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How to be a successful student


Successful students know how to concentrate on learning when needed, while taking breaks when needed. They know how to manage their time wisely, adhere to strict training schedules and spend most of their time in the audience.

In the process, successful students also know how to have a good time and how much they love to acquire knowledge, they also love to receive high marks.

Your studies should be your top priority.

Successful students know how to succeed, as they have made learning their first priority. Despite the fact that it is important to find time to chat with friends, family, extracurricular activities and to be alone with yourself, you should never neglect your studies. If you have an important exam soon, and you are not very well prepared, then most likely you should skip the big party, which will be two days before the exam. If you are very backward in French, then perhaps for the time being you should skip the new episode of the series “Think like a criminal”. This does not mean that you can never do what you want, you just have to be aware when studies should come first.

Even so, you cannot ignore everything in the world just to learn. If your friend or family member has a life crisis, you cannot leave him or her just to learn.

Be punctual.

You should develop the habit of timing and learn to arrive on time when you need it. In fact, you should plan your time so that you always come a little earlier - then you will have time to look around, concentrate and prepare to receive knowledge when you are there. Being punctual, you will also earn the sympathy and respect of teachers. Whether you are taking the test or going to do homework with a friend, you should come on time if you want to be a successful student.

One wise man once said: “To come is already half the battle.” If you cannot make a commitment and arrive on time, then you will not be able to learn the material.

Work honestly.

This means that you must work independently and beware of plagiarism and cheating by all means. Cheating will not lead you to anything, and the seemingly easy way afterwards can bring you many problems. It is never worth cheating on a test, and it is much better to fail on an exam for which you are not prepared than to be caught cheating. And even if you are not caught cheating, you think that it is better to choose the easiest way when it comes to your life and study, and this can lead to the fact that in the future you will have bad habits.

Do not take an example from others. In some schools, cheating is considered the norm, and since many children cheat, you may be tempted to join them. This type of group thinking is very dangerous and can interfere with the development of your potential.


Successful students can concentrate on their assignment. If you need to learn one chapter from your history book in an hour, you must do it without being distracted. If you need a break, take a 10-minute break, but do not let it go at one o’clock when only 10 minutes are left for study. In fact, you can train your brain to concentrate for longer periods of time, because even if it seems to you that you cannot concentrate on something longer than 15 minutes, just work to increase the time to 20 minutes, then to 30 and so on.

Given the above, most people should not concentrate or do one task for more than 60 or 90 minutes. Intermediate breaks of 10-15 minutes will help you recover your energy and concentrate again on the task.

Do not compare yourself with others.

Successful students succeed on their own terms. They don’t care how their brother, neighbor or laboratory partner studies, as they know that, ultimately, the most important thing is to achieve their goal. If you are too keen to follow what others are doing, you may be disappointed in yourself or you will wake up to compete with them, which will take all your thoughts. Learn not to notice others and try to do everything in your power.

Perhaps you have a friend competing with you who always wants to measure grades or talk about your GPA. Do not let this person get you, and if you do not want to discuss your school matters, do not be shy, declare it.

Act steadily.

If you want to be a successful student, then you should not set yourself the goal of getting "excellent", having "satisfactory" marks. Instead, you should work to get a “three with a plus,” then a “four with a minus,” and so on, so as not to get upset. Successful students know that it is difficult to move forward by leaps and bounds, and concentrate on the details, not trying to immediately achieve the final result. If you want to be a successful student, you will have to put up with gradual progress.

Be proud of yourself for every small step towards excellence. Do not hang your nose if you are not given the highest score that you hoped to get.

Take an interest in the material you are studying.

Successful students are not just machines that are not interested in anything but obtaining “excellent” grades. They are actually interested in the information they study, and their desire for knowledge helps them to get high scores. Of course, you may not be interested in everything that you go through - from photosynthesis to linear equations, but you can try to find something interesting in every subject. This will help to concentrate, and you will be much more fun to do.

If you are really interested in something, then you should go beyond the school curriculum and do extracurricular reading to find out even more. For example, if you liked reading "And the sun rises" - try reading the "Feast that is always with you" or other novels by E. Hemingway yourself.

