(Original post by Cloud007)
I see people constantly getting grade 8/9/A/A* here for GCSE and it kind of confuses me, TBH. Even A*A*A* at a level.
I only got 2 As, 2 Bs and 5 Cs. I'm pretty average and at a comprehensive school. I just don't understand how people have this level of motivation to study constantly. I also see some people looking down on universities that aren't Russell Group universities and I think it's really mean TBH. But anyway, I'm just asking how people are motivated to study constantly. Do they have a good balance of time? Is it genetics? Work ethic? I'd genuinely like to know.
2 separate things that I'll address:
Firstly, TSR is a student website. It's an extreme generalisation but good students are more likely to be on TSR whereas bad students are more likely to be smoking behind the bike sheds. Hopefully you can see what I mean by that. The average TSR grade is skewed because the students getting Es would consider being on TSR "too nerdy".
As for how people get good grades, it varies. I'll use myself as an example because I'm the most detailed example I can give. Biologically I have a pretty good memory so that helps. From a young age, I've also been pretty good with Maths (probably a biological reason for that too). Since education has a high focus on memory and recall, I already have somewhat of an advantage there. I don't have to study constantly, since I tend to understand things pretty quickly and remember them without too much effort. On top of that, I've added my own techniques to further improve my memory.
In terms of my upbringing, I had it fairly alright. My family wasn't well off, but we weren't in poverty either. At least not that I could see. Neither me nor my siblings would "play out as children" but we weren't inside constantly revising. We naturally had more time than other kids as we weren't outside for hours but still had a mix of fun and work. Since going out to play was never a thing for me as a kid, I've very much gotten used to being inside all the time. As a result, I can happily sit at my desk all day working on various things. I won't go massively into it, but one of my parents passed away when I was 8 (Year 4 at school). I'm sure that had a psychological impact on me too.
So we've seen a mix of genetics and upbringing there. To expand on that, I've somewhat learned behaviours. I know that if I want to do well, I have to work for it. I'm not personally content with being average. I never had to be told to do my homework as a kid, I just did it. That sort of stuff.
Really there isn't one answer. It's a mix of things for different people. I personally think I have a great balance of time. I do take my genetics for granted. And as a result of my work ethic, I just get things done. But everything I am today is a culmination of everything that has ever happened to me, good and bad. And for every individual, that's different. Some of this stuff can be learned, some of it can be experienced and some of the genetic stuff can even be replicated. But ironically very little of it can be taught.