Reading and Studying
As students, the first thing that comes to mind as the birther of excellence is reading. But unfortunately, reading is but just a very tiny part of what it requires to get academic excellence. In fact, reading is the tiniest-tiniest aspect of the drive towards academic excellence. I hope you noticed I've not used the term “study” all the while? Yes, I've not; and it’s because I really want to clear the myth that reading is the primary requirement to excel in the academics.
I tell you verily, reading is only an eye opener; it doesn’t and cannot do more than opening your eyes, and when we say reading only opens the eyes, I say that to mean reading gets you informed, and that’s all. However, when you are more than informed, when your mind is worked and stirred, and you yourself are tasked and charged to want to know more, that is when we can say studying has taken over from mere reading.
Only studying charges the mind, reading cannot; reading cannot get beyond opening the eyes, but it is studying that opens the mind and does more to it than reading can do. In fact, you can read a thing this minute and forget about it the same minute you read it; that's how much reading is never that connected with the mind. I’ve not written this to cause any misconception of the terms "reading" and "studying", but rather to stir your mind to knowing the difference between the two; as well as knowing what you are doing really when you’ve gotten your eyes on some letters, words or images. As a student of higher learning—for instance, so much more is expected of you than just having your eyes opened; the mind has to open too, to follow the eyes opening. And that—in fact—is when we can be referred to as educated; and that’s very far beyond being literate. Getting academic excellence apart now, being a student is not complete lest there is studying. Do we even need to go over that? Like, is it not very obvious already, that studying is what you do when you are a student—that’s your occupation!
The bottom-line is: when you aim to excel, there has to be preparation, and your preparation has to be studying via all means, and not just reading. Reading is too not-that-connected-with-the-mind to help you excel.