Not the Best in your Class?
Here's how you can change it
Not everyone can be good at everything, right? Wrong! Just because you are not the best student in your class doesn't mean that you can't be. Nobody is born perfect; it is a gradual process of smart planning and tireless execution. So if you are prepared for it, let us see how this works.
There are three aspects of being the best student – academics, extracurricular activities, and understanding the peer. It is when you sit on the top of this tripod; is when you become the best. How to excel in all the three; they are completely different from each other, right? Wrong again. Studies, extracurricular activities and maintaining your social circle are interconnected. There are, however, some basics you need to know, to stand out in your class:
The first and the foremost thing you need to implement is time management. You need to work to achieve anything, and to work, you need
time management. To make sure that you have sufficient time for every activity, you need to make a timetable and work accordingly. Honesty is the key here; even if you make a timetable, there is no good going to come out of it if you keep it in the side drawer.
The first stick of our tripod that we plan to be on the top of – studies. Definitely the least interesting of the three, no denying that. There are however a few pointers you can keep in mind to make sure you are at par in academics:
Be the Turtle: Do not be the one to rush through the syllabus on the last day; that is just passing the exams, not learning. Study regularly – study for a couple of hours every day. This way you will be updated with the course and will remedy anything you don't understand or you feel you need to work on. Doing this will make the exams fun for you.
Write: Just reading stuff is not enough – you need to make notes in order to memorize the concepts and theories durably.
As important as studies are for your career and education, extracurricular activities are equally important for your overall personality development. Everyone has a hobby, don't they? Find what you're good at and work on it to develop your skills. It can be sports, playing a musical instrument, art and craft, dancing, creative writing, or leadership. Your hobby can be a great boost in building your reputation in your class and out of it – it just needs proper attention and grooming.
The Peer Group
This point might sound trivial as compared to the former two, but managing your peer group is as important as doing well in studies and extracurricular activities. Even if you are one of the top students in your class in terms of academics, you will not earn respect unless you learn to respect your peer. You need to learn to behave with everyone, you need to understand the importance of being polite, and you need to learn to figure out the mentality of people. This will be the key of your popularity and success in your school life.