Students who want to be top students are busy.
You’ve got homework to do, projects to complete, extra classes to attend, and responsibilities to fulfill.
It’s not easy to lead a balanced life and get excellent grades, too. No wonder you’re sleep-deprived!
Want to hear some good news?
It doesn’t have to be this way.
You can become a top student and sleep eight hours a night. I know because I was that student.
I’ve since completed my formal education. But, if you’re curious, here are some of my academic achievements:
- I got 9 A1s for the GCE O-Levels.
- I got 4 As and 2 “Special” Paper distinctions for the GCE A-Levels.
- I received a full academic scholarship to study at Duke University in the USA.
- I did a double major at Duke and graduated summa cum laude (First Class Honours). My GPA was 3.98/4.0.
- I was inducted into three academic honour societies at Duke.
I don’t say all of this to brag — and I certainly don’t think these achievements make me a super-impressive person.
Neither do I believe the main aim of education is to become a top student.
However, by becoming a better student, you’ll learn to become more organised, focused, disciplined, and meticulous — valuable skills and qualities for lifelong success.
If you continually feel overwhelmed, you’re probably sleep-deprived, spending too much time on urgent tasks. Top students know this, so they focus on getting assignments done before they become urgent.
Apply the 10 principles outlined in this article, and I guarantee that you’ll study more effectively, feel less stressed, and have more time for the things you love outside of school — including sleep.