I’ve compared school to learning to jump through hoops in the past. It’s not a completely fair analogy but here is the basic idea.
Succeeding in school is all about jumping through the right hoops. You don’t need to learn stuff. You need to learn specific stuff. If you fail to learn the specific stuff then you will fail (even if you did learn a lot.)
Some of the hoops you need to jump through are made obvious. Your teacher may give you a syllabus and a big list of stuff that’s going to be on the test. Those are hoops that you need to jump through to succeed. But most students try to push themselves farther than that. They have this idea that their are other implied hoops they’re supposed to jump through.
For example, their teacher tells them homework is only a tiny percentage of their grade but the student is willing to invest hour after hour working on that homework. Success in the class has been defined by the teacher as not needing the homework but the student feels weird slacking or skipping the homework. The student feels like there is some kind of an implied duty to complete all the work for their course (even if the work is meaningless.)
Until told otherwise, assume their are no implied hoops. When a teacher lays out their rules for grading you clearly, expect those rules to be followed until they make it explicitly clear they wont be following them. There virtually always are implied hoops but you should absolutely never let implied hoop jumping (like making the teacher like you) get in the way of objective hoops to jump through.
So… if your homework is valueless you probably don’t want to tell the teacher you think the homework is pointless but you can still skip most of it while being completely polite with the teacher.
The Secret To Success
I’ve worked with students for over a decade now –
There is a thing that all successful students (and I suspect all successful people at anything) have in common…
It’s this thing that can come off as crazy – wrong-headed – almost embarrassing.
But those of us that see it and understand it know –
It’s not embarrassing. It’s not wrong-headed. And it’s not crazy. It’s actually one of the most powerful forces in the world.
When I see someone that understands and applies this, I know they’re a person I can trust to get something done. It’s like a secret handshake. It’s like our personal secret conspiracy we’re using to take over the world. And most people just dismiss it.
In fact, I can tell you right now and 95% of you are going to dismiss it.
And only 5% of you will do it.
The secret: Do it. If it works, keep doing it. If it doesn’t, do something else.
If you’re ready to do it – to succeed extraordinarily in academics and life then let me send you the details by putting in your email below and checking the box.
Or you can let that doubt take over. That’s your business.