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  • If you're anything like me, chances are you've grown up believing certain supposed

  • truthsif 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 wrongputting 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 justbad 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.

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