Most people especially the young ones see being smart and attaining Academic prowess as a mountain that can never be conquered but need I remind you that “Tom Whittaker” with his amputated leg/foot reached the summit of the highest mountain in the world, Mount Everest.
I once saw being smart in school as a mirage, I felt those that are smart have been destined to be so by the creator.
I lost hope and found solace In the mediocrity level I was in.
How to be smart in School
I crave to be among the smart ones but I just wasn’t good enough, until I realize that being smart is just a name given to the extra-ordinary students who have the right mindset towards academic success.
Here I would be Sharing 20 brilliant tips on how to be smart in school.
No smart student became smart without first desiring to be smart, desire is just like gasoline in an automobile it is the driving force to success.
Visualize yourself being called out to receive an award for being extraordinary with resounding applause from friends, family and well-wishers then savor the joy it brings and pursues success with that feeling.
2. BE DETERMINED
Like a friend of mine once told me that the reason she didn’t give up on her job when things were hard was that she was determined to succeed and now she’s earning even more than her hands can count.
So Determination is the golden key, you must be ready to go through anything “come rain come sun” to get to the finishing point.
Philosophers and religious leaders say that you are a product of your belief system.
Cultivate the habit of believing that you are indeed one of the smartest in school.
4. ATTEND CLASSES AND PAY ATTENTION
Most student finds it easy to attend classes but difficult to pay attention in class but most people don’t know that studying/academic excellence begins from paying attention.
If you notice your partner or seatmate can be a distraction to you call the attention of your teacher or parent to the situation and something would be done to it.
5. TAKE NOTES IN CLASS
This is one of the habits of smart students, always take notes especially explanations and examples coming from your teachers or spoken by them which they don’t write, jot them down and structure them in a way that you can easily remember when studying.
6. CREATE A TIME SCHEDULE
It would be wise to create a time schedule for all your activities, it makes you keep taps on where you are, what you ought to be doing and it also patterns your life.
7. BE ORGANIZED
Most average students don’t have proper notes to read most of them jam packs all the notes/jottings on various subjects into a single note making it confusing to read, learn to get different notes for the different subjects it helps in organizing and easy access when you need them.
8. KEEP TAPS ON DATES
There are some important dates like dates for tests, examinations e.tc.
Learn to mark them down and prepare for them before time.
9. KNOW YOUR TEACHER
When you pay attention in class, learn to understand your in teacher in such a way that you would know how he likes his questions answered.
Teachers have a specific way they want their questions to be answered.
You do this by observing how your teacher acknowledges the student that answers his questions.
10. BE FRIENDS WITH THE SMART ONES
Learn to talk with the smart ones and be friends with them, It stirs up the never give up passion in you and you would learn one or two things from them like how they became smart and how they read.
11. LEARN TO ASK QUESTIONS
It’s important to ask questions both from your teachers and friends especially your smart friends about the topic taught in the class ask questions like:
I. Is there another way of solving this?
II. Can you explain better, please?
12. LEARN TO DEVELOP QUESTIONS FROM THE TOPIC TAUGHT
Cracking your brain to develop questions can help a lot, so on your own sit down with your note and begin to generate questions from your mind.
For example, if you were taught about reproduction you can develop questions like:
I. How are babies formed in the womb?
II. What determines the sex of the baby weather
it will be male or female?
III. How Do babies feed In the womb?
13. ANSWER THE QUESTION ABOVE
You can either use the internet or the textbook just make sure you do the research for the answers yourselves in other to enlighten your mind.
14. HAVE A CONDUCIVE ENVIRONMENT FOR STUDYING
Ensure the room/environment you would be using is tidy, with ventilation and nice fragrance and ensure its a quiet room or soundproof to avoid distraction.
15. AVOID STRESSING YOUR BRAIN
Before reading avoid overworking your brain. You can take a nap before reading and stay relax a few minutes to reading time, clear your mind and stay focused.
16. LEARN HOW TO READ
Most student ends up not being among the best because they don’t know how to read.
When studying don’t read outside the current curriculum of study and don’t read complex studies concerning the topic, read according to your level of intellect to avoid confusion.
Visualizing what you are reading is a good way of memory retention.
17. AVOID RESTING YOUR BRAIN AFTER READING
Research has proven that people who take nap immediately after reading tend to forget what they read.
So after you have read, ensure to embark on a not so tedious task but simple ones like
I. Sweeping the room.
II. mowing the Garden.
18. LISTEN TO COOL MUSIC
Music helps to strengthen brain/memory patterns, hence listening to cool music before and after reading is a good idea.
19. EAT HEALTHY FOOD
Some certain food help boost brain boost and capacity and also the assimilative capacity.
Consuming food like nuts, dark chocolate, coffee, and fatty/oily fish helps boost brain assimilation.
20. SLEEP WELL
Research has been done to determine what happen to the brain when we sleep,
Sleep helps to remove toxic substances accumulated during the day activities, (this toxic substance if accumulated weakens the brain cells and cause a loss in memory.,
hence 7 to 8 hours of sleep is advised to strengthen your brain.
Follow these 20 steps and your name would be written in the walls for the smarts ones.