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Doing well in school is possible through learning the class material well but doing well is also possible with a very limited understanding of the material being taught in class.
Most students drastically underestimate how valuable it is to learn the system.
By understanding the way school, and tests work you can give yourself a constant boost to your grades without ever learning new class material. For a one time investment, you can permanently increase your grades.
When a student learns to use their syllabus to prioritize their work, they bring their grade up by more than the equivalent time studying.
When you learn a new fact for a class, you may use that knowledge to increase your points a few times through the class.
When you understand a strategy like, you gain more points preparing for the test than you would using that time to do homework, you’re able to increase your points on assignment after assignment forever.
Naturally, all of your learning can’t come from understanding how the class works.
You need some base of understanding to appreciate these benefits but once you have that base, you shouldn’t lose sight of this opportunity.
Learning the system is about finding the “loopholes” to every system you’re a part of. (And there are always loopholes.)
Once you find those loopholes they pay off time and time again and usually don’t require any memorization or studying.
They’re essentially free points for paying attention.
Most students don’t pay attention. They get their assignments and they do them. They wait until the night before their test and they cram. They get their graded papers back and don’t even look at what they got wrong.
They never ask themselves one important question:
“How can I improve my grade WITHOUT spending more time on it?”
Until you start to ask that question, you’re always going to be settling for less than you’re capable of.
Have you ever sabotaged your success doing this silly little thing?
You only procrastinate the stuff that sucks. You don’t say, “Ahhh… I’ll read that text from my crush later.” Nope. Now… Any pause is intentional and coordinated to respond better.
Here is the problem with academics:
You probably think most academic stuff sucks – at least a little. (Especially compared to other things you could be doing.)
And the thing is:
FORCING YOURSELF TO STUDY JUST MAKES IT WORSE!
You’re slowly hardening your association of school and being miserable.
You need to create positive associations with academics. You want your brain to be getting hyped up and positive when you’re thinking about studying and giving into this internal oligarchical instinct to force yourself to studying – ain’t helpin’.
Chill the internal dictator for a moment…
A big secret: You need to STOP forcing yourself to study so much.
But, if you’re not forcing yourself then how are you going to see those killer straight-a’s that you’re always dreaming about?
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