You’ve probably heard: “You work smart or you work hard.”
The popular thing to call this nowadays would be “fake news.”
You’ll notice this idea if you hang around the education industry for very long. There are a lot of websites and places that tout tips and tricks and hacks and whatnot.
Some of those things work. Most, I’d say.
Any time you’re actively thinking about how you can learn more in less time or with less effort, that’s usually time well spent.
But you can never really replace hard work.
Now, some students do. Or at least they try. Some people are just crazy smart and genuinely don’t have to try.
Good for them.
Stop comparing yourself to them.
The simple fact that you read my emails tells me that’s not you. Or maybe it is and you just want to make yourself a better student anyway. I don’t know.
Anyway – the point is that this idea of “work smart or work hard” is dumb. Yes, of course you want to work smart. Don’t just bang your head against a brick wall. But just ’cause you’re working smart doesn’t let you off the hook for actually buckling down and getting stuff done.
Use flashcards as an example. Let’s say you have 100 vocabulary words to learn, so you make flashcards and just drill through the whole stack again and again til you’ve got ’em down cold.
That’s working hard.
Let’s add working smart into it and use spaced repetition. Maybe you make cards on Quizlet or maybe you just make good old fashioned stacks yourself. But adding in spaced repetition … voila you’re working smart and LESS hard.
But flashcards are still work. You still have to grind them out.
Don’t let yourself be fooled that if you could just find the right
hack or tip or trick or technique that school would be a breeze.
That’s fake news.
At a certain point you’ll still need to sit your butt down and work. Hard.
Work smart or work hard?
And if you need help either with learning the “how to work smart”
stuff or you need help with motivation to buckle down with the “how to
work hard” stuff, check out my Lifelong Learner Mastermind Group. That’s literally why I created it. And besides, if you get in early you get to monopolize my attention 😀