This article is taken from Education Corner: http://www.educationcorner.com/habits-of-successful-students.html
The path to excellence is not an easy one. Going the extra mile to develop strong and effective study habits will pay off in the end. The vast majority of successful students achieve their success by developing and applying effective study habits. The following are study habits practiced by highly successful students:
Get the right tools.
Make sure you have all the right “student tools” to be successful: textbooks, binders or folders to keep you organized, paper for notes, a computer, a calculator, pens, pencils, etc. You cannot be a good student if you haven’t got the right tools.
Don’t try to cram all your studying into one session.
Successful students typically space their work out over shorter periods of time and rarely try to cram all of their studying into just one or two sessions. If you want to become a successful student then you need to learn to be consistent in your studies and to have regular, yet shorter, study periods.
Consider a study group.
Some students learn really well this way. If you give this a try, keep the group small (2-5 people max). Makes sure it does not turn into a social event.
Plan when you’re going to study.
Successful students schedule specific times throughout the week when they are going to complete their studying — and then they stick with their schedule. Students who study sporadically and whimsically typically do not perform as well as students who have a set study schedule.
Study at the same time.
Not only is it important that you plan when you’re going to study but that you also create a consistent, daily study routine. When you study at the same time each day and each week, studying will become a regular part of your life. You’ll be mentally and emotionally more prepared for each study session, and each study session will become more productive.
Start with the most difficult subject first.
As your most difficult assignment or subject will require the most effort and mental energy, you should start with it first. Once you’ve completed the most difficult work it will be much easier to complete the rest of your work.
Always review your notes before starting an assignment.
Always make sure to take good notes in class. Before you start each study session and before you start a particular assignment review your notes thoroughly to make sure you know how to complete the assignment correctly.
Make sure you’re not disturbed whiles studying.
When you’re disturbed while you’re studying you lose your train of thought, and you get distracted — both of which will lead to very ineffective studying. Before you start studying find a place where you won’t be disturbed.
Review your notes, schoolwork, and other class materials over the weekend.
Successful students review what they’ve learned during the week over the weekend. You will find yourself well prepared to continue learning new concepts at the beginning of each week that build upon previous coursework and knowledge acquired the previous week.