The main technique to become a successful student is following the algorithm of 'study smarter, not harder'. The more you move forth in your educational field, the more important this becomes, to practice smart approaches of studies rather than hard-working and slogging ways of studies. Having to study for more than two hours would be a necessity when in a high school or still in school. However college demands higher amounts of studies, with more devotion and dedication, as you would be needing to do a bunch of internships as well. Thus, studying smarter becomes essential as compared to hard work.

However for some students, it becomes easy, as they can study for some time and get good scores. This doesn't necessarily hold true for the students who are up at college. And not true for most of the students as well, as they can't grasp the knowledge being provided to them immediately. They need some brushing up and need to go some extra mile as well. Thus, what are the basic characteristics of a high GMAT scoring student?

  • They don't cram up all the work together

The students who are toppers, have a proper time table, and follow it regularly. They don't try to mug up all the information at once. They do things and topics in a proper manner and follow a restricted regime.

  • Planning the topics

The students make a plan for all the topics that they want to study beforehand. They do not go together studying everything all at once. Having blocks for preparation and giving every topic a stipulated time period, helps a lot.

  • Consistency

The students make a rigorous time table and are consistent all the time. It doesn't really matter if they are focusing on completing their regime in a day completely, but they are consistent enough with their time table. They follow it and make sure, even if they devote a few hours to the study, they do it properly and fully.

  • No procrastination

Good students, who want to achieve their goals, never procrastinate their goals. What needs to be done today is done today. They never leave things for later on. They finish it immediately and move on to the next topic. Thus, not disturbing the order of their prefixed time table.

  • Studying the toughest subject early

The toughest of the subjects can be the most repulsive ones. Thus, it becomes necessary to study the tough ones and skim through it with ease.  When you're distracted while studying you (1) lose your train of thought and (2) are unable to focus -- both of which will lead to very ineffective studying. Before you start studying find a place where you won't be disturbed or distracted. For some people this is a quiet cubical of the library. For others it is in a common area where there is a little background noise. No distractions are allowed.