3 Ways to Make the Most of Your Education17 September 2015
You have made the choice to pursue higher education and chase the career you desire. Make the most out of your academic experience with these three insightful approaches to learning.
Be an Active Participant
In class, it can be easy to get distracted by other people, technology, or even get lost in your own thoughts. It is important to avoid these distractions. Come to class inspired to learn! Make sure to read your textbook prior to class so you understand the information. Being prepared for class will help you avoid distractions because you will already have a basic knowledge of the subject. This will help you think critically about the material rather than treating it as a general idea.
Once you are you able to think critically in class, you’ll feel comfortable enough to ask questions and engage in group discussions. Participation is where a lot of learning takes place. Being active and speaking your thoughts will help you learn more thoroughly and retain knowledge.
Another way to stay actively focused is by avoiding items that distract you. If you have a tendency to check your phone constantly, leave it in the car. If you get distracted by your computer, take notes with a pencil and paper. Not having these distractions around will make it much easier to focus on your learning.
To be an active learner, it is also important to take care of your body and health. An energized body will give you a more energized mind. Eat healthy foods and stay hydrated. Get some form of movement in each day, even if it is simply going for a walk. Be sure to get an adequate amount of sleep. Taking care of your health will keep you from feeling groggy in class, so you can focus solely on the material.
Making connections with people is an extremely important aspect of pursuing a higher education. People are the key to success. Education is important, but without personal connections, it is hard to work your way into the professional world.
A great place to start building connections is with your instructors. Most have worked in the field that you are studying and likely have worthwhile connections. Go to office hours, engage them in class, and be a respectful and excited to learn. They have a lot to teach, and they are there to help you!
Meeting your peers is another great way to network. You are all pursuing an education in similar fields. Knowing each other and supporting one another through school and into the job search will create a bond that will help with networking opportunities in the future.
You already feel inspired to learn if you have decided to pursue higher education. Hold on to that inspiration! It can be hard to feel motivated when the stressors of balancing work, school, and life are so prevalent. Stick with school and you will be so proud once you earn that degree!
A good way to maintain motivation is first to figure out what motivates you. Is it financial health, stability, caring for your family, pursuing your dreams, or simply accomplishing something that you once thought impossible? Whatever your motivation is, use it to push you through to the end!
To keep that motivation, find solace and time alone to decompress, study, and think about your future. Make sure you have some time each week to be alone to gather your thoughts and keep yourself motivated toward your goals.
If you have not started on the path to pursuing higher education and discovering a career that you are passionate about, contact us at Pioneer Pacific College. We have the atmosphere, students, and faculty that will inspire you to get where you’re going!