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Loving a subject I knew the least.

  1. Aug 11, 2013 #1
    I noticed I got marks of 70 or 80% on subjects I found the least interesting and on my favorite one I tanked. Is that normal? '

    How should I tackle it? Just study hard?

    I hope there isn't a psychological knot of the type "you like it so much that you pretend you know it" because I'd like it losened.
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  3. Aug 11, 2013 #2


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    I suppose this is a little like going to Paris, if you really like Paris you're likely to see less of it on your trip, preferring to go to bistros and things like that. Perhaps the same happens here: liking the subject means focusing on a small part of it.
  4. Aug 11, 2013 #3


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    There are all sorts of possible reasons for poor performance in a class. Just because there is a negative correlation between the degree to which you enjoy a subject and your final performance, this does not imply a causation.

    What a question like this boils down to is that you have really take some time to look at your studying approach. Look at the marking schemes for your classes. Where are you losing most of the marks? What studying techniques are you using? Can you improve them?
  5. Aug 12, 2013 #4
    Hahaha this is a great analogy.

    But seriously it can be spot on. Sometimes in your 'favorite" subjects you will spend too much time on the limited sub-topics you find most attractive. I don't think that this alone will account for "tanking" the class. Maybe the class you preferred just required more effort and was overall a more difficult class. Do as Choppy says, pinpoint where you are losing your marks. Without knowing you, the class, and your study habbits, no one here can pinpoint exactly what you are doing wrong, but there is always room for improvement.
  6. Aug 12, 2013 #5
    happened to me last semester, my favourite subject is the one I know and have practiced over and over in, which means towards the end of the semester when exam prep starts, I get pretty tired of looking at the same problem and neglect studying it, because I felt confident with them at some point, and overlooked some details where i became rusty.
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