Whether you are black or white, Hispanic or from Chinese descent, everybody should have the opportunities to have a bright future. Therefore, it’s of capital importance to have insight into how you can become a professional, both in theory and practice.

All people, irrespective of their race, culture or sexual orientation, have the same rights. That’s in theory. Whatever the nationality or race is, the path to a decent life of well-being starts at education.

University or college? Newsflash: There is more than classroom-learning

We can learn new skills from the comfort of our home. The snake hiding behind the tree is called No-Discipline. A new kind of (good) learning environment needs creating. A learning setting that allows achievement and interaction with fellow students and teachers.

Besides technologies, a lot depends on the feeling of engagement. Social, physical, psychological and cultural factors are as important as technological tools. And the learning environment should be a thrill.

The basics – the rewards of critical thinking

Be critical in the choice of your program. During your professional career, you will put the skills you learned into practice. In order to obtain those skills, the courses you enroll must be focusing on student skills and activities that train them. So, research and for example, internship experiences. Courses also should assess your new skills on the way.

Critical thinking derives from troubleshooting, searching and evaluating literature, communication, teamwork, and networking. Your courses must include these skills. Let’s break it up:

  • Evaluate information on its value, aimed at solutions to problems. Analyze the info and get to practical conclusions.
  • Effective communication. To present information in an organized way, software apps are available. Hey, this is the 21st century!
  • Teamwork will be expected in your future job(s). With colleagues and “bosses”. This is the only way to solve problems and stay productive.
  • Networking. This is vital now, and when you start working. Chose a mentor. Practice working by going for an internship.

From the basics to detailed tactics in 9 steps

  • Compose a study schedule

Nominate a specific time to study each day, and incorporate this in a calendar. This will avoid the temptation to go for distractions. Set up daily, weekly, monthly, and long term goals.

  • Arrange your workspace

Make sure you can focus. Keep your tools and supplies in one area. As long as you’re working, you don’t have to leave your workspace for anything.

  • Don’t get distracted

Stay away from social media, your mobile or anything else. If you feel this is hard to do, there are programs available that track your activity. Some programs will limit your access to specific websites during study time.

  • Hit the pause button on time

Regular short breaks will decrease the temptation to get distracted and will keep your mind fresh.

  • Exercise

Body and mind are one. A fit body makes a fit brain.

  • Ask Questions

Don’t hesitate to reach out to your instructors in case of problems or clarity-issues.

  • Keep in touch with fellow students

Students help each other. Share methods, insight, info. By joining a student community, you will feel you are not alone. The last thing you need is to feel isolated.

  • Become good at researching

The key is to learn where the reliable sources are. When you work hard on, let’s say an essay, you need credibility.

  • Make good use of learning tools

You want to stay productive in the long run. Online tools will help you with that.

A good example is using an online writing agency that will assist you with your academic writing assignments, such as essays and papers. You can first check-out free samples.

Let’s sum it up

It all starts with selecting courses that give you support. A well-oiled support system or mentorship program should provide you with assistance. And this whenever needed. Does your chosen program have an online discussion forum where you can talk about various topics?

If your instructors answer your needs, you will be a happy and engaged student. A happy student is a good student. Getting feedback is very important too. This will keep you heading in the desired direction. You will know which areas you need to improve.

When you feel supported, welcomed, and respected, it will be a piece of cake to apply the 9 steps provided above. Students are professionals, right?

Author Bio: Tamara Chapman is a freelance copywriter who now studying Economics and dreams of building a brand new life.