Focus on the Fundamentals: The NFC and AFC champions do a few basic things very well. Their defenses tackle. Their linemen protect and their quarterbacks read defenses. Before he retired, former Bucs coach Tony Dungy had winning seasons almost every year he coached in the NFL. I still remember how much he talked about playing fundamentally sound football at his post game press conferences.
His secret for excellence was doing the basics better than anyone else.
In academics, the most fundamental skills are reading with high comprehension, evaluating evidence and sources, and constructing sound arguments.
These skills are built gradually by putting in the time, by looking up unfamiliar words, by being willing to write a second a third draft of papers. Top students separate themselves from their peers because they have a stronger mastery of the academic fundamentals.
Put in the Time Required: The athletes in the NFL are an elite group. The NFL has 32 teams, each composed of 53 men. These 1700 athletes are drawn from a country with 150 million men.
Most NFL players are not so naturally gifted that they can compete on game day without having an outstanding work ethic.
Few top students can achieve academic success without working hard.
They don’t skip reading difficult parts of a text. They have the dedication to seek out answers and outside sources when they need them.
Set High Standards: One announcer said the Steelers measure success in terms of Lombardi trophies. They are now the only team with six.
They set lofty standards and expect to meet them.
Average students don’t have any goal beyond doing as well as they can in a class. Excellent students know exactly what they will achieve from day one.
Get Expert Coaching: Even the best athletes in the world have coaches. Tiger Woods, easily the world’s top golfer, spends hours with his swing coach. Even AP and IB students can benefit from one-on-one private tutoring.
Just as coaches can help a pro athlete perform better on the field, good private tutors can help a good student become even better in the classroom. To find an English, history, or American Government tutor in New Tampa or Wesley Chapel, FL, call Eric Anderson at 813.787.8959, the Tampa English Tutor.
Posted by Tampa English Tutor at 2/2/2009 4:38 AM