1. Make the Learning Leap
The very first and important step for any student is to develop a good foundation. During your school life, make a good impression on your teachers and your peers. However, this doesn’t mean that you bring an apple for your math teacher in every class. Make sure you get respectable grades right from the beginning of the school year, since a student’s GPA has the tendency to dip rather than rise over the course of their degree, as basic courses are replaced with advanced or AP ones.
2. Regularity is Key
Students also need to maintain their class attendance. This is essential as most your understanding of the course work will depend on whether you have sitting through your classes in the first place. Daily class assignments, homework, presentations and class tests all account for a major chunk of your final grade. If you ensure that you at least have a go at them, even if you don’t ace them, can still make a world of difference to your final grade.
3. Sleep, Sleep and Sleep Some More
There is nothing more important for students than a good night’s sleep. Your laptop, TV, gaming console and the latest episode of Game of Thrones might torment you, and sleep might seem like the last thing on your mind, but this is a dilemma that has faced students for a long time. Nobody wants to go to bed early. However, a good night’s sleep ensures that while at school a student has a clear and refreshed mind, and is faced with no unnecessary distractions, leaving the students free to concentrate on their studies. Not getting a good night’s sleep typically causes students to become affected by a common ‘illness’ called lethargy that infects unsuspecting victims. Symptoms include bleary eyes, hunched backs, shuffling feet and drowsiness.
4. Put in Some Elbow Grease
Sometimes, all it takes for becoming successful is simple, good old fashioned hard work and perseverance. You need to study the coursework thoroughly and make notes of your teacher’s lectures so as to make it easier for you to understand the various concepts. You should also remember to never shy away from asking for help whenever you need it, whether it’s from your teachers or class mates. You should also try to manage your time between studying and doing extra-curricular activities, as both are vital to healthy student life. Activities like sports, debates, school plays and photography are great ways to socialize with fellow students and to learn new and innovative skills.
All in all, the most important thing to remember is to just relax and have fun. You can’t be good at that you don’t find enjoyable. School can be a memorable experience as long as you take courses that don’t feel boring and tedious and interest you. In the end, a good student never stops learning and spends their life in gaining as much knowledge as they possibly can. Like the industrialist Clay P. Bedford once said, “You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives.” This is what it means to be a good student.