Efesa wrote: ↑
September 25th, 2020, 8:05 am
All of our best people graduated last year, but some extra studying might make my team medal in the harder events (e.g. fossils)
Efesa wrote: ↑
September 25th, 2020, 11:29 am
Changed definition of extra studying to: "Studying even though you know you are ready for the competition"
I don't think you should refer to it as "extra studying" since it truly isn't extra.
I think I know what middle school you are currently attending, and I attended the same one. Knowing what middle school you are presumably from, I can tell you that there is so much more to study. The state champion middle schools like Jeffrey Trail and Kraemer study their butts off in order to get those high rankings. It may seem really easy from an outsider perspective, but I assure you it is not. It is super hard to medal at an invitational where multiple powerhouses will be presents, let alone 80 team.
The thing about using the term "extra studying" is that it implies that you are basically done with studying, but you have to remember you are not. In Science Olympiad, there is so much to study and so much to learn, and that learning shouldn't be capped just because you think you are ready. You can be confident, but you shouldn't be stopping your studying the week before a competition just because you feel ready. As an alumni, I want you guys to do your best and reach higher, but limiting the number of hours you study will not help you guys reach a higher place.
You may have been able to place in the competitions you've attended, and that's awesome, but I suggest that you change your mindset on having to do"extra studying." You should really be studying as much as possible, to the best of your abilities, as there is nothing extra about learning new things.