Opportunity + Failure = Success?

untitledThroughout my life, I have come to realize that there are many ways to learn. Sometimes in order to be successful, we have to fail. Each time we fail, we learn about what we need to do differently and how to do it so that we can finally succeed. One thing that always came easy to me was memorization.

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Memorization has always been a key learning type that has help me become successful in certain classes such as Spanish, math, and history. I am very good at remembering dates, words, and rules. Sometimes I like to make note cards of all the things I need to study. In history class, I color code dates with events on note cards. When I get to the test and see the first date, I can remember which color it was and then match it with the event that happened at that time.

Another way I found was very helpful with my learning process is discussion with peers. Sometimes the other people around you have a different perspective of something you are learning about.

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By conversing about different opinions and views, you are more likely to figure out your own opinions and it can help you see different sides to what you have just learned.

Everyone has their ways of becoming successful with learning, but we all also have our own ways of struggling with learning. Sometimes we come to a tall, steep hill and we cannot figure out how to easily walk over the hill. One part of learning I tend to struggle with is my comfort zones.

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When I become uncomfortable or feel under pressure in front of a class, I have a hard time working to my full potential. Sometimes thoughts will run through my head like, “she is smarter than me so I should just stay quiet,” or “he will judge me if I give my own opinion.” I think many of us have the fear of being bullied, but it is something that hopefully someday I can overcome!

In the last 19 years of my life, I have realized my easiest method for learning is visual. I believe I find this to be the easiest learning method for me because I am so good at memorization. Once you see something, you may be able to remember it as soon as you get to the test later on.

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Outside of school, I have also learned life lessons. My most common method of learning life lessons is failure. Sometimes the key to success is actually indeed failure. You learn about what you did wrong, what you did right, what you could have done better, and how you are going to improve so you can succeed the next time you try. In my opinion, failure gives you the chance to keep trying and do an even better job.
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