Being top in class and getting quality grades is a dream for many but few achieve it. How do they make it in class? Here are ways on how to get to the top of your class and achieve good grades too.
Attend Class Without Fail
Class attendance is crucial for any student to make it to the top of the class. Attending a class will help you to be familiar with content. A student who attended a class will easily understand a concept than the one who missed. This also gives room to class discussions which are very helpful. Some lecturers award points for attendance so missing a class would mean being behind those who attended. Sometimes it is not possible to attend all classes. If you ever miss classes then ensure to do a follow up on what others did when you were away. Ensure you are at bar with the rest of the class. If you don’t follow up you will be left behind and this will negatively affect your scores.
To become a top student, one needs to develop a study plan. As a college student there are several activities one is involved. Without being organized one cannot make very good habits of study. Developing your own study time table will save a lot of time that would otherwise be wasted. Ensure to prioritize your activities from the most important to the least important. Do a self-assessment and find out the learning style that works best for you because everyone is different. Some find it best easy to remember when using picture information or charts; others work best with words alone and others with numbers.
Prepare for tests and Exams
Succeeding in tests and exams takes a lot of preparation and smart revision. Get yourself acquainted to the exam situation by doing practice exams even those from other colleges. Visit the library for past papers and learn how questions are set so you know what to expect. This helps gain confidence which is vital for higher performance.
Prepare for homework and assignments without Fail
Home works and assignments ensure you concentrate on your work and stay on course. Do your homework on time for the best results and avoid last minute rush. Always ensure you do your homework for yourself however hard it seems to be. Avoid copying, this way you understand better and stand a chance to seek clarification. It also helps keep the content in memory for longer and easy reading towards exam time. It helps overcome last minute cramming. Who knows sometimes the assignment questions re- appear in exams.
Have an excellent relationship with professors
Professors are a great resource to becoming a top class student. Interact with them ask questions, seek advice and mentorship and you will be on your way up to success
Develop the right mental attitude
Attitude plays a great role in your success. Negative attitudes are an enemy to success because they make you incapable of doing anything. Develop a positive mental attitude, believe you can be the best and stay motivated.
Don’t get too comfortable
After completing normal classwork go ahead of others and do extra work, visit the offices and let your work be reviewed. This is motivating and will boost your grade a level higher.
Make good choices and decisions regarding semester workload
Only make sure out of the required outline for the semester you do not choose to many other courses. Overloading oneself will lead to multitasking which translates to poor quality work.
Be active in class
Top students always participate in class. Offer yourself to answer volunteer questions; don’t wait to be pointed at. Also ask questions to clarify concepts not clear to you. This will give you more marks on class participation and the professor will notice you to be an attentive student. Also take good notes in class. It will also keep you interested in the class rather than getting bored and dozing off.
Set up a good studying environment for yourself
A studying environment affects how long you will concentrate on your studies and how much you gain from your study. Ensure you have a sitting chair and a table fit for reading, noise free room, good ventilation and proper lighting. Avoid reading on a bed, sofa, or the floor because you will slowly doze off to sleep. Your study place should maximize your studying potential to better your grades.
Help other students to learn
Form study groups or find another student and help them learn other concepts you have understood. Teaching others is a great way for in-depth mastery and retaining of a concept. It also helps test your knowledge of the material. If you get stuck in explaining something then you need to polish on it. You can also present your ideas to those who have mastered them better so they will be able to point out the things you left out, the strengths and weaknesses.
Leave out distractions
Whether in class, group discussion or personal study ensure you keep off things that are likely to distract you. This includes phones and laptops and some friends. They are good at snatching your attention as you will be regularly checking text messages, face booking, tweeting, browsing and staring photos. Eventually you will get bored of the class because you aren’t paying attention at all. During study time simply carry your pen and book for the best output.
Do an immediate follow up on test and exam results
Most students receive their test papers take a glance at their score and keep them off till end semester when they do a non-productive review of their paper. Top students don’t do that. Immediately they get their paper they find out where they went wrong and why. They work out and perfect on their weaknesses and that is why they top.
Study for short duration
Short study duration ranging from 15-30 minutes can be more productive than three hours of study. Short duration help you to concentrate knowing you have a break in a few minutes. Long hours of study tend to be tiresome and one loses concentration as time goes by. Take breaks to freshen up, go jog do some sort of exercise.
Prepare your brain and body ready to learn.
Get lots of sleep. Adults have been recommended at least 8 hours of sleep, why? Sleep is very important for the human body. It helps refresh the mind and body. Studying very late into the night and depriving oneself of sleep won’t help much. Ensure you get adequate sleep to get the energy to do more.
Eat right for proper brain functioning. Avoid junk foods and eat more fruits, vegetables and lean proteins. Drink plenty of water; 8 glasses a day. It’s good for the brain as well as the rest of the body.
Conclusively, being top in class doesn’t come onto lazy hands. It requires one to attend as many classes as possible, study smartly, have the right attitude and be ready to be the best.