Do you think of yourself as a smart student?
If you’re like most students, you probably feel as if you take some time to grasp new concepts.
Or that you don’t perform up to expectations because of exam stress.
It seems as if successful students are born smart. No matter what else is going on in their personal lives or extracurricular activities, they always get good grades.
I was a straight-A student throughout my academic career, but I’ll be the first one to say that grades aren’t everything. Grades are only one part of your education.
I now realise that successful students aren’t necessarily more intelligent than other students. They’re just more disciplined and focused, and they’ve developed winning study habits.
So if you don’t feel as if you’re a smart student, don’t worry.
In this article, I’m going to share with you how to be successful in school, even if you don’t think of yourself as a good student.
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Rely on systems, not motivation Students who do well in school don’t wait until they’re in the mood to do a focused study session before they get down to work. Neither do they wait until they feel motivated before they start preparing for an exam. Instead, successful students rely on systems to ensure that they get the work done, even when they don’t feel like it. (Keep on reading to find out what some of these systems are.)
Review any new information you’ve learned on the same day This daily review won’t take long to complete, but it’s a vital step that ensures you stay on top of the material. Applying this tip will also help you to move the information to your long-term memory more quickly.
Write everything down To be an effective student, write everything down.This includes homework to be completed, test and exam dates, project deadlines, competition dates, school and family events, etc. Don’t assume that you’ll be able to remember anything; write it all down to stay organised. This tip might sound extreme, but life only gets busier as you get older. So this tip will serve you well for the rest of your life.