Education is Not a Competition

When you’re studying hard for your exams and assignments, it can be hard not to wonder how your friends and other students are doing. You might feel pressure to perform the best and get the highest marks.

But, as Chief Executive of SACE Professor Martin Westwell has written in his blog, it’s important to remember that education isn’t a competition. And ironically, fighting your fellow students for the top spot can actually become counter-productive.

Research has been done from around the world that shows that the less students compare their performance to others, the higher their confidence levels.

Remember, once you leave school and go out into the world, it’s not just about knowledge – being flexible, adaptable and eager to learn are much more important skills that you can carry with you throughout your whole life.

There are countless stories that show you don’t have to be the best to be successful and happy – Steve Jobs famously founded Apple in his garage as a college dropout.

So focus on yourself, set some achievable goals, and remember that being a successful student (and in life) isn’t about being better than others – it’s about being the best you can be.

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