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10 rules of a successful student


It is clear that each missed couple, lecture or seminar is an unheard discussion of the material, an unapproved topic. Even if teachers do not keep records of student attendance, your continued presence at seminars and lectures is the key to obtaining a good final grade.

Many teachers admit that they are more loyal to students who are in all their classes. In addition, while studying in a paid college, it is important to understand that skipping a couple, you throw away the money spent on training.

Write notes

Your thoughts in the classroom sometimes deviate from the topic under discussion. And the memory is not as good as it seems. And even if you understand the material well, no one can guarantee that after a while the basic ideas will not be forgotten.

Good notes will come in handy in preparation for tests and exams, help you remember everything quickly.

Be active in class

Participate in discussions, answer teacher questions, ask questions yourself. So you better understand the training material, and also learn what exactly the teacher wants to hear from you, what you need to know and how best to sound it. This will help you take exams well in the future.

Try to sit at the tables closest to the teacher. You will be in front of the teacher, it will be easier for you to navigate during the classes.

1. K-R-E-M-I - the ideal student strategy

K - creativity: confidently use your own strategies and styles, use imagination in your studies. R - reflection: use your own experience, analyze and evaluate your work and achievements, and also learn from actions. E - efficiency: with maximum benefit to organize your space and time, thoughts and resources (including information technology) and prioritize. M - motivation: to be fully aware of the result that you need to get, keep yourself in good shape with the help of short-term and long-term “tasks”. And - initiative: to personally participate in the learning process, physically and mentally, in order to understand what you are studying.

Allocate enough time to study

The success of college students is largely dependent on how much time and how hard you prepare at home. Disassemble all class materials, view notes and notes. Spend enough time on difficult topics. Try to avoid knowledge gaps in the subject.

Find a suitable quiet place for home preparation where you will not be distracted. If it is convenient for you to prepare in a group, choose a small team of guys with whom you will really be engaged effectively.

2. The best expert in the world is you

When you do not know how to cope with a particular job, imagine yourself as a professor or inventor who is faced with a problem of global importance. Experts consider the problem difficult, but they better solve complex problems. Many students fear that they will not have enough ability to study the chosen course. Some of them did not study well at school and are worried that they are "written" to be bad students. Such panic thoughts can greatly complicate learning. There are certain exercises that help to cope with panic attacks and tune in to yourself less critical.

No cramming

Try not only to memorize the material, but also to understand it. It is important for a college student to learn how to put into practice the knowledge gained.

Paid education only then is it a reasonable investment in a future successful life, when the training material is understood and has long been deposited in memory.

Try to repeat the learned material periodically, with an interval of several days. You’d better prepare for the exams if you study for two hours every day, instead of trying to learn all the necessary knowledge the day before the exam. Plan ahead.

Set everyday goals

For example, such a goal may be 20 new words in the English language or the solution of 10 problems in mathematics. These simple everyday tasks will not require much time, but will hone your skills and go to the piggy bank of achievements.

Set only positive goals and remember that your work and diligence will be the key to successful study.

1. Define your goals and prioritize.

What do you want to achieve in life? Even if you are just deciding who you want to work after graduation, you have desires and goals (otherwise you would not read this article). Define your goals. Be ambitious and think big! Make a list of goals and periodically return to it. The list will motivate you to become better every day than yesterday, and to set priorities correctly.

2. Cultivate interest and be curious.

In fact, any, even the most “useless” item may not be so boring if you try to find something interesting for yourself in it. Versatile knowledge will broaden your horizons, and you will never guess where and when they will be useful to you (suddenly, for example, you suddenly manage to keep up a conversation about a rare hobby of your future client, put him in your possession and eventually get a big project for your company).

3. Down with procrastination!

Starting an exam preparation in one night is a bad idea. Not only will you forget what you have learned in a few days, you will not get enough sleep, you will feel bad and you will lose concentration on the exam.
The key to successful studies is to study daily. Divide the topic into sections (it is known that we better remember information in small parts), study each completely in one go. Make a class schedule and strictly follow it. Master the basics of time management to properly distribute your time.
If you follow this advice, you will be surprised to find that you understand the material much better, and you will sleep peacefully on the night before the exam, not panic, trying to learn the full course of matanalysis in a few hours.

4. Practice self-control and discipline.

Discipline and ability to work will help you not only at the university, but also in your future career. Believe me, all successful people clearly control themselves, their actions and emotions.
Follow the schedule, practice daily, focus on one task at a time.
Do not be distracted by social networks and the Internet (by the way, there are special applications that allow you to block access to the Network for the time you set), turn off all reminders and signals on your mobile phone, explain to your parents / friends / young man or girl that you are busy and free through for a certain time, expel pets from the room and for a while get rid of everything that distracts you.
However difficult it may be, remember: without pain there is no victory.