1. Define your goals and prioritize.

What do you want to achieve in life? Even if you are just deciding who you want to work after graduation, you have desires and goals (otherwise you would not read this article). Define your goals. Be ambitious and think big! Make a list of goals and periodically return to it. The list will motivate you to become better every day than yesterday, and to set priorities correctly.

2. Cultivate interest and be curious.

In fact, any, even the most “useless” item may not be so boring if you try to find something interesting for yourself in it. Versatile knowledge will broaden your horizons, and you will never guess where and when they will be useful to you (suddenly, for example, you suddenly manage to keep up a conversation about a rare hobby of your future client, put him in your possession and eventually get a big project for your company).

3. Down with procrastination!

Starting an exam preparation in one night is a bad idea. Not only will you forget what you have learned in a few days, you will not get enough sleep, you will feel bad and you will lose concentration on the exam.
The key to successful studies is to study daily. Divide the topic into sections (it is known that we better remember information in small parts), study each completely in one go. Make a class schedule and strictly follow it. Master the basics of time management to properly distribute your time.
If you follow this advice, you will be surprised to find that you understand the material much better, and you will sleep peacefully on the night before the exam, not panic, trying to learn the full course of matanalysis in a few hours.

4. Practice self-control and discipline.

Discipline and ability to work will help you not only at the university, but also in your future career. Believe me, all successful people clearly control themselves, their actions and emotions.
Follow the schedule, practice daily, focus on one task at a time.
Do not be distracted by social networks and the Internet (by the way, there are special applications that allow you to block access to the Network for the time you set), turn off all reminders and signals on your mobile phone, explain to your parents / friends / young man or girl that you are busy and free through for a certain time, expel pets from the room and for a while get rid of everything that distracts you.
However difficult it may be, remember: without pain there is no victory.

5. Follow your daily routine and be physically active.

To successfully engage and be productive, you need to keep yourself in good shape and have a large supply of energy. To do this, you need (let it seem to you not new and boring!) To sleep 8–9 hours a day and engage in your own body.
Get up early - so you will have more time to study (in the evening we are more inclined to rest and to postpone for tomorrow and the day after tomorrow). In the morning you are more productive and concentrated (even the most convinced owl can be turned by an early bird due to discipline).
Exercise your body! Sport and an active lifestyle will give you a huge amount of energy that will allow you to think and remember new information faster. As a result, you will have more time to enjoy. In addition, sports are a great way to change activities.

6. Take breaks.

Have you noticed that already 20-30 minutes after the start of classes, your mind begins to wander at the wrong place, and you get distracted?
In fact, a person is able to continuously maintain attention on the same subject for a limited amount of time, and this amount is purely individual. Note the time that you are able to concentrate on your studies, and after it take a break: have a snack or drink water (it is extremely useful for your body, especially for the brain), doubt, walk around the room or break into sports, open a window or take a walk.
Set up your schedule to take into account such breaks and activity changes.
By the way, changing the environment and the way you study the subject will help you remember better. Along with knowledge, the brain records information about the surrounding atmosphere: the place where you practice, the sounds and the music that sounds at that time. Read notes and books, listen to lectures in the player, change your position more often - do sitting, standing and even in motion. If you are a visual, devote more time to recording information, if an audio, read an annotation on the recorder, start using audio books and listen to them more often.

7. Visualize and model.

To better remember something, imagine a model of the subject being studied. It is not only about diagrams, tables and other ways of visual presentation of information, but also mental modeling.
To study something more efficiently, create some kind of logic - a mental model, where each new bit of information will be logically integrated into an existing system. For example, you can study physics based on the time axis: at first there were early ideas about the world around us, then ancient physics appeared, then Newtonian mechanics, electricity, magnetism, the discovery of an electron, Einstein's theory of relativity, quantum theory, astrophysics, etc. Everything confirmed or disproved past hypotheses. This is logical, and therefore easier to remember, to make relationships and understand. And understanding is much more important than just remembering information.
Another way to remember something is to use the associative row. Develop your own system of associations for each specific subject, this will help to more effectively recall the necessary information, especially in a stressful situation with a sudden memory failure in the exam.

