What makes a successful student?

October 25, 2017 9:00 am

This week the Spark Ideas wheel has been turned over to Mital – what are the qualities she thinks all successful students should have? 

It’s tough being a student! So many expectations from others. However, most people find that the biggest critic is actually themselves. At Spark Academy, we tutor hundreds of students that go through the same emotions, year in year out. Many people think that the key to academic success through doing physical studying, but actually it’s much more than that. It’s your mindset.

The 5 Core Student Values are attributes that pupils must have in order to achieve their best. It’s how you feel emotionally that contributes greatly to your success and we would like to share this with you!

1. Endeavour

 

Your motivation is key to your own success. Really sit down and think about what it is that you want out of life. If you have no clue about what you want to become, have an immediate goal in mind. Having such goals will make you want to work harder. Always endeavour to achieve your goal and set realistic targets to achieve it. All successful people have a thirst and drive to attain their desires. Be one of them.

 

“You have to fight to reach your dream. You have to sacrifice and work hard for it.” – Lionel Messi

 

 

2. Aspire

 

This links back to having an immediate or long-term goal to attain. Really think about where you want to be in the next 5 years and set realistic targets to achieve it. Do you want a nice car in the future or a big house? How will you attain these things? Think about how you will get there. If you can’t think that far ahead, then think about something more immediate. Would you like to achieve the highest score in your class? How will you attain this? These are all aspirational goals which, if you put a plan in place, can be achieved. All successful people have a vision of where they want to be. They may not know the actual specifics immediately, but always keep it in the forefront of their minds. Be one of them.

“Every bit of me is devoted to love and art. I aspire to try to be a teacher to my young fans who feel just how I felt when I was younger…I want to free them of their fears and make them feel that they can make their own space in the world.” – Lady Gaga

 

 

3. Optimism

It is hard at times to stay optimistic when you have piles of homework to complete or when life starts to travel in the wrong direction. You have to remember to stay positive through these testing times. See the benefit rather than the negatives. Keeping a positive disposition really helps you feel happier and drives that ‘can do’ attitude. The piles of relentless homework now, will be the foundations of your future. Your school years shape you to achieve greatness. Relish in the opportunities that lie in front of you.

 

“I hope the millions of people I’ve touched have the optimism and desire to share their goals and hard work and perseverance with a positive attitude.” – Michael Jordan

 

 

4. Discipline

 

Maintaining self-discipline is vital if you want to succeed. Simple things about how you present your work to how you manage your own time, is incredibly vital if you want to be ahead of the game. Many athletes undergo heavy self-discipline only to succeed at what they do. Keeping mentally fit helps you to keep a strong mind and stay focused on your goals.

 

“With self-discipline most anything is possible” – Theodore Roosevelt

 

 

5. Inspire

Inspire others around you. Set a good example and serve as a role model. Take charge of your own learning and development, as  ultimately it will shape your own life and future. Surround yourself with individuals that share the same energy and passion as you do. All successful people surround themselves with people that they inspire and are also inspired by. This will further not only your studies but also shape your character.

 

“My whole thing is to inspire, to better people, to better myself forever..” – Kendrick Lamar