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    What Do Toppers Do Differently?

    By Ramraj Saini
    23 Sep'22  4 min read
    What Do Toppers Do Differently?
    Synopsis

    Often one wonders, “what do toppers do differently to get such high scores?” The answer to that question is simple, toppers are toppers because of their habits. They follow a pattern that works for them and stick to it no matter what challenges they face.

    What Do Toppers Do Differently?
    Synopsis

    Often one wonders, “what do toppers do differently to get such high scores?” The answer to that question is simple, toppers are toppers because of their habits. They follow a pattern that works for them and stick to it no matter what challenges they face.

    Today, the competition in academics is at an all time high. Cut-offs for premier exams like JEE, NEET are soaring. So it’s only natural that top scorers get the best opportunities. There is no doubt that all you students study really hard but only a few of them become toppers. The rest are left pondering over what they could have done better or what did the toppers do differently?. Let's study secrets of toppers.

    Habits Of Toppers

    Former President and India’s missile man APJ Abdul Kalam once said that if anyone wanted to change their future then they should change their habits as these habits can change the future. Following are some topper habits.

    Timetable And Goal Setting

    Toppers create their own timetable and set daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly goals. Goals in the study time table of toppers are achievable, and realistic according to their learning habits. They try to implement and achieve the goals within a defined time limit. According to their performance, they redefine their goals after some time. They reward themselves after achieving the target.

    Reading Habit

    Toppers have reading habits, they can finish a 300-page book in just 2-3 hours. This habit of reading helps them to increase their knowledge base, understand different writing and learning styles and most importantly speed of reading helps them to read and understand problems quickly during the exam.

    Study For Fun And Learn

    Toppers never study with an examination mindset. They study to gain knowledge and have fun with it. However, they do prepare for tests before a few days. The syllabus coverage never becomes an issue for them.

    Great Notes

    They create their own neat, clean, and to-the-point notes. The note-making habit makes them engage during the lecture and helps them to understand the concepts in depth. As well as these notes help them to revise everything quickly just before the exam. If there comes any doubt then they clarify it during the lecture. This means they ask as many doubts as they can.

    Study Smart

    It is believed that toppers study all the time but this is not true. They have hobbies and their own way of relaxing. They have their study-life balance. Toppers do smart study means they prioritise their topics, create their own short notes, and use recalling techniques to revise.

    Recalling

    Recalling is an interesting technique. Most toppers use it to revise. Using this technique students can revise the whole book or whole month's topics within a few minutes. This recalling technique also helps to find out the grey areas where they are lacking.

    If they are reading something on day 2 then they quickly recall whatever they studied on day 1, and on day 3, they recall whatever they studied on day 1 and day 2. and on the last day of the week, they recall the whole week's topics.

    Analysis Of Mistakes

    A topper evaluates the results of a test or exam, analyzes the test, and works on the mistakes. This is the best practice to get an in-depth understanding of the concept. If they have any doubts then discuss with the teacher and get the correct strategy to solve the problem. Toppers rectify all the possible mistakes in the mock tests.

    Thinking Similar To Teachers

    Sometimes there are ambiguous questions in exams and most students get stuck in this. The best approach to solve this type of question is to think the same way a teacher or professor thinks. Use the concept, formula, logic, or principle the teacher would have applied. This is how you will reach the solution.

    Quality Over Quantity

    Toppers convey their knowledge concisely and accurately. They have very good quality writing and these skills make them out of the crowd.

    Help Their Classmates

    Toppers try to help their classmates in their studies. When they help their classmate then their concepts become fresh and they will get an in-depth understanding of the concepts.

    Humble

    Most toppers are down to earth. They are humble and always ready to help others. When they top any exam, even if they are happy deep inside, they do not show off.

    Judicious Use Of Social Media

    It is believed that toppers don't use social media like Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Snapchat, etc., but they do judicious use of social media and stay connected with others.

    Practice Practice Practice

    Practice is key to learning anything. Toppers solve as many tests as they can and solve as many questions as they can. Thus revise, practice, revise, practice, revise, practice is the mantra to command. There is no shortcut to success. You have to do hard work.

    Challenges Of Toppers

    • An average student can perform anything without any fear because s/he doesn't have anything to lose but a topper has something to lose and therefore s/he remains under stress If he scores less than the expectation of the people.

    • Topper's classmates think that s/he is an alien. They believe that you keep studying all the time. They all the time keep mocking the topper's hard work because they can’t reach the topper's height.

    • Everyone from coaching institutes, schools, friends, relatives, and parents has expectations from toppers. It makes the toppers brain, a pressure cooker and this is one of the main reasons behind student suicides.

    • There are very few toppers and we know that friendship is among the same level of students. Therefore generally, average students have good friends and they enjoy life. They never take the pressure of exams, marks above 70-80 percent marks are dream success for them.

    Cultivate the habits of toppers discussed above in the article and you can also become a topper.

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