From an early age, people tend to sort out who's smart and who's not. And not everyone can be the smartest person in the room. There are the people who are really good at science and the ones who are really good at sports, but not everyone is good at everything. Some people are really good at one thing and absolutely suck at another.
Everyone has their kryptonite. Mine, of course, is math and (sometimes) science.
If you're like me, you're semi-okay at a lot of things. There's not really a place where you totally flourish. At least, not yet. But eventually, you'll find something that you're good at when it comes to school. (Even if it's something as little as how pretty your notes are.)
I'm that kid who has my moments of good and bad.
For the most part, I do pretty well, but I'm never the smartest. I'm that kid who studies all day and all night, does the homework and study guides, and still gets a B on the test. Meanwhile, the kid next to me falls asleep, drools on the test, and manages to get an A. Some of these people are my friends, and I'm going to be honest, I can't stand how they can do that. I know they can't help it, but still, it would be great to just fall asleep in a textbook and wake up knowing all of its contents.
If you are one of these people, you are extremely blessed. But go easy on your friends who have to work a little harder for good grades... (Maybe even try and help them out a little).
Everyone has their secret talents; yours, like me, might not be retaining lots of information very fast.
I used to struggle so hard with studying. Everyone around me would just read over their notes or study flashcards, but that never worked for me. It wasn't until my Biology class in high school when I learned how to study to actually retain information. My teacher taught me to rewrite my notes over and over again. Sometimes I would just write over the preexisting words, but it worked for me. Either way, my grades went up and I was a happy camper.
If you're like me and struggling with your grades, I suggest learning different ways to study. Some people learn best by just reading the book or flashcards, but people like me have to rewrite their notes 20 times just to get it in their heads.
Different ways to study can be games, using Quizlet.com, flashcards, rewriting notes, studying past tests, paraphrasing notes or parts of the textbook, looking at classmate's notes and comparing them to yours, and just reading out loud.
I hope the story of my struggle helped you with yours. Don't worry if it takes you a while to get in your groove. You'll get there!