The Difference Between An Ideal Student And A Good Student, And Which One Should You Be


As unconvincing and confusing as it sounds, there does exist a line of differences between an ideal student and a good student, and I can assure you that this line is really wide. These two terms are not interchangeable, and the sooner you understand this, the better you can make your student life. True, both these categories are the ones who perform well in school and demonstrate the possibility of a promising career ahead, but the differences between them are actually responsible for shaping the way their life turns out in the long run. In order to point out these differences, let’s take a few situations that a student comes across in his everyday life.


Teacher’s Pet?


To an ideal student, it is of paramount importance that he maintains a respectable image in front of his teachers and is always obedient. While it is important that you respect your teachers and elders, it is also vital that you maintain a healthy friendship with your classmates as well. More often than not, in order to gain a teacher’s confidence, students turn on their classmates and lose the chance to make friends. A good student is someone who maintains a friendly rapport with the teachers by giving them due respect, performing well in class while also giving his classmates the opportunity to do the same.


Exam Time!


Someone who pays attention in class, prepares notes, knows the subject in and out and can ace any exam is usually considered ideal. At the same time, it is also important that you help out your classmates who might be weak in a subject, share your notes, and probably take out some extra time to teach them concepts that they are finding difficult to understand. Although it looks like it, this is not entirely a selfless act. When you teach others, you automatically get a better understanding of the concepts and can score well.




Every student should involve himself in co-curricular and extra cullicular activities, and and ideal student will always have a time-table tightly packed with all kinds of activities. But, it is not sensible to dedicate all your time to productive activities and not give yourself some time to relax, play, and spend with your friends and family. Being a good student is not just about having a good Intelligence Quotient (IQ), but about having a balance between IQ and Emotional Quotient (EQ), something that can only be achieved with human interactions and building relationships.


Performance Pressure


Yes, it is important to get good marks, but that shouldn’t be prioritized over your health. An ideal student is hell-bent on acing every test, which can lead him into compromising his sleep and peace of mind over studies. Students in school should always sleep for at least 8 hours, while this can be reduced to 6 hours when they proceed to college. At the same time, it’s just as important to pay attention to your diet and ensure that you’re eating balanced food. A good student is someone who eats well, sleeps well, and manages to perform well, too, even if it’s not an exceptional performance.


In The Long Run...

While healthy competition is necessary to motivate and drive a student to perform well, competition shouldn’t be taken so seriously that it affects a student’s relationships with his peers or disturbs him emotionally. A dearth of healthy human relationships can lead students into becoming socially awkward, which often results in not having the ability to communicate effectively. Communication is a sought after quality in any profession and, despite having a track record of good academic performances, a student might lose a job because of lack of interpersonal skills.


So, instead of striving to be an ideal student, be a good student. It’s okay to make mistakes as long as you learn from them. And, as much as it’s important to be a good performer, you ought to be a kind human being, too.


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