I’m a freshman in college and I am currently taking classes on subjects I’ve already learned. But the problem is, I keep receiving bad grades on my tests and quizzes, even though I know the material. I’m so confused! Why is this happening? I reviewed everything, and I know the material!
I think I know why you’re receiving bad grades on your quizzes and test! I’ve noticed that when it comes to academia, it’s very frowned upon to think differently than everyone else or to think differently than the professors. It seems that a lot of people in college aren’t diversely different when it comes to the way they think. An analogy I like to use is that people in college are in a sandbox. They are ethnically and culturally diverse, but everyone thinks the same way. Now, you are standing outside of the sandbox, and you’re thinking differs from those inside of the sandbox.
It’s very frowned upon to have an opinion that is outside of the box, and one that can’t even be contained in a box. When it comes to academia, thinking outside of the box is accepted as long it conforms to how the professors and schools want for you to think. There’s this taboo against individuality and following your own path, and from my experiences, it seems that academia likes to herd everyone along.
You could try to rework how you think so you could begin to think like your professor and pass the class. You can do this by contacting your professor and speaking about what type of answers he looks for on the exam, and what viewpoint you should have as you complete your homework or prepare for a test. Like I’ve mentioned, it’s all about seeing the subject or material matter the way your professor does and thinking like they do.