IQ is NOT the number one predictor of how students perform. It is of vital importance that you teach students to have a growth mindset. Just because their parents were bad at Maths or English,doesn’t mean they automatically are! If someone else can do it, so can they! This is one of the most important philosophies to teach your students if you want them to succeed.
Top performers consistently do more practice exams than other students and they possess three very important qualities. Top performers are self-motivated, self-disciplined and resilient. These are the skills we want you to impart upon your students.
We recommend that you help set up a study timetable for your students, with one major caveat. The first thing they should put into their study timetable should NOT be their homework/study! Rather, the key is to first put in non-study activities (sports, socialising, hobbies, etc), and then fill in their study around this. This will ensure that they have something to look forward to each day, and hence they will be more productive.
Top performers work extremely hard, but they work hard on the right things. For example, re-reading notes over and over again is not a productive use of a student’s time. A student would be far better off re-reading their notes using a combination of the scientific learning techniques already mentioned (e.g. retrieval practice).