Knowledge is power.
That is true. It has to nonetheless be you subordinate motivation to master the qualification phases in your life. Learning is an important process of cognition. Passions and aversions. Some topics you love. Others you hate. If you have clarity about all of them and pursue your qualification relentlessly, you are building a decisive building block for your career. This allows you to provide meaning to your future job and thus become truly happy. How many people before us and even nowadays in other countries can claim that? Probably only a few. Hence, you have a huge chance. Take it by recognizing that the journey (i.e. the process of cognition) and the outcomes (i.e. your test results) are your rewards alike. 


Only good grades will create options.
Only cognizance will enable you will take the right decision. You are in control. After an extensive journey, I recommend you to travel other countries on this continent. Maybe you are already working in addition. In any case: Many countries will provide you valuable insights. You might already complete some quests, which will be gold for your path of life.

 

Golden rules always sound promising.
This is about three fundamental guidelines, which will help you to maximize the value of your education. Please keep in mind that – like for all rules – there might be exceptional situations, which will require you to break the rules. Those are rare though. The general principle is: The more strictly you apply them, the higher their value proposition. I promise. Let us go!
 
Learning is about fun. If you do not enjoy it, the content does not match your passions and strengths. Notice that.
 
If you are having difficulties to learn certain stuff, change the studying techniques as well as the basic conditions. Yet you cannot always and exceptionally do what makes fun – neither at school, university nor at work.

Learn professionally and result oriented. Good grades are a prerequisite for the next educational stage and many potential fields of activities in which you can find your profession and maybe your mission in life.
 
 
The golden rules will help you to move through your education in a very result oriented way.
The following self-reflections and those of others will support your recognition process about individual passions and strengths. Please note that interests and disinterests are equally important guides on the way to your dream job.
 
All right, let us start with the direct knowledge transfer: The classroom. Print the Class Learning Questionnaire as often as necessary and take it to school in the next week. Reflect yourself and complete it for each subject or topic by circling the appropriate answers. This helps you to determine whether a particular subject or topic is more a strength or weakness.

Now we check how you follow up back at home. Please print the Home Learning Questionnaire as often as necessary and place it on your desk. Complete it after homework, learning hours or test preparation for each subject or topics. Circle the most appropriate answers. They will tell you if something plays more into your strengths or weaknesses.
 
How was it? I bet there is a pattern. In addition, the class questionnaire results should match the ones in the home questionnaire. Congrats! By now, you have a clear indication about your strengths and weaknesses. They are by no means written in stone for the rest of your life. Yet they give you key hints about your skill set.

 

 
Distraction
Many students want to enjoy their youth. They perceive learning as stress or – in best case – necessary evil. Eventually, these people learn too less, too late or not at all. This results short term into bad grades and long term into poor career opportunities.
 
Shortsightedness
“What are you smoking? I am an eighth grader. My current performance in school got nothing to do with later career opportunities. I can become a billionaire without summa cum laude graduation.” Of course, you can! Please note: The longer you underestimate the importance of your education, the longer becomes the learning tail you need work off to qualify for secondary schools.
 
Misinterpretation
So you completed the questionnaires. Now you can be one of the two extremes: Good in all or in no subjects. If you do not have any interests on paper, look elsewhere in your life. What makes most fun? Sports, drawing, music, computer games, travelling, or even programming? Even if there is no school, subject now allowing you to show your strengths, you can add computer games instead of math to the questionnaire.

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