My Secret for Good Grades
There’s a very simple secret to getting good grades.
Some of my friends think that I’m just smart, and that’s why I get good grades. But my friends are smart, too. Everyone at our school is smart. If they weren’t smart, they wouldn’t be here. So it’s not that.
Some of my friends think I’m a nerd. I agree with that, though I would love to trade places with Serena on “Gossip Girl.” 🙂
But the secret is really much simpler: I do the work. All of it, including extra credit. Then I review it. And then I test myself on it to find out what I misunderstood or got wrong.
I never get worried if I don’t understand something the first time I read it. I never get worried if I get a question wrong the first time I answer it. If I already knew everything about a subject, then I wouldn’t need to take the class. The important thing is not where you start, it’s where you end up. If you end up understanding most of what you need before the test, then you’ve achieved your goal.
Have you heard that “If something is worth doing, it’s worth doing well?” There’s another saying that I like even better:
If something is worth doing, it’s worth doing badly the first time you try it.
If you get something right the first time, that’s great! Try it again to make sure that you weren’t just lucky the first time. Practice it a few more times just to make sure you’ll remember it.
If you get something wrong the first time, don’t worry about it! Figure out what you did wrong, then avoid that mistake and try it again until you get it right. You can do it, as long as you do the work.
Copyright 2010 by Rinth de Shadley.
"Not knowing when the dawn will come, I open every door."
-- Emily Dickinson
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