Skipping school is a problem.
I don’t care if you don’t learn anything in school. I don’t care if you don’t enjoy school. And most of the time, I don’t even care if no one else notices.
It’s not really about that.
Skipping classes is a problem too.
It’s an issue that goes way deeper than the usual thing we talk about here.
Smart Student Secrets is mostly about how average students can easily improve their grades using clever but unusual strategies that science has been proving the most effective strategies for years now.
The point: it doesn’t take a ton of effort to do well in school when you know these strategies. It just takes a few extra minutes a day and some real basic things like showing up to class. Learn these strategies, show up to class, and you’ll have everything you need to be a top student.
But based on a recent conversation I had with a USC student, I wanted to run through the topic of skipping school and classes.
This guy said something like:
“I always skip my Algebra class because the teacher speaks with this thick accent that I can’t understand anyway. So I just study from my textbook to figure it out.”
And, high school students reading this, I want you to read through this even though the later section is going to be more relevant to you. This is still super important to get.
Skipping Classes In College
You’re PAYING FOR THIS!
Seriously… this should get under your skin. If you think you can do well in class while skipping your classes then this is the first point you need to address… You shouldn’t be paying to take classes with teachers you can’t learn from.
Leave the damn class.
In fact, if you’re smart enough to learn this stuff without the teacher then save yourself a fortune and CLEP out of the course. (In other words, test out of it.)
If you would benefit from the class then take a different class. I don’t care if you need to wait a semester. I don’t care if the school is a pain to deal with. Do it. Don’t waste your money while ruining your chance at a proper education.
The college is supposed to be providing you with a service. If they can’t provide it… then you’re at the wrong place.
If skipping classes in college makes sense based on your college…
Then you’re in the wrong place and doing the wrong things!
Believe it or not… you’re not paying this school for a degree… no matter how much they like to pretend you are.
They’ll feed you that bulls*** because they don’t want to go through the effort of educating you. It’s easier for them to be a degree mill than for them to actually teach students. (And yes… some “top” colleges are essentially degree mills in my opinion. They don’t educate. They test. And then give degrees.)
And even if you choose to put up with this:
In small classes, when the teacher can recognize that you’re not actually showing up to the class, even if it’s not officially graded, you will be judged and your grades will suffer because of it. The teacher does take into account the amount of effort you put in. If you look like you’re not putting in the effort then the teacher will grade you accordingly.
In larger classes, when the teacher probably wouldn’t even recognize you, then you’re just wasting your money. Just sign up for the same course at a college down the street if you have to and transfer the credit. Don’t throw away your money to these people.
But What About High School Students Skipping
You aren’t paying for anything.
What have you got to lose?
Well… I’m going to say something that most people won’t tell you.
If you’re not planning to show up then why aren’t you just dropping out?
It would be a more intelligent way of solving this problem you’re having. If you don’t want to go to class and you don’t want to get the benefit of the education (the degree, college prospects, etc.) then you might as well drop out.
I won’t judge you for it.
Personally, if I were you, I’d really consider dropping out. What would happen? By considering that you might actually find that motivation to show up to class.
Skipping school isn’t a real decision.
It’s avoiding the real decisions that you need to make.
If you actually do want the benefits of high school then here is the thing:
The easiest way to gain points in class is to show up.
If you show up, try, and aren’t a complete butthole then you’re dramatically more likely to do well in your courses. Teachers don’t like failing students that show up. In fact, if you’re a pleasant human being then the teacher doesn’t even want to have to give you a low score.
The prerequisite to success in school is showing up. If attendance is taken then there is literally no way around it.
Even when you feel like you’re not getting anything from it, you’re getting more than you think. At the very least, you’re gaining the skill of jumping through hoops to get fish. (Like a dolphin… ) It’s not fun to think about but that’s part of life.
Sometimes we don’t immediately understand the value of something despite it being super valuable.
These degrees and diplomas mean something. They don’t prove you’re smart. They don’t prove you’re skilled. They don’t prove you’re worth anything. But they do prove you know how to show up and follow the rules.
In life, there is an easy way to success and a hard way.
Getting through school and actually showing up is almost always the easy way.
I’m not saying you can’t pick the hard way. But don’t be dumb about it. Skipping school is usually just dumb.
Every Journey Starts With A Single Step
If there is one thing I’ve learned in life…
It’s that decisions are about risk.
I’m going to tell you some stuff that sounds pretty crazy.
Want to learn:
- Why You Screwed Up In The Past Because Of The Things They Forced You To Do – And What To Do Instead
- How To Get A Top Score (Even If You’re Failing Assignments Now)
- 5 Biggest Reasons Students Get Bummed And Give Up
- How to prepare for a test so well that test day is easier than studying
- Learn to predict what’s on the test with (almost) perfect accuracy
- How to use the most science-backed study strategy to study in a fraction of the time
That’s the kind of stuff we keep bottled up for people that sign up to our email list. Including tons of members-only articles.
Now let’s get back to decisions…
You can take a chance and sign up for this email list… Or you can never take a shot.
What’s the risk here?