Wednesday, March 5, 2014

That Girl Who Doesn't Study


Story time. You're about to take a test. You turn to your friend and ask how long she studied for, and she says she merely glanced at her notes. You then sit there because you've been sleeping in the library and running off of coffee for a week. When you get your tests back, you got a B-, and she got an A. Don't you hate that girl?

I'm that girl. I never realized I was that girl until last semester. I've always done fairly well on tests, but I never study that much. I'll study for an hour or two, or maybe even a two hours on two different nights, but that's my max. I always assumed most people were like this, and that the super smart people studied for a billion hours to stay super smart. Yes I know my logic was wack.

Last semester I realized that I'm pretty lucky. I have so many friends who struggle in classes, or have to study for weeks and go in for extra help during office hours. They cheer when they get a B. I've never gone to office hours. I don't even know where most of my professors offices are! The fact that I can breeze by (not in everything but in most things) and there are other people who have to work really really hard is mind boggling to me.

By the way, I realize this may be sounding a bit...like I'm tooting my own horn. I'm so not. Tests terrify me. Specifically big ones. Those people who study like crazy for normal tests? Well they just do the same thing for big tests (think finals). I on the other hand freak out, because I am awful at actually sitting down and studying the same thing over and over. It's like I don't have that skill. I'll just look over everything without taking anything in because I get bored. Does anyone else have this problem?

Anyway, I've noticed lately that when I do well on my tests, I feel guilty, even though I shouldn't! What I have in book smarts, I seriously lack in common sense/street smarts. No joke, one of my friends told me I'm the "dumbest smart person" she knows (in a very loving way). I don't disagree! Sometimes I just say the stupidest things...

I think the moral of this rambling post that people may be very skilled/smart in one aspect of life, and not so skilled in another. So if you aren't as skilled at something as someone else, don't hate on them. You're probably better than them at something else. Not that it matters.
 
So there's some food for thought. Enjoy.

9 comments:

  1. I can't study either! I've sat down and tried but I look through my notes and think, I already know this so what's the point? haha So I always went into tests without studying and not worrying about the outcome because I was confident that I paid enough attention in my classes to get me through.

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    1. That's how I feel! I'm always really curious about people who take lots of time to study. I would be so bored!

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  2. When I first opened this from Bloglovin, I thought... oh, this is gonna be weird, is she bashing those people that gets by easily?! I'm one of those people :( I haven't studied for as long as I remember, to be honest. Back in high school, from grade 8-12, we have year end final exams called 'Provincials' which pretty much is a big exam based on everything you've learned in the year. I didn't study for those while everyone panics about them. So, naturally, I don't study in post-secondary too. I noticed that I pay attention during class and those hours of lectures are still stuck with me (I'm an audio learner) during exams so information comes back to my quickly.

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  3. I'm that girl too! I was the one who helped my friends study by quizzing them, and then I'd get As while they would just scrape by. I always felt a little bad, because I felt like they would get mad at me for it! But finals in college freaked me out SO MUCH! I'm bad at studying something for a prolonged period of time! Now that I've graduated and I'm going for round 2 in art school, I'm a lot less stressed, since it's all projects and no tests.

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    1. So glad I'm not the only one who freaks out!

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  4. I am that girl too. And with social anxiety and borderline Asperger's to boot. Someone once told me my emotional intelligence was inversely proportional to how typically smart I am, and I'd have to agree, lol.

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  5. I thought this post was rather interesting. I'm the type of student who needs to study for hours, focus, and stay up late drinking coffee in order to ace any test,

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    1. Yeah, it's amazing how different people can be! Props to you though :)

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