Do you ever wonder how successful students manage to stay on top of things and seem to be effortlessly successful?

What’s the secret to their success?

Based on my experiences as a student and working with a variety of learners, I’ve made 3 significant observations about being a successful student.

  1. The main objective of education shouldn’t solely be about getting great grades. Being well educated is about the skills acquired along your learning journey through both formal and informal education. These substantial skills are beneficial for the rest of your life.
  2. Successful students aren’t typically more intelligent than other students. They’ve simply decided to be more motivated, focused, and disciplined than the average student.
  3. The prime difference between an average student and a successful student is that the latter has cultivated winning study habits that set him/her up for success.

Whether you consider yourself to be an average student and would love to know the secrets of super successful students, or you’re already acing your studies, this informative post on the 7 secrets of Phenomenally Successful Students That Will Skyrocket Your Grades is ideal for you.

Benefits of knowing the 7 secrets of Phenomenally Successful Students That Will Skyrocket Your Grades include:

  • Learning effective tips and techniques on how to cultivate good habits to improve study skills.
  • Reminding students who are already satisfied with their achievements of how to maintain good study habits.
  • Motivation & encouragement on how to enhance your study skills and improve your grades.
  • Learning how to study smarter in less time, so you can spend more time doing what you enjoy with those you love.

So, without further delay, let’s reveal 7 secrets of phenomenally successful students that will skyrocket your grades!


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1.    Use different methods to learn


Repetition of the same study methods may cause monotony, boredom, and predictability. These can be counter-productive to successful studying. So, it’s best to switch your study methods up a bit to gain the most benefits from your study sessions.

For best results, try reviewing new topics and learning new information using a variety of different methods such as:

  • Explaining the new concepts to someone else.
  • Group discussions (online and offline).
  • Internet research.
  • Reading textbooks.
  • Reviewing your class notes.
  • Watching topic-related videos or listening to podcasts.

These various learning methods reduce monotony, strengthen your memory, and aid your learning, understanding, and overall retention.

In addition to trying the above methods to see what works for you, I’d suggest trying an effective technique that improves your memory and helps you retain challenging information like formulas. It’s called the mnemonic technique.

Many students enjoy using this effective technique because it can consist of using interesting methods like rhymes, word association, acronyms, or music.

If the mnemonic technique doesn’t work for you, consider using charts, diagrams, tables, flowcharts, or other effective ways to memorise, retain and apply information long-term.


2.    Be organised

A clutter-free study environment is better than one filled with distractions and mess.

Nowadays technology helps us effortlessly organise our lives.

Thank goodness for this!

With innovations like digital planners and calendars, you can coordinate and categorise your schedule, so you stay organised and never miss a deadline or important event.

Currently, many effective apps help you stay organised, productive, and manage your time with ease. To discover these and many more effective apps, check out this ebook filled with over 100 essential apps, tools & resources to improve your student life

If you prefer to go technology-less, you can also be organised by intentionally keeping your study area free from unused and unnecessary items.

Highlighting important dates with a marker is also an excellent way to emphasise and remember significant events and activities on your physical planner/calendar.  When using a marker, try using colour coding for an instant memory boost.

Finally, never underestimate the power of “post-it” notes to help you get and stay organised. “Post-it” notes may not be as popular as they were a decade ago before technology reigned supreme, but they’re still amazingly effective at helping you stay on top of things and be organised.

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3. Write your notes, don’t type your notes

With technology at our fingertips, nowadays it’s very tempting to avoid typing everything. This temptation is especially prevalent regarding taking class notes.

The best way to avoid online distractions and enhance your learning experience is by writing your notes, instead of typing them.

When you write, you’re more likely to properly analyse and process the information. This makes you more familiar with the information and improves your retention.  Consequently, your grades will improve, and you’ll be more successful as a student and beyond.


4. Focus on one task at a time

Although multitasking may be encouraged, it can often be counterproductive.