5. Follow your daily routine and be physically active.

To successfully engage and be productive, you need to keep yourself in good shape and have a large supply of energy. To do this, you need (let it seem to you not new and boring!) To sleep 8–9 hours a day and engage in your own body.
Get up early - so you will have more time to study (in the evening we are more inclined to rest and to postpone for tomorrow and the day after tomorrow). In the morning you are more productive and concentrated (even the most convinced owl can be turned by an early bird due to discipline).
Exercise your body! Sport and an active lifestyle will give you a huge amount of energy that will allow you to think and remember new information faster. As a result, you will have more time to enjoy. In addition, sports are a great way to change activities.

6. Take breaks.

Have you noticed that already 20-30 minutes after the start of classes, your mind begins to wander at the wrong place, and you get distracted?
In fact, a person is able to continuously maintain attention on the same subject for a limited amount of time, and this amount is purely individual. Note the time that you are able to concentrate on your studies, and after it take a break: have a snack or drink water (it is extremely useful for your body, especially for the brain), doubt, walk around the room or break into sports, open a window or take a walk.
Set up your schedule to take into account such breaks and activity changes.
By the way, changing the environment and the way you study the subject will help you remember better. Along with knowledge, the brain records information about the surrounding atmosphere: the place where you practice, the sounds and the music that sounds at that time. Read notes and books, listen to lectures in the player, change your position more often - do sitting, standing and even in motion. If you are a visual, devote more time to recording information, if an audio, read an annotation on the recorder, start using audio books and listen to them more often.

7. Visualize and model.

To better remember something, imagine a model of the subject being studied. It is not only about diagrams, tables and other ways of visual presentation of information, but also mental modeling.
To study something more efficiently, create some kind of logic - a mental model, where each new bit of information will be logically integrated into an existing system. For example, you can study physics based on the time axis: at first there were early ideas about the world around us, then ancient physics appeared, then Newtonian mechanics, electricity, magnetism, the discovery of an electron, Einstein's theory of relativity, quantum theory, astrophysics, etc. Everything confirmed or disproved past hypotheses. This is logical, and therefore easier to remember, to make relationships and understand. And understanding is much more important than just remembering information.
Another way to remember something is to use the associative row. Develop your own system of associations for each specific subject, this will help to more effectively recall the necessary information, especially in a stressful situation with a sudden memory failure in the exam.

8. Attend lectures and be active in them.

Lectures and classes are not as useless as it might seem at first glance. Firstly, the teacher may deviate from the training manual or textbook. Secondly, it is live communication, when you can ask questions and receive feedback. Finally, attending lectures will save time that you would have spent reading textbooks (most often the teacher asks questions about the material covered in the lecture).
Cultivate active listening: be careful, keep a summary and do not be afraid to be that strange guy who constantly asks stupid questions. The better you understand the material in the lecture, the less time you will need to study it before the exam.
By the way, attending lectures and activity at them is also useful because many teachers put tests and / or marks on exams automatically - for attendance and your participation. The teacher’s task is not to flunk you on the exam and put the three on the next retake. He also does not want to waste time on this.

9. Keep notes correctly.

Develop your own abstracting system. It can be any, if only it would be convenient for you to work with it.
One of the most convenient existing abstracting systems is the Cornell system.
It is to initially keep an abstract in the format of cards for memorizing:

  • Divide the sheet into 2 parts: the left margin, which occupies about a third of the width of the leaf, and the right margin, the rest of the leaf.
  • Keep a lecture summary on the right side of the sheet, always making large indents between paragraphs on different topics.
  • On the left side of the sheet write out all the headings, main ideas and associations - do this after the lecture, while repeating the material. Now cover the right side of the abstract with a sheet of paper and test yourself, drawing on the theses on the left.
  • Leave the box below for section headings and subsections. So it will be much easier to find the necessary information in the compendium.

Before the exam, invite classmates to make an aggregator abstract: collect the best of them and form a single one, in which there will be the most complete material in a structured form. Thus, you will not only prepare for the exam, but also earn the respect of your classmates (get a plus sign in karma) by sending them a compendium. If there is a lot of material, you can distribute the work among several people and at the end combine the resulting notes into one.

10. Help and use the help.

Create your own mini-group for exam preparation and homework. Let it be a group of like-minded people with the same goals. Be active in the group: explain the material, help the rest. This will help you not only understand and understand the material (as you know, we better understand something when we explain it to others), but also learn how to work in a team and develop leadership skills.

11. Take part in projects and build relationships.

Be active. Take part in conferences, scientific work, create projects, solve cases at championships. This will help you build a portfolio, which you then present to your future employer. It will be valued above a diploma with honors, because it will show that you have not only knowledge, but also practical experience.
Case championships and conferences will help build relationships. Meet, communicate, be sure to go through a field trip. All this will help you to get a job of your dreams much faster.

