That sentence rings a bell in our medulla. Each time, we hear fantastic, implausible and incredible story of students who turn break seemingly unachievable record like Ayodele Daniel, the university of Lagos graduate who turned academic myth to reality by finishing with 5.0 Cumulative Grade Point Average,CGPA which means scored As in all courses he took in the school year and many others who have emerged national sensation because of their academic prowess, we tend to feel envious and wonder how they did it.
Worry no more, the tools for success in academics and study have been demystified and made understandable even to a nursery school pupil. With the application of the instruction in this article, you would be highly successful too.
The basics of becoming a successful student is learning how to study smarter, not harder. This becomes more and more true as you advance in your education. An hour or two of studying a day is usually sufficient to make it through secondary school with satisfactory grades, but approaching or while in the University , there aren’t enough hours in the day to get all your studying in if you don’t know how to study smarter.
While some students are able to go through school with minimal effort, this is the exception. Most successful students achieve their success by developing and applying effective study habits. The following are the top 10 secrets that makes a highly successful students. So if you want to become a successful student, don’t get discouraged,make sure don’t give up, just work to develop each of the study habits below and you’ll see your grades go up, your knowledge increase, and your ability to learn and assimilate information improve.
They don’t attempt to cram all their studying into one session.
I am sure most of you find yourself up late at night spending more energy trying to keep your eyelids open than studying especially during examination perios. If so, it’s time for a change (not Apc’s change o!). Successful students typically space their work out over shorter periods of time and rarely try to cram all of their studying into just one or two sessions. If you want to become a successful student then you need to learn to be consistent in your studies and to have regular, yet shorter, study periods.
They plan when they’re going to study.
Do you have a daily or weekly schedule? no?
Successful students schedule specific times throughout the week when they are going to study — and then they stick with their schedule. Students who study sporadically and randomly typically do not perform as well as students who have a set study schedule. Even if you’re all caught up with your studies, creating a weekly routine, where you set aside a period of time a few days a week, to review your courses or subjects as the case may be. This will ensure you develop habits that will enable you to succeed in your education long term.
They study at the same time.
Not only is it important that you plan when you’re going to study, it’s important you create a consistent, daily study routine. When you study at the same time each day and each week( for example 3pm or 7pm each day) what you’re studying will become a regular part of your life. You’ll be mentally and emotionally more prepared for each study session and each study session will become more productive. If you have to change your schedule from time to time due to unexpected events, that’s okay, but get back on your routine as soon as the event has passed
They have a specific goal each study time.
Simply studying without direction is not productive. You need to know exactly what you need to accomplish or what you want to achieve during each study session. Before you start studying, set a study session goal that supports your overall academic goal (i.e. memorizing boyle’s law in order to pass the chemistry test .)
They never procrastinate their planned study session.
I still remember vividly in school, I loved postponing studying like bee love sucking nectar. It’s very very easy, and common, to put off your study session because of lack of interest in the subject, because you have other things you need to get done, or just because the assignment is hard. Successful students DO NOT procrastinate studying. If you procrastinate your study session, your studying will become much less effective and you may not get everything accomplished that you need to. Procrastination also leads to rushing, and rushing is the number one cause of errors.
As your most difficult or toughest assignment or subject will require the most effort and mental energy, you should start with it first. Once you’ve completed the most difficult work, it will be much easier to complete the rest of your work. Believe it or not, starting with the most difficult subject will greatly improve the effectiveness of your study sessions, and your academic performance.
They always review their notes before starting an assignment.
Obviously, before you can review your notes you must first have notes to review. Always make sure to take good notes in class. Before you start each study session, and before you start a particular assignment, review your notes thoroughly to make sure you know how to complete the assignment correctly. Reviewing your notes before each study session will help you remember important subject matter learned during the day, and make sure your studying is targeted and effective.
They make sure they’re not distracted while they’re studying.
Everyone gets distracted by something. Maybe it’s the TV. Or your family. Or maybe it’s too quiet. Some people actually study better with a little background noise. When you’re distracted while you’re studying you (1) loose your train of thought and (2) you’re unable to focus — both of which will lead to very ineffective studying. Before you start studying find a place where you won’t be disturbed or distracted. For some people, this is a quiet cubical in the recesses of the library.
They use study groups effectively.
Ever heard the phrase “two heads are better than one”? Well this can be especially true when it comes to studying. Working in groups enables you to (1) get help from others when you’re struggling to understand a concept, (2) complete assignments more quickly, and (3) teach others whereby helping both the other students and yourself to internalize and understand the subject matter. However, study groups can become very ineffective if they’re not structured and if groups members come unprepared. successful students use study groups effectively.
They review their notes, schoolwork and other class materials over the weekend.
Weekend suppose to be a time for fun, relaxation and frivolities but successful students review what they’ve learned during the week over the weekend. This way they’re well prepared to continue learning new concepts that build upon previous coursework and knowledge acquired the previous week.
Being the best or the most successful is no magic, it’s as a result of effective study habit. Be rest assured, if you’ll develop the habits outlined above you’ll see a major improvement in your academics and studies.