Make Incremental Progress

This post is all about improving little by little each day. Be a better version of yourself every single day. This will enable you to complete daily tasks in a timely manner and it will give you a sense of accomplishment because by making incremental progress, you will be one step closer to wherever you want to be.

You’re probably asking, how does this relate to education? This relates heavily with education because when you go school, you would want to know more about a certain subject or topic the more you learn it. So ideally, you would want to know a bit more about the topic today than you did yesterday. This may seem like common sense but you have no idea how many students fail because they’re caught lacking or not being immaculate when it comes to this side of learning.

When you learn a specific topic, don’t just write notes down and put that notepad at the bottom of your bag never to be looked at again. You will not be making incremental progress by doing this. When you learn a topic, put that topic into action by doing some questions. Ask teachers for topic questions as these are one of the most efficient ways of grasping whether or not you know the topic and can apply that topic in your exams.

Another way in which making incremental progress comes hand in hand with education is through your grades. Now, I remember when I started my A-Levels, everyone was comparing me to another student who was bragging about how good he was at Mathematics. He was very competitive whereas I would just try my best on every mock test. In the first topic test we ever had for A-Levels Mathematics, I got 71% and he got 85%. So I got a B and he got an A. So my thought process after this was “Okay, what can I do to ensure that I get at least an A for my next exam?” I had wanted an A because I wanted to make incremental progress and I wanted to set a realistic target.

So for the next exam, I achieved an A and he achieved a C. Everyone seemed to be surprised at this outcome, but I wasn’t. I knew that I was making progress because every day, I would put in the work to achieve that next grade up. I would attempt harder questions but not too hard so that it demotivated me. His outlook on these exams were that he wanted to achieve an A* on every exam. This outlook is very good but he wasn’t putting in the work to back up what he was saying. He was reaching for too much too soon. In the end, he failed twice for his main exams and I managed to achieve an A for my Mathematics A-Level.

Now, you see, we were both intelligent in terms of knowledge. However, where we differed was our mindset and our approach to the exams. He went down the route of shooting for the stars and hope for the best whereas I went down the route of making progress, no matter how little.

If you take a look at the bar chart, that’s an example of incremental progress. So if the months are the school months and the numbers are percentages in a particular test, that progression would be incremental. If this was a real student, he/she would have turned from a D grade student to an A* grade student in one school year just by improving little by little on every exam they did. As long as you put in the work, there is no doubt in my mind that everyone can improve and achieve those higher grades by making improvements to your revision and to your mindset.

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