University marks are not the main things in your life, of course. But still, there are some companies which pay serious attention to the average diploma grade of their potential workers. In order to understand the way how the best students always confidently get excellent marks, we studied the experience of numerous students in various high schools, and looked through some forum treads on “Quora”. As a result, we could come up with the most popular tips which can be given to juniors from high-achieve-seniors.
1. Determine Your Goals
And choose your priorities.
What exactly do you want to achieve in your life? Even if you think only about your future job, you’ve got your wishes and goals (you wouldn’t read this article if there weren’t any). Choose them. Be ambitious and think broadly! Create your list of personal goals and look through it from time to time. This list will motivate you every day, and you’ll become better than you were the day before
2. Be Curious
And feed your interest.
Any subject, even the most “useless” one, can become not that boring, if you TRY to find something interesting to yourself in it. Knowledge from different fields make your worldview wider, and you’ll never be able to guess where and when you could use them. For instance, what if you are able to support a conversation about a rare hobby of your future client and to get a great project for your company as a result? Sounds sweet, doesn’t it?
3. Deny Procrastination!
It is a bad idea: to start preparations one night before the exam. You’ll forget the info you studied a few days after the exam is passed. Plus, you’ll have a bad sleep, bad condition and bad concentration during the exam.
The background of successful session is EVERYDAY study. Divide a big and serious topic into smaller parts (humans remember information like this better), and learn one part at a time completely. Make a schedule of your studies and stick to it carefully. Master the basic time-management skills to distribute your time resources in the right way.
If you stick to this advice, you’ll be amazed to notice that you understand the material much better. You’ll have a peaceful sleep during the night before the exam. That’s much cooler than trying to learn all materials within a few hours, felling constant panic in addition to that.
4. Self-Control and Discipline
Discipline and ability to work hard will help you not only at high school or university, but in your further career, too. Believe that, every successful person takes precise control over their emotions and deeds.
Keep up with your schedule, study something every day, focus on a single task at a time.
Don’t distract your attention by social media and the Internet (besides, there are special apps which block network access on a limited time you previously set up), turn off all signals and alarms in your smartphone, explain to your parents (friends, boyfriend/girlfriend) that you’re busy and will finish your work in some time, lead your pets out of the room, get rid of anything that is able to distract you.
It could be tough, but remember: no pain, no gain.
5. Keep up to Schedule
And be physically active.
In order to study successfully and to be productive, you must keep yourself in shape and to have a great energy reserve. To do that (don’t think about this advice to be old and boring), you’ve got to sleep 7 to 9 hours a day and to devote some time to your body.
Get up early: that’s how you’ll find more time for study (humans are more likely to postpone things for the next day and to rest in the evening). You are more disciplined, concentrated and productive in the morning hours.
Shape your body! Sports and an active way of life will give you a great amount of energy, which could allow you to think faster and to remember new info much better. As a result, you’ll have more time for something pleasant. Plus, sports is a great way to diversify your activity for some time.
6. Make Breaks
Have you noticed that in 20-30 minutes after you start studying your brain starts flying somewhere far away and you feel distracted?
Every human is able to keep their attention on the same subject for limited time, and the limit is absolutely individual. Measure the time of your personal ability to concentrate on studying and make a break once this time passes: drink some water (it is especially useful for your body and brains), do warm-up, walk across the room, open the window or have a sports break.
Correct your schedule now, taking into account these breaks and activity changes.
By the way, it might be helpful for your mind to remember new information better if you change the environment and the way of getting new knowledge. Your brain is able to record knowledge associating it with the info about the world around: the place where you are sitting, sounds and music you are hearing at the moment. Read notes and books, listen to lectures using an Mp3 player, change your body position more often: sit, stand or even walk while studying.
See more in the next part of the article!