What are THE MAIN DIFFERENCES between an A student & a C student in terms of
work ethic, intelligence levels, & accomplishment? What qualities SEPARATES the A student from the C student?
The A student may be naturally more intelligent, may have prior knowledge about the subject, or may be studying their butts off to earn that "A". The C student may lack the above-mentioned qualities, may not test well (anxiety or whatever), or it may just be a difficult subject. Also, some courses are graded on a curve, and a few "A" students can throw the curve way off, creating more C students. Lack of studying and hard work is probably the main cause of "C" students, however.
To answer, I will have to admit that I was not an A student. I understood everything in my classes and was generally bored in school, as it was relatively easy (with the exception of calculus and organic biology, which were hard but very interesting). However, my laziness which manifested itself in the lack of note taking and lack of appropriate work on papers, etc. tended to leave me with B's. I would say therefore, that SOMETIMES work ethic and diligence make all the difference and SOMETIMES (let's say, for example, a person who has a hard time grasping subjects despite their best efforts) it does not.
One of my professors in Social Work said that what he liked about me was that I did things for the sake of learning and would develop a topic in depth and put the time required to be a quality job. The C student probably defines the topic or subject, but does deal with it in depth or present alternative view points. The quality is not on the same level.
I found when I started taking my grades seriously, a good work ethic makes the difference between an A and a C. Best of all is when you learn the information to RETAIN it. My brother is a doctor, and he told me merely learning the stuff for the grade is a disservice to his clients. You have to REALLY KNOW your stuff.
Ultimately, school is simply preparation for real life. The purpose of grades is to assess what you've learned. In real life, you are not given answers, or even artificial tests; it's for real, and how well you do can be a matter of life and death.
The biggest problem with any grading system is the "assumption" that every student did the very best they could. Therefore their test results is a true indication of their intelligence or abilities.
It's been reported that Albert Einstein and Richard Branson were said to be "poor students". There are lots of famous wealthy high/college school dropouts. Most people call dropouts failures.
Sometimes there are underlying reasons why some students don't take school as seriously as others do. Maybe their parents didn't emphasize school as being all that important. A child may have undiagnosed dyslexia or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. It's also possible the child is living in a very toxic unstable environment which effects everything from sleeping, eating, to learning.
In other instances it could be the child never did the homework or bothered studying for the tests. Believe it or not there are some people who answer multiple choice test questions without bothering to read the questions!
Having said that I believe the biggest difference between A students and C students is C students don't make learning a top priority. In their mind a C is "good enough". Their focus may be on sports or other social activities. They just want to qualify for them.
Exactly, there was a boyfriend of a high school classmate w/a 145 IQ. He indicated that he was a C student because he felt that social/people skills were more important than book knowledge.
Very true! There are many instances of kids who failed basic math but seem to have no problems measuring ounces, grams, and kilos when it comes to distributing drugs. Others flunked chemistry but can mix with the best of them. Priorities matter!
A good memory. Most systems only require that you parrot back what you have been taught. Those who remember get A's. Those who don't memorize fail.
Excellent point! Most classes which do not require doing any calculations are pretty much about memorizing what you read in the book and things the teacher said in class. It's not uncommon for people to cram for tests and forget everything later.
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