If you’re anything like me, chances are
you’ve grown up believing certain supposed truths – if you study harder, you’ll get
better grades. You’re either good at math, or you’re
not. Following the teacher’s advice is the best
way to get a good grade. False. False. False. Stay tuned to learn the truth. Dr. Jubbal, MedSchoolInsiders.com. If you’d like to learn more about how I
implement systematic optimization in my own life, or why I quit plastic surgery, check
out my second channel, Kevin Jubbal, M.D.. Link in the description below. The first lie is that if you study harder,
you’ll get better grades, or alternatively, you’re not getting straight A’s because
you simply aren’t working hard enough. Don’t get me wrong – putting in the time
and effort studying is a necessary part of doing well in college and in medical school. But if you’re like the many students that
grind hard and still fall short in class or on the MCAT, it has less to do with your effort
and more to do with your approach. The vicious cycle works like this. Sally studies hard and wants to be a good
student. When midterms come around, she gets a B-,
and because she’s pre-med, she knows she needs to do a lot better. So for the next several weeks, she dedicates
even more time studying, forgoing social events on weekends to be productive. The second round of midterms come around and
now she earns as B+. Better, but she’s aiming for an A. So, she
works harder, now skipping her evening Zumba and dinner with her roommate so she can hole
up in her room with her textbooks. She doesn’t even call her mom on the weekends
anymore. A few weeks later, she receives her final
grade. To her dismay, it’s a B. What happened? Sally was so focused on working harder, believing
that was the answer to improving her grades. But as we talk about time and time again on
Med School Insiders, your performance as a student is not siloed from other aspects of
your life. Being an effective person makes you an effective
student to be effective on test day, not the other way around. Rather than putting in more hours studying,
Sally’s efforts would have been better spent examining why she didn’t get a better grade. She would have discovered she was already
putting in plenty of time with the books, and further examination would point to one
of two factors as the culprit: either her study strategies were ineffective, or her test taking skills
were subpar. By working harder and forgoing other activities
and habits that lead to a balanced life, like good nutrition, regular exercise, and quality
time with friends, she actually became less effective. She was experiencing the early stages of burnout. How you study is more important than how much
you study. If you’re not sure where to start, our Study
Less, Study Smart video goes over the study hacks I learned in medical school that I wish
I knew in college. It has over a million views and hundreds of
students have directly reached out to me to say it’s radically improved their performance. I hope you find it useful as well. Have you ever heard that you’re either smart,
or you’re not, and therefore your fate is sealed? Smart students will score well across all
classes, and dumb students are doomed to do poorly. You’re looking at me confused. I know, you don’t need me to explain why
that’s nonsense. But still many believe a derivative of this
lie, which is that you may be good at English, and bad at Math, or vice versa. The key here lies in the language we use and
the mindset that we adopt. Let’s say you’ve historically scored poorly
in Chemistry or Physics. Like many of the students I tutor, you may
tell me you’re just “bad at science.” By saying this, by believing this, you’re
reinforcing an identity of being someone who is bad at science. So despite revamping your study strategies,
you’ll never reach your full potential in science. For you to get an A in Chemistry would now
be directly contradictory to the identity you’ve taken on for yourself. This is cognitive dissonance at play, and
this wreaks havoc on so many students. If, instead, you say “I used to score bad
in Physics because I had the wrong approach,” you now open up the possibility of crushing
your science courses moving forward. It’s subtle, but believe me this has the
potential to completely revolutionize your performance. This simple trick has saved so many of my
own students. The reason is that now your subconscious believes
you can do much better. The underlying assumption has shifted, and
this empowers you to make the most of your new study and test taking strategies. Be careful the next time you lament about
not being good at a certain subject. Not being good at something is taking on an
identity. And identities are incredibly powerful at
constraining our perceptions and future actions. Rather, be someone who is constantly improving. If you improve 1% every day, you’ll be 38
times better in one year. No, that’s not a mistake, that’s just
the power of compounding in action. If you’re also a fan of the compounding
effect, let the world know by mashing that like button. The idea that being a better student will
make you more successful later in life is part true, part false. People love to latch onto the stories of famous
entrepreneurs who were drop-outs or not necessarily strong students. To them, I say look up the definition of survivorship
bias. Elon Musk wasn’t a bad student because he
couldn’t figure out how to get A’s, it’s because he was so far ahead of us mere mortals
that school wasn’t challenging or interesting to him. Others have even spun an argument that if
you’re a C student, you’ll be better off in the long run. The people pushing that would make for great
lawyers. The truth is, if you’re a mediocre student,
or a decent student, or even a good student, there isn’t a strong correlation with your
lifetime success. However, if you’re a stellar student, the
top fraction of a percentile, you’re likely going to do well, regardless of your path. One could argue it’s because of intelligence
or even work ethic. I say it’s because of other factors. If you’ve gotten to the point that your’e
scoring in the top 0.1 percent, you’ve figured it out. You’ve worked hard to get there, despite
obstacles in your way. You have grit. But equally important, you’re adaptable. And if there’s one thing you can count on
in life, it’s change. 99.9th percentile students are those who aren’t
afraid to experiment. They’re even stronger than 100th percentile
scorers because they are actually statistically literate, unlike the latter. They look at their results, and the systems
that generated those results, and they go back to the drawing board. They assess, adapt, and implement, constantly
improving their processes and their own personal operating system. They’ve cultivated the right mindsets, honed
their systems, and will continue to excel at what they do not because of the specific
tactics and details, but because they have the underlying systems and processes that
facilitate peak performance, regardless of the circumstances. The best part of it all? These are teachable and repeatable processes
that you too can learn. Long term success doesn’t come from dank
memes or watching motivational videos to get you hyped. It comes from the fine tuning of repeatable
systems and processes that facilitate the results you want. That’s how I scored in the 99.9th percentile
on my MCAT, got a full tuition scholarship to medical school, and matched into the hyper-competitive
specialty of plastic surgery. It’s always bothered me how if you go to
a tutoring or admissions consulting company, it’s hit or miss. You either get a good advisor or you get unlucky. If you went to the Apple store and had a 25%
chance of a fantastic laptop and a 75% chance of your laptop having issues, then you wouldn’t
be going to the Apple store. Yet for some reason people tolerate this. Until now. Med School Insiders is innovating and turning
the tutoring and admissions consulting industry upside down. If you work with us, you’ll always get a
phenomenal advisor. How do we do it? Simple. As you can probably tell, I’m obsessive
about optimizing systems and processes. Together, with my team, we’ve painstakingly
optimized our internal processes to guarantee the best service, every single time. From recruiting top talent to innovative incentivization
structures and continuous quality improvement, our obsession with perfecting our systems
is the secret to the Med School Insiders difference. Don’t believe me? Our results speak for themselves. We have industry leading satisfaction scores
and our students’ success is second to none. Visit MedSchoolInsiders.com to see for yourself. What are some other lies that you’ve been
told as a student? Let us know with a comment down below. As we approach 600,000 subscribers, I just
want to say thank you. It’s been truly a privilege that you would
take time out of your day to hear what I have to say. Seriously, it means the world to me and I can’t thank you enough Much love to you all, and I wish you nothing
but the best.