I was always prepared, had always read the chapter, hell, I'd usually read the whole book within the first month of class, always knew the answer (Although eventually I caught on this annoyed other kids, so I tried to let them go first.), and made 95 on the tests without trying. I'd never take notes in class, I'd just sit there and read fiction if the teacher let me, or read the book or doodle or just zone out if they didn't.
Some teachers got annoyed at this, but with the ones who tried to 'catch' me not paying attention I got in the habit of faking a hearing problem if they called on me, asking them to repeat the question because I didn't hear it. I could usually come up with the answer even if I wasn't paying attention.
And I never, ever, ever had the homework unless it was a paper or some long-term assignment.
And made low 80s. I did so poorly I got booted out of the Gifted program.
Hilariously, I made that no matter what classes I was in, so took all the hardest classes anyway. What mattered to my grades what what percentage of your grade was homework, and nothing else. (1)
And came up one credit short of an college prep seal because the one damn Chemistry teacher hated my attitude. She'd also flunked me in biology, twice, but I went into 'learn at your own pace' night school for that one and took a test on a chapter a night, as fast as you can go, and aced it.
If, God forbid, I ever have kids, and teachers ever complain they aren't paying attention in class, I'll ask them, point blank, if this is because they already know that stuff, and if it is, I'll pull them out and home school them if at all possible.
1) This isn't exactly true. I actually had trouble in trig, and haven't passed a college calc class to this day. I keep telling myself I'm going to teach myself it, but haven't got around to it yet. I think it's because I actually understand math, and try to learn new math by grasping it, instead of learning the formulas and then grasping it over time. (On Trig tests, I often had to reinvent formulas or take the extremely long way around, while other kids just wrote them down and breezed through.)
-David T. C.
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