Sometimes, studying is not enough to become excellent in school. Attitude towards what you are doing affects your performance as well. Every student can do better or even the best, if only they practice a helpful and healthy routine that would lead them towards success.
Here are 22 ways that will help you be more than just being a “student”.
1. Love what you’re doing.
When you choose a course in college, be sure that you really want it, so you’ll not regret it in the end. It’s nice learning things you love to know. In whatever you do, always enjoy yourself. Studying can be boring, but when you love what you are reading or doing, it would not matter.
2. Be positive.
Always be optimistic at school, you may encounter circumstances that would test your patience and capabilities. When you encounter problems, be courageous to face and solve them. Do not just stay at your bed thinking of your problem – make a move to resolve it. Consider it as a challenge and opportunity to make you a better student.
3. Have self-esteem.
Do not be shy to stand up and speak in front of a large class. Be confident with yourself, this will not only be needed at school but all throughout your life time. Do not hesitate to share your ideas and strive to be the best version of yourself.
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4. Pick good friends in school.
No man is an island; you can’t survive without having a companion. Choose your friends at school, be with a group who can help you be more responsible in your studies. Making friends with the right people is another way to enjoy your study.
5. Don’t mind time, focus on the discussion.
Avoid looking at your watch during classes, this is not only an insult to your professor, but it could also distract you. Give your full attention to the teacher talking in front and listen attentively. To be a good student, you must acquire and enhance your listening skills.
6. Set your goals.
The moment you enter and walk through the gate, be sure of what you want to achieve. Be certain of what you aspire in school. Give out the best in you and reach for it. Your goals will keep you going and keep you motivated.
7. Do advance reading.
If you are having a hard time with a particular subject, do some reading. Also, read the topic that you think will be discussed in the following days, so whenever it is discussed, you’re already well-versed about it. You can also use it to engage more actively in class on the next meeting.
8. Be punctual and always show up.
Your teachers will appreciate it when you arrive early. It shows you are interested to learn from them, and that would also make them be interested to teach you. Also, never miss a lesson, because it would create a gap between the concept you learn yesterday from today.
9. Participate in activities.
Do not just stay inside your classroom; be involved in some extracurricular activities. Being at school does not mean it’s all about reading. If you excel in your academics, try to do the same with the non-academic activities in school. This will also help you increase your social capability.
10. Visit a library and read.
Reading is the best way to educate yourself, and do not just read, try to digest the things you are reading. Spend your vacant time at the library to study and make a research. You could also borrow books from the librarian and bring it home.
11. Be inspired.
Going to school without having a sense of motivation and inspiration would be hard. Inspire yourself in whatever you do, so it would be easier for you to accomplish things that you want.
12. Sit in front.
The perk of being in front is that you can clearly hear every single word the teacher says. In that case, it would not be tough to understand the lesson. Practice yourself sitting in the front row. It would be nerve-racking at first, but its reward is worth the risk.
13. Study your previous lessons.
Before going to sleep, scan your notes and read it again. This will help you be ready with the surprise quizzes on the following days. It will also serve as an early preparation for the upcoming examination.
14. Make a To-Do-List.
Be organized, that is one way to achieve success. List down the activities that you need to do at home or even the other days to come. Your to-do list will serve as your reminder and help you keep track of your progress.
15. Raise questions.
When there is an unclear statement, do not be shy to raise your hand and ask. There is no harm in asking. Clarify things so you can comprehend well the topic. Asking questions doesn’t mean you are dumb, it only shows that you are listening and paying attention.
16. Have self-discipline.
Submitting your requirements on time is another form of self-discipline. Being late is not a good attitude of a student. So get rid of all the distractions, and do as much as you can to submit your requirements before deadlines. Do not just meet deadlines, beat them!
17. Take good care of your health.
Health is wealth, and it’s true. So prioritize your health, because if you are healthy, you can study well. Going to school requires a lot of energy. Hence, be physically, emotionally, and mentally fit.
18. Know how to manage your time.
You are not only a student, you are also a sister, brother, a friend, or a parent. You will not only be doing school stuff, but you also have other responsibilities. Thus, you have to practice time management. Know how to balance your time and use it wisely.
19. Listen attentively and take down notes.
It is important to take down notes while you are listening to your professor. It is not necessary that you will write all the words you see on the board, just mark down the important points, so you can review some of them in case you forget the lecture.
20. Never procrastinate.
Everything that we rush fails most of the time. Hence, give enough time for your assignments and projects. Study a week before your major examinations, so you could have the chance to get a higher score.
21. Think of your parents’ sacrifices.
You are at school because of your parents’ efforts. Repay them by giving them good grades at the end of the semesters. Excellent students are good children of their parents.
22. Do your best and God will do the rest.
Your capability as a man is not enough; you will always need someone higher than you to help you achieve your aspirations in life. His guidance would serve as your weapon in the battle of your life. Do not forget to thank and praise Him with every opportunity He gives you.
Being a mere student is tiring, how much more in being a better student. It may be a hassle, but come to think of it, it is always for your own sake. In the future, you will end up finding a job to sustain yourself or your family. Whatever you do at school can be a reflection of what you are as an employee someday.
There is no harm in doing something that would direct you to be good, or better, or even the best student. Leave the bad habits and start being a responsible student and person you can be.