I’d like to share a story with you that will show you that you can waste a lot of time thinking that you’re learning something and then actually learn something very quickly. And I’m talking about essay writing. So here’s my little story.
How I Failed a Writing Exam
Let me take you back to year 1997 when I was a college freshman. I had just failed my entrance writing test – it was called a Skills Assessment Test and consisted of math and writing. I passed the math but failed the essay and ended up in an ESL course with a workshop, English being my second language.
This course – I don’t remember what it was called – but it was meant to teach us how to write a basic five-paragraph essay so that we could pass the test and begin the full program. Our professor was a very nice lady who rode a bicycle to work and made us read all kinds of newspaper articles. Then we discussed them in class. We also had a workshop, and I don’t really remember what we did there.
How I Learned Nothing in that College Course
One thing I do remember is that I kept wondering when they would actually teach us how to pass the essay test. The course was drawing to a close, and yet our professor had never taught us how to write that five-paragraph essay.
One Quick Lesson that Made the Difference
And then, on the LAST day of the course, another professor from the English Department showed up during the workshop. She said she was there to teach us how to write that essay and pass the test.
I listened very carefully, took notes. It took her about twenty minutes to teach us how to write the essay. No more than that. And guess what! She gave us a very clear explanation, I got it, and I passed the test that week!
Your Two Takeaways
Takeaway 1. Yes, you can go through an entire course in college or anywhere else for that matter – and learn absolutely nothing. Hey – it happens – this is life, and you should be prepared.
Takeaway 2. You can actually learn something very quickly, if your teacher knows how to teach it. The ENTIRE COURSE had been meant for us to learn how to write a basic essay. We learned zero. And then in twenty minutes we essentially learned the subject of the entire course.
This is why I encourage you to learn from videos on my YouTube channel and here on my website – whether they are long or short. You can have an a-ha moment at any time even while watching a very short video.
I don’t believe in filler and fluff, and sometimes my lessons are super-short, and they are always to the point. But don’t neglect them – they come from many years of teaching essay writing to kids and adults.
And most importantly – don’t give up – even if you’re frustrated and tired – don’t give up. The answer you seek is probably just around the corner.
If you have ever had a similar experience – post it in the comment below!
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