Being the best student in school implies standing out academically, mentally, socially and otherwise. It is not mere coming tops but there’s more to it. It is every student’s dream and aspiration, although this has been very difficult to achieve by students in primary, secondary and even in the tertiary institutions,
How to be the Best Student in School
It pays to be different and as such it won’t come easily; sacrifices have to be made. It requires a lot of attentiveness, focus and perseverance.
The following four steps will help you become the best in school:
Be Active and Participate Fully in Class.
As a student, you must make sure to attend all classes and lectures and don not be aloof. Pay rapt attention and make contributions when necessary. Impress everyone around you with ideas and remember to ask questions for clarification. Bring all materials required for a class so you won’t be found wanting. Take down notes, form important points. You can even highlight for easy retrieval.
Go through the syllabus before time so you have an idea of what you are going to meet and probably plan/prepare questions where you do not understand.
Develop Good Study Habits.
This is one of the most important steps in being the best. Aside it helping to obtain good grades, it also helps to stimulate the brain for easy assimilation and retention, some good study habits include:
Understanding the Subject Matter: Most students fail exams because all they do is cram just to pass. Cramming is temporary and when once poured out it leaves the brain almost immediately. It is advisable to understand what you study because that sticks longer in the brain. One rarely forgets what he/she understands.
Create acronyms/flow diagrams: Acronyms are abbreviations formed by the initial letters of other words. They are shorter and easy to remember. It is wise to create acronyms or flow diagrams for list of keypoints so that at any point in time you are called upon, you would still have it upstairs. Let’s say you pick up a piece on “basis for scientific writing” and the criteria are accuracy, brevity, clarity etc, it would be nice to use “ABC…” as acronyms. Also, say for “steps in scientific procedure”, PRehECT could be used to represent problem, Research, hypothesis, experiment, conclusion and theory for easy remembrance creating acronyms and flow diagrams is part of understanding the subject matter.