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3 Tips to Improve your Studying

Updated: Jun 15, 2022

We can only imagine what life is like as a college student. You have been hard at work, studying all night, and you still get Bs on all your tests. Yet, the start pupil is setting the standard for excellence and getting near-perfect scores. What's the secret? Is it an X factor? Maybe they're just naturally smart. It's not quite true, and here's why:

Common misconceptions are that in order to be a top student with great standardized exam scores or a 4.0 GPA, you need to be naturally smart. Although intelligence is a benefit, many people can still be top students. It's all about how they apply themselves. These are the characteristics that separate the best students from the rest, and how you can become a top student.

Ability to Reflect and Adjust

The best students can adapt their learning methods to suit the material or class they are studying. It's easy to forget that you are making the same mistakes repeatedly in your life.

Students who don't score as high on exams would often conclude they didn't study enough. So, they continue to study and force their way through. This may work for a while but eventually, it will stop working.

Top students are different because they don't try and force their way through studying by staying up late. They examine their learning strategies and adjust.

Rather than trying to understand the material in depth and see the larger picture, your time could be better spent studying flashcards instead of trying hard to remember the facts.

The best students know that it is important to tailor your approach to each subject and class. Strategies such as flashcards or spaced repetition are great for subjects like biology and psychology, which tend to be memorization-heavy. It is better to practice problems in subjects such as chemistry and physics.

Some professors focus on deep understanding and practical application of their exams, while others are more focused on memorizing facts. It is important to be able to understand the problem and then adjust. Although it sounds easy, most students only have one method of learning and don't know how to adapt to all situations.

Time Management & Efficiency

The time management skills of top students are superior. Many people believe that in order to rise to the top of your class, you must be rigid with your schedule. You need to study 12 hours per day, 7 days per week. No time for relaxation or fun. The truth is that it's quite the opposite. The longer you work, the less you get back.

It is paradoxical that productivity can only be achieved by planning time away from work. Top students are aware of this.

Students who excel in school understand that sustainability is the key to success. It is easy to burn out if you study 12 hours per day and prioritize school over everything else. Your mind must be working at maximum capacity to get straight A's in school and pass your exams. If you don't give yourself time to recharge, this is simply not possible. You can be intentional about how you use your time.

You can focus on studying if you have two hours to study. Spend two hours with your family and friends to be fully present. It's not a good idea to try and combine work with play. It will result in you not getting as much done and feeling exhausted at the end.

Top students are more organized and efficient than average students. They know that studying is not about proving who can spend the most time staring at a book, but learning.

You want to make the most of your time and learn the most. This is possible by focusing more on active learning strategies than passive.

Passive learning is the default strategy of almost all students. Passive learning is a combination of reading notes and highlighting textbooks. It also includes listening to lectures over and over again. These strategies are not ineffective. They are easier to learn, less work, and feel more comfortable.

Active learning is, however, more difficult, more comfortable and more efficient. Some examples of active learning strategies are flashcards, practice questions, and condensing notes into summary pages.

It's important to remember that studying hours are not the only thing you should be focusing on. It is important to consider how much information you are learning and to maximize your study strategy.

Willingness to Invest in Themselves

Top students understand the importance of investing in their own time and money.

Just like people invest in stock markets to earn a return, investing in yourself could have a much higher ROI.

Let's look at investing in ourselves from a time perspective. To be a top performer, it is essential to take care of your body as well as your mind. This means making your health a priority and setting aside time to work on it. It's not as glamorous or as exciting as some new life hack, but 95% of your performance is down to the three pillars of sleep, nutrition, or exercise. You won't be able to function at your best if any of these are out of balance.

High-achieving students place their health first. To ensure their optimal functioning, top students make it a priority to get enough sleep, exercise, nutrition, and rest. These habits can be beneficial in the short-term, but they will limit your ability to achieve your full potential. Make it a habit to go to the gym every day. You can plan your meals so that you always have healthy food at hand. Get enough sleep.

Top students don't hesitate to invest more money in their education, whether it is financial or personal. My belief is that your finances should reflect your priorities. I can see your priorities if I look at your bank statements.

Education is expensive in today's world. It can be hard to justify spending more.

Spending a little more to improve your education is a wise investment.

Focusing on your education and investing in yourself will help you get into the school of your choice. You can also earn merit-based scholarships that save hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Professional healthcare students make one of the most significant investments in their future. They approach the admissions process by applying only once. This is because it is expensive. Reapplying for professional healthcare school is a loss of time and a loss of salary.

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