How To Pass A Class, Even If You Fail A Test

I thought my first Physics class in high school would be a breeze. My Mom majored in Radiation Physics in college, and always told me I had a knack for the subject. So you can imagine I was surprised when I got my second test of the school year back, and a big, fat “F” graced the top right corner of the page.

At this point, most students would freak out, and fall into a death spiral of fear and confusion over a failed test. But lo and behold, when report cards came out, I had a solid B in my Physics class, which eventually turned into a B+ for the semester.

Many people believe that learning occurs at a smooth and consistent rate, and a student struggling to maintain a C in a class should slowly progress to a B in the class, and eventually an A. But learning is actually a rollercoaster ride of epiphanies and mental blocks. Especially in a math based subject, it can take one person five minutes, and another five hours, to learn the same concept.

However,  as you gain more knowledge in a specific concept, you can apply the strategies that allowed you to learn easy concepts to harder concepts, and over time, lower the time and effort it takes to absorb those more difficult concepts.

When I failed that test, instead of continuing on with a study strategy that obviously didn’t work, I looked at ways I could change my approach to produce a better result. Luckily, I got a B on my first test, so I simply compared my study strategies for the two tests. When I got the B, I spent a large portion of my preparation time doing practice questions. When I failed, I spent the majority of my time studying class notes.

Obviously, doing practice questions was more effective than studying my class notes. So by doing practice questions before each test, I began to get higher grades on my tests.

If you fail a test, know that it’s not the end of the world. Consult your classmates and your teacher. Research study strategies and try different techniques. Find what works for you! Don’t look at a low grade as a reflection of your self-worth, or even your effort. Instead, see it as an opportunity to improve not only your intellectual capabilities, but also your ability to overcome obstacles in all areas of your life.

-Andrew

Why You Should Get Good Grades, Even Though 2 Chainz Didn’t

I actually just lied to you in that title. Tauheed Epps, aka “2 Chainz”, aka “Tity Boi”, was the salutatorian of his high school class and went on to get a 4.0 GPA from Alabama State University. So I guess all the baby boomers who complain about the stupidity of modern music were valedictorians!

OK, are all of the adults gone? Good! This article is geared towards young people anyway. And I’m sure that like me, you want to be the next Kanye West or Jay-Z. Or am I the only one who wants to be a famous rapper?

Whether you want to become a performer and have millions of fans, or go to medical school so that you can perform life-saving procedures on others, you want to try to get the best grades you can. Even though many people end up being successful without a traditional education or a top GPA, getting good grades gives you more opportunities to make money and life a happy life, compared to those who are less educated.

The main goal of an education is to gain knowledge. And with knowledge comes wisdom, and with wisdom comes money. A basic education provides you with a strong base to develop business ideas. While school may not be fun, it trains you to analyse and synthesize information, which will be extremely helpful in your future endeavours.

Furthermore, to be successful in business, you must constantly teach yourself about investing, industry, and other fields of practical and intellectual value. People become rich because they know things that most people don’t. If you devote a significant amount of time to teaching yourself, and understanding concepts that most people can’t grasp, you will eventually have a breakthrough idea for an innovation or business.

Some people become wealthy without an education. A lot more become wealthy with an education. If you want to be not only financially successful, but also live an intellectually fulfilling life, stay in school and try your best, no matter how boring it is!

-Andrew

 

Get a Job! Not just any Job, though

Exams may be over, but that doesn’t mean I can take a break! There’s nothing like getting up early on a Sunday to clean Tennis courts in 20-degree Fahrenheit weather. Luckily, I get to spend part two of my Sunday shift sitting at a nice, cozy desk writing this article.

And you know what makes this gig even sweeter? I’m getting paid to sit at this desk and do nothing for 75% of the time! Sure, I need to help customers for a few minutes whenever they come into the shop, but outside of that, I’m making money while growing this blog. It’s very time efficient, and if you can find a job where you get paid to sit around, I would highly recommend it.

However, a job like mine is hard to come by. That’s why I am going to tell you about my second job! Outside of working on Sundays, I also teach Tennis to young players at a rate of $20 an hour, or about 2.5x the minimum wage here in Florida. While it’s not possible to book a full 40-hour workweek, I can control my schedule and work when I want to, and make a heck of a lot more than most kids my age.

“But Andrew, I have no idea how to play Tennis, or any sport for that matter! Will I be poor for eternity, or at least until I get a college degree?”.

Well, you don’t necessarily need to teach a sport if you want to have a great first job. Do you have a subject in school that you are good at, or at least have a B in? You should consider tutoring middle or elementary school students in that subject! With professional tutors ranging from $60 an hour to several hundred dollars an hour in places like NYC and San Francisco, $20 an hour (or even more in some cases) will seem like a steal to most parents!

Other ideal jobs include anything that involves sitting at a desk, whether as a clerk or a library attendant, that allow you to work on other projects, such as your homework, when you are not helping a customer or maintaining the facility. You want to find a job that puts you at a desk or reception area just so your employer has someone there, not involving any lengthy periods of work.

Many teens can easily get a job working at a local store or restaurant stocking shelves or cleaning dishes, and while I do believe there is value in menial labor, it’s not very efficient to take such a time consuming job when you already have 40-50 hours of school work! I implore you to seek out more time efficient ways to make money, and leave a comment if you have any other ideas on how to make money on a tight schedule.

-Andrew