In a class, there are usually a few students who can achieve top grades. Most of them taper down to mediocrity or even lower grades. So, what’s so special about those top ranking students? What have they done? It is certain that these students apply different studying techniques to achieve specific results. Here are reasons these students can achieve top ranks:
- They are ready for studying: In general, successful students are willing to study regularly. They know that what they give is what they get. If we put in regular hours for studying, we will get better grades because we will learn more. The idea is, we could score high by being consistent and doing things steadily. Achieving top grades are not just pipe dreams if we know what we should do. It is important to set aside enough hours in a day for effective studying sessions. This should be the basic concept for consistent studying and we won’t pile up assignments and tasks due to delays.
- Set definite goals: I will score at least A- in Math or I will get 90% in the next exam. This should be a definite goal and top-performing students are known for their specific, definite goals. By having such goals, we should have a purpose to study much better. Goals can motivate us and we will be driven to study more. We should focus our energy and mind efficiently. In this case, it is important to set definite goals when we plan our study sessions. However, it is important not to get carried away and we should set realistic goals. There are goals that can challenge us, but there are those that are too difficult to achieve that can cause distractions.
- Perform well-planned actions: Once we have decided what we should do, it is important to set ideal roadmaps, so we can reach specific goals. We know that successful students are different from ordinary ones, so it is important to know what makes them different. Once these students set their goals, they will make plans on how to achieve these goals. They will do specific actions and it is possible to perform things that can make goals much easier to achieve. As an example, if we want to score 95 percent for the next exam, we should know what actions we need to do to achieve it. We may need to allocate more studying time. Successful students make this crucial question, so they can analyze and make appropriate plans. Once they do it, they will implement and follow the plan faithfully. This simple strategy should bring real results and true success. We will prevent wastage of energy and time, because we know what we should do to achieve our goals.
- Studying without strain: Successful students don’t put strain on themselves when studying. In this case, they enjoy studying and may even feel uncomfortable if they don’t study effectively during the day. We should find ways to make it enjoyable to study and we love to do it, instead of pushing ourselves to do it.