Becoming an outstanding student does not happen overnight. It is also not the sole responsibility of the teacher. The teacher is only the facilitator of knowledge. The student must come prepared to take in that knowledge, make connections, and be able to apply it to real life situations. This is more natural for some students than it is for others, but everyone can improve and become a better student if they desire to do so.
Recognizing the need to improve your standing as a student is the first step in actually earning better grades and absorbing more of the information taught in your courses. With small lifestyle changes, organization and dedication, you can become the student that you want to be.
Here are some effective strategies that will help you become an outstanding student:
7. Always be prepared.
You need not wait till it is announced that there will be an exam or test. Be prepared in advance for all of your assignments. This is called “studying.” Get used to doing it; it will be your primary activity for the next few years.
8. Take notes in class.
Make sure they are neat, so you can read them later on. Notes are judged upon in some schools, and if yours are, watch out. Write your name and date at the top of each. Use a nice, sharp, pencil and practice neat handwriting. Write what the teacher or lecturer writes on the board and what he or she says is important.
9. Be Positive
Teachers love to work with students who are pleasant and positive. Having a positive attitude will have a positive impact on learning. We all have terrible days. We all have subjects that we just do not like. However, you still need to maintain a positive attitude. A poor attitude can quickly lead to failure.