“Perfection does not exist; to understand it is the triumph of human intelligence; to expect to possess it is the most dangerous kind of madness” said Alfred de Musset a French poet and novelist.
When results are in expectation and quantity with quality matters; striving for perfection could lead us to trouble. There is always room for improvement for the tasks we perform and achieving satisfaction is always difficult. In such circumstances we should know when and where to stop on a particular task, especially when we are studying at undergraduate level or at high school.
As J.Yahl infamously said, “Perfection is our goal, excellence will be tolerated.” Once you reach a particular level of excellence it is beneficial to move on to a new task. It saves time and brings positive results. And I believe your performance would not be only tolerated but also applauded.
On practicing a particular task for the first time we gain lot of experience and there is a huge scope for improvement. The room for improvement reduces drastically as we gain enough practice. After a particular period there would be saturation and improvement would be hard to notice. Investing any more time on polishing the skills on that particular task is waste of time. The returns from the time, energy and effort invested would be very low to please ourselves. This is the moment where you can move on from one topic or subject to the another.
My professor once said,” Don’t fall in love with the subject or the question asked in the examination. Both will consume time and confer poor results.” Well I went to prove it wrong and after many similar cases I realized by the time I reached the pre final year of the under graduation that my professor was right. You can love a subject when you are pursuing research or when you have applied for a doctorate degree; you have plenty of time then. Giving all the justice to the subject you love.
The most successful students at high school or at university level are those who give equal time to all tasks. The alternative can also be to work hard on the difficult subjects and have sufficient fineness at easier subjects. Easy is a relative word as few may find History easier than Mathematics or vice versa (excluding those who find all the subjects easier).
Take care of following things while you practice for your boards:
- Make sure you draw neat and clean labeled diagrams. (While you practice make sure you work over your errors and while you draw in exams do not waste lot of time on making it beautiful. You will have less time writing the theory.)
- Practice Mathematics every day. But make sure you pay proper attention to other subjects.
- Work on Essays and Letters they do consume time during exams if you are not prepared for the same in advance.
- Lock all the loop holes that you find during revisions. Well if practice does not make you perfect it will bestow much needed accuracy in your work.
Note: We are not encouraging you to make errors but stop wasting time when you have gained sufficient excellence.