12. Get ready for exams more efficiently.

Suppose you already have the correct compendiums, or even a complete aggregator of abstracts. But to prepare for the exam, this is not enough. Most likely, in addition to tickets, the teacher will ask additional questions, so re-read the compendium again. Do it actively: create mental models, hypotheses, find relationships to not only remember, but build logic and understand material.
Test yourself - have a virtual exam. Exam tickets, additional questions from past courses, homework done (yes, they also need to be done, because in practice everything is easier to understand than in theory) will come to your aid.
Let your weaknesses become your strengths - identify what you understand the worst, and work through these points.
Finally, learn a little more than you did in the lectures: be interested in additional information, curious details and facts.

13. What to do if you come across a critical teacher.

Be open to criticism. Criticism can be constructive and will help you become better - it all depends on how you feel about it.
If you do not like the teacher, and he is sarcastic towards you, think what is more important - his personal attitude to you or the knowledge that you can get. If knowledge is more important, prove that you can handle the subject. Most likely, after this, the teacher will respect you.

14. Encourage yourself.

Rejoice at your merits. After all, student years should be fun. Set aside one day a week just for relaxation. Go to concerts, exhibitions, and movies. Take an interest in everything that surrounds you. Be insatiable and reckless. And if you think that all this cannot be combined with serious study, you are mistaken - with strict adherence to the schedule and time management, nothing is impossible.
No matter how difficult it is to learn, remember: your possibilities are really unlimited. Each of you can become a good student, get high scores on tests and spend your student years to good use ... If you want to. Do not compare yourself with others, only with yourself - yesterday. Good luck

3. Use all your senses.

The more you use eyesight, hearing and touch, and the more fully you use the numerous muscles of your body to watch, speak, write, type on a computer, draw, or simply move, the more ways you get information to your brain. The brain will receive information from various sources.

4. Find out what you are interested in.

It is almost impossible to learn if you are worried or bored. It is much easier to do, keeping in mind the result you want to achieve than to learn from a sense of duty. Some points will seem less interesting to you - for example, writing coursework, exams, tight deadlines. But these same things usually bring the most satisfaction when done well. It depends on you whether you can detect grains of gold in the sand.

5. Learn actively

Studying is very beneficial when you are active and personally interested. This means: to analyze the information received from different angles, strain attention, use different opportunities, make decisions, find connections between the facts received. Even the smallest task will attract you to actively participate in the study of the material. Universities usually expect some preparation from you. And, of course, you as a student are expected to be serious about your studies. You can act responsibly only if you feel confident, if you are ready to study at the level you have chosen. Make sure you are ready.

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6. Find your own way of learning.

Although all people have much in common, each learns in their own way. You need to experiment with learning strategies and skills that you are not very confident about. The human brain is a system that perfectly adapts. Performing various tasks, you can use and combine several training strategies and styles. If your course of study is designed so that it does not always meet your educational preferences, you can “adapt”. For example. If you prefer to work with other students, organize study groups and share studies with friends, work in the library and participate in student life. If you like to work on your own schedule, organize the time so that it seems to you that it belongs only to you. If you prefer to work by ear, record lectures and excerpts from textbooks on the recorder. Look for training materials that can be downloaded to the audio media.

7. Think about your future career from the first days of your studies.

Learning should not be abstract. Your goal is to become a professional and get a good job. You will receive it if you demonstrate exactly those skills and experience that are necessary for the employer. While studying at a university, try to acquire: teamwork skills, problem solving skills, creative thinking skills, self-organization skills. Use all the features for this, including group assignments, practices and internships.

8. Track your progress and evaluate yourself objectively

Write down what steps you took to develop this or that skill. Determine what progress means to you. It can be a solution to a personal task (for example, to get a certain grade for a task), or a small step to solving a problem (for example, asking a teacher for the first time, learning how to arrive on time if you have a problem with time distribution). It is important to recognize the qualities and skills that you already possess. You can start “mechanically”, that is, fill out a questionnaire, evaluate yourself, prioritize and gather information about yourself. Gradually, the process of awareness will become deeper. Self-analysis and personal development will help in all areas of life, including study.

9. Learn to use the information correctly.

Most universities do not measure the number of facts that you cited in the answer, but how you use the data. It is not enough just to memorize the selected paragraphs for the exam. It is assumed that you demonstrate the ability to evaluate and choose the meaningful, and omit information that is not of great importance. Easily connect various ideas and thoughts, understand what you are studying as part of your course, structure your thoughts and knowledge in such a way as to give a convincing argument.

10. Learn to relax

Your study is probably ineffective if you: continue to work, although you are too tired to concentrate, just listen or read instead of asking questions and questioning what you have heard or read, sit and study, and at this time your thoughts wander somewhere far away, memorize material, without understanding what you are teaching, do not ask for help when you really need it, do not relate the knowledge that you received when studying various subjects, do not correlate the material studied real life. Proceed from the opposite - and your study will be effective.