Is Scoring More Important than Learning? What comes first?
Scoring high marks in exams are the factor no one denies the importance of. For a bright future one needs to get into a good college and then a reputed university, base for both is ‘good marks’. Going further, globally known and sought-after professions like medicine, engineering, accountancy, etc. also require high scores. Candidates for all such professions need to have a solid history of good grades throughout their high school especially.
Different approaches towards scoring higher
When we try to dig deep into finding the main driving force behind top scorers, we are encountered with quite varied factors. Students try to score highest possible marks in exams to gain acceptance from family and peers, and appreciation from academic staff too.
At some times, high grades are generated because of the strong knowledge base, at others; grades are just the outcome of extra hard work done in the direction of achieving an attractive cumulative grade only. The former method has no issues as it appears just natural; enough appropriate knowledge translated into good grades. The later, however, is hard to digest as a reasonable thinking where the student is either
- doing too much practice of the lessons he is not actually very good at
- memorizing curriculum, other than that of his aptitude, hard enough just to be able to score high
- attaining top score because his family likes to boast about their child’s brilliance and high grades; or
- trying to beat the record score of some or one of the relatives.
Now the inconsistency in approach towards scoring high makes it a weak case already. We are aware that a lot of students attempt to score high by hook or by crook just to enter the field of their choice, or more commonly, the field with maximum social acceptance or the one that offers the highest return once taken up as occupation.
Seeking grades – a short lived approach
From the above description, it won’t be wrong to say that going after high grades sometimes proves to be a short-lived approach. If the intention of the scorer is to gain maximum knowledge through this practice, then there is absolutely no objection; but if the intention is devoid of any such element then there might be something unacceptable with this way of proceeding in academics.
Good marks let you get into the profession or institute of your choice, but again, that is a matter of a few years only. Once your degree is complete, you are out of university and into the practical field. In the field, what helps the most is knowledge – all that you’ve learned over the years.
Seeking knowledge – a lifelong impact
Contrary to only scoring marks, ‘marks accompanied with learning’ is a winning combination. The importance of knowledge and learning can be well understood by looking at the professions such as farming, baking, cottage industry, to name a few, where people work and earn on the basis of a skill they’ve acquired.
Not all the people in such professions are formally educated but still, they’re able to make a living relying on their knowledge base of a certain skill set. The point is not to advocate not attending school, but to highlight the importance of learning.
A long lasting impression
If you have been a bright student throughout your academic career, nothing like that! But if you are an average-scoring student on the whole, yet understand accounting better than anyone in the class, you are more likely to excel in that field once out from college. Such students often end up as becoming entrepreneurs as they are proceeding on the basis of what they’ve mastered.
Is scoring more important than learning?
Honestly speaking, no Learning comes first. Ideally speaking; both are important. Your grade is usually the manifestation of your learning, not necessarily though. At time students just fail to perform well in exam due to many reasons. Generally, not always, high scorers are the ones who tend to absorb all that is taught in the class. A few cases show that top scorers are just smarter than many students and they know better ways to give an exam.
Since we took this topic up to study it as a comparison between ‘knowledge’ and ‘marks’, we are supposing that scoring marks are based on the approach of ‘merely’ achieving high grades and not necessarily paired with learning. It’s only because of this presumption that the article might look biased and seem to be against marks; however, it’s not exactly the case. We still stick to our stance that a good score resulting from sound knowledge should be our benchmark.
Author Bio:This article has been written by James Mike, a motivational speaker and a researcher in the field of academics also work for a freelancer project online assignment help UK as a writing head.