What's the best study tip anyone's ever given you?

During the initial months of my higher secondary years, I had a terrible time with chemistry. For the love of me, I could not understand organic chemistry conversions, mole concept, acid base reactions, and a lot of other chemistry shit.

Reimer Tiemann reaction? Whaaaaa...t?

How do I convert methanol to pentanoic acid? Penta what, now?

How do I make a 0.2N copper sulfate solution? Well, you'll probably need a little bit of fuck you dissolved in a litre of piss off.

Yeah, I sucked balls!

My class tests were a nightmare, to say the least. 2/25, 6/30, 4/25.. These used to be how my scores looked like. I suppose the reason I scored even those was that our teacher was too nice and too embarrassed to give a 0.

And then one day, Grandma came to visit on a Parent - Teacher day and met my chemistry teacher.

My grandma was supposed to sit through a 15 minute session in which she had to sign all my class tests in front of all my teachers. Among them, was my dreaded chemistry teacher.

The moment she took her seat in front of my chemistry teacher, I stiffened up behind her and held my breath. I turned on my panic mode and the blood drained from my face. I felt waves of hot blood gushing through my body, trying to replenish my face in vain.

My teacher looked up at me, sensed my deplorable condition, and smiled. Just as my grandma was about to open my first class test, my teacher slammed her hand down on it and shut it back.

She looked at my Granny and said: Well, Ma'am, Neil hasn't done too well and I don't think it's his fault.

Grandma looked up at me, Neil...?? Is this true?

I stared blankly at her.

My teacher looked at me and continued, it's okay for now, Neil. Your Grandma doesn't need to sign your scores this time, but I WILL make her sign the next time, if you know what I mean.

I nodded sheepishly.

My granny looked pleadingly at my teacher, he's actually mentioned this to me several times that he doesn't get chemistry and that he hates it and just can't seem to understand anything.

My teacher smiled again and gave me a piece of advice I now use on my students. Look, Neil, you can never learn a subject if hate is all you have towards it. Learn the subject for the love of it. Find something somewhere that you find interesting and then expand your interests from there. Take tiny baby steps if you must, and one day, you'll realize how beautiful the subject is and then everything's going to come to you like that.. and she snapped her fingers.

Mrs. Swati Sarmah was one of the greatest teachers I've ever had. Being her student is an honour I'll forever cherish.


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