What Makes a Good Student?
By Siera Millard
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Ah...a question that transcends the ages. It is a question that most students, whether or not they realize it, ask themselves. It is what colleges ask...what high school job employers ask...and certainly what parents ask. So what is the answer?
Faculty members at Rossview High School say that a good student tries their best with good habits, and is respectful and multi-faceted.
Dr. Padgett, “To be a “good student” means to try your best. I believe there are certain habits that form a strong student in school. Those are being organized, staying on top of your assignments and turning those assignments into the teacher in [a] timely manner, seeking help from the teacher when needed, checking your grades, attending school regularly, and remaining positive (not giving up) when the learning doesn’t come as easy. I wish I could say there is an “easy” way to being a good student, but it takes hard work every day.”
Ms. Smith, “A good student to me is someone who is respectful. That covers many facets. Knows when to talk, work, be quiet, treats himself and others with respect, and respects the teachers’ efforts in putting together lessons to try his/her hardest for them.”
Mr. Martin, “A good student at Rossview High School is multi-faceted. A good academic student is simply one who scores well in his classes. A good student is one who has excellent academics, as well as great character traits( such as honesty, loyalty, empathy etc).”
Research says that a good - if not outstanding - student can make connections and relations, and has the right mindset to learn. A good student will not focus on the grade, but rather, gaining lifelong knowledge that is remembered beyond the exam. This means taking the learning seriously, without the use of shortcuts and unquestionably without cheating. Cheaters are focused on the grade, learners are focused on remembering. Businessperson Robert Kiyosaki said, “True learning takes energy, passion, and a burning desire.” While this may be true, it may also be said that true learning merely takes the desire to go beyond memorization.
Tony Robbins goes beyond this in his theory that success, in general, is eighty percent psychological and twenty percent strategic. In terms of academics, the key to this is, again, being in the right mindset to learn. It takes a hard-working and dedicated person to push past learning difficulties and confusion on a topic that may not come easily. Thus, a good student has a good work ethic, rather than needing a high IQ.
So what is the true definition of a good student?
There isn’t one. The important question to ask yourself is what kind of student do YOU want to be? Each person’s definition of a good student is different, and what will make you stand out is the desire to define the term yourself.