Have you ever dreamed of getting a high score in your exams?
Becoming a top student?
Or even getting into a good university?
What do you think it would take for you to get there?
If I had to guess, you’re probably thinking that you need to be “smart enough” or “have great memory” or “have lots of motivation.”
After all, whenever you try to “study hard,” your efforts and intentions don’t seem to reflect on the results…
Tell me, do these seem familiar to you?
Every single day you tell yourself, “I’ll study tomorrow” but you rarely do.
You’re just sitting there in front of your books procrastinating or scrolling through your phone.
You just can’t start studying!!
When you do study, you can’t seem to concentrate for more than 10 minutes — unless it’s 2-3 days before the exam.
In class, you took extensive notes on literally EVERYTHING — word-for-word — afraid that you’ll miss important details.
Yet no matter how much you look at your notes, the professor’s notes, and the textbooks, the learning just isn’t there.
When taking notes from textbooks, it’s the same.
But this time, you’re now highlighting entire pages.
Everything just seems so important.
It’s just taking you FOREVER to learn new things the first time around.
The amount of things you need to study would eventually pile up, and it’s giving you anxiety, stress, and sleepless nights.
NOW you don’t know where to start.
You get overwhelmed by all the content you need to know.
THANKS, PAST SELF! 🤦♂️
With all the time pressure and overwhelm, studying now feels “all over the place” and feels as though you’re not actually learning and retaining information.
And no matter how many times you read the material, make notes of it, recite it, after a few days it goes away like smoke in the wind.
The moment you do something else everything goes out the window.
(Or you retain like, 10% of it.)
It’s a vicious cycle.
Yet, literally EVERYONE tells us we “just need hard work and sacrifice to get top scores”.
“Don’t have friends!”
“Study for 20 hours per day!”
“Stop wasting your time on video games!”
“Sacrifice your hobbies — who needs hobbies?!”
“JuSt rEvIse yOUr NOtes aND LiSteN iN cLaSs, yOu WiLL lEArn eveRYthIng”.
Are you dreaming about video games in your sleep? “NO, IDIOT! YOU CAN ONLY DREAM ABOUT YOUR SUBJECTS IN MY HOUSE.”
(searches Google for “kangaroo height requirements Australia” because I don’t wanna be Asian anymore)
But these same people just don’t understand what you’ve been through.
Because if their advice holds up, then…
With the kind of effort and sacrifice you’ve already put into studying, you SHOULD — AT THE VERY LEAST — be in the top 10%, NO LESS.
…INSTEAD OF THE TOTAL OPPOSITE.
You weren’t having fun, you’re already above all those party kids for becoming a young hermit, you’re not taking any breaks from studying…
…but you’re STILL getting the shit kicked out of you at school.
Your intentions are to be a good student but your efforts are just not matching up anymore.
If you feel like I’ve just described your entire life right now, it’s HIGHLY likely that one of three things is true:
- You probably feel bad for being distracted and having a hard time focusing and not studying
- You probably feel like something is wrong with you because you have a difficult time understanding and remembering things
- You probably feel very sad at the fact that you are studying and pouring in the efforts yet you can’t see even a SINGLE result that reflects your intention or work
I’ve been there. I know how it feels.
And sometimes it just makes you feel like you shouldn’t even be accepted in your degree in the first place.
That, with such an “awful memory” you won’t go very far in your degree.
Why the hell study if we’re going to fail, anyway?
You just can’t help but think…
“How are they able to pull it off?”