Hope Learning Is Not Effective

A student once told me that she hoped this year would be better than last year. I asked how so. She replied that she hoped her grades would get better. Again, I asked how.

Photo credit: Creative Commons

Photo credit: Creative Commons

To all students hoping for better grades… What are you doing differently from last year? If all you’re doing is hoping, then expect more of the same.

Hope Learning is not a viable plan. “I hope I’ll pass,” and “I hope I’ll learn it better this year” are nothing more than wishes. Stop wishing, and plug in. Those who have had me for class know I am fond of the quote, “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always gotten.”

Hope is nice, but unless it’s backed by a plan, nothing will change. I hope I get rich investing in the stock market. Unless I actually put some money into the stock market, my hopes will not come to fruition.

If you plan on riding the Hope Train, don’t plan on arriving in Awesome. The Hope Train only has stops in Average, Desperate, and Broke.

What are you doing differently in 2014-15?