Greetings, I am a twelve year old currently attending an academically selective school, intrigued by theoretical astrophysics and working on laying the ground for my mathematical intuition (which I am lacking greatly). At the succession of each science unit, we must undertake an assessment of 25 questions. Unfortunately, I have a tendency to score atrociously in such tests, and I'm flummoxed as to why this is the case. The questions are basic (relating to dichotomous key reading and taxonomic classification), but I regularly tend to make careless errors, which arguably partially accounts for it. How can I avoid making such careless errors, and what is a topic/strand of science that I ought to work relentlessly on so as to enhance my knowledge? I'm dubious as to whether six months of mastery of integral calculus, conceptual basics of QM, appreciation for the theoretical physics community and effort to become better at mathematical thinking had any fruit to it. My classmates generally remark that I am an intellectual, but I beg to differ. How could I be classified as intelligent - having any ability to acquire knowledge - when I have invested the majority of my time into pseudorandom, SEEMINGLY FRUITLESS topics? I aspire to become a theoretical physicist; howbeit, I wish to steer clear from the hope of embarking on an intellectual journey of any sort, because I simply do not have the intellect. Please assist me, sagacious autodidacts. I'm currently facing a major dilemma, in which I am skeptical as to what I shall do next - what I ought to learn next. (For all those who were wondering, my mark for the biology quiz was a pathetic 76 percent).