What do top students do differently? | Douglas Barton | TEDxYouth@Tallinn

  • Опубликовано: 26 мар 2015
  • Douglas talks about the research on top students learning habits.
    Douglas is the founder and Global Chairman of Elevate Education. Douglas and Elevate has spent the last 13 years benchmarking the practices of the highest performing students in order to identify exactly what drives student performance. Today, Elevate works with over 1200 schools across Australia, the UK, South Africa and the US in order to raise student and school performance. Douglas has been profiled in a series of books on Australia’s top and emerging leaders.​
    Douglas on Elevate Education’i looja. Douglas ja Elevate on viimased 13 aastat uurinud heade tulemustega õpilaste harjumusi, et mõista, mis on nende edu võti. Täna töötab Elevate enam kui 1200 kooliga üle terve Austraalia, Suurbritannia, Lõuna-Aafrika Vabariigi ja Ameerika Ühendriikide, et tõsta õpilaste ja koolide taset. Douglast on mainitud ka Austraalia tõusvaid juhte tutvustavas kogumikus.
    This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at ted.com/tedx

Комментарии • 1 937

  • Zen Xavier
    Zen Xavier 22 часа назад

    Study. That’s all.

  • D G
    D G 6 дней назад

    I have an IIQ of 5000 don't do any of this, Just get born with a high IQ.

  • Hyunjun Koo
    Hyunjun Koo 12 дней назад +1

    👎👎👎👎👎 Very boring and get to the point!

  • Rose Lalonde
    Rose Lalonde 15 дней назад

    1) take practice exams
    2) self-motivation, self-discipline, resiliance, consistant/focused studying
    3) don't base learning off of memorization, exams don't test memory, they test use of information. You have to really understand the concepts overall.
    4) Schedule times that you AREN'T going to study (time for fun things/activities you want to do) FIRST, and then schedule studying around it.

  • Chris Plimmer
    Chris Plimmer 15 дней назад +1

    I think it's important to divide these statistics by the students subject of study. When I was in university I took a variety of subjects and I learned that the technique used for studying needs to be catered to the subject. For example, practoce exams worked very well in math and physics but in most of the art classes like psychology and philosophy it was very unusual to come across a practice exam. What I found worked well for these classes was a variety of memorizatioj techniques plus the construction of several questions that might be asked based on the the test format. id like to see a study where they look at the relationship between students study technique and their grades but they divide the results between the subject or major of each student.

    I'd also like to point out that you 100% are being tested on how much you know in university, although that is not the only thing you are being tested on. There is typically three categories that every test is made of a)knowledge b)thinking c)application. Furthermore, it is impossible to do well on the thinking and application questions unless you have the knowledge, so memorization is actually very useful. However, literature from cognitive psychology tells us that there are different types of memorization and some are more productive for tests than others. Basically the more meaning you give to a piece of information, the more you connect it to other information, the more likely you are to remember it long term. Interestingly, the brain space dedicated to that piece of information literally grows as you link it to more.

  • Derek Cardwell
    Derek Cardwell 21 день назад

    do people really watch 6 and a half hours of cat videos on youtube? I hear this example all the time and I'm just wondering if anybody actually does that.

  • josh aguilar
    josh aguilar 21 день назад

    I would rather have a higher IQ than practice exams and a timetable.

  • Bradlee297
    Bradlee297 24 дня назад

    What do top students do differently? They do more practice questions and they stick to study time table. Thank you for my listing to my Ted talk

  • NuKe G0D
    NuKe G0D Месяц назад

    I'm quite an intelligent kid but the only two reasons why I'm smart are:
    Good Memory & Concentration

    If you can concentrate and focus on what you are being taught, try to remember what is being taught. Video games I would say have improved my concentration and memory so it's not because of what most people think
    I have an interest for technology which also helps unknowingly
    I am also late to class a lot, my attendance has averaged at 83% but that hasn't affected me

  • Endyra
    Endyra Месяц назад

    No more cat videos?!

  • Luca Dileto
    Luca Dileto Месяц назад

    anyone else watching this to procrastinate actually studying

  • Martha bell
    Martha bell Месяц назад

    This goes to show that tests don't show a lot about people.

