Classifying Students

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‘Only the educated are free’. In general, when being asked about advantages of education, students always response with a common answer: it is very important. However, students’ behaviors toward studying vary from one to one. According to my observation, students in a classroom can be divided into three kinds according to their study attitudes: active students, passive students, and simple students.

The first type is called “active students”. This group of students take responsibilities for their grades. They always preview the texts before the class, and review it after school. Normally, they tend to finish their homework today, and will not put it off until tomorrow. They always get along with their teachers as well. Active students will have a plan before they study. These active students, who make up around twenty percent of the students in a class, can be difficult to find in a simple class. Last year, during an International Mathematical Olympiad training course, I met a student from Kompongcham province, who was really active in the course. He always got up early in the morning to practice solving math problems and spent his entire night with homework as well as tomorrow text.

Making up one-fourth of the students in a class, the second group is called “passive students”. This group of students usually pay less attention in class. They don’t care much about homework as well as any quizzes. They don’t interact well with their teachers in many ways. For example, when I was in junior high school, I found many of my classmates were in this category. They always went to video game stores after the school, and played there until their parents called them back. They didn’t concentrate on their studies, and only wanted to graduate smoothly.

Finally, there are students who are in the middle. More than half of students in a class fall in this group. We cannot say they are bad students, but most of them just don’t know what to do before the class. If their teachers teach them how to do homework or tell them to preview before the classes, they will do the homework or prepare for the class as well as other active students. In another word, they will be able to do well in their academic year if they try their best.

To sum up, these three types of students are always able to find in any classes. Active students are rare in the class, while passive group is likely to be found everywhere. The largest proportion of the students is categorized in the simple group. In my opinion, in order to push students to value the education, educators need to encourage students, especially the second and third groups, to pay more attention on the course as well as to work hard in their studies.


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