How Successful Students Score Top Grades
Why is it that out of so many students in a class only few score
top grades? What is special about students who score high? What
do they do exactly?
Well, successful students certainly study differently. But not
so differently that you cannot do it yourself.
With few exceptions, all top-performing students follow a
similar style of studying. We call this a "five-point approach."
Here is what they do:
1. Ready for regular work
Almost all successful students study regularly. Because they
know that ‘what you give is what you get.'
If you put in regular hours of studying, then you will learn
more, you will get better grades. The idea of scoring high,
without doing steady and consistent work is just a pipe dream.
Set aside some hours, each day or each week, for studying. This
will help you to study regularly. And prevent piling up of
study-assignments during exams.
2. Definite goals
"I will score A grade in English." "I will get 94% in the next
exam." These are definite goals. And all top-performing students
have definite, specific goals.
Having such goals give you a purpose to study better. They
motivate you and drive you to study more. Helps you to focus
your energies and mind power efficiently.
Hence always have definite goals for studying.
But I have seen that many students hesitate to set specific
goals. Because they are afraid they may not be able to achieve
it. Do not fear.
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3. Well-planned effort
Once you decide where you want to go, you need a road-map to
find out how to reach that place. Well, this is common sense,
you might say. Exactly. And this is where successful students
differ from ordinary ones.
Once successful students set their goal, they sit and plan on
how they are going to achieve their goal, what actions they are
going to take. How much time they are going to spend on it.
For e.g. if the goal is to score A grade in English, what action
is needed to achieve this score? Spend more time to study
English lesson? Improve grammar? Improve writing skill?...
In this way successful students question, analyze and make
plans. Then they follow their plans faithfully.
Such planned efforts bring more results and more success. It
also prevents wastage of time and energy because you know
exactly what you need to do to get your goal.
4. Study without strain
Successful students study a lot. But they study without putting
strain on themselves. Most students make the mistake of studying
too hard or studying continuously for long time. This creates
mental tension and actually slows down learning and memory.
Studying should be done in a balanced manner.
Try to give a gap between studying two subjects. Take a break
for few minutes, after studying for 30 or 45 minutes. Relax,
walk around your room or house, or drink some water and return
back to studying. Such short breaks will refresh your brain and
you will learn more.
Also, after taking your study-schedule or time-table into
account, set aside some time for playing any sport or watching
TV or just sitting out and gossiping with your friend.
5. Give it importance
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students who give importance to studies perform better. They
score more and have fewer study problems.
Studying is not something you do just because your parents asked
you to do it. It's actually very important for you.
Studying gives you knowledge and skills that will remain with
you for the rest of your life. It gives you the ability to get a
job and earn money. It gives you financial independence,
stability in life, respectability...the list is endless.
And successful students recognize the value of studying well.
Hence they give lot of importance to it. When you give
importance to something, you naturally focus all your attention
and energy on it.
You can see from the above ‘five-point approach' that
successful students don't do anything extraordinary. They just
do the right thing.
And you are not different from them. You can also do it and
achieve success in your studies.