Bad Test Scores Could actually be the Sign of a Good Student
This past summer I participated in a program known as CSTEP at Fordham University, the school I previously planned on attending. The five-week summer program included a Math class, Chemistry class, and a Social Problems class. Math is my worst subject; I loathe it with every fiber of my being. Of course we were given exams as a way to measure our understanding, and because I knew that Math was a weak area for me I studied day and night, literally. I would not sleep until I completed each and every question in the chapter at least five times. When everyone would participate in recreational activities, Danielle would be in her room studying. And for some reason when I received the exams, they appeared to be in another language. Needless to say I did not do very well in that Math class. By a show hands how many of you in here have had the experience of studying, just to do poorly on the day of the exam? You walk into the test full of confidence only to have your bubble burst when you sit down and take a look at the content. Better yet, you walk in full of confidence, walk out feeling yourself because you think you did amazing just to get your test back and the sad reality that you failed begins to set in. For years people have thought that bad grades equated to a bad student. But I’m here to convince you that bad grades could actually be a sign of a GOOD student. In order to understand this logic it is important that you understand the two forms of failure; panic and choking. Also, it is important to understand the two types of learning; explicit learning and implicit learning. Sometimes when we are placed in situations of stress and pressure we fail. People may refer to this act as panicking or choking. But there is a distinct difference between the two, which explains exactly why it happens in the first place. Think back to when you were in first grade or first taught how add. Your teacher, or...
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