  • Alina Yurch
    Alina Yurch Месяц назад


  • ZambetulDePrimavara
    ZambetulDePrimavara Месяц назад

    What I found interesting is that I was getting the best results (not passing results, excellent results) when I was able to understand the logic of my courses. I don't just memorize a formula because I can forget it, I understand where that formula is coming from. It's more about understanding how the domain is working, why is it working like this.
    So, the algorithm that was working perfectly for me was:
    1) Read the course really slowly and try to understand where each idea is coming from : you make the course seem logic for you, you see the continuity of things.
    2) Practice on a large number of exercises and examples taking your time. See how the logic that you made out of the course is working on examples, see that you didn't miss anything.
    3) Practice at least 2-3 examples of test in test environment. You start your timer and you begin to do some test simulations. You calculate your points being really strict and you begin the next test trying to do it better. Also, you can try to finish quicker than the time limit: make your home environment stricter than the exam one.
    As a result, in the situations where I was studying like this I have always finished the tests 10-15 minutes earlier, doing around 90% of the test (sometimes some questions blocked me anyway), so I had time to check everything once again and I got grades 16-20 on French scale in Engineering School (quite prestigious type of schools here in France).
    Also, I noticed that paying attention through semester in classes helped a lot with 1) because I have already understood the logic, so just reading the course to remind me what are the details was enough and it was really quick.

  • Kevin Chen
    Kevin Chen Месяц назад

    7 mins in and he still haven’t Saifa anything useful

  • Dooday
    Dooday Месяц назад

    If you are already doing exercises instead of learning the lesson what to you have to do ? Work hard ? i guess...

  • Christopher Grillo
    Christopher Grillo Месяц назад +1

    I can baaaaarely understand this dude...

  • Samoo Diabian al masri
    Samoo Diabian al masri Месяц назад

    Thank you

  • Korvmedmos97
    Korvmedmos97 Месяц назад

    What about if the time of the dat isnt enough?

  • Synthenist
    Synthenist Месяц назад +1

    And again I find myself watching RU-clip videos instead of learning for my exams

  • Audrey and Remington
    Audrey and Remington Месяц назад

    What do top students do to get perfect grades?
    They cheat.

  • Hikotakume
    Hikotakume Месяц назад

    Rewrite practice exam

  • a- bad book
    a- bad book Месяц назад

    Wrf is practice exams? Do you get the subjects before an exam or what?

  • Bren Pritchard
    Bren Pritchard Месяц назад

    Please, add sub in spanish. Hugs!

  • ComGree9 Yu-Gi-Oh & Gaming
    ComGree9 Yu-Gi-Oh & Gaming Месяц назад

    Just subscribed. Great video.

  • MálagaTOP - COC
    MálagaTOP - COC Месяц назад

    Im top a student and i just dont do anything just copying my friends exam

  • kareem jeiroudi
    kareem jeiroudi 2 месяца назад

    I strongly disagree with the study timetable thing he mentioned.

  • Ansleigh Knight
    Ansleigh Knight 2 месяца назад

    and btw I highly suggest Ted Talks vids

  • Ansleigh Knight
    Ansleigh Knight 2 месяца назад

    im using pepper Nickels comment

  • Ansleigh Knight
    Ansleigh Knight 2 месяца назад

    I'm writing cornell notes right now

  • Ryan Feliciano
    Ryan Feliciano 2 месяца назад


  • Ryan Feliciano
    Ryan Feliciano 2 месяца назад

    sushi rolls
    suchi rolls

  • Ryan Feliciano
    Ryan Feliciano 2 месяца назад

    chiken noodle soup

  • Ryan Feliciano
    Ryan Feliciano 2 месяца назад

    con pound chiken

  • Amir Jamili
    Amir Jamili 2 месяца назад

    I'm so agree with doing as many exam practices as we can.

  • William Templeton
    William Templeton 2 месяца назад

    be quiet he smarter than you will ever be

  • dance and life made pure
    dance and life made pure 2 месяца назад

    I wish to add. You can also watch videos about the topic after reading not before reading.
    You read and understand then look for a video about that chapter watch then look for questions . if you don't have any, try getting questions online . thanks

  • dance and life made pure
    dance and life made pure 2 месяца назад +1

    He is right. Practicing exams. I remember mycology and virology was difficult for me to just read it the way it is. I had to go to the internet and search questions. When I practiced answering them, I got to the exam hall and was just thinking the right answers dough the questions were not same.
    It rescued me from getting a resit exam.

  • Jacob Tsepiso Jackson
    Jacob Tsepiso Jackson 2 месяца назад

    My mentality kills it all

  • saoud alkuwari
    saoud alkuwari 2 месяца назад

    my mom's sandals will give u high marks

  • Serhat Kes
    Serhat Kes 2 месяца назад

    Finally what should i do?

  • World expediaTM
    World expediaTM 2 месяца назад

    To the point

  • Cheng L. Zha
    Cheng L. Zha 2 месяца назад

    I’m an Asian, I ap·pre·ci·ate ur thought, however what u said is not so true in Asia, u should extent ur research to China, where every one working super hard, but still someone just get on top every time, I understand that methodology is important beside working hard but IQ is a huge factor for top students. For example, once my professor told our class to memorize a article, my friend had photograph memory it took him 5 min, I took me 5 hrs, another example, another student in my physics class, he don’t study at all, I mean at all, bc he is my roommate, and he got A on all his test, I just can’t understand...

