How To Be the Top Student
How to ace your studies
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Romance and lethargy along with the spring breeze is yet to be seen on campus, with a tsunami of exams and assignments silently creeping up. The campus, filled with the energetic vibes of students, will soon turn to chaos with the exam period approaching. Since being prepared is better than not, News H gathered ssome great tips from six students with excellent grades. They give insight into studying more efficiently, and most importantly, becoming the top student of your department!
Mastering the art
When attending a variety of classes, team projects are often required- they could be a box of chocolates or Pandora's box if unlucky. As was said famously in the movie 'Forrest Gump', “You never know what you’re going to get.” Sometimes one may do all the work alone, or, if lucky, people would do their equal share unlike the freeriders who only add their names to the final presentation.
No Kyung-min (Division of International Studies 3rd year), the top student of the 2016 spring semester, always studies regularly. As for the assignments, he completes it the day he receives the instructions. “I have a habit of reading books out loud as if I’m teaching myself. It works for me,” said No. He recommends students to look for the flow in information and obtain new knowledge by conversing with fellow classmates.“ As for team projects, it's important to set deadlines and evenly distribute the work,” No added.
Lee Soo-bin (Department of Dance, 2nd year) is the top student of 2016 with an average GPA of 4.4. The Dance Department consists of three majors: Korean Dance, Modern Dance, and Ballet. Lee is majoring in Korean Dance. “Sometimes the assignment is to perform a dance out of my own creation,” said Lee. In departments that require such performances, Lee believes that it is most important to practice- over and over again. She also has a habit of reading, writing, and speaking out loud at the same time when studying. “Assignments are an extension of what you learn in lectures, so what is learnt in class should be utilized to the fullest for perfect understanding,” Lee concluded.
Park Sung-woo (Department of Computer Science, 2nd year) is also the top student of 2016, with an average GPA of 4.35. Park usually studies for an average of one hour every day. A habit of Park's is to take notes on everything in class, although it may not make sense at the time. “Most people do not like to preview class materials, which is the same for me. That’s why studying for exams and handing in assignments should be done on a regular basis,” said Park.
Kim Han-gyeol (Department of Entertainment Design, ERICA, 3rd year) was the top student in the 2015 fall semester, with a GPA of 4.46. Since Kim is attending the College of Design, a lot of exams are replaced with midterm and final assignments. A tip that Kim provides is to get the confirmation from professors from time to time while doing assignments. “It not only leaves a good impression, but it also helps greatly in creating better work.” As for most of the exams, Kim prepares for about two weeks. “I have a revision session which I repeat about four times,” said Kim. As with other top students, Kim also writes and reads out loud while studying.
Bae Da-hui (Division of Advertising & Public Relations, ERICA, 4th year) is the overall top student with an average GPA of 4.25. The thing about Bae is that she doesn't take notes during class. “No matter how good you are at multitasking, you would lose concentration as time goes,” said Bae. She studies for about three hours a day with intense focus. As with other top students, Bae also reads, writes, and speaks out loud while studying. “You should memorize with your own method of storytelling. It really helps a lot."
Kim Hee-ryung (Department of Applied Art Education, 3rd year) is the top student overall, with an average GPA of 4.28. Her department is divided into Pure Fine Arts and Applied Arts. A lot of the exams are replaced by presentation portfolios consisting of a storyline with the intention of expressing th entire semest'er work piece, materials, and technique. “It is important to have a purpose for creating a work piece and how it should be made,” said Kim. A habit of Kim is to scribble down notes on a spare piece of paper. “Projects should be done with mutual respect and preparation of everything should be done beforehand,” concluded Kim.
We all know that there is no shortcut to studying. Even if you have photographic memory, what good would it be if the knowledge cannot be applied because of not having understood it fully? Some of the tips provided above may have seemed too basic, but remember, in the end, it is always the basics that produce great results.
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