Chen wrote:So why are all the smart people with no work ethic, not trying to improve said work ethic? In life work is not always going to be interesting or fun (I'd probably say a lot of it won't be). Just because school work and studying is boring, doesn't mean it cannot help you. Someone had said something about doing only the extra credit math problems and leaving the other easier ones because its just boring. Well why not try to find a better way to solve them? Try to find some other trickses to make things even faster to do? Teachers cannot teach to the top end of the class because those at the middle or bottom would get left behind. In the current system people who have the easy time with the subject matter need to find ways to motivate themselves. I have no problem pushing for change in the system. But until that change occurs, just accepting the flawed system (and getting screwed later on due to poor work ethic) is in no way smart.
I got straight A's this semester (we don't do A+ or A*), and my level of work is pretty high on all of them (high for me, compared to previous years - 3 hours a night). I am fairly sure that I'd be able to get A's in at least 3 of those 6 subjects even if I did little study, but because I'm paranoid that the courses are going to get more difficult, I'm trying to get used to working hard. Sure, it's annoying, and boring (sometimes so much that I begin to hate the subject that I'm studying for) but then my test results always remind me that there is a point to doing problems repetitively until I really, really understand them.
Does it make a difference? In my opinion, yes. In my last chem test, the course average was the lowest for the entire year. I got 100%.
Now, you might say that I still would've done well in the test, and it's probably going to make little difference to my overall grade at the end of the year, but for me it's less about the grade, and more about preparing myself for later studies. I'd be lying if I said that I didn't care about other's opinions as well; my teacher noticed that my work ethic stepped up, and the head of science complimented me on it, which bodes well for my goal to get the chem award at the end of the year.
Smartishness is nice, but coasting can set you up for failure. Hard work pays off more in the long run. (And I find it more satisfying.)
Can I ask a question for those who don't work hard and just rely on natural ability? Are you likely to try working harder after reading this thread even when you are fairly confident of passing, or are you too lazy (can't think of a less negative work, sorry) to try?