What’s your learning style? Do you prefer learning in a group and in an interactive setting? Or one-on-one? Do you retain information best through lectures, or visuals, or simply by reading books?
I was lucky in school. I used to have an eidetic memory and I had a high level of focus, added to that was an avid love of reading and I did very well in school. I did very well on tests, be they multiple choice tests or essay tests. When term papers were introduced, once I learned the basics, they weren’t difficult either.
Unfortunately you can’t stay in school forever, unless you are wealthy that is, at one point you have to do instead of just learn.
The learning style that handicapped me was learning by just listening, I need to write down what I hear or else it doesn’t sink in. Without note taking, I get lost in the lecture, I don’t know why, but it is the note taking that penetrates my skull, without it, the words just wisp around my head and float away.
I want to be a writer, it took me all this time after leaving school to find out what I want to do once I was done learning. Not that we are ever done with learning, but now my learning is in a more informal classroom, my life and my world. And writing is what I want to do. It feels very nice to finally know what I want to be when I grow up. A writer.