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Succeeding at school can be tough, but it turns out there can be some tell-tale signs that certain students have a knack for school work. 

Some teachers took to Reddit to share how exactly they knew when kids in their class were particularly talented at academics. 

From instant knowledge of foreign languages to burning interests in school topics, they share the ways that they were able to spot their star pupils. Of course, INSIDER cannot independently authenticate these stories, so it’s just for fun.  

“Bright students? They actually figure out what you’re talking about and can explain it in their own words. But this girl? She not only understood, but then applied it to other areas.”
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“I taught a girl who was an absolute genius. She hated it when I or other people called her that because she didn’t think she was.

“The main thing that set her apart was her ability to understand a concept as well as the significance that concept had to other areas based on me explaining something orally once. Most students wouldn’t realize that class had started yet by the time she already figured out my lesson.

“See, most students, after several attempts at me explaining something, will just memorize my explanation word-for-word and regurgitate that on the test because they still don’t understand what on earth you’re talking about. Bright students? They actually figure out what you’re talking about and can explain it in their own words. But this girl? She not only understood but then applied it to other areas. That’s why she was brilliant.” – Reddit user CanadianFalcon

“As for what ‘makes them so smart,’ I would say that their lucky genetics plus an internal motivation to learn is what made them so smart.”
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“I would estimate that I have taught about five such individuals.

“What these kids all have in common is that everything came naturally to them almost like it was intuition. Tons of smart kids will get bored and actually do poorly in class (they don’t do their ‘easy’ class work). But usually, the genius kids have a thirst for knowledge. They are inquisitive and motivated to find answers.

“As for what ‘makes them so smart,’ I would say that their lucky genetics plus an internal motivation to learn is what made them so smart.

“I will end by saying that I think anyone can be ‘smart’ with enough hard work. Depending on your genetics, your environment, and your determination it may take a little bit of work or a whole bunch of work.” – Reddit user Aoxoa

“He didn’t real self study. He just knew the subject.”
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“I think ‘M’ might be the brightest I’ve ever had and quite possibly a genius. He took several AP tests without having taken the class and scored 5’s. He didn’t really self-study them either. He just knew the subject. The AP Physics C teacher wasn’t happy about it.” – Reddit user j_freakin_d

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