There are math courses I have taught for the past few years that I am currently teaching. I still find proper preparation is very important for success. I review my notes and solve problems every week when preparing for class. Some people just hope or wish for success, without pushing themselves to make the effort required. I also find that it is easy to become complacent and say things like, “I have taught this lesson before, so I don’t really need to prepare for it this time”. Never try to get away with less than your best since you can’t fool yourself. Ultimately you gain from each experience in direct proportion to the effort you put into it.
At my school, we are required to pass tests based on the math courses we are teaching. I reminded myself that I needed to prepare for the tests and reviewed all the topics to be sure I was ready. Again, it would have been easy to skip this preparation, but I know it is important to keep pushing myself always so that I improve. Most of your thinking should be finished before the test, so you can write with confidence. Never expect that you will figure it out during the test, and always learn from the times you struggle, asking how you could have better prepared yourself.
I have found that students often struggle with remembering facts and formulas for tests. I believe the truth is that anyone can remember things if they are willing to take action to do it. As mentioned, put action first and you will see that you can do it, so no time is wasted on worrying. Getting things done will increase your belief in yourself and desire to do more things.
Muhammed Ali said, “I hated every minute of training, but I said, don’t quit, suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.” This could mean; working on your health and fitness every week, getting proper amounts to sleep, reviewing notes from last week or last year’s classes, exercising your mind in the summer to keep it sharp, or studying properly for every test. Ask yourself each time you get an assignment or test back, what you can learn from it for the future. In this way, you begin preparing for the next time, immediately.
Another quote that I picked up from Robin Sharma, is referred to as the Spartan Warriors Creed and says, “He who sweats more in training, bleeds less in war”. Having the discipline to push yourself always to do your best every day will mean that you live a life free from excuses and regrets. Change is very difficult for people, which is why most people just stay in their comfort zones.
So, what can you do to prepare better for your next challenge? How have you learned from the past to improve your preparation in future? Thanks for reading!