Some of my high school teachers thought that since my dad was an attorney, that it meant that I would also be interested in History or Political Science. No, I didn’t get that gene, thankfully.
Actually, I never did very well in any History classes. In college I had to take a few classes as a requirement for my education degree. And just my luck, the same professor taught each class.
His exams gave the students an option to define 25 terms or write one essay (with three topics given). I figured I had a better chance with 25 terms.
But when I sat down and looked through the choices of terms, my grades reflected that I didn’t know enough about 25 of them, which led to a C, D or F.
The professor asked to meet with me. He told me that I would have a better chance at picking one of the essay topics and writing about that. He said, think about what the major events we have discussed, pick three of them and study all you can. Surely, one of those topics will be on the exam.
So when the next test came, I studied three, and one of them was a choice. I wrote a few pages worth of info, everything that I could remember, and turned my essay in.
When I got it back – he had written a note on the top – “Good Job! I knew you could do it.” I had received my first B in a college History class. From then on, I studied the most important topics and continued to do well on the exams. And I encouraged my friends to do the same.
Just when you think you can only rely on yourself, think again, there will always be someone else who can help you improve on yourself.