What Smart Students Know

Principle #1: Nobody can teach you as well as you can teach yourself. 

Principle #2: Merely listening to your teachers and completing their assignments is never enough.

Principle #3: Not everything you are assigned to read or asked to do is equally important. 

Principle #4: Grades are just subjective opinions. 

Principle #5: Making mistakes and occasionally appearing foolish is the price you pay for learning and improving. 

Principle #6: The point of a question is to get you to think – not simply to answer it. 

Principle #7: You’re in school to learn to think for yourself, not to repeat what your textbooks and teachers tell you. 

Principle #8: Subjects do not always seem interesting and relevant, but being actively engaged in learning them is better than being passively bored and not learning them. 

Principle #9: Few things are as potentially difficult, frustrating, or frightening as genuine learning, yet nothing is so rewarding and empowering. 

Principle #10: How well you do in school reflects your attitude and your method, not your ability. 

Principle #11: If you’re doing it for the grades or for the approval of others, you’re missing the satisfactions of the process and putting your self-esteem at the mercy of things outside your control. 

Principle #12: No smart student believes that learning takes place only in school. The reading and learning you do in your spare time makes you more receptive and inclined to learn in school. Reading stokes curiosity and motivates you to make connections to material covered in the classroom.

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