Confessions of a researchaholic

February 10, 2016

It might not be good to be a good student

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 5:12 pm
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It is usually not too hard for smart kids to perform well in schools; just excel in what you are told to do, such as taking courses.

This is a deterministic process with well-defined goals and tasks that reward smartness and hard working.

However, real world is chaotic and ambiguous. You have to figure out what to do, with shifting targets and ever-changing environments.

This is why school performance does not directly translate to real-life performance: the required mentality and skills are not the same.

This is also why being a good student might not be a good thing for you. You are so used to this deterministic input-output process that you might be very frustrated by the non-deterministic nature of the real world, when starting your first job or research project.

In contrast, not-so good students might adapt better to the real world, because they already have enough failure experiences and are not yet cast into conformity.

PS
I was lucky to be a student who was considered good in performance and bad in behavior.
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1 Comment »

  1. […] You think research is as deterministic and well-defined as courses. […]

    Pingback by » How to fail your graduate study like an undergrad Confessions of a researchaholic — February 10, 2016 @ 5:14 pm | Reply


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