Eight Qualities Of A Good Student

The eight essential qualities of a good student for success in academics and personal growth. Thrive with determination, focus, and resilience!


Being a good student goes beyond obtaining high scores in exams. It means having –

  • Love for learning
  • Passion for knowledge
  • Desire to thrive academically

So, here is a blog from DPS, one of the top famous schools in Gurgaon, on what are the qualities and practices that contribute to being a good student. While the list presented here is not exhaustive, it does serve as a foundation and we request you to feel free to share your thoughts and suggestions, in the comments section to expand upon this list.

8 Characteristics Of A Good Student

1. A Growth Mindset is the first attribute of a Good Student - A growth mindset is the firmly held belief that with enough time and effort, anyone can learn anything. A good student possesses this perspective. Let's discuss "The power of yet" about this growth mindset.
In response to a student who says, "I can't do this," you should answer, "Yet." I'm not yet capable of doing this. According to recent studies, merely conveying this idea to a youngster will have an impact on how they perceive learning. According to the research, there is evidence that knowing a growth mindset alters brain functioning, facilitating higher learning growth.

2. A Good Student Is Brave - Brave kids are not those who can jump from buildings or take up fights, they are the ones who love to take risks related to learning and grow with the experiences. They are more likely to build a life they love if they have identified what they love and hate. Additionally, these are the students who will take chances in their education and develop lateral, unconventional thinking. That kind of thinker is what the world needs.
Imp Tip - Taking on difficult tasks and overcoming fear are qualities of bravery. Fearlessness is not the same as bravery. We occasionally tell our children, "Don't be scared," or, "Don't be silly, everything will work out." This suggests that having fear is a cause for shame. It's not. Although fear is normal and human, it must also be conquered, which will not happen in a day. The sense of being brave comes with explaining, teaching, and modeling.

3. A Good Student Is Organised – For students studying anywhere in the world, it is mandatory to study as many as seven different subjects (that starts as early as Grade 1) with seven different teachers each having a different way of teaching and different sets of expectations. It becomes very difficult for a student to manage that kind of pressure unless a student is highly organised. Thankfully, we can teach them how to be organised. Additionally, certain digital tools can help in maintaining that kind of organization.

4. A Good Student Is Consistent And Persistent - Learning occurs gradually and steadily. Let’s take a simple example of reading. Reading is a skill that develops over time with various steps involved, like – alphabet identification, learning phonetics, and joining alphabets to form words and sentences, years of practice finally lead to fluency. And this is a continuous process, one who practices every day achieves a level of proficiency earlier than those who seldom read. One factor that leads to a student's success is their willingness to practice.

5. A Good Student Can Deal With Failure - One of the most useful tools for learning is failure. Sadly, far too many people are incapable of taking a step back and appreciating the lessons failure may teach them; instead, they are just too overwhelmed by the feeling of failure. It takes the utmost strength and willpower to be able to face failure head-on with persistence.
Imp Tip – It is important to teach students to have an analytical approach toward failure. What is the extent and seriousness of the failure? What effects does it have? What lessons can be learned from failure?

6. A Good Student Sets Goals - Setting goals helps students direct their attention away from distractions and towards specific behaviours and information. According to recent research, incremental goals are far more successful than big ones.
Students have a better chance of succeeding if they can break down large goals—such as solving a challenging problem, coming up with something new, or getting a better grade—into manageable, smaller ones. Little victories eventually lead to major accomplishments if they can take criticism the healthy way.

7. A Good Student Partners With Teachers - A student's performance in school is mostly dependent on their relationship with their teacher. Good students acknowledge that their teachers are their allies. Many teachers from reputed schools and colleges have supported the significance of this relationship.
We often assume that the teacher has total control over this relationship. That is not true. This strong relationship is cultivated by good students. They understand that their teachers are important resources with whom they must collaborate.

8. A Good Student Values Education – Last but not least, if you ask someone, what are the qualities of a good student, then very rarely you will have this on your list. But the fact is, students must value education if they are to succeed in school. In life, we usually don’t work on things that are not valuable to us. Studies reveal that in homes where parents are actively learning, where books are present, and where education is respected, children are more likely to embrace education and succeed.

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