8. Attend lectures and be active in them.

Lectures and classes are not as useless as it might seem at first glance. Firstly, the teacher may deviate from the training manual or textbook. Secondly, it is live communication, when you can ask questions and receive feedback. Finally, attending lectures will save time that you would have spent reading textbooks (most often the teacher asks questions about the material covered in the lecture).
Cultivate active listening: be careful, keep a summary and do not be afraid to be that strange guy who constantly asks stupid questions. The better you understand the material in the lecture, the less time you will need to study it before the exam.
By the way, attending lectures and activity at them is also useful because many teachers put tests and / or marks on exams automatically - for attendance and your participation. The teacher’s task is not to flunk you on the exam and put the three on the next retake. He also does not want to waste time on this.

9. Keep notes correctly.

Develop your own abstracting system. It can be any, if only it would be convenient for you to work with it.
One of the most convenient existing abstracting systems is the Cornell system.
It is to initially keep an abstract in the format of cards for memorizing:

  • Divide the sheet into 2 parts: the left margin, which occupies about a third of the width of the leaf, and the right margin, the rest of the leaf.
  • Keep a lecture summary on the right side of the sheet, always making large indents between paragraphs on different topics.
  • On the left side of the sheet write out all the headings, main ideas and associations - do this after the lecture, while repeating the material. Now cover the right side of the abstract with a sheet of paper and test yourself, drawing on the theses on the left.
  • Leave the box below for section headings and subsections. So it will be much easier to find the necessary information in the compendium.

Before the exam, invite classmates to make an aggregator abstract: collect the best of them and form a single one, in which there will be the most complete material in a structured form. Thus, you will not only prepare for the exam, but also earn the respect of your classmates (get a plus sign in karma) by sending them a compendium. If there is a lot of material, you can distribute the work among several people and at the end combine the resulting notes into one.

10. Help and use the help.

Create your own mini-group for exam preparation and homework. Let it be a group of like-minded people with the same goals. Be active in the group: explain the material, help the rest. This will help you not only understand and understand the material (as you know, we better understand something when we explain it to others), but also learn how to work in a team and develop leadership skills.

Our tips will help you learn.

This, of course, is a good question. First you need to become that very student. What, there are no problems with this? Consider already half done. It remains to deal with the second half, that is, how, after all, to become a successful student. On this occasion, there are many articles on the Internet, and most of all - scientific articles of a psychological orientation. But we want to give some valuable advice that will help you put everything in your life on the necessary shelves, to really get the desired result. Why do we need this? The more successful people, the better people will live, that is, we are with you.

On clothes meet

Before you start studying, pay attention to your wardrobe. It clearly needs to be updated. Think over your style of clothing that will tell about you what you would like to tell others (I am successful!). Remember that you are no longer 15, but a little more, so you need to have a decent suit in your wardrobe. This means one in which it is very convenient to go, for example, to an exam.


From the first day of training it is necessary to get to know each other, to become your own in the team. Of course, you won’t do it all in one day, but in no case should you sit apart and not communicate with anyone. On the contrary, at any opportunity, talk with classmates, but, look, do not overdo it, otherwise you will be perceived as an annoying fly. Become a valuable conversationalist (that is, speak less and listen more), show with your whole appearance that you are very interested in everything that is being discussed.

Collection of information

In every lesson, do not waste time in vain: in addition to comprehending science intensively, you need to find out everything about the teacher. At first - visual characteristics, they can tell a lot about a person. It's simple - you liked the teacher outwardly, facial expressions and gestures do not raise doubts that this is a fairly adequate person, which means that you can not expect a dirty trick from this person. But, nevertheless, it is necessary to learn and do everything on time. В то же время, если вы узнали о своём преподавателе, что он очень строг, и, не дай, Бог, переменчив, то нужно узнать у старшекурсников, каким образом этого человека можно хотя бы во время сессии умилостивить.

