7 Study Habits of Effective Students You Should Adopt to Be a Topper 133

7 Study Habits of Effective Students You Should Adopt to Be a Topper

This is a guest post by Professor Kamal Pathak, an expert in teaching and mentoring students from the best schools in Bangalore. He has worked with toppers and average students to improve their academic performance and help them develop good study habits.

Both toppers and average students put their best in studying.

They have equal brains and potential to gain knowledge. But there is always something that keeps toppers always ahead of others.

Parents often wonder, what is this factor that is missing in their child’s way of studying? We observed and asked the top rankers and average students the methods of studying and what references they use.

A brief study found that there is no significant difference in the reference materials. But the students getting exceptional marks have a few study habits that are keeping them ahead of others.

The Study Habits of Toppers

1. Plan Study Schedule.

This study habit has been observed amongst all the students doing exceptionally well in exams.

They would have a daily schedule where they set aside time for themselves, as well as for studying. They would not run wild with any plan, but follow a routine that helps maintain focus.

2. Study on the Same Day.

Topper students would tell you they do not sum up their study. Whatever is taught in school, they would immediately follow it at home.

This saves a lot of efforts to remember things again after a month, which is not possible. Also, during the exam preparation it is very easy to study following this habit, and there would be no pressure on students.

3. Set Study Goals.

set clear study goals

Most students from IB schools in Bangalore would have set a clear study goal with set deadlines. Syllabi these days are pretty lengthy and it’s not possible to complete a subject in short duration.

Most of the toppers have set a deadline for themselves for every subject and even chapter.

4. Keep Away From Distractions.

Distractions can be of any kind. A talkative friend, a notorious batch mate, mobiles, TV and parties – all of these are top contributors to distractions.

But, effective students have mentioned that they ask their friends not to call during study time, or are switching off and studying with focus for a fixed period of time.

They set a code of conduct for themselves when it comes to study and do not prioritize anything over studies. Such study habits are powerful and pay off in the long run.

5. Divide Studying.

High achievers would mention that they don’t study for long hours at a stretch, for any specific subject or chapter.

They would divide a chapter or topic in parts to avoid over stretching.

Developing such study habits would help them cover topics with ease and keep them stress-free.

6. Work on Difficult Assignments First.

It is a fact that not all students do equally well in all the subjects.

Few students are proficient in one subject, while others are better at another subject.

But, then how do toppers do well in every subject?

In reality, effective students also find a few topics or subjects difficult. But, they would first attempt to study or complete a difficult assignment.

One of their most effective study habits is to complete tough subjects first.

7. Utilize Resources and Get Help.

Students from top IB schools in Bangalore describe how they would go through each and every resource of the library to understand a topic. They form a habit

They form a habit to get help from every possible resource available to them. Often you would find toppers around lecturers and teachers asking questions. This is another important habit that would keep such students ahead.

Seek help and guidance from every student and teacher wherever required, and do not shy away from it.

These are few of the study habits that have come directly from the horse’s mouth. They are tried and tested methods for studying for any student to thrive academically.



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Hunt Down Your Goals and Become Fearless Like a Lion 12

Hunt Down Your Goals and Become Fearless Like a Lion

To be fearless is to dare yourself to think new thoughts, take risks, fail and find the courage to start again.

In order to change, you must face the uncomfortable, because fear is not supposed to run you. Instead, it is a call to action.

We all have fear and we must never let it paralyze our dreams. If 2017 was an unsuccessful year, hopefully, this article will inspire you to take action.

I know how it feels when you are tired of listening to those inner voices of doubt. Slowly, the anger builds up inside. Despite those feelings, you can channel fear and anger in the right way and start to hunt for your dreams. Throughout my life, I felt a renewed hunger and drive to succeed when I simply let go of denial, accepted full responsibility and took affirmative action.

“Everybody wants to eat but a few are willing to hunt”

In today’s cold reality humans do not like to see anyone other than themselves succeed. Most will never take the next step to improve their life or the lives of their future generations to come. We are pushing towards survival of the fittest.

Tell me, when a lion hunts does it care what is in its way? No. The lion is in pursuit because it is relentless.

You must become the king of the jungle. All the things that make up our lives are in intricate balance and you must fight to protect your dreams.

1. Be fearless like a lion.

A lion has no fear of any challenge, so how do I become fearless?

My simple answer to overcoming fear is that I wake up with the burning desire in my heart. The burning desire is created by repeating positive affirmations like I CAN and I WILL.

Hidden somewhere deep down within you, there is that courage to dare yourself.

Ask yourself who is really stopping you? Go out there and let loose and you will learn what great lengths you are capable of going to.

Your first job before you start hunting is to find the fighter within you.

2. Know your limits and then defy them.

You’ve reached a certain limit but just can’t seem to go that extra mile. Once you become fearless, you become limitless.

A mind that is fearless has the urge to take more action and that is where you become defiant. Try your best to understand what you are doing wrong as sometimes it is easy to give up hope. So focus your attention on studying the obstacle in detail.

As you achieve one goal, you have the mental capacity, maturity and experience to face a new challenge. Therefore, your hunger and appetite for more success increase. Keep pushing no matter what and you will eventually break through.

I know for sure it is difficult at first, but now you’ve successfully defied the odds.

3. Think of a plan, visualize it and execute it.

A lion stalks its prey from a distance and seldom charges as it grows closer and closer displaying deadly predatory behaviour.

Never rush to execute a plan as it takes careful selection. Be clear what you want just as the lion calculates timing. 

Visualization is a vital tool to programme your subconscious mind in order to create that bridge of what is non-existent into reality, which is capturing your goal.

4. Be willing to accept failure.

Failures are what propel anyone forward their current success. We can certainly learn from our failures, but our intentions should be to succeed in accomplishing our goals! Failure is then a learning process, not a reason to accept defeat. You are the king, show no remorse!!!

Motivation from Will Smith is perhaps one of my favorites. Here’s one speech:

5. Have a winning attitude every day.

To keep the cycle of motivation in constant momentum you must work hard too.

The winning attitude is created by approaching your life with discipline and putting in the hours of practice.

I like to perform a reflective practice and personal development, which enables me to identify areas where I am falling down and thus need to pay more attention to.

6. Don’t allow criticism to defeat you.

We are afraid what others think of us, what we have or what we are going to do. It is you that must make that self-promise to finish what you started.

Every once in a while, a lion must remind everyone what he is capable of.

You are the king of the jungle. Own it!


This article was written by Usman Mahmood. Besides working in the field of science helping patients through genetic testing, his purpose is to empower and inspire people in life with motivational videos, messages, articles, and stories from around the world. He loves to engage creative and ambitious minds on his Facebook page.