I have taught with top-ranked and low-ranked universities in Japan. I have taught the best and worst of students. I have taught in five different countries in Europe, Australasia, and the Far East. I have taught for all of this century so far, and so I have noticed some differences between successful and unsuccessful students. Here is a list of differences I have seen; a list you could learn from.
- Ask questions. If they don’t know, they can’t learn, or they can’t complete a task.
- Have colours. Their pencil case has many different coloured pens and highlighters. They all the main stationary supplies with them.
- They have the book, or a copy of the book. Even if they didn’t buy the textbook, or forgot it, they still bring their own photocopy to class.
- Are organised. They plan and organise their schedules so they have time to do homework, do assignments, and study. They are almost never late with submitting work. If there is a problem, they ask for help.
- Don’t have or don’t overdo part-time work. They focus on their university success. So they rarely come to class sleepy or exhausted.
- Work with others and learn together.
- Can use technology (computers especially, see essential tech tools for students).
- They read.
- They learn how to study. Simply reading a book isn’t enough. You need to know your learning style, and then how to use that (see Multiple Intelligences).
- They love learning. They want to know more. They ask questions.
- Forget everything. Their books, their pencil case, their handouts, everything.
- Never ask questions. They assume everything they need to know is given by the teacher. They don’t take responsibility for their learning.
- Have to borrow a pen or pencil.
- Are late to class.
- Ask to go to the toilet at the start of class (most of us stop this at age 8).
- Work part-time jobs until late at night, and so they
- Sleep in class.
- Their part-time jobs stop them from studying, doing homework, and passing classes.
- Work alone.
Which do you want to be, successful or unsuccessful? How habits do you have from the successful list?