Everyone has different strengths and limitations when it comes to their natural academic capabilities. One thing that every person can develop, however, is a strong work ethic. While no one but you can determine what your best effort is, self-discipline and high standards can help you improve the quality of your school work. Rather than measuring your achievement against others, you can compare your performance against your own progressive goals.
Successful students come to school regularly. They are on time. They listen and train themselves to pay attention. They make sure they get all missed assignments and understand specifically what was covered in class. Successful students take responsibility for themselves and their actions.
Successful students are attentive in class. They don't talk, read, or stare out windows. In other words, they are polite and respectful, even if they get a little bored. They also participate in class even if their attempts are a bit clumsy and difficult. They ask questions.
Successful students see their teachers about grades, papers, and upcoming tests. These students demonstrate to the teacher that they are active participants in the learning process and that they take the job of being a student seriously. They demonstrate that they care about their grades and are willing to work to improve them.
Successful students turn in assignments that look neat and sharp. They take the time to produce a final product that looks good, and reflects of a care and pride in their work. Successful students seem driven to complete their assignments. All work and assignments are turned in, even if some of their responses are not brilliant.