QUALITIES OF A GOOD STUDENT
Cramming at midnight for tomorrow’s final exam… Reading the summary on the back cover of the novel for your English assignment… Was I supposed to memorize that formula for my physics test? Sometimes, poor study habits creep into the routines of even the best students. You can beat these bad habits by focusing on possessing the qualities needed for a great schoolyear. Academic success comes by way of strong study habits. Though these habits may take time and discipline, they are the key to seeing the results you want and deserve.
Academic skills: Go back to basics. Understand your reading, write effectively and speak eloquently. Master these three skills and you will be on your way to not only academic success, but success in your future workplace.
Attitude: Your attitude is the key to how you see and deal with education. A positive attitude breeds positive result. The ability and willingness to learn are enhanced when one possesses a positive attitude.
Application: A good student has the ability to apply the results of his or her learning in a creative way and achieve his or her goals. This includes more than answering test questions on a given subject. Apply what you have learned throughout the year across subjects, even after the exam is complete.
Perception: Keeping an open mind, coupled with attention to detail, will allow you to see and understand information from all angles. Often times, authors will provide double-meanings or a math problem can be solved more than one way. Being able to see all sides of a subject will give you the ability to make the most of your education.
Time Management: Discipline in managing time is an important skill that every student must possess. Procrastination is the downfall of many students. Give yourself time to do your assignment to the best of your ability. Starting assignments early will allow you to ask your teacher for help, if needed and will allow you to check over your work before handing it in.
Understand What You Learn: Many surveys suggest students often memorize facts without understanding their meaning. The memorized facts and theories will stay with the student for the exam, but will be quickly forgotten. It is important to understand the concepts and theories taught. Often times, higher level classes will require information learned in a previous course to be applied in a different way. Be sure you know what you are learning. Everyone has study habits that work. Find how you can posses all of these qualities and you will be on the path to success. Need help figuring out a way to incorporate these habits into your routine? Talk to your teachers, professors, guidance counselors and peers about successful methods. DT