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.
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Study better immediately and not 6 months from now when the stars are all aligning
T had her head down staring at her grade. She’d kind of curled up the edges of the paper a little to casually hide the teacher’s red pen from the people in the chairs next to her. It was another disappointing grade and she just ran out of ideas.
So that afternoon, after class, she went up to the teacher and asked for some advice.
She got an answer – work hard. Study more. She politely responded but felt a little disappointed because she was sure that was what she was already doing.
But… she tried harder.
And a month later, she was staring back down at the same disappointing grade on her paper…
She thought she’d talk to the teacher and clarify how hard she was working. Then ask for advice.
The teacher responded that ‘you shouldn’t expect results so fast. It takes time.’
I agree with that teacher in some sense.
But in another sense, I want to throw him off a bridge. (Not a mortal fall. Just a scary, think-twice before saying that stupid thing again fall.)
Good studying shows instant results. NOW! Not 6 months from now. – for most classes… math has some complications but more than a month is too long to wait.
Maybe not in your final grade. But on the single assignment and test grades – results should be showing up.
If not, change something. (Even if it’s something small.)
To take it farther –
For some students, the second they stop studying using a Smart Student Secrets/Active Recall strategy, they can instantly feel the difference in knowledge. Instead of ending their study session worried, they end the session with confidence.
Results aren’t something that you should wait 6 months for.
You shouldn’t have to wait until everything goes perfect.
Are you ready for results?
That’s what I teach.
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