What are the 5 easiest and hardest degrees to get?
This week I’m exploring 2 different ways of answering that question –
I’ve read similar articles and, for the most part, they all focused on finding the degree programs with the fewest high GPAs. And they just assumed that meant THE HARDEST.
I took a look a bit deeper and compared two different methods of defining the hardest program.
There are some important lessons to take from this that don’t get mentioned:
1. Don’t assume you’re too smart or too dumb for a program.
Sure… you should consider the difficulty of the program you’re going into but a program you like will usually still be easier than a program you dislike – even if your GPA might be a bit lower. As long as everyone has a lower GPA on average then it doesn’t even matter.
2. “Easy” majors are still, often, insanely difficult majors if you’re not prepared for them.
Education majors sometimes have huge workloads despite them not facing quite as harsh grading as an engineering major.
3. Easy and hard can be used to help you narrow down degree options – but don’t try to make a decision based on it.
Highly competitive (or uncompetitive) people sometimes like to pick a major that makes them feel good about themselves. The “look at me, I’m so smart” mentality…
College is an investment (for most of us) not a luxury item for you to show off.
If you don’t want to have a career in something, there is no reason to waste 4 years and tens of thousands of dollars on a certification you’re smart on the subject.
4. Any major is easy – if you do it right…
That might sound crazy but I’ve worked with hundreds of students and seen it repeatedly.
Math majors talk about how easy Math is… but English is miserable.
English majors talk about how easy English is but Math is horrible.
Problems are difficult based on your approach to the problems.
One part is – who are you?
If you’re a lover of math problems then… you’re probably going to be better at math.
There is another part that I think is even more important…
What strategies are you using to learn?
My book 101 Strategies To Improve Your Grades Without Studying More gives you 101 Strategies I used to get near the top of my college class while taking a double courseload.
This week I want to send a quick thank you to QUT Business And Management Student Association for sharing my article on active recall. Also to one particular reader that recommended Smart Student Secrets to his cousin. (I hope you accept and enjoy the gift card N!)
This is an absolutely essential read for anyone on this blog.
I’m about 4 hours away from something big.
The story began a decade ago when I first started to share my study strategies with other students.
I had figured out the Holy Grail of academic optimization strategies – and every intermediate step to get to it. Using this strategy, I pulled a nearly 4.0 GPA while running a double course load in college – and once I started sharing it.
Droves of them.
And then teachers noticed.
Most of the teachers that were looking out for their student’s best interest got what I was saying and supported the cause. Others… well… not everyone has the student’s best interest at heart.
Early on (even before Smart Student Secrets,) I started writing for average students.
I knew… I was NEVER one of the “smart kids”. I was mediocre at best. And I knew, if these strategies worked for me then they could work for just about anybody. And that’s who I wanted to connect with.
But… There was a problem…
I built an audience giving these strategies away. Sure…
And I’d get messages from them. And we’d talk. And I’d hear their stories.
I’d hear from A+ students that cut their study time by 90%.
I’d hear from B students that took their grades up to A’s.
I’d hear from teachers that were sharing my strategies with their students.
I’d hear from older students how these strategies changed their life.
I love it. I love introducing these strategies that changed my life to other people.
But there was always this… but…
What about the C students?
What about the D students?
What about the students that are currently failing?
Sure… Some would reach out.. but…
They never followed through… They’d take a small step. They’d sign up. They’d learn some killer strategies. Seeing right there how powerful they were going to be…
And then… life kicks in. They lose sight of their goals.
And it’s gone.
Student’s came to this site to improve their life. They see the possibilities. But then… they move on.
In about 4 hours, I’m going to be introducing something – an email subscriber exclusive – that can help change that.
It’s going to make more Smart Students than at any other time in this site’s history.
If you’re ready to take your academic game to the next level – if you want to see it for yourself.
Write your email in the box. Check the confirmation you want emails. Confirm your email. And see for yourself.