That Horrible “A” Student! I Hate Her.
How does he do it?
She is always on the top!
He just knows the answers!
She never has to study.
I hear these comments from students all the time. If you are a parent or teacher, I’m sure you do as well.
It’s a modified case of “the grass is greener on the other side.”
Those “A” students simply have it easier.
But, they don’t!
I have met several of these students who “don’t have to study” or “just know the answer” except they actually do study; and, by their own admission, they often don’t already know the answers.
They had to work!
Sometimes it’s mom and dad who lay down the law and make sure that there is a set time every day for homework – often more than the recommended amount of time.
Sometimes the student himself or herself takes the initiative and applies solid study skills and strategies.
You aren’t crazy!
Well, I can’t guarantee that without having met you, but you aren’t crazy on this point. Many of these “A” students don’t want others to know that they spend time studying and practising. Some of them will go out of their way to conceal such “horrible” aka GREAT habits.
Students don’t always want to admit that they care about school or their studies. They often want to “fit it” and agree with fellow students who complain and whine about assignments, teachers, etc.
Other times, they want it to seem like they are simply geniuses and the answers fall from the sky like rain. Wouldn’t it feel good if you could pretend to your friend that you simply KNOW the answers with little or no effort?
This week’s video: Horrible “A” Students. I Hate Them!
So don’t be fooled.
Those “A” students don’t have it as easy as you think.
Having said this, once a student begins down the road of being an “A” student he or she will find learning faster and easier. Just as with any skill, practising and discovering new strategies will make you better and more efficient.
The network of knowledge becomes wider, deeper, and richer. In other words, the more you know – the more you will know because you will begin to make connections that build your knowledge structure. This, in part, is what those “A” students are doing.
Once these habits, strategies, and networks are in place sometimes it does seem like magic even to the “A” student. Someone asks them, “How do you know that?” “I don’t know how I know. I just do.”
After that conversation, who could blame you for thinking that it is magic, luck, or genes?
Sometimes they study without even knowing that they are studying. If they have a keen interest in a particular subject they are probably reading every book and article they can find because they love it. They are watching videos, television programs, and movies about the subject. They are talking to others about it.
Then, “I didn’t study” is not quite accurate, although they might not feel like they have been studying. Still, they are getting all the same benefits.
They are reading and re-reading. Each article or book will review and add to their foundation of knowledge. They will be reciting by talking to others who love the same topic. So they are questioning, reading, reciting, and reviewing. Remember the SQ3R Method I wrote about last week?
They are doing it automatically.
What can you do to become one of the horrible “A” students?
It’s easy. Well, relatively easy to get started at least.
Give up the idea that “others” have it easy, and there is nothing you can do. That is simply not true.
Start building your network of knowledge using tried and true learning strategies.
It would not hurt to “get interested.” Sometimes you have to fake it until you make it – but generally, with a little effort, you can find a key to begin liking – dare I say loving – a subject.
Approach every course with a positive attitude and a desire to gain something from it. Try to make as many connections as you can, both within and between subjects, particularly to things you are interested in. (Who does this historical figure remind me of in my own family?) This will help you retain more information and again increase your overall interest level.
Don’t be afraid to read, read, and read!
Don’t be afraid to spend time on your efforts. Looking to do the minimum will never get you to the top.
Remember – Yes you can!
Do you need help to get there? I would love to help you along the way as your personal educational coach.