I happen to be a big fan of my study strategy but it has its time and place. Here is a student that ran into a dilemma I should try and help clear up.
I’ve averaged an A+ through most of high school. I’ve only gotten lower in one or two classes. My grades are something that I’ve always taken pride in. I was always putting the hours into studying to master everything. Once I started to read your blog I started to notice Pareto’s principle kicking in. Most of my results seemed to be coming from a few specific aspects of my studying. That being said, I haven’t been willing to decrease my study time to test it.
I’m going to be a senior in high school next year and I’m afraid toying with my study strategy is just going to risk me losing my chance at a top notch college. I think I have a good shot at getting into (omitted.) I’m not sure if I should be risking my grades dropping in senior year.
I really think focusing on the 15MSS or some variation of it would help but I’m not sure if it’s the right choice.
DO NOT CHANGE STUDY STRATEGIES!
Okay. Now that I got that off my chest I’ll clarify my point. When I look at this situation from an investment point of view, I don’t think it’s worth the risk. Switching to a new study strategy when you’re averaging an A+ is definitely going to shake everything up for a while. It may be more efficient but it could take weeks or months to recover from the short term variations in your grades.
The reality is that you have a chance to get into one of the most exclusive colleges in the world. Having that college name on your resume will get you more money. I may have my doubts about the overall value of the education difference between schools but the name alone would be a good investment. Assuming you’re getting a better education then it’s an even better investment.
I love the 15MSS but it is not designed for your situation. That is, for now.
Since you’re considering switching to the 15MSS, you’ve probably already read that it’s not meant to give you perfect grades. It’s designed to give comfortable A’s for most student’s. It’s not going to get you into that college (by grades alone, with some creativity you could probably get in anyway.) If you have the chance to get into that college or any college in that caliber (without investing years into it) then I think it’s worth spending a few months using a less efficient study strategy.
That being said, if you want to improve your study efficiency then you can always do that once you get into the new college. Or practice like crazy during the summer to give it a hesitant shot near the start of the semester. Once you get accepted you’ll be in a better position to start playing with your study strategies. I’d start slow because it’s going to be a stressful time but at that point, seeing a little fluctuation in your grades is more acceptable.
There are reasons you shouldn’t keep your current study strategy but they’re so uncommon I have trouble even noting them (sickness, severe depression, family emergencies, etc.) You’ve gone this far. The right move is probably to finish it off and make your decisions from there.
This is your decision and your life. These are just my thoughts on it. Good luck making this decision.
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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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