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6 Traits of a Happy Healthy College Student

According to statistics from the U.S. government, about 59 percent of students who begin working on a college degree finish it within six years. To ensure you’re included among that percentage, you need to develop a set of traits that will contribute to your ability to complete your undergraduate degree. Keep reading for a list of the top six traits of healthy, happy college students.

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A Commitment to Getting Enough Sleep

Whether you go away from college or study close to home, a good night’s sleep probably isn’t high on your priority list. However, studies show that it should be. Some research shows that students who get adequate rest get one letter grade higher in their classes than their peers who get less sleep.

If you didn’t make sleep a priority in high school, it’s time to develop this commitment. Lack of sleep may be one of several unhealthy habits you had your senior year. Check out this infographic on ditching bad highschool habits to find out what other areas you need to address.

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A Willingness to Follow Your Dreams

Successful college students let their passions guide them as they choose classes and ultimately, a major area of study. When you choose to invest your time and energy into subjects that matter to you, you’ll find that earning good grades doesn’t feel like work. When you follow your dreams, you make a passionate investment in a course of study that brings out your creativity and natural curiosity.

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A Desire to Attend Class

This trait is challenging, especially for mandatory classes outside your major. Remember that even those so-called “boring” courses contribute to your GPA, and form a foundation for the broad knowledge you’ll need as a well-rounded member of society.

For any class, it’s possible the professor will share material in class that’s not in the textbook. This same non-textbook material could show up on an exam, putting those who don’t attend class at a distinct disadvantage. Instructors commonly use this approach to incentivize students to attend class regularly. Need another reason to attend class? You may miss pop quizzes and extra credit opportunities.

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A Sense of When to Put Down Your Phone

Yes, it’s tempting to check the scores or Facebook or whatever app most often captures your attention. However, smartphones can cause major problems for college students. Choose to turn off your phone during class and study groups so you can pay attention and learn. You may also want to consider turning it off during group social outings. If you have your nose buried in your phone, it’s going to be much more difficult to meet new people and make friends.

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A Process for Learning That Goes Beyond Memorization

Once you’re in college, the amount of rote memorization you’re required to do goes down. In its place, you’re expected to analyze data and synthesize reading material to produce a logical argument for an essay or in response to a test question. To accomplish these assignments and achieve high scores on tests, you need to work toward having a strong understanding of the concepts in each class. You may find that using notecards, highlighting passages, and even creating spreadsheets will help you organize and learn the information you’ll need for your classes.

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A Strategy for Dealing with Failure

It’s inevitable. Most college students encounter a concept or even an entire class that gives them difficulty. What’s important is to know how to move forward after you fail an exam or get a low semester grade. For cases when you get a low-grade on an assignment or mid-term, plan to talk with your professor during his or her office hours so you can master the concept before the final exam.

If you don’t already have a study group for the class, set one up so you can learn from other students. Finally, read any optional materials that are listed for your class. These textbooks may help you grasp the concepts that are causing you trouble.

If you work toward cultivating¬†these traits, you’ll set yourself up for success in college. Which traits will be the most challenging for you to master and why?

 

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