Every student must aim to become the top of his class at all times. As such, do not feel embarrassed if you want to become better in your academic performance in graduate school. Instead, pat yourself on the back and be proud of who you have become. Take note that you can always ace your classes as long as you know how to follow the right steps on how to make it happen.
Chances are that when it comes to your best subject, you have a fair amount of confidence when tackling assignments in it. — Lindsey Antin, M.A., MFT
Before anything else, you need to understand that there is so much more to just acing your classes. You must do it for the right reasons so that you will enjoy the journey. Here are things to keep in mind:
Study A Lot
The most obvious thing that you must never forget is to study for your subjects regularly. Do not believe that magic can help you pass an exam or even a quiz. Remember that at the end of the day, you will be the only one who can determine if you have studied well or not. If you believe that there is still something missing with your performance in school, be sure to keep on improving until you reach your goals.
Most students probably intuitively know that they shouldn’t just cram. But studying ahead of time takes a lot of self-monitoring and motivation. — Nate Kornell Ph.D.
Check the Syllabus
Every professor in a graduate school gives out a course syllabus for all the students. This paper contains the topics or lessons that you are going to discuss for the entire semester. You can use it as a guide to study for the subject. As such, it is crucial to keep a copy of it on your study table. It can also be the perfect document that can tell you what to expect in future discussions in the classroom. Hence, you can always study ahead of time.
Take Down Notes
While you are aware that you have a high level of memory skills, it is still best if you will take time to write down notes from the lectures. The act of writing what you have heard is a mental exercise. There is a higher possibility of retention because you are not only hearing the details but also writing them down in a notebook. Another advantage of taking down notes is that you can always refer to it whenever you study for an exam or a quiz.
Do Not Be Absent
If you truly want to be good in your class, be sure that you will always be present for the classes or lectures. Avoid being irresponsible by not going to school whenever you want to. Keep in mind that most teachers will grade you not only because of your performance in the exams but also your interest in the class. If you keep on being absent, it can be an indication that you are not interested in the subject. If your teacher or professor will notice it, there is a high chance that he will become disappointed. This disappointment may be reflected in your report card.
Research has since established resilience as essential for human thriving, an ability necessary for the development of healthy, adaptable young people. It’s what enables children to emerge from challenging experiences with a positive sense of themselves and their futures. — Marilyn Price-Mitchell Ph.D.