Study Methods

The Secrets of Top Students

By February 10, 2014 No Comments

You know those students who get firsts for all their assignments and are top of the class every semester? With a few special strategies, you can be one of them. (If you’re already one of them, it won’t hurt to brush up on your study methods, either!)

In a previous post we discussed how to make the most of your study time, and one of the tricks given is to use flashcards and mind-maps. These methods help you remember details. It’s not only about brains, then. There are a few key things that top students do consistently to get the results they do.

There’s no time like the present

No matter where you are or what you’re doing, you can study. Stick up a mind-map next to the bathroom mirror, and carry your flashcards around with you to read while you’re waiting for the bus.

Get your priorities straight

Studying comes before fun. When you’re at your desk, turn your phone off and don’t allow any intrusions. You’ll get your work done faster and remember more of it.

Suit yourself

Some people study better early in the morning, others late at night. Find out what works for you – and then do it consistently.


Top students tend to be highly organised. At the end of every day, put your lecture notes into files colour-coded by subject. Have two files for assignments: one for those still to be completed, and one for those that have been marked and returned.

Be neat

Clean, well-presented assignments get higher marks than those that are messy, disordered or obviously rushed. It may not seem important, but first impressions count.

Slow and steady wins the race

Break up your essays and assignments into bite-sized chunks. This way, you won’t feel overwhelmed and are less likely to procrastinate.

Go above and beyond

Learning takes practise, so try to do more than your tutors and lecturers ask of you. Read more of the textbook, research more for your essays than is suggested. It all goes towards making you a better student.

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