For each one are successive [angels] before and behind him who protect him by the decree of Allah . Indeed, Allah will not change the condition of a people until they change what is in themselves. And when Allah intends for a people ill, there is no repelling it. And there is not for them besides Him any patron. (Quran 13:11)
This verse beautifully illustrates the importance of hard work by stating: “Allah will not change the condition of a people until they change what is in themselves.”
Of course, this beautiful verse applies to all aspects of our lives however, in this post let’s apply the concept of hard work to students.
Personally, when others find out about my good grades, most often their immediate reaction is: “Oh you’re so smart”. Of course, I thank them and we move on. However, I honestly believe that almost anyone can improve their grades if they make a commitment to working hard and then follow through on that commitment.
Of course, it’s hard to exactly define what hard work is because the definition varies from person to person. For example, some people are faster learners and thus they require less study time than others. Ultimately we all have different strengths and weaknesses.
Although the definition of hard work can vary, by determining what our strengths and weaknesses are, we can move closer to our goal of improving our grades. Perhaps something that will help is to determine, if you don’t already know, what type of a learner you are. There are four major types of learners and you can learn more about them here. Learning about what type of a learner you are is very helpful because it will guide you on how you should study.
In this day and age technology is both a blessing and a curse for students. Our smartphones, tablets, laptops, etc. can be a huge distraction because many students, including myself, can easily be tempted to check their devices while they are studying. It all starts out innocently, we tell ourselves: “I’ll only take a short break”. However, one thing leads to another and before we know it we have wasted a significant amount of valueable study time.
However, if used correctly, technology can be a great study aide for students. If you don’t understand something all you have to do is search it on Google and your bound to find something. For those that our more visual learners YouTube and other services such as Khan Academy can be great resources.
One of the key’s to hard work is spending time towards studying and/or completing required assignments. There are times where you’d rather do anything than study for the subject you hate or maybe you’re tempted to play a video game or watch your favorite show however, you need to realize that sacrificing what you love in order to spend time studying is key to success.
Becoming a better student requires hard work and the occasional sacrifice however, Inshallah if you do your part than you will reap the benefits.