There is an old writing cliche you’ve probably heard before:
Write for your audience.
As a high school student in English class, I seemed to make the silly mistake of trying to follow that advice.
Sure… that’s great advice…
Assuming you know your audience well enough to write for them…
But being a high school student…
Believe it or not…
Doesn’t give most people a great understanding of their teachers.
I used to think: if I want to impress my teachers with my writing then the secret is writing super academic papers while using massive words to impress them!
Because they are teachers, right? So they must like boring papers with big words in them…
In hindsight, this is kind of one of those George Costanza lessons I mentioned last email. My gut told me write to make them happy…
And that got me some A’s and B’s BUT I HATED ABSOLUTELY EVERY PAPER I WROTE and it was always a bit of a hit or a miss with the grades anyway…
What I learned ended up producing consistent A papers while I enjoyed the process.
Once I learned this…
I literally LOVED 4 out of 5 of the papers I had to write for school because they were easy, fun, and virtually automatic.
What is this lesson I learned:
Write for me. And adjust it for my audience.
The thing is…
It’s hard to understand the depths of someone’s soul but it’s easy to get at basic human nature.
You have more in common with your teacher than you think. They probably like some of the same movies that you like. They probably like some of the same TV shows you like.
If you write to please what you imagine the teacher is like… and you’re wrong…
then you wrote something that makes nobody happy… Not you. Not the teacher.
If you write something that pleases you… then odds are… it’s not going to be too far from pleasing your teacher.
Sure… cut out some curse words. Put some extra clothes on the characters. Don’t include stuff that will get you in trouble.
But write stuff that appeals to basic human nature…
the easiest way to do that is to write for yourself.
Once I discovered this…
I don’t think I ever wrote a B paper again. Writing assignments became consistent A’s. It was literally that dramatic a change.
(I’ve had teachers forgive spelling and grammar problems repeatedly based on how much they enjoyed papers. That being said… eventually… you’ll enjoy writing so much… fixing these stupid mistakes gets easy.)
In college, I happened to use this strategy to get a side hustle writing papers for other students in school. It never failed to produce a killer paper. And I’d get people that HATE reading looking at my papers and telling me, “HOW THE **** DID YOU DO THIS!? THIS IS AMAZING.”
And the funny thing is…
Most of these papers were written in a single sitting. It was virtually a single train of thought. I’d start it. 10-20 minutes later it would be finished.
And I’d want to read through it because it was such a fun premise.
That’s a sign you’ve written something awesome.
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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.
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