After spending hours researching on what highflyers and exceptional students have in common, we have narrowed down to 2 crucial secrets to achieving excellent performance in your studies; high positive self-expectations and a healthy lifestyle
Set high self-expectations mixed with a positive attitude
Various researches have proved that that expectations students/pupils have about themselves have a significant impact on their attainment. Researchers have also noted that students/pupils with a positive attitude, have a growth, achievement-driven mindset that learns from mistakes and strives for excellence. It is, however, crucial you’re your expectations are pitched at the appropriate levels, not too low not too high – realistic and not too challenging yet also not too easy. Evidence has shown that unrealistic expectations may have negative academic performance and may lead to stress and anxiety for learners.
Develop a healthy lifestyle
Healthy habits and lifestyle need to be incorporated in your daily routines if you are going to be a highflyer. Some simple practices that you could embed in your daily routines include:
- Keep hydrated by drinking plenty of water both at home and at school/college – and it helps maintain clear skin as well!
- Stay active – physical activity could include walking to school/college, sporting activities, jogging, gym….
- Deep breathing – Practice regular deep breathing to boost your focus and clarity.
- Maintain a healthy diet, with sufficient fruit & veg, healthy snacks and limited fast-food/takeaways, fizzy drinks, sugar and fats. Avoid skipping breakfast.
- Maintain optimum sleep levels – Ensure you get sufficient sleep to help when processing information in lessons. Sleep gives your body & brain rest for a fresh next day, a sharper memory, improved concentration and helps protect your mental health. Aim for 8 – 10 hours of sleep every day.
- Regulate your phone usage – avoid too much sedentary/still time spent on your mobile phone/ TV/ computer or gaming. It may weaken your mental performance whilst also impacting your BMI/weight. Try breaking up excessive periods of phone use/TV watching or gaming as often as possible
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