November 02, 2022 4 min read


School is difficult, especially now that there is so much competition. You might feel that you are falling behind your classmates. Intelligent students are no more exceptional than regular students. They merely follow strict habits and have more discipline. If you've been trying to figure out how to get smarter in school, these 13 tips will surely help you.


1) Avoid Skipping Classes


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We understand how tempting it can be to skip class with your friends, especially if it's a boring one, but you must keep in mind that smart students rarely miss class. Missing class will cause repercussions and delays. If you want to be one of the smart kids, you should try to be as regular with your classes as you can and only skip when you are sick.


2) Pay Attention in Class

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The classroom is the best place to learn. Paying attention in class is the first step toward learning and studying. To avoid distractions, make sure you're seated in a quiet area far away from the noisy kids. 


3) Take Notes

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Taking notes during class is one of the best ways to quickly understand key concepts and what is being discussed. Students who take good notes in class perform better academically than those who don't. Taking notes is meant to help you retain the knowledge in your mind.


4) Participate in Educational Discussions

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Discussions are one of the finest ways for students to learn in the classroom. This is because the brain tends to retain knowledge learned through conversation for a longer period. As a result, participating in enlightening conversations is undoubtedly one of the keys to becoming a smarter student.


5) Create a “Study Place” for Yourself

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Do you know how they say not to work when lying in bed? The same holds for studying. Create a space at home specifically for studying. When you sit at your desk, your mind will immediately get into study mode, which will improve your focus.


6) Avoid Multitasking

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Most intelligent students concentrate on completing one task at a time. If you play video games or watch TV while studying, you're not doing yourself any favors. If you do this, you are not truly paying attention to the material in front of you. Any knowledge that you retain during this time will soon be forgotten.


7) Study Regularly

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Smart students don't start studying the day before an exam. They are constantly preparing for tests and studying consistently. This could be challenging if you're not in the habit of regularly hitting the book, but keep in mind that nothing worthwhile comes for free. If you want to perform better academically, you must put in the time and effort to study.


8) Set Goals for Yourself and Plan Ahead

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Everyone needs a goal to strive for. Without goals, you won't have anything to work towards. Create attainable, definite goals for yourself. They can be anything you think will spur you on, like getting ready for a challenging lecture, reading a certain number of pages each week, etc.


9) Take Practice Exams

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Any intelligent student will tell you that after they finish studying a particular topic, they go to the library to look for mock exams. Mock or practice exams will help in your preparation by imitating the real exam and providing information on what to anticipate. This is a great strategy for getting an A on any exam including pop quizzes.


10) Get a Tutor

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It might be challenging to juggle school and other aspects of your life. Even smart children occasionally require tutoring. Ask your instructor, guidance counselor, or parents for advice on hiring a tutor to improve your grades and concentrate. Older kids might do it for free to earn school credit. If your parents or elder siblings are knowledgeable in a certain field, you can also ask them to help you.


11) Solve Puzzles

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How can puzzles improve your academic performance? According to studies, completing puzzles can help improve your brain function, aid in problem-solving, foster critical thinking, and will help you develop quick cognitive capacity. Being a clever student entails more than simply understanding what is taught in class. It involves employing abilities to create a mind that is more capable of learning new things.


12) Don’t Forget To Take Breaks

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You don't have to skip vital break time to be a smart student. You can follow your passions while remaining intelligent. Breaks can lead to productive learning and will help your brain process information better. While taking a break, you can do the things you enjoy like playing video games, playing with your dog, watching TV, etc.


13) Don’t Be Afraid To Make Mistakes

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Last but not the least, don't be afraid to make mistakes. Making mistakes, especially when solving math problems or answering mock exams can speed up learning if the errors are corrected. Your brain will focus more on the correct answer the next time around after each mistake you make.




Being a smarter student takes time. It is not something that will happen overnight. If you follow the above advice, you will be at the top of your class and achieve the best grades of your life.


Alex Wittle
Alex Wittle

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