How to become the smartest Student in class
Want to become the smartest student in class?
Every student’s mythical fantasy, some even spend hours daydreaming the advantages and perfectionism of an A Star student. Even though it may seem like a lot of grueling hours and sleepless nights, it isn’t that hard to get to the top, and if not the top at least high enough to satisfy you and your parent’s expectations.
If we look at the issue from Aristotle’s perspective “ We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore is not an act but a habit” we should safely conclude that our habits must adapt to the needs of a successful outcome, studying 30 hours straight a day before the exams isn’t going to bring much of an effective outcome.
If we still wander around the virtual world through our phones and consider ourselves patriotic soldiers after spending the whole night gaming do we really expect ourselves to become successful in life let alone school. Since our habits define us do we all expect ourselves to become great let alone good. Therefore the problem has been identified “fixing the habits”.
Fixing habits can be a really difficult job, it requires tons of willpower and commitment. By now you must be thinking that the only way I can ace my school is to change my life around and leave everything that I do. But fortunately the answer is No. You just need to change your perspective about studies and the way you study. The idea is to work smarter not harder.
Below is a list of techniques I use to Ace my class.
Grab the highlighter
The highlighter is the most important invention after the invention of the lightbulb and the wheel. It’s purpose is simple but a very effective and important one. the highlighter brings out important details for the reader. It is extremely vital for revision. When Highlighting your mind subconciusly makes a mental note of the point. In a paragraph there are maybe 5 or 7 important points and the paragraph is half a page long. so you highlight the important points and extract the important and useful information. In this way you de-shit the information getting rid of the shit and getting the good stuff.
2. Make Notes.
Following the first Step comes the second which is making notes. the highlighted points are to be briefly written down with just a word or a phrase which will remind you of the whole details of the point itself which is enough to elaborate on. For Example: if the Point is “ Coniferous forests are found in the valleys and plains of Chitral, Dir and Kohistan” You can simply write down: Coniferous= Chitral, Dir, Kohistan. In this way your mind associates the phrase with the rest of the details which will help you remember everything. Using this technique you can fit your entire syllabus into one page. Numbering your points also helps because if you remember that one topic have 5 or 7 points you wont miss out on any.
Allocating images and visual representation to information can help memorizing it. Looking at an image proves to be more effective than just reading plain simple text. Study proves that it can boost up our memory up to more than 10 times the usual memorizing speed.
This is why making diagrams and labeling them proves to be very useful. A mind map is something I personally use alot. The Mind Map is a graphic representation of our thoughts. This helps clutter free thoughts and clears up useless thoughts that aren’t relevant. The mind map is basically a spider web. I use Mindly or MindMaps for this. But we can simply draw it on a chart.
4. Study Breaks
A new learning technique called “spaced repetition” involves breaking up information into small chunks and reviewing them consistently over a long period of time. So don’t try to memorize the entire periodic table in one sitting—instead learn a few rows every day and review each lesson before starting anything new.
5. Make use of Technology
This generation has such a bigger advantage of having tech by it’s side. There are so many websites and apps that help students study. Read the article on The Best Websites For Students.