Contrary to what most people around you are trying to say, school is not all that important.
And… contrary to what that might make you think, realizing that will only help your ability to do well in it.
Humans have this strange ability to overestimate the importance of virtually everything that they decide to do. I can see the old cliche of a student saying, “my life is over,” to some stupid and minor school problem. In reality, failing that test or class or getting kicked out for some stupid reason rarely has a significant effect on a person’s life. When it does have a large impact it is almost always because the person overreacts and causes it themselves.
“I failed! My life is over! I’m dropping out!” The problem wasn’t the failure it was the overreaction afterwards. In virtually all problems of life from failures, they can be corrected absolutely 100% within a year or two. This is particularly true with school.
This human ability to overestimate the danger can be helpful. If you were wandering the woods and thought you heard a bear coming, you would naturally overreact and freak out until you prove otherwise. That’s because the ancestors that didn’t overreact to potential life threatening situations got eaten by bears.
School is not where you need to worry about getting eaten by bears (too often…)
When you’re worried about your life being over you may be good at running but you’re sure as hell not good at remembering minor details you’re trying to learn. Realizing how unimportant school really is lets you use the most powerful parts of yourself to handle school. That makes you significantly more successful at it.
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.’
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.
Are you ready for results?
That’s what I teach.
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