Topper’s Productivity Secrets - 7 Tips with 100% Accuracy

It is needless to say the importance of good grades in your mark sheet if you live in India. We are constantly under judgment and are positioned in different job on the basis of these grades based shortlisting. So, for most individuals being a topper is a coveted dream.

As they say, winners don’t do different things, they do things differently. Most students fail not because they are not hardworking or lack intelligence but because of a lack of a planned approach, mentorship, and poor study habits. So the main problem is not of potential but of effective execution. Apart from studying hard, toppers make sure they incorporate a smart study schedule. Toppers always focus on minimising the time and maximising the ROI(Return On Investment).

student graduates or toppers enjoying after graduation

We have tried to enlist such unknown secrets into this blog to help millions of dreamers like you achieve their life goals and hopefully become a topper in their respective fields.

Here are the top 7 hacks toppers use to differentiate themselves from the rest.

1) Short study duration

Pomodoro Technique Methodology

As they say, if you fail to plan, you are planning to fail. The first thing to succeed in the exam is to have a proper study plan and then stick to it religiously. It is not important whether you study for 14 hours a day or 4 hours a day. The key to success is being consistent so that your learning potential improves and you are better prepared for the exam. Many students fail to execute their study plan because they fill their schedule with study time first, leaving very little time for enjoyment and fun. You need to fill your schedule with fun activities first and then fill the rest with studies. Another hack to stick to your study plan is having a dedicated study place and refrain from doing any other activities in that particular place except studying. This will help your mind to subconsciously acknowledge the place as soon as you enter the room and bring you into a study mood.

You have to self motivate yourself at the end of the day by giving yourself some reward. In the beginning, you might find it difficult to stick to a particular schedule. In such a case, it is advisable to use the power of habit to help you get over it. According to the power of habit, if you do any kind of activity repeatedly for 21 days, it becomes your habit. And once any activity becomes your habit, you will automatically start tapping the potential of the subconscious mind to achieve your desired goals.

2) Sticking to the study plan


a close view of study plan

As they say, if you fail to plan, you are planning to fail. The first thing to succeed in the exam is to have a proper study plan and then stick to it religiously. It is not important whether you study for 14 hours a day or 4 hours a day. The key to success is being consistent so that your learning potential improves and you are better prepared for the exam. Many students fail to execute their study plan because they fill their schedule with study time first, leaving very little time for enjoyment and fun. You need to fill your schedule with fun activities first and then fill the rest with studies. Another hack to stick to your study plan is having a dedicated study place and refrain from doing any other activities in that particular place except studying. This will help your mind to subconsciously acknowledge the place as soon as you enter the room and bring you into a study mood.

You have to self motivate yourself at the end of the day by giving yourself some reward. In the beginning, you might find it difficult to stick to a particular schedule. In such a case, it is advisable to use the power of habit to help you get over it. According to the power of habit, if you do any kind of activity repeatedly for 21 days, it becomes your habit. And once any activity becomes your habit, you will automatically start tapping the potential of the subconscious mind to achieve your desired goals.

3) Seek to understand, not memorise


a student understanding graphs and analysing data

When you understand things, you will be able to apply the concepts across different situations. If you find yourself seeking to memorise all possible problem types and their solution patterns, you are not trying to understand the concepts. Toppers always try to get the bigger picture of whatever they are trying to study. They use tools like mind maps and concept maps to get the big picture. The tip is to associate what you study with the concepts you know from the past because the number of old concepts you are able to associate determines your level of understanding.

4) Switch between focused and divergent thinking

convergent and divergent thinkning

Most of the students follow the focused mode of thinking in which their thoughts follow the direction of the book without any deviation. Although, this will help you know the topics, subtopics, and important points included in the book but will limit your level of understanding of the book itself. Toppers generally use the Divergent thinking mode, which allows them to flow their mind as per the topic’s requirement and link among other topics. Thus, divergent thinking is considered one of the best active learning strategies. Studies show numerous pieces of evidence that Divergent thinking improves memory retention by 80 percentage.

5) Spending more time on practice than on reading

Study Practice

The most unknown secret about toppers is that they devote as high as 70% of their time in practice. The more they practice, the higher they score in the examinations. If you want to improve your recall during exam time, the best way is to recall the information multiple times in multiple contexts before the exam. Thus, toppers solve more mock tests and many previous year question papers than an average student usually does. This is also an active learning strategy as it gives 80% ability to the brain for recalling learned concepts.

6) Use learning tools to prepare

menmonic devices used as a learning tool

It is practically impossible for the students to read the book again and again for revision. Toppers thus use proven tools and techniques to make their revision effective. Most of the toppers use learning tools like Mnemonics, Flashcards, Visual aids, Mind Maps, etc to improve their memory retention and recall ability.

7) Stick to personal notes

a student studying from personal notes

Most of the average students always fall into the trap of reading from other’s notes or books and refrain themselves from putting in an effort to make a personal handwritten note. This is totally opposite to what the toppers do. The toppers usually make their own note and revise the topic from that note itself. This also implies that they make notes throughout the year and keep on revising in certain spaced intervals to get everything into their brain swiftly.

Apart from all the above-mentioned secrets, toppers don’t usually take the stress and make sure they stay stress-free by maintaining a proper diet and sleep cycle. We hope the above-mentioned secrets would inspire you to take that extra effort so that you can execute on your goals, study efficiently and excel in your exams.

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Avinash Tripathi

Founder & Chief Productivity Engineer at StudyGang. Making a dent in the universe, one user at a time.