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The end of the school year is almost here! These are your last days before the denouement (if you do not know what that means then ask your English teacher or look it up and it will serve as proof you need to buckle down for this last part of the school year).   We say this not to add pressure but to help, now is the time to make sure you have good habits that help you be successful in finishing the year strong.  Discipline and good habits are needed at this time and will carry you across the finish line.

What do you think is your weakest point in your study habits?  Concentration? Procrastination? Be honest with yourself and pick an area that needs work and develop a new habit around it.  You can start simple and you do not have to try to completely change your life over night.

For example, if you want to build a habit of being able to focus and not be easily distracted one small but very effective thing you can do is what you do with your cell phone during your study times.  A simple (although it may feel a little painful) tip is to put your phone in another room with the volume down.  If you study in your room, put the phone on a bookshelf in another room.  If you don’t hear it beeping with Instagram updates, you can more easily concentrate.

Commit to sticking to your new habit for the next 3 weeks.  Three weeks from now, which is not that far away, you will be well on your way to the end of the year and having practiced your new habit it will be fairly ingrained in you and make it easier to stick to it later for the rest of the school year and in your future years of study.

Be consistent and work on your new habit daily.  Remember, it does not have to be a huge change, but whatever it is you decide to do, do it regularly.  The more consistent you are with your new habit, the easier it will be to stick to it.  For example, if you get home at 4:00 p.m. every day then by 4:30 p.m. turn off your phone and sit at your desk and start working. If you start studying 4:30 p.m. one day 5:15 p.m. another and back to 4:30 p.m. the next, it makes too difficult for the habit to lock in and take effect.

Use your tutor as your accountability person.  Tell your tutor that you are going to try to develop a new habit.  When you meet weekly you can discuss your progress.  You already have regular appointments with your tutor.  It might surprise you to know that the certified teachers and professors at Getting Into The Ivys are trained for exactly this kind of support; so, you might as well use it because you are in excellent hands that are waiting to help you.

As the school year progresses, it may be that you have become a little lackadaisical.  Ebbs and flows are to be expected; but now that the school year is almost done it is important to have good habits to help you on the road to success.  With some effort and taking the action steps above, your new habit can be developed into a lifetime skill and take you very far.


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