It’s NOT about straight A’s

A+ on my Science TestIt’s NOT about Straight A’s

Look at the books on Study Skills. It is amazing how many promise “Straight A’s”

Getting to Straight A+
How to Become a Straight A Student
Straight A Study Skills
Getting Straight A’s
From F to Phi Beta Kappa

There are only a few people who should aim for Straight A’s:

If you’re planning to go to Medical School, Law School, or other highly selective graduate programs, you might really need Straight A’s or something close to that. In fact, having Straight A’s isn’t enough to guarantee your acceptance. It helps to have been active in organizations, done volunteer work, independent research, and several  internships in your field, preferably working with someone who is well-known in the field.

But most students are BETTER OFF if they do NOT aim for straight A’s.

Students who are most serious about getting Straight A’s often take fewer classes and avoid the more challenging classes. They often use more effort memorizing material rather than understanding it.

Students who are interested in learning, who aren’t worried about an occasional B here and there take more classes and more challenging classes because they are more interested in learning than in grades.

A well-rounded student does NOT spend every minute studying.

  • They explore many interests.
  • They participate in several college organizations.
  • They take time to meet and get to know people from a wise variety of backgrounds.
  • They develop strong and lasting friendships.
  • They do volunteer work or internships, often in several areas.
  • They believe that getting a true education is more important than getting the best grades.

I just read an interesting blog on the topic. Jon Morrow who had nearly straight A’s in college  wrote a guest blog at    blog.Penelopetrunk.com  . He add much more detail. You might want to check it out. Jon had a good reason for trying to get straight A’s; he was planning to go to law school (but later changed his mind). His five reasons are not unusual.

  • No one asked about my GPA.
  • I didn’t sleep.
  • I’ve forgotten most of it.
  • I didn’t have time for people.
  • Work experience is more valuable

If you are interested in getting a great education, ask yourself several questions:

  1. Are you getting enough sleep?  eating properly?  getting regular exercise?
  2. Do you understand and remember much of what you are learning, rather than memorizing  for tests?
  3. Are you putting time in your schedule for people, for friends and meeting new people?
  4. Are you actively participating in several college organizations, learning teamwork and leaderships skills?
  5. Are you setting aside time for summer work or internships in your fields of interest?
  6. Are you pursuing your own interests and having a good time in college? Are you allowing time to enjoy yourself?

The aim of education should be to teach us how to think rather than what to think, rather to improve our minds than to load our memory with thoughts of other men.   — Bill Beattie

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