to think on paper. It requires you think through what must be done and draft a manner by which things should be done.

As they say, “Proper Prior Planning Prevents Poor Performance”. Every student seeking to exude academic excellence must endeavor to plan the term in advance; plan each month in advance; plan each week in advance and finally plan each school day in advance.

Planning helps to manage time wisely and to prepare for daily school activities and exams! Planning gives you confidence and helps you to be well prepared to face everyday challenges of school life.

Source: Industry Week


2.    Prioritizing Skill


Prioritization is the organizational skill of determining which of the items on your list is most important and requires your urgent attention. Once you have planned your activities, you have to prioritize it in sequence and in order.

Wrong priorities are one of the cancers that prevent high academic and career performance. John Maxwell said in his book, 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, “Activity is not necessary accomplishment. Busyness is not equal to productivity”.

Prioritization helps you to focus on high value tasks. It helps you to focus on doing the things which will really bring you closer to your academic and career goals. Once your priorities are right, success will follow like bees follow honeycomb!

3.    Proactive Skill


The key to success is being proactive. Being proactive requires you get on the grind and work on you plans and priorities. It means to be practical; to roll your sleeves and get the job done at the right time.

Procrastination is a deadly enemy. Procrastination results in submitting assignments and project works late. It leads to working under pressure, making terrible mistakes and performing poorly.

Being proactive is the key to overcoming procrastination. You must wake up and work on your goals. You’ve got to stay awake and complete assignments on time. You’ve got to avoid all forms of laziness and motivate yourself to complete your tasks and assignments.

4.    Productivity Skill


To be successful in your academic and career life, you have to be productive. This doesn’t mean being busy. Being productive simply means focusing on doing those things that will lead to the accomplishment of your academic and career goals.

Unsuccessful people mismanage their energy well and successful people manage their energy well. Focus your energy on your goals. Disturbing in class, being absent from school, not taking notes in class, watching films in the evening instead of revising your notes doesn’t lead to academic success!

Refrain from all activities that will not lead you to success! Invest your time and energy in doing things that will make you to reach your academic and career goals. Always ask yourself, “What is the best use of my time and energy right now?”

5.    Progress Evaluation Skill


In management, they say, “What you can’t measure you can’t manage.” To reach your academic and career goals, you must learn to evaluate your progress. Successful students evaluate their performance and then re-strategize and adopt measures that will improve their academic performance.

When I was in senior high school, I realized I was performing badly in French. We were 50 in class and I was taking the 30th position! 

I realized that the reason for my bad performance was my negative attitude towards French. I changed my attitude and decided to give time to studying French and become the best in class.
Two terms later, I was the 1st in class! Why? I evaluated myself and found out the reason for my poor performance. Then I adopted new learning strategies, put in more effort and got assistance from French speaking people. As a result, I came on top!

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6.    Personal Note-Taking Skill


Note- taking skill is one of the organizational skills that produce outstanding success in the classroom and at the workplace. Note- taking requires concentrating in class and writing the summary of each lesson in your notebook.

Students who take notes in class always outperform those who take their notes from their friends. Taking notes in class helps you to pay attention in class, to follow the teacher and understand the subject under discussion very well.

In your personal study too, you must take notes out of the notes you have in your notebook. The more your write it, the more it sticks in your mind and the faster you can remember it! This is one of the fundamental skills of memorization and academic excellence!

7.    Preparation Skill


I said in my book, Start Something: Discovering the Mindset of Great Achievers to Make Your Dreams a Reality, “Successful people always prepare for their success and unsuccessful always people prepare for their failure!”

To be a successful student you must develop the skill of preparation. Prepare effectively for each class. Prepare effectively for your personal study. Prepare effectively for exams and tests. Brain Tracy asserted, “Painstaking preparation prevents poor performance!”

To prevent poor academic performance, always endeavor to prepare adequately for school, class, your personal study and exams. Once you prepare effectively, you will gain the confidence to perform better and be on top!

Once a student learns and develops these 7 organizational skills, the sky is the limit. Success is habits and skills! These skills will make the student successful in every level of education no matter the subject, the school and the teacher teaching the subject! These skills incorporated into career will produce career success!

The Academic Success Coaching Program


The Academic Success Coaching Program is a special coaching program designed by the Living Purpose School to enhance the academic performance of students in middle, senior high and college.

