Every year, thousands of students graduate from High School and proceed in to University to study their chosen degree. At the same time, a minority of students have dropped out, and some even 2 years earlier before School Certificate,

Are they destined to fail life?

If you're not good at Maths and Science, are you screwed?

Of course not! Relax :)

The school education system currently only caters for about 20% of the children who can endure the repetitive notion of rocking up to class, listening to a teacher, writing notes down and then attempting to rote learn the material at home only to come back for more the next day! Some like this method of learning. Some don't.



Every child was born a genius, a concept that Robert Kiyosaki (The Author of Rich Dad, Poor Dad) has continually stressed about in many of his series of books. I agree, as humans we are all equal, we balance our weaknesses with our strengths, and compared to others we may be good at one thing, but bad in another.
Just like all geniuses are geniuses at different things, children learn in different froms to each other. Some may absorb visual information better than others, whilst  few require hands on experience in order to understand. Since school only caters for a minimal amount of different approaches to learning (namely reading, rote learning and being hypothetical), it is impossible to adequately satisfy the broad range of learning requirements.

Now allow me tell you how to ace maths in high school. It's nothing special. You don't have to be a mathematician to kill every maths test in high school. 2 weeks before a test (or as much time as required to do the below) open your maths workbook and have a look at all the formulas you have learnt and select those that are only going to be in this test.

Next, you go find your textbook and proceed to do practise questions from each unit. But here's the trick, start with the easiest questions first. For example, you are doing Triginometry, which is 7.1-7.9 in the book.

First off, you do the first 5 (and ONLY 5... don't be a Lay-K and do every question) questions in each unit and do it for the entire chapter. That's all for the today. Tomorrow you do it on another topic. Finally when you've done that for every topic, repeat the process except this time with the LAST 5 questions. Basically this is giving yourself an scale. It simply tells you the easiest type of questions going to be in the test (i.e. just reciting the formula) and the hardest type, which may involve multiple steps to solving the problem. Don't panic if you can't do it, try some questions before them and see if that helps.

And then 2-3 days before the test simply swallow the chapter reviews for dessert. Done.

That's how you ace the maths test. Why does it work? Because that's what high school maths is.

They give you a formula, you proceed to remember it, and then they change the questions in a test so you have to use the formula or multiple formulas in a test to solve the given question. It's not rocket science. It's just being familiar with the questions you'll potentially get.

I'm not a maths genius, nor do I particularly want to be. I'm just taking advantage of my memory + and trying to be efficient in doing practise for maths because let's face it, most of us have better things to do than that.

So what happens to those people who can't simply deal with the current method of learning? What if you desire more practical experience, (especially in the creative arts industry, where experience overrides just about everything) or perhaps you feel that some things you have learned or are learning in school are of no use?

Ok, first of all, let's not completely assume that school is pointless. Let's have a look at what skills we, as a student, my obtain from school:

You need to master your english - if you can't communicate there will be problems :). In saying that I don't mean try get 20/20 in all your essays! You see, I don't see the point of essays. Try asking middle-aged person. Ask them

"Excuse me sir/madame, but would you kindly tell me if you have ever written an essay outside an educational course?"

Chances are, the answer is no, unless the job specifically requires you to do so (i.e. students). Even then, I still can't find an occupation where you would  have to write essays (Please enlighten me, I am curious)!

Now learning how to write stories is often a relaxing thing to do, and critising the lastest blockbuster can also be fun! Doing speeches about compulsory computer gaming being introduced and making Posters on the themes of Romeo and Juliet can't be that bad either. So, english.... yes!

Consumer Arithmetic and Primary school maths. Those are the only two things you really need to completely master, and both are self explanatory. You'll be dealing with money 100%, so you might as well learn it in High School. Primary school maths, need I say more?

Science? I don't see why I need to learn the definition of 'refraction' in order to be successful.

Languages! Yea they're actually my favourite, I now wish I did Japanese and French instead of just Japanese. All well, life's life but languages allow you not only to enhance your communication abilities but also allow you to explore a different culture, which I find extremely interesting, as well as the language itself.

History isn't too important, but the lesson's of history are! You might not know who persisted in the construction of the Harbour Bridge but you have learned that persistence indeed pays off!

So indeed, what is the alternative? The answer lies in the well known idea - "follow your passions."

I like to refer to it as "activities that excites me". It could be anything, really, but one cannot forget the fundamentals required for succeeding in life, fused with your interests will create ultimate purpose in your existence and hopefully make the world a better place.

So what limits passions? And what are some skills that you require and schools don't teach? Stay tuned for Part 2!

Jerry

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