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Simple Principles for Academic Improvement

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We all know examples of individuals who seem smart, yet underperform. And of individuals of similar intelligence who do far better than we might expect. Sometimes this is a simple matter of laziness, apathy or negligence. But at other times people have potential and motivation yet still underperform. This is the most discouraging of situations. So what is causing this disappointing result?

Tutoring Chatswood – Suggestions

Rome wasn’t built in a day – A simple expression that says the good results take some time and effort. Everything we learn builds on other things we learnt at an earlier time. We cannot skip earlier learning without compromising ideas later on. Nobody expects a young child to understand university level concepts -they need a fair amount of primary and High school learning just to have the vocabulary to read about university level subjects. Turned the other way around, look as some maths, science or English work that you struggled with in first year high school. Most of this will seem almost obvious when you are in your mid to late teens. We forget how far we have come.

It might help to re-read introductory texts on the subject. You might find you missed something, and that those one or two missing pieces, one or two misconceptions, were holding you back.

Learn at least at the same pace as the course syllabus. Learning it all the weekend before the exam might have worked for early high school, but not by later high school. It will take time, a whole semester, but it works.

Do Not admit Defeat – Remind yourself that if others have mastered this, then you can probably do it too. But remember, you might need to change your tactic. Find a different means of learning. Do diagrams help? Experiments. Historical examples? Observing others who already understand.

Do not rest on your laurels. – Your past success was only leading up to the present. Find a way of learning more, or at least using the time for a subject that isn’t as easy for you as the others. At the same time, this occasionally backfires if we go too far ahead in a subject. If we are too knowledgeable, we might start looking for trick in what is actually a straightforward question. Stay grounded.

Learn from mistakes – This applies to the geniuses who discovered the great concepts of science, and the authors who wrote the classics. Mistake while you are learning should be educational. Mistakes in a exam, or a real life task, are a disaster.

Don’t fall into bluffing and ‘exam technique’ – It is not too difficult to write a vague essay about the question we don’t quite understand, pad out the answer, and just scrape through with a poor grade. But if we understand the subject, we do far better. Understand the material, write in specific sentences, state your ideas and support them. 99% of the time this makes for a much better grade.

Be interested in the Subject – If somebody has dedicated their life to a subject, or to teaching the subject, there must be some value in it. If there is a pattern in the information that you learn then you are exercising your brain. There will be a use for the knowledge somewhere.

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