five secrets of the most successful students

Posted : January 27, 2015
Last Updated : November 3, 2016
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five secrets of the most successful students

When you think of ways to achieve academic success, what comes to mind? Studying your notes? Staying organized? Completing assignments? All of these are critical to maintaining academic achievement, but what sets the most successful students apart from the average students? To flourish inside the classroom and beyond, the most successful students make a point to:

  1. Stay motivated. Successful students know that staying motivated is a key element to achieving aspirations during school and during any future careers. Staying inspired to study, complete homework, attend classes, etc. comes easy for some students, while others may need to practice certain methods in order to stay academically driven. If you are apathetic towards school and your studies, use these techniques to increase your academic motivation.

  2. Pursue passion. Confucius said, "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life." Good advice, but amid all the general education requirements and prerequisites that are mandatory during high school and college, you can easily forget where your intellectual interests and passions lie. The most successful students make a point to pursue their passions inside the classroom whenever possible. Each semester, if feasible, try to take a course that is somehow related to your interests, and hopefully, your future career.

  3. Do all the extras. Successful students understand the importance of going the extra mile. Going that extra mile will make you a better student in the classroom and, in the future, a more valuable employee in the workplace. Treat any extra credit assignments as mandatory. Think outside the box when you are assigned papers and projects. What can you do to make your work stand out?

  4. Ask questions. The most successful students in school (and in life) are the ones who ask questions. These students are always learning, growing, and pushing for more information. Don't be afraid to ask questions when you need clarification. The fear of looking ignorant will only prevent you from becoming the knowledgeable student that you want to be. Remember that there is never a foolish question, only foolish silence.

  5. Think critically. Critical thinking is a skill that successful students have mastered. When you are thinking critically, you are not just thinking passively and accepting everything you see and hear. Instead, you are thinking actively by investigating, analyzing, and evaluating information. Hone your critical thinking skills inside and outside of the classroom by asking questions, debating with knowledgeable people, engaging with those who see the world differently, etc.

Above all else, keep in mind that success is a choice. It's up to you whether or not you want to thrive in the classroom and beyond. For more information and tips on succeeding in school, read the articles in the Study Habits and Time Management section of this website.


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