4/24/2017 | BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT Page ContentLearning is often achieved through several techniques and these differ from person to person. This article, is more about exploring the various healthy habits that drive studying effectively, rather than the actual techniques themselves. Whether studying towards a full-time programme or a distance one like an online BCom degree, here are our top habits that promote effective studying:1. Eliminate negative thinkingThis does more than just promote effective studying; it helps you create a happier life. Be aware of the negative mind-set that tells you that you can’t do something. This toxic pattern of thought holds you back more than fear ever will, and sometimes it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. In a nutshell, this means what you think will come to be. We should all be thinking positive thoughts because from these come positive actions and positive outcomes.2. Make your time countTime management is a very important part of success, especially when it comes to work or studies. In the case of those studying via correspondence like an online BCom degree, you’ll need to ensure you don’t take on too many things that steal your time. A prioritised list for each day is a great way to ensure that you don’t get overwhelmed and manage to get everything done.3. Know when to push through and when to take a breakThis one really is easier said than done, but when executed right, it ends that dreaded procrastination and the anxiety that follows. With your daily list of tasks and studies to complete, you’ll be able to break each day into manageable chunks. By dealing with each “chunk” you’ll be more likely to come out on top. If you find you’re flying through everything, you’re entitled to a break. If you’re far behind, you should really push through.4. Reward yourselfThis could be anything from an hour nap to a chocolate bar or even a trip to the mall for a walk. If you have achieved more than you thought you would in a day, or if you attained good results, be grateful and show yourself that gratitude. An attitude of gratitude is the single most important tool for living a healthy and successful life.Seize new opportunities with Varsity CollegeDon’t let work or family commitments keep you from the success you deserve. Register for online studies at The IIE Varsity College today, www.varsitycollege.co.za. Varsity College is a brand of the Independent Institute of Education (The IIE).