3 SECRETS TO ACADEMIC SUCCESS

The art of acquiring new skills

Real estate experts say the three most important factors in selling a property are “location, location, and location.” While I am tempted to steal from the real estate profession and say that the three most important things to mathematical success are “homework, homework, and homework,” I will not. That sound good, but it’s too simplistic. There’s a little more to it than that. Not much, but…

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The 3 secrets to school success are (and you’ll notice the Planet Numeracy motto):

  • Learn.
  • Do.
  • Repeat.

Learn

Learning is something that you are doing on a daily basis. You go to class, and you learn new stuff. In the high school, experts in their field teach you this new stuff. Education is then a two-way street. To use a 21st century computer analogy, learning is like downloading the iPhone app that you want. But the download is just the first step…

Do

After you have learned anything new, you must do what it is that you have learned. Doing is not only the second item on my three-bullet list. It’s the second most important. In keeping with our computer analogy, doing (or practicing if you prefer) is like installing the new app that you just downloaded. To make it “stick,” you must do what you have recently learned.

Repeat

This is the most important item on the list. Financial guru Robert Kiyosaki say that repetition is the key to all learning. I agree. Ask any advertiser. Why do you see the same commercial three times an episode during your favorite sitcom? Because it works! Who among us hasn’t hummed the McDonald’s tune in our heads?   . . . . . I’m lovin’ it!

World class athletes and musicians are exceptional, because they not learn their craft; they do their craft, and they do it again and again. Michael Jordan didn’t just play basketball the day of a big game. Surely, he spent hours practicing and even more in the weight room. Anyone who is great at anything has done:

  • Learn.
  • Do.
  • Repeat.

What other examples support the 3 secrets to academic success?