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Own Your Education!: A Student’s Guide to Greater Success in School (and Life) by Megan Stone

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4. The Education Pyramid: What Bricks Are You Missing?

Without a firm foundation, your life can feel as though it is crumbling beneath you. In and outside of school, do you have a solid structure to build your life upon?

Jacob always relied on his popularity, athletic abilities, and smart friends to get by in school. Schmoozing with the teachers helped him get retakes or extensions. As a star athlete, Jacob often missed classes for games. Most kids complained about how hard it was to miss class. But Jacob found that it was helpful because teachers would assist or exempt him from assignments. Rarely did he need to pull his weight with group projects or homework because his friends often did the work for him. These strategies took him far. Until ...

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