Too many students think that academic success depends entirely on innate intelligence, that only the smartest can strive for the highest scores and grades. However, most teachers would tell a dramatically different story: you earn grades based not on what you are but what you do.
A popular image of 10 Things That Require Zero Talent has been making the rounds online for years. This idea resonates with anyone who struggled under the misconception that achievement depended on entirely innate abilities. On the contrary, success results from doing lots of little things in the right way at the right time.
For this reason, students who struggle in school may not be dealing with an inability to understand a subject. Most poor performance results from a lack of accountability. In order to succeed, students need to maintain accountability to themselves, their teachers, and their support systems. What does academic accountability look like? Imagine a student who consistently does the following:
- Plans for and meets deadlines
- Reads actively and takes notes strategically
- Implements effective study methods
- Employs proven time management skills
- Maintains productive daily routines
- Advocates and participates with teachers
- Engages and collaborates with classmates
Can you imagine such a student failing to earn exceptional grades, let alone failing altogether? Fundamental productivity skills–just like the ones business culture obsesses over–make a world of difference in academic performance. Best of all, they require no innate talent or superior intellect. Instead, accountability depends on discipline, training, and, when needed, a coach.
Consider what committing to these habits and practices would mean for you or the students in your life. Imagine how much more success and how much less stress a bit more accountability could bring. Be sure to contact us if you have questions about how academic accountability makes a difference and how we can help make it work for you.