5 Ways To Remain One Step Ahead Of Your Peers
Today’s world has become fiercely competitive and it’s a constant race among students to top classes or other activities. This is why staying ahead of your peers in your school or college is necessary, not only in terms of academic excellence but also in terms of holistic development.
However, feeling pressurized by the constant competition can get overwhelming. Did you know that almost 85% of school students in high school have felt peer pressure? So how do you stay a step ahead of your classmates and take care of yourself at the same time? Here are 5 tips.
1. Make study guides
It might sound strange but getting straight As in your tests can be simpler than you think! One great way to do this is to create a study guide and follow it religiously.
The guide doesn’t have to be anything fancy; just a simple chart of when to study which subjects and which chapters to complete can greatly improve your scores. For the technical courses, make a list of important definitions.
After that, try to search on the internet or in your textbooks for more information on each of the definitions. Keep writing down important notes and points neatly so that you can refer to them later.
2. Take online courses
Nowadays, taking courses online has also become a great way to stay ahead of your peers. After the pandemic, most students have felt that studying from home isn’t enough; they need to take some additional courses to sharpen their skills.
Based on your likes and dislikes, you can go for a course that teaches you hard skills or soft skills.
For example, if you’re interested in physics and mechanics, you can look up a robotics course online. Most of them are either free or cost pretty less. The teachers in these workshops also give you tips to study smartly and on how to save time, which can be very useful.
3. Participate in the class
One major reason why most students aren’t able to catch up to their peers is that they don’t participate enough in class. This may be because you feel underconfident or you’re afraid that the teacher might get displeased.
Don’t worry, you’re not the only student thinking this. But overcoming this fear or underconfidence is extremely important. The more you participate in class, the better impression the teachers will have of you.
Show your teachers that you respect their teaching and you invest time and effort in your studies. Ask engaging questions about the topics taught and if you’re nervous to ask in front of everyone, simply ask the teacher after class is over.
4. Stay motivated
One of the hardest things for a student is to stay motivated, especially when they see that their hard work is bearing no fruit. But don’t give up just yet. Watch documentaries or movies on famous personalities.
For example, if you’re struggling with a paleontology course, try watching Jurassic Park. Ask your friends to help you out with chapters that you don’t understand or find too difficult.
Build some momentum by first reading through the portions that you can understand in one go. From there, gradually proceed to the tougher levels. You’ll notice how easily you can shoot up from nowhere to somewhere strong.
5. Understand the system
Just like any other institution, schools or colleges also work within a set system, whether you like it or not. Understanding this system can help you understand your courses and studies better so you stay ahead of your classmates.
To put it simply, try to figure out what it is that teachers expect from their students. This doesn’t mean that you blindly follow school rules without understanding anything but try to follow what your teachers are saying.
For example, right before the exams, if you feel that a teacher is dropping hints regarding important topics, write them down whether they make sense to you or not. You may even ask them for some extra help.
Over to you…
Nobody likes staying behind their classmates or friends in school or college. If you think that you could do with some guidance, ask your student counselor or mentor for extra classes. With hard work, determination, and patience, you too can score good grades and beat your peers!
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