They are the ones you check and compare their grades as soon as you check yours on the result board, That’s right, I’m talking about the top students in your department who makes it look so easy!.
What we don’t realize is that below the surface there is a collection of positive habits and mindsets that make that person so successful in class. Not just a few, but an accumulation of numerous consistently repeated habits that combine to produce high-level academic performance.
Below are 10 habits of top university students that you can use to increase your performance in school:
They don’t always do all of their assignments.
As an undergraduate, assignments generally make up about 20-30% of your final score, but it could also be the biggest “time-suck” for most students. Undoubtedly, solving problems is one of the best ways to turn new concepts into working knowledge, but a large majority of those problems that take you hours to get through, and worse still you’ll never see such on your exam question paper.
They never “read through” the textbook.
Owing to the amount of time spent, reading the whole textbook is one of the least effective ways of learning a new material. Top students use the examples and practice questions, but otherwise use Google, lecture notes, and past questions to study new materials.
They Google EVERYTHING.
It’s spontaneous. Trying to learn something new? Then Google is your sure go to for quick understanding. Don’t just rely or limit yourself to textbooks and some examples your lecturer gives you. You have the worlds’ smartest search engine at your fingertips, so make Google your best friend.
They test themselves frequently.
Testing yourself reinforces your mind’s associations with new material, and gives you quick and clear criticism on whether you know something or not. Bottom line, repeated self-testing significantly improves long-term retention of new material.
They own no highlighter.
So you think highlighting while reading will help you remember/understand better? Hell no! If something stands out while reading, underline it and write a corresponding note to go along with it. Or better better still, in your own words, write a note summarizing the point.
They make the best out of lecture.
Yes, your lecturer as well as his lectures suck. Yes, it’s either too fast so you can’t keep up and miss all the important stuff, or it’s way too slow and you start zoning out because you already understand everything.
The best students look at this this way: Will be there regardless, so what’s the best use of my time while I’m in the classroom? Ask questions, bring the course book and look up stuffs, concentrate on the vital practice questions to write down in your notes, make note of anything they put emphasis on as a potential exam question. These things make the time you spend in the lecture room more productive and rewarding. What’s more, that is less time you need to spend studying later on.
They use lectures as a detective mission.
Lectures are a great time to pay attention to topics, examples and practice questions your lecturer spend plenty of time on. These will hint you on his concept types and problems, chances are you’ll see something similar in the exam hall.
They practice under test conditions.
Sure you are familiars with the old adage “practice makes perfect”? but that isn’t completely true. Deliberate practice under the right conditions, with the right mindset, is more like it. In addition to, reading through the entire lecture notes and redoing old assignments, top students take practice questions, and rehearse their exam performance, under time pressure and in similar examination conditions (no notes, uncomfortable chair, quiet room, and so forth).
They make their own study guides.
Top students don’t just use the study guide provided by their lecture, they create their own.
Creating your own study guide is half the battle, requiring you to go through your notes, consolidate, organize and write them in your words. This ultimately gives you the full understanding of what course material is all about. Caution: When creating your study guide, be sure you don’t misrepresent the original course material as this will be counterproductive.
They take personal responsibility for their own success.
The best students understand that they, and only they are solely responsible for their own success in (and out) of the university. So waiting to be spoon-fed by your lecturer or wishful think that luck will shine on your answer booklet is a no, no!. Despite your parent’s best intentions, they’ll never be as committed to your academic success as you can be. No blame games.
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