Myth: Students do better doing in-person schooling because they are with their peers. Fact: Peer factors impact in all areas of life. If there are negative peer interactions or over-drama, students are negatively impacted with the constant interactions. If there are positive interactions, the opposite. Once a school setting becomes negative, it is hard to overcome and social-emotional issues increase.
Myth: There are certain ages or grades where students should have certain courses. Fact: Students develop at different levels and truly some students will not be ready for algebra until they are juniors, and some 7th graders can do it well.
Myth: You should have a designated area for studying. Reality: A change of scenery stimulates the mind.
Myth: Surfing the Web for cute kitties is bad for your grades. Reality: Cuteness can help you concentrate (up to a point).
Myth: Studying should be done in silence. Reality: Reading out loud can jumpstart your memory. Talking about what you are learning is golden.
Myth: The more you multitask, the better you get at it. Reality: People who are chronic media multitaskers actually have lower levels of concentration than those who aren’t.
Myth: For best results when studying, read the material over and over again until you know it cold. Reality: Testing yourself is more effective than reading and re-reading.
Myth: You have to be a perfectionist to be a top student. Reality: Perfectionism can hold you back from academic success.