Studying in a competitive environment is good because it motivates you to even learn more. However, one of the most precarious drawbacks of class competition is that, it can harm the learning process by turning studies into a race to the finish line, where understanding and internalising concepts and knowledge become less important compared to winning. Obviously, a classroom competition of this sort puts your learning at risk. Without the right parameters in place you would be likely to rush to the finish line and turn in sloppy, but get higher grades. This may not motivate you to demonstrate mastery in the competencies necessary for your chosen field of study. A true personalized learning system provides opportunities to maximize the potential of all students based on their needs, abilities, and preferences.
You need to base your learning on the career goals to build key competences and capacities that will help you to survive and thrive in the rapidly changing work and life world rather than shift your attention on the inefficiency, speed, and the outcome relative to other classmates’ classroom performance.
Try to focus on your personal academic goals and individualised progress to do your personal best, rather than entirely competing against peers. Your main focus should be to engagement in making sense of the elements of the learning process and the attempt to interpret and make a quality comprehension of the study content. Competition can be negative when it leads to unbalanced learning. So pick courage and have a balanced approach to preparing and executing academic challenges, without looking at your friends’ learning disabilities. Learn to build lifelong learning capacity and skills well beyond what standardized tests and classroom competition can hope to measure.
Besides, your classmates are endowed with a huge portfolio of social and academic opportunities that will help you discover new talents and strengths to open out new horizons for you and thrive in life. It’s fun to learn from friends to even enhances self approval. So, don’t undermine their abilities but rather, develop specific intensive group discussions and trainings so that you create a fully motivated learning environment through which learning will be more fun. The road to success is always under construction through team work, discussions and companionship.
Switching school now will horrifically damage your academic achievement simply because you’ll have to undergo the negative emotional experiences in trying to adjust to the new school environment plus the danger associated with new students bullying plus the imbalanced different school curriculums. This can terribly damage your level of concentration in the new school yet your current classmates have the potential to influence you positively, build your confidence and can make your future really shine.
Don’t lose interest in studies but rather, re-orient your ambitions and take advantage of your down time to open your mind to new knowledge and experiences through doing constant revision, taking notes in class and focus your attention on the final outcome and not the academic journey. Train yourself to develop organizational habits that will teach you to be a self-managing and organized student both of which have great contribution to your academic performance.