8 Things Successful Students Consistently Do
There are certain things that “good students” do that others do not. This is not to say that if you do not do these things you are not a good student, these are simply likely signs that someone is a good student and cares about their grades, opposed to those who don’t care at all.
Here are a few of the signs you may be a good, successful student. If you’re struggling, keep these in mind and try to incorporate each into your life as you go.
Read Assignments as They’re Assigned and Due
It’s easy to put it off and end up not reading everything you are supposed to, especially when you get so many pages in each of your classes to read every night. I’m not saying you should read everything, but the ones you need to read (like what won’t be covered in class, what you’ll be quizzed over, etc.) should be a priority.
Instead of putting off hundreds of pages off until test day and decreasing the likelihood even more of you reading any of them, read those important articles as they’re actually due.
Go to Office Hours When You Have Concerns
Sometimes you have to accept the fact that you are doing poorly in a class. It’s at that point that you need to talk to your professor. Most professors will love to help you if you come to their office hours or make an appointment to see them.
Don’t try to get sympathy or extra credit, just seek help understanding the material from that point on. If you’re lucky, you’ll get some extra points available but don’t expect it.
Go to Class
Even if you don’t need to, meaning your professor doesn’t take attendance, you’re paying for a seat in the class so why not use it? Learn everything you can while you are paying a fortune to do so.
Going to class is a big distinguishing factor between the good students and the ones who don’t care.
Get Involved in an Organization or Club
While getting too involved in extracurricular activities can hurt your grades, being involved to a degree and finding the right mix is beneficial. Just going to class and going home to do homework, study and be with your roommates is going to stress you out and burn you out on college.
Having something to escape to in order to take your mind off of the stress in your classes can be helpful and even crucial at times.
Take Notes in Class
Whether you want to admit it or not, you do not have a perfect memory. Taking notes in class will help you pay attention, stay awake and remember the lecture weeks down the road at exam time.
Don’t write every word, but write enough to jog your memory when necessary. Even if your professor is putting powerpoint presentations online, you may still need to write out your notes to help you stay focused.
Also, taking notes helps show your professor you are a student who cares and you aren’t just ignoring everything they say.
Record Lectures in Addition to Taking Notes
You might write something down wrong or miss a part of a lecture while writing or if you stepped out of the room. Pull out your phone, tablet, laptop or other device and quietly record your professor.
It is professionally courteous to ask your professor first, but most of the time they won’t mind. Just don’t be a nuisance about it or try to sell those recordings.
Write Papers in Advance
Nearly every class that requires a large paper to be due will tell you at the beginning of the term, usually in the syllabus in writing. That means there is no excuse for putting off writing until the week before it’s due (or later).
You don’t have to finish it right away, but by starting it, you’ll relieve a lot of stress later on when you get more end-of-term assignments thrown at you. You probably won’t even need much course content for some papers, just do your research on your own.
Take Charge in Group Projects
You may not like them, but group projects in college are inevitable. Make the most of them by stepping up as a natural leader in your group.
Show you care about your grade (just don’t be too annoying about it), and get through it while keeping everyone on task and accomplishing each of their roles.
Think about these eight things and picture someone in your one of your classes that fits this model of a good student.
Do you fit this model of a good student? Do you see or practice other things that fit the good student figure? Share them with us in the comments below.