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    I breezed through gradeschool without much effort (usually getting an A or B without trying, though the one semester I got into a minor feud with someone and actually tried in order to bump her off her pedestal, I shot up to the top of the class rankings). Then college came.. and I continued to do well without effort. Getting into modding games & programming with a passion probably helped a lot. I suppose I finally got a wakeup call when I was put into a class which they let me into due to taking an alternate prerequisite which didn't cover the actual material we needed to know (specifically the language and software that the course was using, so I was already weeks behind at the start), followed by a class with a completely negligent professor who assigned projects which he knew could not be completed due to being out of date and too lazy to updated them.. and my project partner was too buy with other classes and didnt help - in order to keep up, I was forced to learn good study and work habits, and as a result I came out in my senior year doing much better in terms of grades.

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    Popping back into this thread just to say, yes, HabitRPG is hella neat. Definitely worth trying if you like the feeling of instant gratification from video games.

    Good recommendation, Coffee!

    So far it's been more effective at keeping me from snacking off and on all day than MyFitnessPal ever was. P:
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    Hhhhh, this is me, so much. In high school I had a 32 ACT score, but was in the 3rd quartile of class rank (literally the entire top half graduated with honors so I got boned hard). I hate to dwell on what could have been if I'd been motivated enough to do any sort of prep. Now that I'm going back to college and I give a shit, I'm doing much better, but I still can't offer many real solutions, because for the most part I'm still coasting on my ability to grasp and apply the material quickly. The biggest difference is just that I'm remembering to actually do and turn in my assignments now.

    I would discuss with your instructors a plan to force you to produce rough drafts for any large project. It's much easier to whip up something that isn't completely polished, and then have the bulk of the work already complete to work off of later. I notice I produce much better work when I have to provide a rough draft.

    edit: I'd also be hopeless without amphetamines. Fuck ADHD.
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    I lacked any sort of motivation in high school, and the only reason I graduated is because I was hospitalised my Senior year and my teachers felt bad for me.

    I'm pretty sure I lacked motivation because I was depressed and didn't care.

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    I've always been this way. I can grasp new and abstract concepts pretty quickly and I'm fairly talented at anything that interests me, but my grades are poopoo. Why? Because deep down inside, I don't really care. I have no passion for succeeding in school. I find the subjects interesting, but I just can't bring myself to work hard enough to get the good grades that I know full well I have the capacity of getting. It just doesn't click in my brain for some reason that working really hard now will translate to a better, easier life later (or so they like us to think.) My advice to you is basically the same as everybody else's so far in this thread, that is: find something you give a shit about. You won't be happy forcing yourself to study something you don't like, and drugs might work temporarily but they'll fuck you up in plenty of other ways too. I'm working on that right now, but so far it seems like the only things that I can work up an interest in are drugs and music, and even music I'm not passionate about to make any sort of living in. I often wonder if I'm just doomed to coast through life completing the bare minimum requirements to survive. Then I think, would I really be unhappy doing that? I already do it now and the only stress I feel from it is my parents pressuring me to do well in school. Why should I conform to their idea of success for me? I should do what I want to do. On the other hand, supporting oneself without a college degree probably ain't no walk in the park either, and I'm pretty sure I'd go to prison eventually if I decided to sell dope, so I guess I'm boned either way. Ah well, might as well live it up and enjoy myself while it all lasts. Excuse me, I'm gonna go light up a joint.
    Yeah? well, y'know...that's just like, your opinion, man.

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    Can't just blame it on lack of motivation though. Else everyone would be a popufur by now because they are all interested in porno art.

    Blaming everything that went bad on lack of passion and motivation is like overestimating yourself.

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    I like how everyone cries lack of motivation when it isn't always the issue. Sometimes it's just a brain issue that can't be fixed, like that one guy in my program who absolutely CANNOT learn from theory like, at all. You talk to him and he'll fall asleep right there, but he's had that all his life so he's found ways to deal with it. His solution? Constant distractions. While the teacher is talking, he'll be reading manga, watching anime AND listening to music at the same time since that's literally the only way he'll stay awake. Sure, that way makes it so he only hears about 20% of what the teacher says but it's still better than zero. Alas, everyone thinks he's dumb because of that and doesn't belong in school (heck, he had to quit highschool because of that) but when it comes to practical stuff, he's a genius and extremely fast learner.

    What I'm saying is, try finding practical applications to what you're studying. If you can't learn properly from hearing about it, then do it yourself till it sticks in your head. If you have a purely theoretical program like maths or languages or something though, then you're screwed.

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    I was the same. Barely skirted by in school. But it can be done.

 

 

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