7 Habits for Achieving Academic Success


Ewere states that though we are not yet where we want to be, we are no more where we used to be. He points to the fact that every human desires to move forward and succeed in whatever he desires.


This applies to all students at all levels as your number one goal at schools, colleges, polytechnic and university is undoubtedly to achieve academic success. Every man you see is a product of his habit. Habits are the simple things we do on daily basis. Success is largely the result of what you do consistently.


According to Robert Collier, “Success is the sum of small efforts repeated day in day out.” Therefore, to be successful in your career, you consciously have to break habits that are taking you nowhere and cultivate new habits that will launch you into a new dimension of success in your academic pursuit. This article tries to examine some of the habits that will bring you desired success.



Responsibility is the price of greatness. This means that no matter how you desire to be great, it can never be a reality if responsibility is absent. Responsibility is a combination of two words: response and ability. To achieve success, you have to respond to God’s ability in you and also have the ability to respond to different situations appropriately. Did you know that life is 10% of what happens to you and 90% of your attitude (behaviour and reactions?). You are not yet a failure until you blame someone or something for your failure. If you succeed or fail, it is you, not someone else or something else.



Charles Jones states that you are the same today of what you are going to be in five years from now except for two things: The people you associate with and the books you read. If you list names of ten people that are closest to you and you sincerely examine their lives, you have been seeing your future already. Hold this! We are not saying you should not relate or associate with your mates. No! Man is a social being and one of his paramount needs is association. However, try to relate with people that can challenge your thinking and that you can learn from. The worth of a friendship is measured by the value it adds to your priorities.

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Both the successful person and failure have the same 24 hours per day. What you do with your time depends on you. Time is more than money; your life is the product of time. There is a difference between spending your time and investing your time. What you spend does not come back to you, but what you invest comes back to you, but what you invest comes back to you even in multiples. It is sad to see most students wasting their precious time on frivolous but to failure. To make the most of your time, therefore, invest your time productively, do not spend it. And most importantly, try to avoid procrastination because procrastination is the thief of time. You seldom achieve anything if you keep putting of your schedules.



You improve yourself by learning the things you yet do not know. Learning adds colour to life. What you learn reflects in your life. Read widely. Do not rely solely on what your teacher/tutor/educator/lecturer has given you. Learning does not end in the classroom or lecture room. You need to be scholarly if you really desire academic success. Most students are reluctant to buy books that will enhance their studies. Some never buy books they blame this on the economic downturn of the country. What you learn is what determines your earning power. If you learn more, you earn more. Learning keeps you alive. When you stop learning, you start dying. Remember, you are what you know.



Life demands some form of aggression. You must be action driven to achieve success. You must be ready and active. Say no to complacency and laziness. Your vision is the vehicle of destiny but zeal is the fuel that keeps the vehicle on the move or else you will not get there. Be zealous about your studies and your life. Have a burning passion for your subjects, courses of your studies. Anything you do is worth doing well. Avoid saying, “I wish I were this…I were that… Where you are now is not by accident. Develop a passion for your studies and career.

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No man can grow beyond the quality of his thought and speech. Your life will always gravitate in the directions of your dominant thought and speech. Your mind is like a magnet, it attracts to you whatever you want. Therefore, think positively and talk positively. Half good esteem.



According to Webster’s Dictionary, right mind is having a healthy mental state. When one is mentally balanced, one has a right mind. Right mind is the mind you have towards your goal(s). The belief you have about things you do. You believe that you can pass a certain examination, even if the subject or course of study is difficult or the teacher or the lecturer is principled, you can still be positive in mind that you can succeed.

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S S Olaoye/Deola Adelakun

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