Doing multiple things simultaneously reduces your ability to study effectively and be productive.

It’s more beneficial if you concentrate on one task at a time to make your study sessions as effective as possible. This is easily achieved if you avoid being distracted by the internet and your phone.

In addition to avoiding distractions like your phone and the internet, enhance your focus by having a designated study area where you’re least likely to be distracted. Make sure your study area’s comfortable, but not so comfortable you end up sleeping and not getting anything done.

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5. Feeling afraid is fine

Fear is a natural and normal emotion that we all experience sometimes. Growing up, whenever I was afraid to try new things, my grandmother used to encourage and comfort me by saying,

“Feeling afraid is fine. Just don’t let it stop you from being brilliant because fear is nothing more than False Evidence Appearing Real.”

As a student, these words helped me handle how I dealt with fear whenever it tried to get the better of me.

Feeling afraid can stop you from being your best when you encounter challenges. It can also cause us to develop unhealthy habits and may have long-term negative effects which may cause unhealthy physical and mental health issues.

Although avoiding your fears may initially make you feel safer, consistently doing this can convince your mind that the only way to cope with fear is to avoid it.

Instead of leaving your fear(s) deter you from doing your best and living your life to the fullest, acknowledge that being afraid is fine and then do whatever’s necessary to overcome that fear.

Planning and preparing for whatever it is that’s causing you concern is a great way to conquer your fears.

Whether it’s exams, assignments, projects or some else that life throws your way, believing that it’s ok to be afraid allows you to focus your energies in a positive direction, rather than being crippled by fear.

6. Class contributions are important

Contributing to class discussions, asking questions, and engaging with your professor and other students is an essential part of being a successful student.

This is true, even if you’re a distant/virtual student.

You’re only able to contribute effectively if you resist the temptation to skip classes. So, class attendance is imperative.

If you’re shy about contributing to your class, try sitting at the front. Sitting at the front helps motivate you to contribute, which improves your chances of getting better grades.

Sitting at the front also makes it less likely that you’ll notice how many people are in the room.

Additionally, if you sit at the front, you’ll probably be less scared than if you sit at the back and view a sea of students around you which you may find intimidating when you want to give an opinion or ask a question.

If you study remotely, then you don’t need to be so afraid. Metaphorically, you’re always sitting at the front of the class because most likely, it’s just you and your computer in a familiar area, not a classroom full of intimidating students. So, don’t hesitate to contribute to discussion boards, forums and so on.

Whether or not you study remotely, stick to scheduled times when you attend, contribute, and engage with your class. Although it’s more straight forward to do this in a traditional classroom, thanks to technology, it can also be done online with minimal effort.


7. Exercise often, eat & drink well

Frequent exercise helps to improve memory, thinking and creativity.

Exercising for at least 30-minutes, 3-5 times a week, is extremely beneficial. Some of the benefits include:

  • improved health and attitude
  • reduction in stress and depression.
  • Increased energy levels

These are just three of the amazing benefits of frequent exercise.

In addition to exercising often, successful students benefit from having a good diet of fruits, vegetables.

A diet filled with fruits and vegetables ensures you get the energy and nutrients necessary to function optimally and remain healthy. This reduces the risk of you feeling exhausted or becoming ill.

Finally, successful students drink water regularly to avoid/reduce dehydration. Dehydration can adversely affect your brain functions. So, it’s important to drink lots of water daily.

The benefits of regular exercise, a good diet, and drinking water often should not be underestimated. So, for enhanced brain activity, energy and attitude, exercise often, eat well and drink water regularly.

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Final Thoughts

I hope you found some helpful tips and techniques based on the 7 secrets of phenomenally successful students!

To get the greatest benefit from the strategies, you’ll need to apply them consistently and intentionally.

Doing so enhances your ability to become more motivated and focussed.

This leads to greater productivity so you can get more done in less time, thereby freeing you up to spend more time with friends and family doing the things you enjoy.

Good luck and stay strong!



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