Brain Tip of the Week: Follow GPA

If you’ve ever been a student, you know that GPA stands for Grade Point Average. It’s a measure of success that strikes terror into the hearts of teenagers around the world – but what if GPA wasn’t a measure of success but a formula for how to get there?

It is in my Brain Tip of the Week, which is to follow GPA.

But my GPA has nothing to do with grades.

G stands for goals – as in, set them. Our brains are very outcome-oriented, but you can’t hit a target you can’t see. By creating a goal for what you want to learn, you get a better idea of the path you need to follow to reach it.

P is for purpose – as in, find it. While I’d love it if you were learning for the sake of learning, chances are, that’s probably not the case. Explicitly stating your purpose or motivation for learning will help you remember why you need to keep going when you start to struggle. Your purpose can be simple or deep. A simple purpose is, I want to remember these notes so I can do well on my presentation tomorrow. A deeper purpose is, I want to remember these notes so I can do well on my presentation tomorrow so that I can continue doing a good job at work which lets me provide for my family.

Finally, A is the most important step of all – action. While setting your goals and purpose is important, you can only achieve them if you act and do the work to get there.

This week, look at everything you want to learn. How can you use GPA to be more successful?

Want to boost your brain even more? Get more brainpower and memory tips HERE!

Written by Jim Kwik

Photo Credit: Jim Larrison via Compfight cc

If you’ve ever been a student, you know that GPA stands for Grade Point Average. It’s a measure of success that strikes terror into the hearts of teenagers around the world – but what if GPA wasn’t a measure of success but a formula for how to get there?

It is in my Brain Tip of the Week, which is to follow GPA.

But my GPA has nothing to do with grades.

G stands for goals – as in, set them. Our brains are very outcome-oriented, but you can’t hit a target you can’t see. By creating a goal for what you want to learn, you get a better idea of the path you need to follow to reach it.

P is for purpose – as in, find it. While I’d love it if you were learning for the sake of learning, chances are, that’s probably not the case. Explicitly stating your purpose or motivation for learning will help you remember why you need to keep going when you start to struggle. Your purpose can be simple or deep. A simple purpose is, I want to remember these notes so I can do well on my presentation tomorrow. A deeper purpose is, I want to remember these notes so I can do well on my presentation tomorrow so that I can continue doing a good job at work which lets me provide for my family.

Finally, A is the most important step of all – action. While setting your goals and purpose is important, you can only achieve them if you act and do the work to get there.

This week, look at everything you want to learn. How can you use GPA to be more successful?

Want to boost your brain even more? Get more brainpower and memory tips HERE!

Written by Jim Kwik

Photo Credit: Jim Larrison via Compfight cc

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