Preparing For Success in Your Study
At AIB we are often asked by new students to provide some guidance in preparation for success in your study. I know that the thought of returning to study can be a daunting idea at first, but your education provider will be there to help you each step of the way, and ensure you get the most out of your education. This article will include some useful tips which will put you on the right track towards success, as well as sharing some insights from past AIB students who have been in the same position as you.
Expect a challenge
The Cambridge Dictionary defines success as ‘something that achieves positive results’. Whilst the below graphic is slightly alternative to usual graphs, it illustrates the point that I would like to share with you first; the path to success in your study with AIB will be full of unexpected challenges, but will conclude with a number of positive results. As many of you would have already learnt in your personal endeavours, the path to success is not a straight line. It is full of unforeseen events, setbacks, highs and lows. However at the end of this journey, lies success in the form of a complete degree and an amazing feeling of accomplishment.
Many students begin their journey of tertiary education with doubt towards their abilities, but I believe it is important to maintain a positive attitude and belief in yourself throughout your studies. Winston Churchill once said ‘The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty’, and this is very relevant for my discussion. Be prepared to be challenged, and when there are difficulties, try to find a way to turn them into opportunities. AIB MBA Graduate Ezio Forcella adds to this point when explaining his hesitation to complete tertiary study, having not completed any since leaving high school. ‘I always thought that I was capable of achieving a degree, but I had not yet attempted it’ said Ezio. He adds that ‘completing the AIB MBA gave me a sense of self pride that I could achieve this goal’, an attitude which he has been able to take with him into his current workplace as a graduate.
Be confident in asking questions
The next point I would like to cover is the importance of communicating and asking questions throughout your studies. I think that this is a point which can be applied in both your education and in your work life; some of the best learning happens when hearing of other people’s experiences or views on a particular topic. I encourage you communicate regularly with your peers and use your chat forums to discuss issues or questions that you may have. There is an ancient Chinese proverb which says ‘He who asks a question is a fool for five minutes; he who does not ask a question remains a fool forever’. By asking questions and communicating throughout your studies, you will allow yourself to discover new ideas and to develop an in-depth understanding of particular topics.
Don’t forget the basics
All this talk of challenges and pushing yourself could lead to you forgetting the basic, yet fundamental components of succeeding in your studies. Although it may have been some time since you last studied, it is no less important to be organised. Ensure you are well organised with your time; if you are working during your studies this will be imperative to your success. Put aside designated time each week to do your readings and complete the work for your course. Similarly, it is just as important to maintain a high attention to detail throughout the work that you complete. Despite these skills being only a small factor of your success, they are ones which will be useful throughout both your studies and your career.
Robert Allen once said “Everything you want is just outside your comfort zone.” I encourage students to be bold in their ideas, confident in their abilities and strive be innovative. When choosing to complete further study, you are making the active choice to expand your knowledge and grow both personally and professionally. Stepping outside of your comfort zone will allow you to challenge your own ideals, be open to new ways of thinking, and allow you to truly develop.
Never underestimate support
Last but certainly not least, I encourage you to discuss your study plans with those close to you. In her testimonial, AIB MBA Graduate Jodi Howie states ‘my husband was fantastic and I couldn’t have done the MBA without his support’. This support could range from a partner, to a family member or a friend; however it is very important that those around you are aware of your commitments and your goals throughout your studies. There will be times where you will need these people to be flexible, understanding and supportive, therefore I highly recommend keeping them updated during your studies.
What do you think?
So, that concludes what I believe to be the most useful tips and insights for preparing for success in your study. Regardless of the degree you are undertaking, I think that they will be of use to anyone considering tertiary education, or already undertaking their studies.
Tell me what you think. Do you agree with these tips? Alternatively, do you have any tips I could add to this list to share with new students? I would love to hear your input and opinions!
This article was written by Laura Hutton on behalf of the Australian Institute of Business. All opinions are that of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of AIB. The following sources have been used to prepare this article: Inspiration Peak; Idea Champions; Pinterest; Cambridge Dictionary and Shutterstock Images.