What do top students do differently? | Douglas Barton | TEDxYouth@Tallinn

Douglas talks about the research on top students learning habits.

Douglas is the founder and Global Chairman of Elevate Education. Douglas and Elevate has spent the last 13 years benchmarking the practices of the highest performing students in order to identify exactly what drives student performance. Today, Elevate works with over 1200 schools across Australia, the UK, South Africa and the US in order to raise student and school performance. Douglas has been profiled in a series of books on Australia’s top and emerging leaders.​
Douglas on Elevate Education’i looja. Douglas ja Elevate on viimased 13 aastat uurinud heade tulemustega õpilaste harjumusi, et mõista, mis on nende edu võti. Täna töötab Elevate enam kui 1200 kooliga üle terve Austraalia, Suurbritannia, Lõuna-Aafrika Vabariigi ja Ameerika Ühendriikide, et tõsta õpilaste ja koolide taset. Douglast on mainitud ka Austraalia tõusvaid juhte tutvustavas kogumikus.

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30 thoughts on “What do top students do differently? | Douglas Barton | TEDxYouth@Tallinn

  1. I clicked on this video thinking I could get some tips to improve my grade and realised that I've watched this video 2 years and I didn't implement anything from it and now I am back here, history does repeat itself

  2. I spend years going through college for mutable degrees. I would have to say there did not seem to be anything in here that would help anyone make better grades. So, nothing but fillers to use up all the time to talk.

    Simply put. I have learned to study smarter vs. studying harder. Then understand how to take and read a test to give the answer the teacher is looking for vs. What is correct. Many test given are and will be filled with mutaw poorly worded and flawed logic in the test questions and answer choices. Understanding that and how it works will go you test tones better.

    Teacher observation usually tends to be junk. Teachers are unable to make distention between correlation vs. Causation. Thia coming not just from years of me being a student, with years of experaments, and trial and error. Vut, air from being in a family of teachers, which amsi means tona of family friends also teachers, and teaching for years, and being one of those students who struggled accademically while also when the teacher would just ask me about the subject I could answer any aspect and depth they may have wanted. Many times I would be able to do this on the first say of class, while being able to discuss what all would be taught through the whole semester, because I would have read the book ready and many times years before I even took the class.

    I could spend weeks and months on thia subject. I taken lots of assesikw theectuew here, hoping to find some gold nugget of use. I have of yet been able to find o w that taught anything of use and substance.

  3. It’s kinda sad I just finished sophomore year in high school i don’t pay attention or study for anything, and I got a 2.95

    I can’t get myself to study or pay attention….but if I did I would probably have straight A’s

  4. Almost a straight 90 student in the top classes at my school i literally do nothing all you need to do is make sure you understand the material I'll do one or 2 questions per lesson i understand i leave it i dont i spend 30 minutes figuring it out myself it works trust me did no studying and got a 90 on most of my exams

  5. Practice exams are great because it grants you the opportunity to realize a mistake in your understanding before an exam. Also, the bit at the end was fairly valuable. Countless times I have burned out when trying to try harder when I should have been trying smarter.

  6. The summary of this 15 Minute long video in 1 sentence : if you get your process right, then the grades or the numbers or the results are going to take care of themselves.
    If Einstein born in the 21st century, he wouldn't invent the theory of relativity. Why?
    Cause he would spend most of the time watching tedtalks and searching 'how to do this' 'how to do that' in google.

  7. I understand how important the first point of iq is, and I agree this is probably the case in 95% of schools around the world. However, in the top high schools in America, most students take a load of difficult courses that all require critical thinking and mastery of a skill rather than memorizing how to plug numbers into a formula or remembering an event in history. Thereby, even though it still is not nearly the largest contributor, IQ is what separates the top 1% from the rest of the 99% because there are more variables in doing well in a top school.

  8. I've become exceptionally good at remembering info over the last few months using this little system. I can usually remember the vast majority of what I learn. Some of these might help someone.

    When studying, I usually have 2 documents, one piece of paper for writing down the exact term in the book and another document on my computer for writing down (in my own words) the meaning of the same term.

    Firstly – To really store information into your long term memory it's really important to understand the meaning of what you're learning, one of the reasons why I found books with a little jargon to be the most memorable was you actually need to translate them into your own words to understand them. They are horrible reads though. I really wouldn't recommend books that require a dictionary.

    Secondly – It's essential to constantly relearn at steady intervals through the day and through the week, which is where the paper comes in. The paper I usually have sitting on my desk I glance at throughout the day to really grind in the terms I don't quite yet understand. If you can actually link what you've learned to your own life and own experiences you will understand them and remember them a lot easier.

    Bonus tip – If you also look up Youtube videos while studying to really understand some of the terms mentioned in the textbook that helps, comments on the Youtube videos too may also be asking questions and if you understand the meaning you will actually be able to explain the concept to the people in the comments and that really solidifies what you know. If you have access to group discussions, I'd highly recommend those for that reason.

    Some exam tips; – If you're sitting an exam, your recall is better if you're in the same location as you're studying. If you have access to the room in which the exam will be taken. If you learn concepts you have a hard time grasping in that particular room, it will increase the likelihood of recall. The same is also true of mental states, if you drink coffee while studying, have a coffee before the exam and it will increase recall.

    Lastly, if you're nervous before an exam, write down your feelings on paper beforehand, studies show you actually do perform better once you have your worries written down.

  9. I successfully appealed my denial of admission (denial based on IMPACTION, met academic requirements) …broke every letter writing rule in the book and also included an audio version of my letter with the one page paper version. I have shared it for anyone who is interested. I had been admitted prior but a clerical administrative error caused me my admission. My admission was withdrawn and I appealed. I was sure a Dean's letter explaining such would suffice so as advised I kept my appeal letter short and sweet. Didn't work. Was denied and so I was forced to reapply. Second time around I was told I met a academic requirements but was being denied based on IMPACTION. The letter I posted is the unedited original I submitted to the appeals committee. If it helps anyone it's on my channel. Thanks

  10. If every next idea that appears in my mind takes me to the correct goal, I think that’s a sign of good preparation. Let the ideas come to you. Reject ideas that carry in unwanted directions. Thinking happens all by its own then.

  11. A short cut is to plan a regime of rest, eat and exercise. This will forge a tip top condition for one person to learn and work.

    Otherwise fail find something that pushes you so hard that you simply do not want to do any of the above, but just to only do that one thing.

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