Do you think good grades are worth the effort?

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08 Feb 2010, 4:46 pm

Well? Do you?

I personally, can't be bothered anymore. I don't see the point in doing homework which I can't finish at school or taking time out of my life for extra credit projects. This, for me boils down to the extreme hatred I have for school and the small hope that I get some horrific disease so that I don't have to go back.

People put so much effort in, and for what? An A grade? Where the hell does that get you? Why should you care?

Any thoughts? Has your performance in school had a significant effect on your later life?



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08 Feb 2010, 5:07 pm

I never though seriously of grades.I get by on my IQ - I know I am smarter then most of the people in my school and I am content with that.



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08 Feb 2010, 5:19 pm

If you want to go to college, yes. If you are in college they are very important. I was an underacheiver in school. I'm going to a community college so my grades in high school don't matter.


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08 Feb 2010, 5:50 pm

Absolutely!



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08 Feb 2010, 5:57 pm

Not at all to me, but I'm preparing for conservatoire and not college so its different.



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08 Feb 2010, 7:43 pm

In high school grades are not worth the effort. In college grades are only important if you plan on attending graduate school. The important thing is you pass.



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08 Feb 2010, 9:21 pm

I think good grades are really important. Good grades got 65789649847 colleges interested in me. I got a scholarship from the university I picked and seeing as how I'll have to keep a 3.5 GPA to keep the money, good grades are important!



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08 Feb 2010, 10:04 pm

It's worth it to me just for the personal satisfaction. I don't learn things easily and I'm not what you would call smart, so when I make good grades I feel very good about myself. However, today for example I failed a math test and I feel very awful about it and have been down on myself for it.



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08 Feb 2010, 10:20 pm

In here my mediocre grades didn't stop me from going to the best college for free, so here they don't matter too much. In other places, a good college is unreachable without good grades.

But honestly, I am not that sure anymore if college itself is worth the effort.

My hint is , make a long term plan of what you actually want in life, then find out how your grades could affect you. IE: If you are planning to go to Yale, you better get straight As... And if I was in the US really I would have put a lot into it so I could go to MIT (hey my imaginary US version can dream!) But if you are fine being a janitor then you may as well stop caring.


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08 Feb 2010, 11:14 pm

I would say that getting good grades is quite a big deal.
I have had a very good GPA throughout my academic life, I graduated in the top 25% of my class last May, and now that I'm in college I am reaping my the sweet fruits of my hard work.
I can go into practically any college I want without my resume being in question, school is going great for me, and I am eligible for many scholarships.
It's amazing what shedding sweat, blood, and tears or something can do for you in the end. The process is indeed painful , but the rewards are more than worth the effort.



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09 Feb 2010, 12:55 am

Depends. If you can get good grades, go ahead as it certainly won't hurt you. But don't be like a pre-med student where all you care about is grades. Just focus on learning the material, and let the grades be secondary.


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09 Feb 2010, 3:48 am

I didn't actually expect this many responses. General opinion seems to be that if you're interested in college/university and/or graduate school grades are important. In the USA especially, in Australia it's somewhat more relaxed, as in you don't need a degree for quite so many jobs.

Still, it's interesting to hear your opinions. I asked becuase I have been thinking about my priorities this year. All I concentrated on last year was A grades, I didn't know why either. I just did it.

This year I don't care quite so much. Espeically considering that I want to be an Electrician, I wont need University at all.

However, my friend who wishes to be an architect will, I almost feel sorry for him. At least 5 years in University...



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09 Feb 2010, 4:04 am

It depends on what you aim to do in life... in my case my university grades will be rather important as I will need to score highly to be able to get into honours which I need to complete to be eligble to enter my desired profession.


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09 Feb 2010, 11:09 am

If you're interested in scholarships for college, then high school grades matter.

If you're interested in earning a degree at college, then college grades matter.

If you're interested in going to grad school, then college grades REALLY matter.

If you're interested in earning a post-graduate degree, then you need to be getting As in grad school. Grades in grad school tend to work a bit differently, however. An A- is often an indication that your work needs to improve, while a B suggests that you are not completing work in a satisfactory manner. Getting a C or lower probably means your professors don't believe you belong in the graduate program. On the other hand, I've found that it's rare to earn grades below a B in grad school unless you completely implode and fail to do your work.



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09 Feb 2010, 11:38 am

It depends what you want to do. If you want to get a decent job like most people do, then yeah. If you want to be self-employed and/or start a business, then it depends on the exact details of it, but most of today's successful entrepreneurs either had no college education, quit college/university, or got bad grades. Notable examples include Bill Gates (quit to work full time on Microsoft) and Alan Sugar (got bad grades on everything except sport and has dyslexia).



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09 Feb 2010, 11:44 am

Asp-Z, that is not true. There ARE examples of successful entrepreneurs without college degrees, but they are the exception, rather than the rule. That is why we tend to remember them.