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#99 - cthumoo
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User avatar #153 to #99 - Katzie
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Here in NZ, I'm in NCEA level two, which is the last compulsory year of high school (we call it college). I've never done any significant amount of homework, and I barely study for any exams, and often sleep in class. Nevertheless I got a merit endorsement last year, which is the second top highest mark, and was decently close to an excellence, which is the top.
I suppose I'm lucky, but it also means I have a god awful work ethic and will probably go downhill come uni.
User avatar #109 to #99 - amuzen
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Combination of things really, for starters most of the specific **** you learn you forget because you stop using that knowledge, for example at one point in time I used to know what mathematical forumlas I would use to see how much the percent chance of drawing any given card in a 52 card deck was after any given number of draws in any order as well as any combination of cards, since I had spent four weeks straight studying to know this information it was so slammed into my head I could do most of the calculation without a calculator, a year later if someone asked me the percent chance of drawing a king of hearts within eleven draws I would shrug and say I dunno. It's not exactly like riding a bicycle specific information like calculus doesn't stick with you unless you keep using it, same for my Japanese and my science classes.
English sorta sticks with you but after 9th grade it's the same thing every single year just more of it, pretty much write 2 of every kind of essay and a couple book reviews and some review on shakespear, always ******* shakespear, five schools across two countries can't get away from the guy.
Most electives are a little better because they are usually skill orientated and teach you skills you can go home and expand on however, those are kinda ****** over to because the teachers have to make em easy enough for people who just want an easy A to join em to so that they get enough funding. In this way they can't make a strict advanced elective class in a public highschool so they only teach you the basics of a subject and what you can figure out on your own.

And that's how I learned absolutely nothing from highschool while still recieving straight A's and B's and a advanced physics once because I missed a month.
I think it's worth noting that I went to five different public highschools throughout my four years and every single one held true to this and they were all considered best in their regions for test scores.
User avatar #105 to #99 - goobdol
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Some people are naturally smart. That, and the class could be uber easy.
User avatar #156 to #105 - cthumoo
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My point is that for subjects like science, you pretty much HAVE to be in 60 percent of the lessons and concentrating to pass. True people are naturally smart, but that doesn't mean they're born with the necessary knowledge to pass a test.