  • Yuriy Dovhan
    Yuriy Dovhan 2 месяца назад

    Joke on him, I havent done anything I love doing for a year, now im in med school, and I won a scholarship,
    but in all honesty I love med school classes, well worth the pain

  • رغوده ١٨
    رغوده ١٨ 2 месяца назад

    My comment : Yes it is useful, we will work together on this until we become better students

  • -Skywalker-
    -Skywalker- 3 месяца назад

    the start of the talk sounds a bit like an advertisement, but the other part was really helpful

  • Rubber Soul
    Rubber Soul 3 месяца назад

    " ..... So what do you think is gonna be the most imporant? IQ or hard work?"
    *presentation background saying 'Dont worry about iq'*
    *The crowd answering correctly
    "Brilliant, you're fast learners"

  • Yao Zhang
    Yao Zhang 3 месяца назад

    Practice the right thing 2. Be self-discipline and stick to your timetable with work and entrainment!

  • alwin van der veen
    alwin van der veen 3 месяца назад

    What are the other 11 skills that differentiate the top students from other students tho. He only told us 2 :/

  • Nc
    Nc 3 месяца назад


  • lenz joseph
    lenz joseph 4 месяца назад

    What he said is true.When i first test my iq at the age of 17 i scored 161 but i wasn't the top student of my class and the iq of the top student was abt 100 this dude was working hard on everything although i was better in maths and physics without the need of practicing too much but overall he always scored higher than me!But i shld say that having the highest score have never being my objective!

  • JacoTheDeadRuler
    JacoTheDeadRuler 4 месяца назад +1

    What are the other 11 variables he didn't mention? I feel like this whole talk was biased... I want to know!!!

  • Superstar108
    Superstar108 4 месяца назад

    Anybody have an example of Such a timetable ?

  • jasnajazz
    jasnajazz 4 месяца назад

    He didn't answer the question really

  • Eliza Hensley
    Eliza Hensley 4 месяца назад

    this is borinng.

  • Dorryn Staiger
    Dorryn Staiger 4 месяца назад

    If your in Mr. Thornburgs 8th grade pathways class and your taking Cornell notes use Pepper Nickels comment it goes way faster

    • なーこ
      なーこ 4 месяца назад

      yes ma'am

  • A casablanca
    A casablanca 4 месяца назад

    Its all wrong , i have been trying to improve my quantitative calculation accuracy for years and is still stuck at level 0

  • M A Ram
    M A Ram 4 месяца назад +1

    Am really motivated, thnx for those golden tips

    Would try to follow it

  • betu r
    betu r 4 месяца назад


  • betu r
    betu r 4 месяца назад


  • betu r
    betu r 4 месяца назад

    can anyone tell me what the person said at 4:44

  • Malay Mukhi
    Malay Mukhi 4 месяца назад

    His accents makes me wanna kill him.

  • Aman
    Aman 5 месяцев назад

    Watch this video. There are subtle, valuable points in it not explained by the notes people have left here.
    For example, if you just walk away with the message that IQ is not the main predictor of performance you might feel reassured but would have missed out on a lesson. That being: practicing exams; studying/practicing effectively; dedication to perform consistently throughout the year; self-discipline to overcome distractions; and resiliency to disappointments are much more important than IQ.

  • Tasnia Islam
    Tasnia Islam 5 месяцев назад

    I mean, I’m only eleven. And I get straight A’s however that doesn’t really mean much at all, which I definitely understand.

  • GoogleHelpYou
    GoogleHelpYou 5 месяцев назад

    It is hard for people to improve if they don't know what went wrong....

  • GoogleHelpYou
    GoogleHelpYou 5 месяцев назад

    It is hard for people to improve if they don't know what went wrong....

  • Whole Food Plant-Based Man
    Whole Food Plant-Based Man 5 месяцев назад +1

    I pay attention in lecture, and I’m guaranteed a B, and if I study a bare minimum, I get an A.

  • Blue Wolf
    Blue Wolf 5 месяцев назад

    Thank you....

  • Priyanka Bhowmik
    Priyanka Bhowmik 5 месяцев назад

    Thanks a lot!

  • Mary Veroy
    Mary Veroy 5 месяцев назад

    I do keep on rereading so that I could familiarize it.Still it's not enough.😅

    GUTENTAG 6 месяцев назад

    Sacrify your mental health and social life because you're a autistic perfectionist

  • Riddick 4Ever
    Riddick 4Ever 6 месяцев назад

    Fukin accent makes me vomit, get to the point lol.

  • Nur Sakinah Hamidon
    Nur Sakinah Hamidon 6 месяцев назад +1

    I hope to use it on this last week before exam.. 😂

  • Göktuğ Aşcı
    Göktuğ Aşcı 6 месяцев назад +1

    Could you add a Turkish subtitle please for my colleagues or let me add one?

