Boston College Enrichment Tutoring
I recently had a student who set himself the goal
of getting 4.0 all 8 semesters of his college career at a major
university in the Boston area. He did achieve the goal, and graduated
summa cum laude.
Here are some of the things that went into this student's achievement,
some of which I taught him.
- When learning material, take care also
to learn how to learn.
- Use part of those long summer days to
get a head start on the year's courses.
- Work hard to develop an intuitive understanding
of everything that you "understand" technically.
- Let no true thing seem counter-intuitive
or unintuitive. Work on your intuition.
- Practice certain techniques to snuff
out the tendency to make careless errors.
- Commit to your goal so that all your
actions are done out of free will.
- Do not care about achieving the goal
(very important, though seemingly. paradoxical. Borrowed from
- Take action quickly when a course looks
like it is starting to go south. This
is one place where a tutor is needed.
- Remain functional and even relatively
cheerful during periods of depression that occasionally afflict
high-school and college students.
Question: What is the downside of achieving excellence? Answer:
There is no downside. (The "Do not care" item in the above
list is essential in preserving the benign nature of the endeavor
to achieve a high goal.)