Many kids underestimate the power of a good education and developing excellent personal study habits. A good education can unlock a world of possibilities, along with good personal study habits, of course. I love learning! It helps us grow and progress, and life without progress is life without meaning. Mahatma Gandhi says, “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” This means you need to learn as much as you can.
Good education can also help you:
1. Get a good job and be dependent on yourself: A well-paying job may not be important right now, but when we become adults (which is sooner than we think), we’ll need to pay for our own house/apartment, car, and food. Earning your own money will also help you be independent.
2. Education gives people critical skills and tools: These skills you can learn (math, science, etc.) can help you better provide for yourself.
3. Be respected and looked up to: Everybody likes a wise, smart, and knowledgeable person! The more educated you are, the more respect you will get from those around you.
Now that you have heard all these wonderful advantages of an education, you may be wondering while most of our society is still not reaping the results. The answer is quite simple: they may have not taken the time and effort to develop good personal study habits. Notice how I said good personal study habits. That’s because there are bad personal study habits, too. Here’s a good vs. bad personal study habits list. It goes from best to worse:
- Getting harder things done first vs. Procrastinating hard stuff till last minute: Have you heard about the book Eat That Frog! by Brian Tracy? (Brian Tracy is an expert and he endorsed our book.) It’s a famous book about tackling the hardest tasks first. Why? Most of the time, the hardest things are the most important. If we put things off for later, work builds up. I used to get easy things done first, until my list piled up so much, I was overwhelmed! I learned to have self-discipline and “eat that frog!”
- Focusing on your work vs. letting other things take priority over studying: If you are focused on your work, you’ll get it done quickly and do the job well. If you have friends or siblings constantly talking to you, you can politely ask them to save it for later.
- Blocking out a specific time vs. doing personal study whenever: For all of us, there is a specific time in the day when we’re more tired or more active. It’s best to block out time to study whenever that more active time for you is, so you can do your best!
- Having a quiet, relaxed, study area vs. having a noisy and unrelaxed place to study in: Last but not least, it’s very important to have a designated area you study that helps you focus. Good lighting, a comfortable desk and chair and a relaxed/quiet space are essential for good personal study habits. I like working at my desk, with a comfortable swivel chair and a lamp.
I’d like to share this quote by Nelson Mandela: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Education is truly powerful, so please, don’t take it for granted!
Thank you for reading! I hope I helped you understand the importance of education and excellent personal study habits. Follow these tips, and you’re sure to improve your studies!
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