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Screw Up To Succeed

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The Wrong Way to Fail

Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there. -Will Rogers

Most of us think of a screw up, a failure, a crash-and-burn, as a bad thing. It can be.

BUT…

It can also be a very good thing. If you fail in the right way.

How do you fail in the right way?

The path to lifelong learning– to truly effective, mind-blowing, earth-shaking learning–is paved with failing successfully and often. Fail in the right way to become a better student. Do you want to be a better learner by the end of this week? Experiment, and let your failures catapult you to success.

Here’s how.

Give yourself permission to screw up.

You can get it wrong some times. The important thing is damage control and analysis. Here’s what I mean.

You need to try things that push you out of your comfort zone. Try learning something in a totally new way…

  • Ditch the notes and go with a recorder.
  • Ditch the recorder and go with notes.
  • Try learning by doing.
  • Make a play.
  • Draw a picture.
  • Go to the prof’s office hours.
  • Skip class and learn it off the internet.
  • Study early.
  • Study late.
  • Memorize everything.
  • Memorize nothing.
  • Read all the assigned readings.
  • Read none of them.

Experiment with your learning. What works best for you?

It’s easy to engage in lifelong learning; witness the twenty-year grad student. But lifelong learning that continually improves and becomes more effective? That’s a little tougher. The only way to keep perfecting your lifelong learning skills is by experimentation.

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McCafferty on Cramming

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Memorize and purge - cramming is stupid
“All subjects are the same. I memorize notes for a test, spew it, ace it, then forget it. What makes this scary for the future of our country is that I’m in the tip-top percentile on every standardized test. I’m a model student with a very crappy attitude about learning.”
Cramming is just dumb. There are much more effective (and easy) ways to study!
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