Successful Student

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I believe that for a student to be successful he/she needs to meet failure. I believe a successful student is not just one who can memorize the first 100 digits of pi, or one who can recite the Preamble of the Constitution from memory, as most people define a successful student as. A successful student is one who benefits the most in school and out, from extracurricular activities to sports. Throughout life people are faced with a variety of obstacles. How they choose to overcome these obstacles determines whether they become successful or not, it would be nice if there was an instruction manual to tell one how to be successful, how to overcome these obstacles. The three main things that I think will make a student successful are attendance, homework and time management.

Firstly, attendance is a biggest factor according to me. If a student is in a class everyday he/she will get most of the stuff. Research shows that student performance inside the classroom and on the report card is greatly weighted on the attendance of the student. Several studies show that the most valuable and important time commitment in a course was the time actually spent in the classroom. In the real world, if you don't show up for work most of the time, you're going to be fired. If students get into the habit of not showing up for class with no concrete consequences, what lesson does that teach? In classes where class exercises and activities are a major part of the learning experience--like public speaking, or creative writing, or television production--low attendance may lead to less participation. Thus I believe that if a student has good attendance then only he/she can be a successful student.

A common complaint with high school students is the fact that they do not have enough time to do their homework. As more and more distractions are made available to the American teenager, it is imperative that today's students are aware of the importance of doing their homework. Homework is...
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