In this blog we talk a lot about what we as parents can do to help our children succeed. But at some point, it comes down to your child being willing to put in the work. This is something written specifically for the students – for those who want to be at the top of their game. These 10 tips will put you in the right place to perform at your best:
When given a choice between easy or hard, choose hard. You will rise to the challenge and it will put you outside your comfort zone. In your assessments, set your own bar a little higher and work a little harder. When choosing your subjects, choose those that will challenge you – it will feel even more rewarding when you conquer it.
Be in class
It sounds obvious, but as you get to year 12 you will realise that each class missed leaves you behind – and they get consecutively harder to catch up on. By being present in class you are giving yourself the greatest opportunity to excel. Say no to commitments that will take you out of class, and take pride in being there on time.
Put aside distractions
Choose your seat in class strategically away from friends that will distract you. They might be hurt in that first class, but after that they will get over it. Put your phone in your bag during class and if using a laptop, keep other apps and sites closed. If you get distracted for 10 minutes in each class you are throwing away +50 hours of content each year – and that makes a huge difference in your academic performance.
An engaged student will ask questions – both when they don’t understand but also to understand an idea better. Questioning is one of the best learning methods and will allow you to learn much better than simply being told. If your teacher is too busy, then a private tutor can answer your questions for you. Having someone to bounce ideas off can be invaluable.
Create your study space
Whether it be a desk in your room, a spot on your dining table or a patch on the couch, your study space needs to be yours. Keep it distinct from other activities so that you know when you are there, you are studying. Make everything easily accessible and conductive to studying – comfortable, quiet and distraction-free.
Go above and beyond
Do your homework – and then do a little more. Do more than just the minimum expectation and you will get more than expected in your assessments. Cover everything you did in class and then go through the upcoming content with a Maths tutor or English tutor.
Use a diary
Staying organised is one of the most important things you can do. Use a diary – either paper or digital and stick with it. Schedule all upcoming assessments and give yourself regular reminders to stay on top of things.
These are 7 simple steps that will mould you in to an incredible band-6 student. Apply them and you will see the results come!Considering a tutor for your child? We can help! We have amazing tutors ready to go that will help your child grow in confidence, love the learning experience and ultimately realise what they are capable of. Learn more here and book their first lesson online today!