Feeling like the best summer vacation ever is about to start? And it’s only March? You are getting “senioritis,” and it’s a condition you don’t want to catch. Even though you’ve been accepted to college, remember, those acceptances are still tentative. Keep working!
Your application essay is not about grades, scores, or achievements—it’s about you. It introduces you as an individual and shows that you can write and think coherently.
Colleges want curious and articulate people who are ready to enter college. Your essay can show them you are that person.
What makes some high school and college students successful, while others are not as successful?
Sometimes it’s a question of intelligence or insight, and sometimes it’s sheer good luck. But a lot of the time it’s the result of good habits: things you do on a regular basis that set you aside from the hordes of other, more scattered, students. In this article, we present the following fifteen habits of top-notch students. You’ll find that these people:
1. Have a schedule.
Good students not only know when the tests and papers fall in the semester, but they have a good sense of what work needs to be done each week as the semester progresses. Nice and balanced: everything in gear and no worries come exam time. They keep the stress level down because they’re very good at time management.
A strategy to take better notes in school requires effort. Half the battle with students is helping them understand the reasons for needing to take and interact regularly with their notes!
Many students write down everything they see or hear in the classroom, and they’re overwhelmed by the sheer volume of notes that they have to study (these students often highlight most of their textbook reading, too). Other students say that they have excellent memories and don’t need to take notes because they can easily recall information.
Neither strategy is effective. Click to learn how your student can become a world-class note taker!
Carol Dweck finds that the words adults use to describe kids’ progress affects the children’s belief in their own potential. In this TED Talk, she discusses the power of the process, and the power of allowing children to discover the meaning of effort and difficulty. She argues that we should praise the process (strategies, focus, effort, improvement) rather than intelligence or ability. She says that creating a path into the future that creates greater persistence is more valuable than allowing students to stay within their comfort zone. She calls this the growth mindset, and believes that students can improve and grow through passion and perseverance.
Carol Dweck is a professor at Stanford and the author of Mindset, a classic work on motivation. She has also taught at Harvard and Columbia.