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What is the point of school? Why do we have to go to class? What do I even get out of all of this? Many people consider the answers to these questions a simple one. If we’re being real with ourselves and our inner desires for eternal success, these questions may pose a difficult dilemma. Let’s dive right into the two most popular reasons on where students think the point of school lies: learning vs. grade point average. There are a few obvious pros and cons of focusing primarily on only one of these motivating factors.

Learning: The Pros

America sets up education as the premiere method of obtaining a higher degree of “learning.” If a student maintains their focuses on only learning, the positive outcomes to this can be infinite depending on different factors at hand. For example, going to school without retaining any of the knowledge drilled consistently into you will be considered a waste of time to several high achieving scholars. Ask yourselves this: what is the point of reading a textbook when you’ll forget everything about it a few short hours later? Essentially, there is no point.

Learning: The Cons

If we’re going to have integrity in our opinions as students, the truth can not be shielded by even the most ignorant of people.

There are zero to no downsides of focusing on the sole act of retaining and learning information rather than focusing on the grade you get in the class. The acquisition of knowledge and skills is incomparable to any single set of numbers. It is important to realize that who you are intellectually after the course is more important than the grade you get at the end of the day. To learn is to achieve success.

Grades: The Pros

To play a fair ball game, focusing on grades is what thousands of students across the United States and arguably the world focus on. In regions such as China and India where education is of utmost importance, the grade you get at the end of the day literally defines who you are and the occupational status the government sets aside for you. In an example close to home, the higher your grade point average, the higher your rank. The higher your rank, the higher the chance of getting a good deal amount of scholarships. Do you see the pattern? Grades do matter. To colleges, it is one of many indicators of a hard-working student.

Grades: The Cons

Focusing on grades rather than learning may have short-term rewards, but to be as real as possible, will have long-term detrimental effects. Studying geared for a quiz or test will only take you so far. If you forget everything you learned after the test, all you have to show for yourself is a simple number. In the line of real world applications, this isn’t very much in terms of learning. It is important not to do this. An example of where this will come to play is cramming. Sure, it will help you know some of the material right before the test, but it won’t take you any further after the exam.

The Verdict

Overall, it is clear that learning and your grade point average should not be two separate entities. Rather, they should be considered hand in hand when studying. If you play out your cards correctly, you can pursue both of these paths at the same rate and efficiency. This is exactly how it should be done. For example, if you study for a test a week before the actual sit down exam, this will definitely help you both retain the knowledge as well as score high marks on the test. It isn’t a surprise that the students who succeed in higher education institutions are the ones who are able to pursue both of these disciples at the same time.

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