Да, и на студенческой скамье возможен карьерный рост. Если вдруг кто-то, а это, скорее всего, будет ваш куратор, захочет найти себе помощника-старосту, не ждите, пока вашу скромную особу кто-то когда-то заметит и предложит на столь достойный пост. Не будьте излишне скромными. Offer yourself, because the headman on the course is almost always a guarantee of success. With teachers, business and in some places friendly relations will be established, which also contributes to success. Oh, someone, and they can’t give you a bad mark.

You still have to work

If you want, you don’t want, but all the tasks and written work, and this is the control, term papers, and laboratory, etc., you still have to complete and deliver on time. Create the following order for yourself: as soon as the task is received, immediately take up its implementation. You can come up with a system of incentives and punishments: what’s called applying the “carrot and stick method”. Until the work is done, do not allow yourself, for example, to go to your favorite cafe with friends or deprive yourself of something you’re hard to do without (for example, another visit to the Odnoklassniki website). As soon as you see that you have a shortage over time or simply cannot write the type of work, it is better to spend a little money and complete the order of theses in They will write to you all the necessary work no worse than what you yourself would write, and in the percentage of 90 - much better, because real professionals work here.

Show interest in the subject

In all classes, especially practical ones, try to participate as much as possible in discussions on the topic, show sincere interest, even if it is not. What for? Firstly, the teacher will be pleased, and secondly, you will be remembered as a talking and promising student, and not the character of Mu-Mu. It will also affect your ranking and performance.

Calm and only calm

Learn to restrain yourself in all situations and remember a simple rule - the most terrible and inevitable thing in this life is only death, and everything else is fixable and solvable. If you are constantly nervous, then you obviously will not have the strength or patience to study well, and therefore become successful. In the mornings, instead of charging, it would be good for the stronger sex to remove all their stresses on the pear, and the girls would also want to go at least fitness - and the figure is useful and calms the nerves.
This, of course, is not all the rules, each supplements them based on their own situation. In general, try to be comfortable with everything, both externally and internally, in the first place, and during the first year create an image of a successful student. This will always help out until the end of training. Good luck!

11. Take part in projects and build relationships.

Be active. Take part in conferences, scientific work, create projects, solve cases at championships. This will help you build a portfolio, which you then present to your future employer. It will be valued above a diploma with honors, because it will show that you have not only knowledge, but also practical experience.
Case championships and conferences will help build relationships. Meet, communicate, be sure to go through a field trip. All this will help you to get a job of your dreams much faster.

12. Get ready for exams more efficiently.

Suppose you already have the correct compendiums, or even a complete aggregator of abstracts. But to prepare for the exam, this is not enough. Most likely, in addition to tickets, the teacher will ask additional questions, so re-read the compendium again. Do it actively: create mental models, hypotheses, find relationships to not only remember, but build logic and understand material.
Test yourself - have a virtual exam. Exam tickets, additional questions from past courses, homework done (yes, they also need to be done, because in practice everything is easier to understand than in theory) will come to your aid.
Let your weaknesses become your strengths - identify what you understand the worst, and work through these points.
Finally, learn a little more than you did in the lectures: be interested in additional information, curious details and facts.

13. What to do if you come across a critical teacher.

Be open to criticism. Criticism can be constructive and will help you become better - it all depends on how you feel about it.
If you do not like the teacher, and he is sarcastic towards you, think what is more important - his personal attitude to you or the knowledge that you can get. If knowledge is more important, prove that you can handle the subject. Most likely, after this, the teacher will respect you.

14. Encourage yourself.

Rejoice at your merits. After all, student years should be fun. Set aside one day a week just for relaxation. Go to concerts, exhibitions, and movies. Take an interest in everything that surrounds you. Be insatiable and reckless. And if you think that all this cannot be combined with serious study, you are mistaken - with strict adherence to the schedule and time management, nothing is impossible.
No matter how difficult it is to learn, remember: your possibilities are really unlimited. Each of you can become a good student, get high scores on tests and spend your student years to good use ... If you want to. Do not compare yourself with others, only with yourself - yesterday. Good luck