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There is a rigid pattern for describing academic excellence, which invariably tilts towards the idea that one has to be on top of the class rank most of the time. It is fairly logical to buy into this fact, because, after all, isn’t the purpose of assessments to determine who well grasped the contents of the syllabi? Being academically excellent and being academically exceptional are not completely independent of each other. While being exceptional could be a layer on top of excellence, being excellent is just a flat terrain with the topography that makes becoming exceptional a possibility. There are myriad of ways to improve academic excellence, which are common to us such as spending more time studying our notes and the like. In this article, I take a different route through some of the few means to get past the excellence hallmark to become an exceptional student.


Taking time to read widely on a subject helps to eliminate certain mysteries and ambiguities one might have encountered. There will always be certain facts that would cut across the different content one reads through, making it relatively easier to find consistencies and irregularities. That way, one gets the essential elements of a subject up his sleeves. When called upon to explain the subject, the multitude of angles obtained from the research becomes instrumental.


Cumulative learning allows the knowledge that has been previously acquired to be reconsolidated and moreover, provide new foundations for further cognitive development. Once a while read, revise on a few concepts you’ve learned before on a concept that seems to have a slight correlation with a current concept. This will help serve as a building block for the current block of knowledge.

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Summarizing what you learn doesn’t only capture the bulk in a small volume, it simultaneously magnifies comprehension. Because it is the whole that has been expressed in a few relevant sentences devoid of unnecessary paragraphs and facts. A summarized note will always contain all the facts in the most comprehensive manner than a large unfiltered one. Moreover, the former makes revision easier while the latter will most definitely have you flipping sheets hundreds of times.


Doing so exposes you to different methods of thinking, which compels your mind to sift through the volumes of knowledge you have accumulated to find, to the best of your mental ability, the one that resonates with the given query. With consistency, associating concepts with questions slowly comes with relative ease.


You sure don’t want to be perceived as just a memory junk who only absorbs information and pours it out on demand. Your ability to relate knowledge with the real world will definitely make you stand out. That ability is craved much more than any other intellectual prowess. It signifies understanding and further implies that one has substantial control over his domain.

Read part 2 here ➡ How To Be An Exceptional Student: Part 2

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About Faddal Ibrahim

I’m a highly motivated individual with a strong affinity for self-development and a rigid attachment to a growth mindset. Genuinely enthusiastic about empowering myself and others to magnify our potentials, I find myself always on the lookout for amazing ways to do things differently and pushing myself to be extraordinary in the domains that pique my interest.

I’m a creative deep-thinker who refuses to be overwhelmed by stumbling blocks and always prepared for the next challenge and intellectual thrill in the arena of life. I critically observe and deconstruct the intricacies of human life and nothing ever seems to satiate my curiosity.

Literature, designing, and computer programming fill the vertices of my life’s triangle.

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