It involves an academic coach working with students to set the student’s academic goals, developing a strategic plan to reach the goals and guiding student’s step-by step to reach those goals.

The Academic Success Coaching Program entails the following:

1.    Unlimited supports via email/text messages or Whats-app chats
2.    Free Academic Success Planning Session
3.    Online coaching session via Google Video Hangout/telephone
4.    1 1hr one-on-one coaching session/per week
5.    Templates, documents and strategic planning for success
6.    Progress evaluation and accountability from your academic coach
7.    3-months commitment from the student and the academic coach
8.    Only $19/Per Month and $57 for the three months coaching program






Sunday, 27 November 2016

7 TIME MANAGEMENT TIPS FOR STUDENTS



Time management makes the difference between the successful student and the unsuccessful student. Successful students are excellent time managers. Unsuccessful students are poor time managers. Learning how to manage your time wisely is the key to academic and career success!

The successful student has 24 hours and the unsuccessful student also has 24 hours. But it’s the way they both spend their 24 hours that determines their outcomes during graduation. Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder and CEO of Facebook said, “You get what you spend your time on!”

School is good! But, school doesn’t train students to manage their time wisely. In fact, most teachers are horrible at time management. Time management skills and disciplines are not learnt at school and this goes on to affect the career life of students when they graduate.

Here are 7 time-management tips that can help you organize yourself and academic activities prudently. The best part is:  this time management tips will make you a successful student and make your career life successful!

1.    Set academic goals and prioritize them for the term, semester or the final grade at graduation


“Success is goals. All else is commentary,” said Brian Tracy. The very step toward managing your time is to set goals for the term or semester or final grade at graduation.

Your goals must be SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic & Time Bound). If you will achieve any goal in this semester/term what will it be? What result do you want to get at each subject you’re studying? What do you want as your final result?

Evaluate your previous performance and set your academic goals for the time. Your goals should also be personal and be in the present tense!

You should then prioritize your goals based on their level of importance to you. Name the most important once as “A” tasks, the less important as “B” tasks and the important  once as “C” tasks!

Example: 

·       I get 6A’s in this term/semester (A1)
·       I read 5 story books in this term/semester (B)
·       I learn 100 new vocabularies in this term/semester (C)
·       I get the first position in Math this term/semester (A2)
·       I get the first position in English this term/semester (A3)

Action Exercise: Set 10 goals you would like to achieve by the end of the term or semester.

2.    Make a “to do” list monthly, weekly and daily based on your long term academic goals


It’s not enough to have goals. Goals must be backed by objectives and consistent actions to become a reality. So you must set sub-goals called objectives and work on them daily to achieve the long term-goals.

To manage your 24 hours wisely, you must plan your day daily. This is best done in the evening before the next day. Plan your monthly activities from your academic goals for the term/semester. Plan your weekly activities from your monthly goals. Plan your daily activities from your weekly goals.

Source: Bulldog Academic Resource Collection-Slideshare


Action Exercise: Sit down and write your “to do” list for the month, week and finally your day.

3.    Prioritize your list according to their level of importance and urgency


Put the most important tasks you have to do in your list at the top. Prioritize your monthly, weekly and daily academic goals. Organize your list according to their level of importance. Make sure you include your errands, routines and study schedules!

Remember:

·       “A” Tasks: Most Important Tasks ( your highest value tasks)
·       “B” Tasks: Less Important Tasks ( your high value tasks)
·       “C” Tasks: Important Tasks ( your valuable tasks that also needs to be done)
·       “D” Tasks: Delegated Tasks (tasks you should delegate for others to do)
·       “E” Tasks: Eliminated Tasks (things you should stop doing)

Use numbers to further prioritize “A” tasks into A1, A2, and A3 etc. Do the same for your “B” tasks and your “C” tasks!

Action Exercise: Prioritize and organize your “to do” list according to their level of importance and urgency to you!

4.    Focus on high value tasks and discipline yourself to complete them.


If you evaluate your list well, you'll see that you must focus on only A, B and C tasks only. You see, your priorities determine your level of focus. So focus on high value tasks, the most important things that must be done for you to achieve your academic goals.

It’s not about working hard. It’s about working smart! And working smart requires you to focus and work on high value tasks that will generate the most results and bring you closer to your goals.

