When you get to the case, you immediately realize an intense desire to eat, sleep, drink, smoke, visit your social page or urgently run to the WC. You know what I’m talking about, don’t you? The problem is that most probably this habit will cause significant problems with the future career. What’s the deal?
Think of it: being a highbrow is at the cutting edge now. Do not confuse highbrow with the nerd.
A highbrow is that kind of an intellectual who is not possessed by education only. It’s a person who does everything ahead to save more time for leisure later. He studies a bit everyday (at least an hour or a half).
This approach seems rational enough, so it becomes more and more spread. We can notice its influences even in clothing and accessories style. Thick-framed glasses, velvet pants, plaid jackets, cardigans, bow tie and suspenders – all of these elements are at the top of the fashion pyramid.
Is there a way to differ an ordinary asshole from true highbrow? Just before your midterm or final, pay attention to the behavior of your classmates. Those who act in a calm manner, know every possible topic and are eager to help others, are considered highbrows. Those bug-eyed guys tearing around in panic and looking for at least one good exam sample or paper template are 100% nerds. All they count for is receiving a high exam grade to survive a course. But it is impossible to learn anything without working the whole semester. After all, the overall score per course consists of several elements such as essays, research paper, project (or case study) and two exams. It’s up to you to decide which group you would like to join and how to be called.
Every day students have to force their memory, imagination, and logic to digest large amounts of information to create own intellectual products. At the same time, analyzing other people thoughts and discoveries is a must. That’s how a full-fledged educational process looks. And there is no way to skip a day. It’s a myth that you can quickly catch up after missing a couple of days. Poor kids are required to prepare enormous amount of lab reports, projects, case studies, essays, presentations, and the will to “postpone them until tomorrow" usually wins.
If you need something to do, but you feel an internal resistance or discomfort, the first thing you have to do is to get rid of the fears inside. You don’t have to inflate the significance of the task that much. Frankly speaking, your life is not under the threat.
You see, when people work with the information that significance is inflated, they experience fears that seek to protect them from doing that. The primary concern is the disability to accomplish the task in a way you are expected by your teacher. The same happens in the “student-teacher” relations: students often get scared of their instructors. They start evaluating them as some kind of monsters for no reason. You have to understand that there is nothing to be afraid of they all are people who used to be students just like you. You can always consult them. After all, it’s their obligation to share knowledge with their students.
Before launching a serious project, you can try to do a senseless one. Psychologists recommend this exercise to reduce the significance of crucial assignments. Thus, you remove your fears. Devote half an hour from your busy schedule to the project you consider the silliest one in the entire world. Turn all the electronic devices off (just like you do on the plain), and start practicing.
Your goal is to complete a project somehow related to your topic so that the vector direction of your thoughts stays toward the initial project you have to submit. I.e., your subject is describing Napoleon battles and constructing a detailed layout for one of them. In your funny project, develop a layout on how could Napoleon spend his leisure time or dress. If you get inspired by watching related movies, pay attention to “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure” starring Keanu Reeves. The way these guys presented their history assignment is simply irresistible. You can and you must make mistakes, obscene lexicon, dirty jokes, BUT only in terms it has something to do with your primary academic task.
What's the point of this exercise? Because you find no purpose to do the assignment, you have to remove the block from your intelligent activity. This practice will remove 90% of your blocks/fears. Plus, 30 minutes even of the most freaky activity can fire up your brain!
After all, I have to admit that turning into a high school or college achiever/highbrow is possible only if you cope with the laziness, complexes and fears once and forever.