4 Secrets Straight A Students Don't Tell You

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4 Secrets Straight A Students Don't Tell You
24 Nov 2022
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If you have a strong academic record it can open doors for you, down the road. Yes, this is true. Many students want to score good grades but they have a mindset that I can't study for 7-8 hours and I loathe this process. As someone who has never received a grade lower than A- but mostly A+, I can say out loud that the studies, process, and journey are much better than the results. So, don't loathe this process and start loving this process. Through the process of becoming a student who is outstanding in studies, you will learn some excellent values like discipline, perseverance, hard work, smart work, determination, and patience and these values will serve you well in any exam and of course in life.  

Read on to discover 4 Secrets Straight-A Students don't tell you.

 

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For some students getting good grades is compulsory. They can do everything from studying late at night to taking notes, asking doubts to revise the same notes again and again I've noticed some students who have a very busy schedule which means they play football, take swimming classes, take coding classes, and with learning these skills, they also manage to get straight A in schools and colleges. 

What do you want to be?

Those students who only study and study and have no time for learning extra skills or those special kinds of students who have time for literally everything. They are always ready to learn something new and still manage to get good grades. 

Of Course, the second category of students because it's important to learn everything. 

As quoted by Mark Twain "I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.”

Before mentioning the secrets of straight-A students, I just want to tell you that never think that grades don't matter. I am not saying that getting good grades and high CGPAs are the only keys to long-term success but I am also not saying that grades don't matter. In some cases, yes they don't matter but in general, they matter to some extent.

If you have a strong academic record it can open doors for you, down the road. Yes, this is true. Many students want to score good grades but they have a mindset that I can't study for 7-8 hours and I loathe this process. As someone who has never received a grade lower than A- but mostly A+, I can say out loud that in the studies, process and journey is much better than the results. So, don't loathe this process and start loving this process. 

Through the process of becoming a student who is outstanding in studies, you will learn some excellent values like discipline, perseverance, hard work, smart work, determination, and patience and these values will serve you well in any exam and of course in life. 

All I want to tell you is to study hard but don’t make it an unhealthy obsession because excess of anything is bad. 

Read On To Discover 4 Secrets Straight-A Students Don't Tell You

1. Don't start without a plan

If you want to score the highest marks in the class then you need to give a good amount of time on planning and organisation. 

Now, Why planning and organization? 

Planning and organization will make things easy for you. 

I would suggest you to use a physical calendar because with the help of a physical calendar you can keep track of tests and exams, assignments and projects submission deadlines, semester breaks, revision day and key dates etc. Mark down on your calendar when you will start preparing for mathematics text or maybe a history project or English viva. 

Set a fixed time every week when you can easily review your upcoming events. 

On your calendar or sheets (if digital) highlight the blocks of time you’ll have for extracurricular activities. 

You all must be thinking no I don't want to do this, this is so time-consuming but trust me it’ll typically take just 10 to 15 minutes every week. 

2. Studying never means ignoring your physical health

Most of my friends told me that I always feel tired and sleep-deprived. I don't feel like studying sometimes and I lack focus. Sometimes I daydream and I don't have enough energy and enthusiasm to study. 

I know these are some genuine problems but when you’re in this kind of physical state, you can't be a straight A student. 

If you want to get good grades then you need to take care of your body. Work on the below mentioned areas and you will become an excellent learner. 

  • Good sleep (minimum 7-8 hours)
  • Good food (no processed foods, no sugary drinks, drink loads of water and eat seasonal fruits & veggies)
  • Exercise (thrice a week)

3. Be Organized

Ever had trouble finding your books, notes, and assignments when you needed them?

Being organized is the best advice for a student who wants to score the highest marks because it will save precious time. Use files for important notes, use a large calendar for key dates, and keep a homework list. 

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4. Don't Cram

Cramming means essentially trying to stuff loads of information into your short-term memory for an upcoming exam. Cramming increases stress levels and sometimes can lead to panic and anxiety. 

Late nights and early morning, for a short period of time it works but if you want to get straight A throughout the year, stop cramming. 

Make a study schedule and follow the periodic reviews. 

When you periodically review the new information, you’ll move that information from your short-term memory to your long-term memory. 

This is very easy. I'll show you how-

  • 1st March, 2022- You've learned something new. 
  • 2nd March, 2022- Revise it.
  • 4th March, 2022 - Again revision
  • 11th March, 2022- Again revision
  • 21st March, 2022- Revise it again.

If you do this, all the new information will be permanently stored in your long term memory. 

Other important tips- 

  • Set up a distraction-free and calm study area.
  • Clear your doubts immediately.
  • Use effective study techniques.
  • Form a homework group.
  • Don’t skip class.
  • Reward yourself when you achieve your targets.
  • Avoid procrastination.
  • Take care of your mental health.

Conclusion

If you have a strong academic record it can open doors for you, down the road. Yes, this is true. Ask yourself what is stopping you from working hard. 

Don't start without a plan, don't cram, set up a distraction-free and calm study area, clear your doubts immediately, use effective study techniques, form a homework group, don’t skip class, reward yourself when you achieve your targets, avoid procrastination, take care of your mental health and physical health will help you to score good grades in schools and colleges.