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Success: One Play (or Grade) at a Time
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If you are trying to win a game, how do you do it? How would you approach each game? Probably, you would focus your energy leading up to a particular game by practicing what you will do in that game. Your coach may have some film on the team you are about to play so that you know what you’re going to see when you face them yourself. So you study film, run some of their plays in practice, notice what they do defensively, etc.
Basically, you prepare. As athletes, and as teams, we work hard to make sure that we are prepared for an upcoming contest. You will put in two to three hours a day to make sure that you and your team are ready. So what’s the difference for academic performance?
Each day we go to school and try to prepare ourselves for tests, quizzes, papers, and life in general. Athletes understand what it takes to be prepared for a game. We need to apply these techniques and philosophies to our studies.
If you go into a game unprepared, you are not giving yourself the best chance for victory – as an individual or as a team. You may be able to get by on natural ability and still be victorious, but why leave it to chance? Treat each test or quiz the same way.
You must be prepared for each test and quiz in order to get the grades you want. Just like on the field, you may get lucky and approach a test unprepared and still prevail. You must be prepared!
Now, how many games can you play at once? And, how many teams can your team prepare for at one time? Just one, right? So, apply that same approach to your classes. Take each test or quiz as they come and do everything you can (and then some) in order to prepare for each one.
You can’t win a game at the opening whistle. You have to win the first quarter, then the second, the third, etc. By focusing on smaller increments of time, it is easier to remain on task and stay motivated and focused. Some coaches subscribe to the idea of focusing on 4-minute increments so that the task seems more attainable.
Do the same thing with your grades. Focus on the NEXT test. Or the NEXT quiz. You can’t earn a 4.0 for the quarter on the first day of school. Just like you can’t win a game in the first minute of that game.
Ace the first quiz you take after reading this article. Put everything you have into studying for that quiz or test – just like you would on the field. It’s the same thing. You can’t win the state championship on the first day of the season. Win the first game. Then win the next. And so on. Ace your first quiz or test – at least try to. Study! Get it done! No excuses!
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