Action Exercise: Focus on A, B and C tasks on your daily to do list and complete them.


5.    Discipline yourself to focus on one task, complete it and get to another on your list.


Discipline is the key to success! It requires you to do what must be done whether you feel like doing it or not! Once you have planned your daily activities, the next step is to work on them one-by-one, from the most important to the delegated ones.

Action Exercise: Develop the habit of self-discipline and focus by working on your goals and lists according to their importance and complete them.

6.    Motivate yourself to accomplish the tasks by setting rewards for accomplishment


Procrastination is not your best friend. It’s your enemy! As a student, you must learn to motivate yourself and get things done at the right time.

One of the best ways to overcome procrastination is to set deadlines for your tasks and award yourself when it’s completed.

Companies reward workers with pay raises and bonuses to motivate them to do their best and complete tasks at the right time! You’re the CEO of your academic life, so reward yourself as well.

Action Exercise: Set rewards down for accomplishing your weekly, monthly and terminal academic goals.

7.    Set time in the evening to evaluate progress, meditate and plan the next day


Evaluation is as good as execution because it’s when we evaluate that we measure our progress and find better ways of reaching our goals. So spend time to evaluate your progress towards your daily, weekly, monthly and seminar/terminal goals!

Spend at least 30 minutes in the evening to evaluate and measure your progress. Mediate or listen to something inspirational and motivational. Then plan for the next day based on your weekly goals. Post tasks that have not been performed on the next day’s schedule!

Action Exercise: Spend time in the evening daily to evaluate progress, meditate and plan for the next day.

Success is habits! As you work on and apply these 7 time management tips for students, in at least 30 days, you will begin to form the time management skills crucial for your academic and career success!







Friday, 25 November 2016

ACADEMIC SUCCESS COACHING PROGRAM: A STRATEGIC APPROACH TO IMPROVING ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE



Academic Coaching is a one-on-one or peer group interaction with an academic coach focused on helping a student to identify the barriers to academic success, setting academic goals and developing strategic plans to achieve the goals.

While classroom teaching and private tutoring focuses on helping students to understand a subject or a topic, the Academic Coaching Program focuses on the individual. It focuses on unleashing the academic potential of the students.

Sports coaches are hired to bring out the best out of the players. They teach them tactics and strategies to perform better and win matches. They evaluate the opponent and develop game plans that will help the players to reach their goals.

In the same way, an academic coach focuses on bringing the best academic performance out of the student he or she is coaching. The academic coach focuses on training and teaching student’s habits and skills that will unleash their academic potentials.

The Living Purpose School, an online academic and career coaching firm focused on enhancing the moral, academic and career success of students provides Academic Success Coaching Program aimed at improving academic performance of students!

Schedule a FREE Complimentary Coaching Session Today!

Aims of The Academic Success Coaching Program 


The Academic Success Coaching Program is aimed at doing 10 things for students:

1.    Evaluating and accessing the academic performance of students

2.    Developing  academic goals for the students

3.    Developing strategic plans to help students to reach the goals

4.    Developing well-tailored study schedule for the students

5.    Developing well-tailored study skills in the student

6.    Developing time-management skills in the student

7.    Developing organizational skills in the student

8.    Developing problem solving skills in the student

9.    Developing test-taking and note-taking skills in students

10.Developing of self-discipline in the students

A typical Academic Coaching Program follows this sequence


1.    The coach meets with the student to evaluate academic performance.

2.    The coach and the student sets academic goals and action plans to achieve them

3.    The student goes to execute and implement the plans set.

4.    The coach then goes to evaluate the work to ensure its directed towards the fulfillment of the goal.

5.    The coach measures progress, evaluates performance and develops actions plan to help the student achieve better results.

Results of the Academic Success Coaching Program


1.    The Academic Success Coaching Program helps students to improve their performance by 40%, 70% and even 100%.

2.    The Academic Success Coaching Program helps students to develop the successful habits and crucial for academic success and in professional life.

3.    The Academic Success Coaching Program helps students to reach their academic goals and dreams.



How to Enroll in Academic Success Coaching Program


1.    Complete the application form.

2.    Schedule a complimentary coaching session.

3.    Get started on the road to academic and career success


 You can also send an email to [email protected] showing interest and the reason to enroll in the program and adding your phone number for interactions on phone.

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