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5 Elements of Highly Effective Students

June 07, 2018
By Dr. Jason Song

Because I work students, people often ask me what makes some students highly effective. Of course, we really need to define what we mean by "effectiveness.". Yet, in general, I think the questioners are asking as to what makes some students do better in their studies, relationships, and work places. 

Based on my experience, there are five elements of highly effective students. The first two are what I consider "God-given" elements, and the remaining three are what I refer to as "developed characters."

#1: Physical fitness 
Here, I am referring to a student's weight, diet, physical growth, strength, stamina, posture, exercise, etc. The reason why I consider this element to be a God-given element is that, while nutrition and exercise and rest can have significant impact on a person's physique and health, ultimately you are born with your body. In other words, there are certain limits and capabillities to your body that you are just born with. For example, if a person was born with missing limbs, there will be limitations as to what that person can do. Of course, there are those who overcome physical handicap to do some amazing things, but that's the exception not the norm.

Still, there are somethings that we can all do to make the most of the body that we're born with. We have to make sure that we eat healthy foods, manage our weight, have good posture, exercise frequently, and get plenty of rest. It has been proven through research that one's ability to stay focused and engaged in learning depends greatly on one's healthy-ness. So, one of the most important and common elements I see in highly effective students is that they are typically physically fit, have good posture, are not obese, exercise regularly, and they know how to rest their body.

#2: Intellectual capacity and development
Often intellectual capacity is understood or perceived as IQ or aptitude. that is not entirely wrong but there's more to intellectual capacity than IQ or aptitude.  we're talking about age or grade appropriate mental development, curiosity, interest, end tenacity to overcome challenges.

 

based on my experience, highly effective students are not only so call Smart students,  but those who are willing to learn, Who Remain curious about the world around them, and develop specific interests that are unique to the learner. So as long as the child is developing appropriately for his or her age or grade level,  he or she can be a highly effective student.

 

As far as IQ and aptitude Are concerned,  no they have impact on one's ability to learn and comprehend,  I would say that differences among the students do you do the IQ and aptitude are minor or even negligible.  in fact unless you're talking about a genius or borderline genius, one's curiosity interest and tenacity or Grit actually leads to higher performance in K through 12 schools.

 

3rd. Motivation. Now where does motivation come from? part of one's motivation is external input from parents or experience or other relations. the other part of one's motivation is internal. This is such as one's personal interest or even a god-given motivation to pursue something. rather than compartmentalizing motivation is either internal or external, we should recognize that though there are two components, they  they are actually supplementary informing ones overall motivation.

 

I often meet or speak with students who lack  academic motivation. however, this does not mean that there is just no  motivation whatsoever in that student. everyone has some interest, or motivation  for certain goals or purpose. I've met students who are motivated to earn high scores on games.  then there are other students were motivated to do well in sports but not in academic. so my point is that  we as adults have to tap into each child motivation. what I mean by that is that we must link a child's motivation 2 successes in various areas including academics.  let me give you a very crude example. back in 2003, I was working with a student who wanted to do nothing but play basketball. obviously his mother was interested in his going to college.  the student was not. yet, I was able to tap into his interest in basketball to a future career that he Can enjoy if he were to pursue a college degree. to make a long story short, this student went to college,  graduated in 4 years, but change this major or interest while he was in college, and now he earns almost a six-figure annual salary only after haven't been in the workforce for less than 7 years. so it is absolutely possible to link one's  motivation to academic success. what's needed first is figuring out the students motivation and then connecting it to academics, career or other goals.

 

Number for. Prioritisation. What I'm referring to here is figuring out and ordering what is important to what is not so important. So many times students who aren't doing well in school have wrong priorities. in other words, they  treat or consider insignificant things as their primary concern or agenda item. I always share with the students that, as a Christian, the first three priorities are God, family, and education or work. the rest can be made up of things such as friendship,  Sports, Hobby, job, etcetera. Report performing students or ineffective students as I would like to call the, have non-essential items on the top of their priority list, such as playing games, hanging out with friends, or earning spending money by working  add minimum wage workplaces rather than focusing on what's more beneficial to them in the long run.

 

so it is absolutely important and necessary for immature and growing young men and women to game a more  assessment of their priorities. here parents end menteurs teachers and other other other adults can play a significant role by sharing their priority list with the young people.

 

once the priority is set appropriately,  students can learn to manage their time according.

if they realize what's more important and what's less important,  they can structure their time accordingly. they can invest their time in non-negotiable things,  and be flexible in placing their time and energy into negotiable items.

 

Finally, The last element of Highly Effective students is developing and possessing a relational skill.  especially as young people become teenagers and young adults, they need to develop a sort of screening system through which they can determine who can help or hinder their pursuit of goals and purpose.  often teenagers misperceive parents and siblings as obstacles, or barriers. they can also perceive teachers as taskmasters, or the bothersome people. some perceived pastors and church leaders who provide moral  and ethical guidances as annoying and Unnecessary voices that get in the way of doing whatever they want to do. But, mature people know that parents siblings teachers friends pastors and church leaders are all there to provide help,  support, guidance, and wisdom two young people. these people are not the enemies of young people. yet it is the young people do to their immaturity who misperceive them and discount they're positive impact on their life.

 

young people need to give respect when and where  and to whom respect is due. when they do so, they will find lots of wisdom and help from the people around them.  and this will result in a positive web of relations that can open doors, create opportunities, and overcome what seems as insurmountable barriers.

 

so how do you develop relational skills? The Golden Rule Found in the Bible says that if you want to be treated nicely by others, then you must be nice first that's based on the principle of reciprocity. Treat others as you would want them to treat you.  that's the key. that's the principle. we need to teach that principal to our children at a young age so that they can always connect well with others and leave positive Impressions on them. now this is a very tall order for a very selfish and self-centered generation such as the current one. most of the time our students placed themselves or their desires above that of everyone else's including their friends their parents or even that of their maker.  that is a formula for disaster. since they cannot live as an island on their own, They will need the support cooperation, and friendship provided by others.

 

So in this broadcast I provided for you 5 elements of Highly Effective students.  let me recap that. first Highly effective students maintain their physical wellness and FitnessTwo highly effective students maintain their curiosity and interest in learning.  it's not about how intelligent they are but it's about how curious they stay as they develop mentally that suits their age or. Grade level. 3rd motivation is the key 4 highly effective students weather internal or external they possess a desire and willingness to learn and grow. Fourth highly effective students learn to prioritize their commitments or responsibilities, and then manage their time accordingly.  such priorities ation as well as time management results in effectiveness in whatever they engage.And finally highly effective effective students develop and possess good relational skills, which provides for them favor, support, wisdom, and help.

 

Wendy's 5 elements are properly balanced and together growing over time, your child will succeed academically emotionally relationally and spiritually.  it is my hope and wish that everyone at New Covenant Academy will develop these five elements to become highly effective students as well as highly effective individuals for the rest of their lives