Originally Posted by sandy
I find it to be very difficult to be a normal student. My mind often jumps here and there. I end up getting distracted and addicted quite easily to distrctions. Is it a common sorrow for all INTP or only me.
I scored a B grade in all my exams this time, although I am usually the topper. And nowadays working hard seems to be a distinct dream.
Inspite of all the bad remarks I am getting i feel calm and composed? Is it normal or abnormal??
Can anyone please help me through this problem?
In preparing for my high school exams I was on my lifetime top of mental abilities. No classes in those months and I studied 6 hours a day, in blocks of 1,5 hours. The first would be followed by lunch. The second by physical exercise. The third by supper. The 4th by watching snooker on tv. I had bought great summaries with enough tests to practice on.
We've always had this policy at home, created by my dad, for me and my brother, to videotape all that we wanted to see on tv and watch it on friday or saturday. Worked for us. Now it's even harder with emails, social media...perhaps there is a simple way to block or limit your internet access on those days where you need to study.
So what helped me was structure, efficiency and calmness. Distractions were planned between the hard work, which was not so hard because I had a pretty clear mind and almost everything was repeating stuff I had already learned once. Not that I would remember everything it's always been temporal.
The mind jumping all sorts of places, I know what it's like. A really, really calm environment helps because you're thinking all the time and now, at least there's less stuff to analyze. Mindfulness training really helps if you do it daily and seriously.
Don't be harsh on yourself if your mind wanders off, won't be the last time in your INTP life...;-). It's only human and mindfulness teaches to let those thoughts be but also distance yourself from them and see them for what they are (temporal, fleeting).
Don't forget physical exercise. It is good for the brain (better blood and oxygen flow). Tai chi can also make you more focused.
You are being labeled an underachiever, as I was. It kind of depends how much you're into a certain topic or class. I remember wanting to work harder for math.
Being an economical, calculating student means you study efficiently in the sense that you only do the barely necessary because (in my country) nobody really cares about the grades you got, not the universities and not the. I know this is different probably in the US? But it's not "wrong" unless it gets you into trouble. I want to post a more universal question about the INTP "ambition" because I am a slacker type.