I just read this…
High school valedictorians “know how to do school. They are not the group to look for, for creative breakthroughs… or for becoming notable leaders in a particular area.”
-Karen D. Arnold of Boston College (Quoted in Rimer)
Arnold is a researcher that spent years following up on the lives of high school valedictorians. And all that research led her to the conclusion that being #1 in school doesn’t mean that much long term.
That being said…
Studies consistently show that students with higher GPAs end up with better careers, more options, and more money. (Off the top of my head, I think it’s 13% higher salary per point of GPA.)
Being #1 in the class doesn’t mean that much. It’s symbolic. It’s bragging rights. Like having a high score on the Frogger arcade 50 years ago. Congrats, right?
But getting a high scores does help in life.
That’s what this data shows. But I think about it a little differently.
I don’t think the score even matters. The score is just a flag blowing in the wind. It can tell you wind is blowing but if there is no flag up, it doesn’t mean there is no wind.
Extraordinary successes, in my experience, come from people that are willing to invest in their own growth.
High scores matter but you don’t have to be at the top of your class to benefit from them.
That’s a big part of the reason I wrote 101 Strategies To Improve Your Grades Without Studying More.
It’s an acceptance that perfection isn’t necessarily the best goal. Near perfection can give you the perfect balance of what you’re really looking for.
You don’t have to study for hour after dreadful hour to do well in school…
In fact, many students in many schools can give up all their studying and still get near the top of their class. For them, a short and easy study routine is just a cushion to let them sleep easier at night.
I’m super excited about all the emails about this on Monday. Those are the kinds of things that keep me doing what I’m doing. Thank you!
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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.