Pinkerton graduate, author returns to give academic advice to students
Instead, it can be as simple as overcoming false perceptions about what it takes to succeed — and just practicing, according to Katie O’Brien, co-author of the “Straight A Conspiracy.”
Through running a tutoring company, O’Brien said she and Maats discovered that almost all of the students they tutored seemed to believe they weren’t good in certain subjects because they weren’t born with a particular ability. Some said they just didn’t get the “math gene,” or didn’t “have an ear for language,” she said.
There are a number of genes that can cause certain conditions that can diminish learning, but not a single one that is responsible for making people smarter or better at a particular subject, according to the research.
However, there is plenty of evidence to show that people, through practice and hard work, can learn to become proficient at something, O’Brien said.
So if someone can play video games, ride a bike or read a book, they have all of the ability necessary to master astrophysics or learn Chinese, O’Brien said.
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