1. Find Interest
If you’re interested in what you do, you work harder, and the work is more fun. Make learning about the process, not the finish line.
2. Work Hard
Do all the work, do it well. Of course, that’s easier said than done. But if you want to be on top, you have to put in the effort it takes to get there.
3. Work Efficiently
Difficult work doesn’t have to take a long time. Students who not only work hard, but also work efficiently (by avoiding distractions), have more leisure time and produce higher quality work.
4. Stay Organized
Organized students tend to keep things and disorganized ones tend to lose them. Stay organized and you’ll never lose an assignment or stress yourself out wondering whether that paper’s due tomorrow morning or next week.
5. Ask for Help
Ask lots of questions, even ones you think are embarrassing. It’s certain that no one else will judge, and there’s at least one other person wondering the same thing.
6. Branch Out
Explore all interests. Ask your teachers, guardians, and friends (or consult the internet). You never know where you’ll find a passion or possible career path.
7. Participate in Extracurriculars
No successful student works 24/7. Everyone can find an extracurricular that they enjoy and they’re a great way to make friends too.
8. Set and Achieve Goals
Goals provide motivation, the key to high achievement. Set short term goals often–about grades, sleep, exercise, etc.–and reward yourself for completing them.
9. Look Forward
You cannot apply to college in a day, nor can you find a job as a neurosurgeon without going to college. First, picture your future (this vision will change often), then take small steps to get yourself there.
10. Crave Success
Some students have an unexplainable motivation. They work for days on end without stopping, they stop at nothing to come in first. This motivating force is what gives them fuel. What are you working for, what do you want your life to mean?