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Think your college courses are tough? Well… you need to read this…
This will improve your grades and confidence. It’s based around a very surprising and simple fact that most people don’t know.
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This didn’t turn out exactly as I expected. I went from searching for a way to judge the hardest college courses into this.
It is one of the most important realizations for anyone facing a tough course.
Researching for this article turned into a bit of a journey. It took me down a number of different paths.
It led me to a super important question: How do you even find this information without relying on stories people tell you.
The Stories That Are Unbelievably WRONG!
There are hundreds of lists on this subject. Almost all of the lists are just speculation by an author. They just through out stuff that sounded right.
They list the usual “hard” classes like:
- Multivariable Calculus
- Organic Chemistry
- Thermodynamics (Eek… I don’t even know what that means.)
But this is wrong.
It’s horribly wrong.
They were trusting what they’ve always been told.
I eventually found good research on the subject.
It led me to the first step for finding the most challenging class:
The best method for finding the hardest college course was using failure rates.
Students would fail difficult classes. They would pass the easier classes.
That makes some sense, right?
What I found blew my mind.
Warning: It’s Not What Most Students Think
When I first started with this idea, I was thinking the hardest college course would look hard.
I expected to see organic chemistry on the list. Calculus would be on my list. You know the kind of class I’m talking about, right?
I was expecting to see the kinds of classes where students regularly spent hours a week studying. I expected the kind of courses “good” students struggled in.
When I think of challenging courses, my brain focuses on a few typical areas.
What Makes A Course Painfully Difficult?
There are three main reasons I’d think a course is difficult:
- Obscure Memorization
- Complex Math
- Tons Of Work
First of all, I think about obscure memorization. Some classes require an extensive amount of memorization.
When that memorization includes a bunch of obscure, long, and hard to remember words, the challenge starts to kick in.
Most students suffer immensely through these kinds of courses. (Of course, if you focus on the strategies taught on this blog you won’t have that big a problem.)
Next, I think of courses with complex math. Calculus (or Calculus II) is the perfect example for this.
If a student doesn’t have an instinctual understanding of the previous math, they’re going to struggle to keep up in these more advanced courses.
Essentially, these courses are difficult because they require such a huge list of prerequisites to do well in. If you’re not prepared, you will struggle.
Another major challenge that I think about is workload. Some courses have huge work expectations. This might be expected in some kind of a legal course load. I personally haven’t suffered through this but that’s what I think about.
When someone needs to spend hours and hours a week writing papers they’re going to struggle. This is particularly true if they’re not the kind of student that actually cares about what they do.
This all seems to make sense, right?
Well… It might but it certainly doesn’t explain this…
The Most Failed College Course Is…
You know… that subject you passed in high school.
In most colleges around the United States, Algebra is one of the most failed courses.
Where is organic chemistry? Where is Calculus III or Managerial Accounting? How about those obscure courses that require hundreds of pages of writing? Well… they hardly even show up on the list of most failed college courses until nice and late.
The list of the most failed college classes is usually filled with remedial classes.
They’re the kinds of classes that college students usually have already passed.
What’s so hard about algebra? Well… considering they probably were required to pass this class in high school before even graduating, it might be safe to say, not all that much. It appears the most failed class isn’t actually the hardest college course. To me, this is saying something completely different.
I certainly don’t mean to say that this courses aren’t tough because they absolutely are in certain situations. When a student has fallen behind it can be significantly more challenging to catch up. This is a sign of extraordinary motivation and intelligence.
How To Stop Fooling Around and Start Winning
Assuming algebra isn’t the most challenging course in college (call me crazy but I think that’s a pretty safe assumption,) why are people failing it at a higher percentage than your average organic chemistry course?
People are failing it because it has very little to do with the class. It has everything to do with the people. And no, this has little to do with actual intelligence.
Student’s that are behind in high school (the kind of student that needs to take basic Algebra courses,) are students that probably don’t have good habits. They struggled because they didn’t pay attention or put the required time in.
The students that take organic chemistry already know how to learn. They have the good habits. They have the background. This gives them a head start.
Certain classes are more difficult than other classes. Despite that, students that know how to study and learn will still do better.
Take one “bad student” and put him or her into a super basic class. They are still more likely to fail than a “good student” taking a super difficult course.
I’ve said it once but it’s worth repeating: the most failed college course has almost nothing to do with the class and it has everything to do with the student.
This Is The Uplifting Part
Let me ask you this about the hard course you’re taking or thinking about taking. Are you worried about failing because the course is too tough? Well… odds are, if you fail, the course is not the one to blame.
You can take this as a slap in the face or a sportsman’s slap in the ass. If you don’t have a good reason you think you’ll fail then you need to be careful not to doubt yourself so much.
Make the right decisions and you’ll be in an amazing position to pass any class you take. If you don’t give up then you probably don’t have anything to worry about.
Don’t give up and don’t forget what your decisions are capable of doing for you.
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A B&C Students Guide To Mercilessly Crushing A Students At Their Own Game (While Laughing Your Way Towards The Ivy-League)
Are you smart but getting meh grades?
The smartest students are often the ones the school system leaves behind. It’s easy to motivate a half-wit (or even almost-wit – like a horse with a carrot dangled in it’s face to get it running. Giddy-up horsey!
You would never fall for that, right? Then this is for you.
It’s easy to procrastinate when you’re getting a raw deal. That’s the smart thing to do.
Academics is a game – and its prizes are good. Really good! There is more to the story than that though. What do you have to do to get that prize? And that matters even more than the prize. Study 18 hours a day for straight-A’s and a high-paying job someday in the distant future? Ughhh… Not me. That’s for sure.
I scored near the top of my college Engineering class while studying less than 15 minutes a morning. And seriously, I don’t sound like a super genius, do I?
Hint: I had barely scraped a 1.0 GPA in high school and I wasn’t skipping and having fun with friends either – I was… dare I say… trying my best.
Big Tip: trying doesn’t matter unless you’re experimenting or already using an effective strategy. Trying without an effective strategies is a waste that can plop your grades in the stinker. First step – STOP TRYING with ineffective strategies.
You got that?
Look… I’m a bit crazy. I get it. I’ve read hundreds of books on grades, learning, and memory. I spent sleepless nights studying obscure academic journals. I swear, I even read the book “How To Read A Book” and didn’t have to drink alcohol to do it!
WHY DO I DO THIS TO MYSELF!?
You wanna’ know why?
Don’t tell anyone but… I care. I was emotionally crippled by the school system. I had heartless, lazy, and downright mean teachers (and a couple good ones that couldn’t help.) It took years for me to untangle their mess…
And I went to college and beat them at their own wretched game. Top scores. Easy studying. Time to make friends and impress the ladies. (You know… the important stuff!)
But I know… I wasn’t alone and I know there are others facing similar and worse challenges than I did. And I may be out of the warzone now but I can’t in good conscience leave you behind without my arsenal.
That’s why a decade ago I founded Smart Student Secrets and got link backs from LifeHack, HuffPo, and good college professors with names I can’t pronounce from all over the world that see these strategies crushing every day. But forget about them… the emails I get from grateful students… that’s the stuff a good life is made of.
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