    TAMILAN GAMING 6 месяцев назад

    I just imagine what ever they say and that all

  • 我们需要自由Wake up
    我们需要自由Wake up 6 месяцев назад

    In the university, the speaker didn’t mention the fact that for most classes(>90%) if u know a lot of stuff before taking that class, u don’t even need to study to A that class. For those who working freaking hard, it’s still almost impossible to A that class. That’s how unfair it is and it is also the reality. So Is not iq, it’s a competition of family condition and parents ability.

  • Nishant Padekar
    Nishant Padekar 6 месяцев назад

    very imp points don't only work hard but in right direction

  • Doctor Awesome
    Doctor Awesome 6 месяцев назад

    All the jokes fell flat 🤣

  • Mature Elma
    Mature Elma 6 месяцев назад

    I did practice exams and i still failed 😑

    PRITHVI PAL 6 месяцев назад

    You tell everything that is lacking in me

  • Sean Yee
    Sean Yee 6 месяцев назад

    hearing this talk is great but it has so much flaws and it's major flaw was making students aim just to achieve high results on a standardised testing but instead help them develope their main interest and the importance of morality in life, if school had focused on these aspects then students wont just achieve good grades but will achieve more than what you can imagine as they know how to control their life and how to apply it thus completing task never knew possible and heights never knew achievable. So im not saying this talk is bad but its just to focused on something that wont even relatively help students in the mere future other than your typical exams where you memorize, ,forget and pass

    ARGHYA ROY 7 месяцев назад

    When it comes to studying, there is only hard work. No Smart work.

  • Gymnast Kim
    Gymnast Kim 7 месяцев назад

    If you are looking into how to be a top student you really need dedication for school and the ablity to love learning and love waking up everyday to learn . It is alot of work to be a top student but it is very worth it in the end

  • Labelle Lace
    Labelle Lace 7 месяцев назад

    At least in my experience, the part about exams not being memory based is a load of bs. Memory comes naturally to me and I pay attention in class, so I therefore almost never study and am considered a “high scoring student” and keep a 4.0 or higher at all times :/

  • Lei Cheng
    Lei Cheng 7 месяцев назад


  • Marissa Payne
    Marissa Payne 7 месяцев назад +2

    Study smarter not harder

  • Vito Cipponeri
    Vito Cipponeri 7 месяцев назад

    glad i help this i have 2 years to slowly do this

  • Asad Sayed
    Asad Sayed 7 месяцев назад

    Well after listening to this i think i need some help too

  • sankhojyoti halder
    sankhojyoti halder 7 месяцев назад

    You just need to love at least some parts of the things you're studying.. And your "WHY" should be powerful... That's how I've been doing it

  • Navedanjum Ansari
    Navedanjum Ansari 7 месяцев назад

    These top students then feel depressed at work place when they find all non top students colleagues doing well at work and they are not as good as they use to be in academics because here they don't get practice exams to be smart and creative.

  • Catyren
    Catyren 7 месяцев назад

    I do the bare minimum i can get away with. Still get good marks unless it's a subject that i just don't get (chemistry I'm looking at you). Learning how to think logically is helpful. Knowing what works for you in terms of memorisation. Reading the marking guide and knowing how to give the person marking what they're looking for will do wonders.

  • Thenison Narciso
    Thenison Narciso 7 месяцев назад

    it's very nice. Thanks a lot. I really learned what true learning is.

  • Arjun Bemarkar
    Arjun Bemarkar 8 месяцев назад +1

    How can I get practice exams

  • Astrid
    Astrid 8 месяцев назад

    well, i am that student who try their best and work hard but the result is never high and satisfactory, and i always wonder what i am doing wrong xd

  • valentina gutierre
    valentina gutierre 8 месяцев назад

    Practise exams do not exist at my university. So what are we supposed to do?

    • Love Kunis
      Love Kunis 7 месяцев назад

      valentina gutierre try looking online for the specific subject that the test will be on

  • ginger nut
    ginger nut 8 месяцев назад

    The entire video is jut saying is that iq doesn't matter, he doesn't even give any advice

  • Mink
    Mink 8 месяцев назад

    Seems difficult to apply...

  • Z Y
    Z Y 8 месяцев назад

    Work hard first! Till it becomes your habit! Then you are well-experienced, you try to figure out your own efficient study techniques... students who are at the top can’t skip hard-working...

  • Joseph Hicks
    Joseph Hicks 8 месяцев назад

    anyone who really wants to get better grades needs to read Make it Stick by Peter Brown. Legitimately changed my life.

  • Isabelle Cooke
    Isabelle Cooke 9 месяцев назад

    high iq, weak self discipline. have an 85 could have a 95.