How To Be a More Responsible Student: New 12-Step Guide

In today’s article you’re going to learn everything you need to know about how to be a responsible student.

Being a student can be challenging. You have to find a balance between your studies and other responsibilities, such as work or time with friends and family. With practice, you can learn how to be a responsible student and develop skills that will serve you for the rest of your life.

How To Be a More Responsible Student:

1. Come to class every day prepared to learn.

You should approach your role as a student in the same way that parents and other adults do. In many ways, school serves as a kind of testing ground for the work ethic and personal responsibility that you will need in your adult life. You wouldn’t last long at work if you were constantly late, unprepared, or absent, so start treating learning the same way.

Come to every lesson on time and always be prepared. Make sure you have done all your homework and reading assignments, and that you have everything you will need for class that day.

Sit attentively and participate in discussions. Listen carefully, answer questions, and ask questions if you have any questions about the content.

2. Take comprehensive class notes.

Your notes will serve as the basis for your studies later in the semester. If you don’t take good notes, you may do poorly on an exam. Start by reading each evening before class and come to class with a basic knowledge of the topic you will be discussing that day.

On a new page in your notebook, begin your daily notes by writing the date and the last assignment. This will make it easier to keep track of the topic while studying for tests.

Be sure to write down everything the teacher writes on the board. These notes are crucial and are often quoted verbatim during quizzes and exams.

You do not need to write down everything the teacher says—depending on the size of the class, this may not be feasible. Instead, make note of key facts such as names, dates, events, relevant details, and conclusions and implications.

Try to develop an abbreviation scheme that works for you. Taking notes in an abbreviated form can help you take notes more quickly and efficiently.

3. Review your notes again.

It may be beneficial to rewrite your notes from the day in another notebook at a later time. Rewriting helps you process your knowledge and can result in a clearer, more organized set of notes from which to learn.

You may also notice questions or contradictions in the day’s notes that you can ask the instructor to clarify the next day.

4. Check your notes and readings daily.

In addition to transcribing your class notes, you should reread and revise them as you complete the reading assignments for the class. According to some studies, checking your notes within 24 hours after class can significantly improve your memory.

Try to write questions in your notes. Asking questions rather than just cursory review of content can help you retain knowledge and improve your critical thinking skills.

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5. Use your time well.

Time management can greatly help you be a better student and work more efficiently. Both teachers and employers appreciate time management skills, which can help you avoid missing deadlines or being unprepared for a test.

Use a calendar or planner to keep track of deadlines, appointments, and other commitments.

Don’t procrastinate. You won’t save time that way, and you’ll feel much more worried later.

Divide projects into smaller, more manageable chunks. This can make completing a large task much easier.

Make a schedule of the tasks that need to be done and follow them in a logical way. Identify which activities are most important and which tasks or projects need to be completed before moving on to the next.

6. Tests and exams should be prepared in advance.

Exams are prepared differently by each teacher. If the instructor has not mentioned how tests and exams are scheduled or what topics will be covered on them, ask outside of class. This way, you will be better able to prepare for the exam.

Start studying right away. Do not put off studying immediately before a test or exam.

Try to understand the topic in both broad and specific terms. Start with the big picture and move on to the details of each issue.

As you study, see which issues need more attention. Review terminology, names, and dates using flashcards (1), and then prepare a test to check your understanding of the topic.

7. If you are having trouble with your grades, seek help.

Whether you have missed an important lesson, are having trouble understanding certain concepts, or are struggling with serious family issues, your grades may be getting worse. If this is the case, you should seek help immediately. Remember that if you are active and engaged in your studies, you will not have to settle for poor grades.

Keep track of your grades in your subjects and look for opportunities to increase them. If you do not pay attention to your grades, your instructor may not discuss them.

Schedule an appointment with the instructor immediately. Explain your reasons and ask the teacher to help you understand the subject.

If you are struggling to master the topic, consider getting help from a tutor. You can find a tutor at your school or online by searching for one in your area.

You should begin studying for exams and quizzes two weeks in advance, or as soon as you are notified. You should prepare for midterm and final exams at least six weeks in advance.

8. Accept responsibility for your actions and words.

If you don’t do your homework, turn in your work on time, or show up to work on time, it’s all your responsibility. Accepting responsibility is a sign of maturity, in part because accepting responsibility can help you stay focused and dedicated to future tasks.

Cite the sources you use in your homework and papers. Never commit plagiarism or steal someone else’s intellectual or creative property.

Finish assignments on schedule and give yourself a few days to check and revise the final version.

Even if you disagree with someone else’s views, beliefs, or opinions, respect them.

Always act professionally and appropriately and never make excuses for your actions. Taking responsibility includes both positive and negative consequences of your decisions.

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9. If possible, work part-time.

Maintaining a career as a student can be difficult, regardless of your level of education. It requires skillful time management and prioritization. However, it is a really rewarding experience that can teach you a lot about financial responsibility while providing you with extra money to spend with friends. Even if you can’t work full-time, a part-time job can teach you a lot and prepare you for your future responsibilities.

Look for a job that allows you to accommodate your educational schedule. Since not all jobs accommodate this, let them know from the start that your education is a priority for you.

Time management is essential. Make sure you don’t put off schoolwork or assignments because you may be too tired to complete them when you get back from work.

Keep a balance. Find time on weekends or after school during the week to do something you enjoy, such as hanging out with friends.

Develop a budget that balances your expenses and income and stick to it.

You can find budgeting tips online or from your school counselor.

10. Choose a career path that is both rewarding and practical.

When considering your future after graduation, you need to start thinking about jobs. The most important elements to evaluate are whether you would like to work in the occupation on a daily basis and whether the job could be a viable support for you.

You should look at employment statistics for the job, typical starting salaries, possible further training or certifications, and whether you will need to move to do the job.

11. Before you take out any loans, think again.

You may be thinking about taking out a student loan (2), whether you intend to attend college or have already enrolled. Loans are a great way to finance your education, but they sometimes come with high interest rates that can leave you in debt for years. Before taking out a new loan or renewing your current one, consider your long-term expenses and think about alternatives that may be more financially sound.

For students, a basic rule of thumb is that the debt you’ll need to repay each month should not exceed 8% of your expected gross monthly income.

Consider the profession you want to pursue and how much a newcomer can expect to earn per month in their first year.

If you are studying or planning to study, check for non-repayable financial aid. For example, apply for grants, scholarships, or work-study programs offered by your institution.

If you are unable to pay off your debt, consider other options instead of taking out a loan. You can take a second job, try to pay off your debt in installments, or borrow money from a trusted friend or family member.

12. Look for networking and/or internship opportunities.

Internships are an excellent opportunity to gain experience while still in school. Once you have gained experience and contacts in your profession, internships and networking meetings can sometimes lead to a job.

Internships are available at many schools. If not, you can look for internships in your area by searching online or reading ads in your local newspaper.

Join relevant groups and talk to people working in your chosen sector to find out about networking events.

Thank you for reading this article about how to be a more responsible student and I really hope that you take action my advice.

I wish you good luck and I hope its contents have been a good help to you.

Przemkas Mosky
Przemkas Mosky started Perfect 24 Hours in 2017. He is a Personal Productivity Specialist, blogger and entrepreneur. He also works as a coach assisting people to increase their motivation, social skills or leadership abilities. Read more here