Tips for a Successful Semester

It’s that time for New Year’s resolutions. This year, we offer just 3 tips to help make your Spring 2014 the best semester yet.

1) Take advantage of PVCC’s support services
PVCC’s primary mission is to help YOU succeed. Take comfort in the knowledge that you have a support network on this campus. The Buxton Library (of course!), the Learning Support Center, Computer Commons, Student Life, Honors Program, Career Services, Financial Aid, Counseling, the list goes on and on. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. We all need a hand sometime.

2) Create good habits
We don’t intend to, but with so many demands on our time, school often takes a backseat to other concerns. The best way to stay afloat – create healthy habits. Aristotle said it best: “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.”

Once a task that you would otherwise avoid, (e.g. homework, exercise, etc.) is turned into a habit – the prospect of doing it becomes less of an obstacle. Charles Duhigg examines this phenomena in his book, “The Power of Habit.” He recommends creating a “habit loop,” a pattern of behavior that includes a 3 steps: 1) a cue that triggers your brain to go into auto-pilot mode, (e.g.: do your homework), 2) a routine that can be physical (exercise), mental (homework) or emotional and, 3) finally, the reward that tells your brain that this is a habit worth remembering and repeating.

3) Make your health a priority
Try to avoid sugary, fatty foods that don’t feed your brain. Stock up on healthy snacks, drink lots of water, and get lots of sleep. Create a habit (see above) that includes some physical activity or quiet time. It can be anything, a walk, workout, dance, yoga, meditation, etc. Having a small amount of time to yourself makes you feel like you can commit to more of those items on your to-do list.

As always, we have a new book/media display to help you out. :)  This week, inspiration on how to create healthy habits, stay motivated, and be successful.

Good luck!



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