I feel like this is something important that all of us at studyblr need to know:
We all say that grades or scores or GPAs don’t define your worth or you as a person. It’s true to some extent. Getting average scores or even failing once or twice doesn’t mean you’re an idiot or that you’re stupid. Similarly, straight A’s don’t make you the smartest person in the world so always be humble.
But the point is that, the grades don’t define your intelligence. The grades define how hard you work. Sure, some people can get A’s without having to study or work so much, but most people work their asses off studying and revising and teaching themselves. People have to work very hard to get A’s because they don’t just happen. And while yes, school can be stressful because not all of us are organized or productive or motivated all the time, it’s up to us to have discipline and to be proactive in our studying.
This may sound insensitive, but rather than complaining about how much you hate that you need an A to get into a good college or whatever, you should focus on overcoming whatever it is that’s *stopping* you from getting that A. An A does define you in college and high school (at least for me it does) because you don’t get an A if you don’t study and put in effort. If colleges were to say that grades don’t matter at all in terms of acceptance, then what benchmark is there for your academic ability and skill set? If not your grades, then what else can show that you’ve learned and gotten something out of your years at school?
And it’s not about studying hard, it’s about studying smart. Use resources and techniques that work well for you; there are hundreds of different types out there, so there’s no reason learning can’t be fun. Even if teachers make school life shitty and put pressure on you about grades, school is still about learning. Turn your studying into something fun because you can get more out of it by actually learning things. Science can be fun, literature can be interesting, business can be exciting. You just have to go out there and make the effort to find resources that help you learn what you need to know. That’s why we’re here as a studyblr community, to share what we know about study tips and websites and such, instead of complain about how crappy the education system is and then whining about not being able to get good grades. And the amount of effort you put into revision and practicing what you know, is the real way to get an A, because that A comes from you learning and knowing your shit. Grades do define you - they represent how much effort you put into learning in order to get them.