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.

Implied Hoops And Success In School

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.’

Look…

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.

Be impatient.

Get results.

Are you ready for results?

That’s what I teach.

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2 thoughts on “Implied Hoops And Success In School

  • February 21, 2016 at 7:29 pm
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    Well the best thing about the students that try to give a hundred and ten percent I that they have a very fixed mind set, that will effect them positively in the future. In the near future when they are employed in a professional job that extra mile will look like they are willing and capable of doing hard work.

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  • February 21, 2016 at 2:27 pm
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    This is a brilliant analogy, actually. It explains how some people pass with no problem even though they’re morons! I wish that I was better about noticing hoops than I’ve been in my past. Things would be so much easier!

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