What do high achievers do differently from other students?

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We often see children who are average or below average in class comparing themselves to the toppers. They wonder what it really is that sets them apart. Firstly it is important to understand certain students consistently rise above the rest, achieving remarkable success in their academic pursuits. What distinguishes these high achievers from their classmates? All the students wish to be at the top of the chart but the real difference is made by what strategies they follow and how they implement them. Following the right habits and having the right study pattern can make a great difference to their performance.

This blog is a comprehensive analysis of the key characteristics and habits that set high achievers apart. We also aim to shed light on the secrets to their success. At DPS Warangal, we motivate all our students to step out of their comfort and improve their performance.

What fosters the mindset of success?

1. Goal clarity

Having a clear vision of your goal is the first step to achieving it. High achievers have a clear vision of their goals and aspirations. They set specific, measurable objectives and work diligently towards achieving them. Having a clear knowledge of what they want to achieve helps in maintaining a laser focus on their desired outcomes.

2. Resilience

Even when such students face challenges and setbacks, they demonstrate resilience and perseverance. They are ready for any adversaries that might come their way and they view obstacles as opportunities for growth. They focus on learning from failures, and bouncing back stronger than before.

Strategies for academic excellence: 

1. Effective time management

Everyone gets the same 24 hours in a day. It totally depends on you how you choose to make its use to the fullest. High achievers excel at managing their time efficiently, prioritizing tasks, and maintaining a balance between academics, extracurricular activities, and personal commitments.

2. Active learning

It is very important to constantly revise what is being taught in class. High achievers actively engage with course material from time to time. They do so through note-taking, critical thinking, and seeking clarification when needed. They embrace a growth mindset that values continuous learning and improvement.

Habits of high achievers

1. Consistent effort

If you want to achieve better scores than others you will also have to put in extra effort. Most achievers go by this rule. The students who rank at high positions in class understand the value of consistent effort over time. They establish daily routines, study schedules, and revision strategies. Proper planning and implementation help them stay on track and make steady progress towards their academic goals.

2. Seeking feedback

It is important you approach your teachers to get feedback on your performance in class. High achievers actively seek feedback from teachers, mentors, and peers. This helps them to identify areas for improvement and refine their skills better. They view feedback as a valuable tool for growth and development. They are also not disheartened by any criticisms or negative feedback, instead they use these to improve their performance.

Working on personal development

1. Leadership skills

We mostly find that the students who perform well in class are also the ones who are chosen for leadership roles. This is mainly because they focus on personality development as much as they work on keeping their grades up. High achievers are observed to exhibit strong leadership qualities. This includes simple acts such as taking initiative, inspiring others, and effectively collaborating in group settings. They are proactive in seeking leadership opportunities that allow them to make a positive impact.

2. Emotional intelligence

Emotional intelligence forms a huge chunk of a person’s personality. To enhance this,  in addition to academic prowess, high achievers also focus on being emotionally intelligent. They follow several ways to improve their emotional quotient. They learn ways to effectively manage their stress, build positive relationships, and navigate social dynamics with empathy and understanding.

Strategies for success of high achievers

1. Setting SMART goals

High achievers do not try to do all the tasks at once. They prioritize them and pick each task accordingly. They follow the SMART criteria for goal-setting—specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound. This is a  structured approach that helps them clarify their objectives and track their progress effectively.

2. Building a support network

When you are trying to achieve something, it is very important to surround yourself with positive and supportive people. Such people will inspire you to move ahead and not hold you down. High achievers surround themselves with supportive peers, mentors, and role models who inspire and motivate them to reach new heights. They understand the importance of a strong support network when on the journey towards success..

Strategies high achievers use for effective time management

Time management is an important skill. It distinguishes high achievers from others. By effectively managing their time, high achievers maximize productivity, achieve goals efficiently, and maintain a healthy work-life balance. To understand how high achievers manage their time, read the following pointers and try to implement these strategies.

  1. Prioritising high-impact tasks: High achievers prioritize tasks that yield the most significant results, focusing on activities that contribute to their goals and objectives. They set aside tasks that do not contribute to their goals.
  2. Starting early: Successful individuals often start their day early, allowing them to capitalise on the morning hours for planning, reflection, and productivity. This gives them a better perspective of what to do with their time and how to go about finishing their tasks.
  3. Breaking down tasks: High achievers break down complex tasks into smaller, manageable chunks to facilitate better organisation and execution.
  4. Practicing decision making: Effective time management involves making informed decisions. It is important to undertake task prioritization and resource allocation. This highly improves decision making.
  5. Setting proper goals: Setting specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound (SMART) goals is something that most high achievers do.
  6. Setting realistic deadlines: Successful individuals establish realistic deadlines for task completion. They also try to adhere to these deadlines diligently.
  7. Being mindful of distractions: A lot of times students get distracted by things or activities happening around them. High achievers are mindful of distractions that can derail productivity and focus on staying on track with their priorities.
  8. Learning to delegate tasks: Delegating tasks is a crucial time management skill that high achievers master. They try their best to free up time for more critical activities. This is what also makes them a good leader.

High achievers distinguish themselves through a combination of mindset, habits, strategies, and personal qualities. These are inculcated and practiced to propel them towards success. By adopting simple personality and work traits like goal clarity, resilience, effective time management, active learning practices, consistent effort, seeking feedback, leadership skills, emotional intelligence, SMART goal-setting techniques, and building a supportive network—students can build the habits and the behaviors of high achievers on their own path to excellence.

Let us embrace these principles of success as guiding beacons on our educational journey—inspiring us to reach our full potential academically, professionally, and personally. As we cultivate the traits of high achievers within ourselves, we pave the way for a future filled with growth, achievement, and fulfillment in all our endeavors.