Two Qualities of a Successful Student
Quality 1 Sense of Self-Efficacy
The first quality of a good student is that they have a good sense of self-efficacy, or that they are able to accurately evaluate their own abilities in any education related challenge. They usually find themselves in between students who either evaluate their own ability too high, or too low. Students who evaluate themselves too high often begin a project believing that they do not have to take it seriously, because they already know the information. While this may or may not be true, a good student will recognize that every task is worthy of their attention, because there is always a lesson to be learned. They recognize that it is the process, and not the result, that they gain true knowledge from. On the other hand, students who evaluate themselves too low often have a severe lack of motivation, because they do not believe they can tackle a challenging task.
What good students understand is that they have resources (tutors, teachers, peers, and so on) that they can turn to when challenging tasks present themselves. They never lose heart in the face of adversity, and know that their path is paved by the students who came before them, students who similarly found themselves in a challenging situation and yet succeeded.
Quality 2 Knowing Yourself as a Student
The second quality of a good student is that they know themselves as students very well. Many years ago, the idea of “Learning Styles” became very popular in education. Different Learning Styles included Kinesthetic, Visual, and Auditory. While there is very little research to back the idea that some people learn better than others by approaching tasks in these different ways, there is a lot of merit to the idea that learners learn best when they understand what works for them. In other words, if studying with music playing helps them to memorize the Krebs Cycle, then they should absolutely be studying in that way. The bottom line, then, is that a good student understands the different ways of tackling an assignment that personally benefit them the most.
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