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What can be done to get the most out of one's schooling? What would you change about your education experience?

From other people's opinions and my experiences in the American Midwest, it seems most schools focus on their students' test performance and few classes prioritize true, authentic learning. I was disappointed when the classes I took during my first year of college -- or perhaps the aspirations of all but a fraction of my classmates -- were a continuation of this mindset.

I think I'm missing something and would love to hear your thoughts. What can students do to get the most out of their education? What do you wish you had done differently, if anything? Is this something I have to discover on my own? Thanks in advance for your insight.

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    Aug 29 2011: There is little I can do as a student. In most schools a student can’t take charge of his learning experience. You don’t choose what courses you take, what textbook you are using, when to study, when to take exams, what assignments to do, when to do it ,to what depth you are going to study. But I would have been very happen if I had learned in a Result only learning environment (ROLE)

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