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Grades vs. a “Well-Rounded Education” with Tom Miller (Ep. 84)

November 16, 201542 min
In this episode, I chat with my friend Tom Miller about grades.
It's a frequent topic of debate: Should you go to college and focus on just crushing your grades?
Or should you eschew perfect grades and instead focus on becoming a "well-rounded, educated person"?
Tom majored in both Mechanical Engineering and Philosophy, so he's got a unique perspective on these questions - half of his studies focused on concrete, technical subjects that lead to defined job roles, while the other half were more general.
This episode follows up on thoughts from Ransom's recent post on this topic, as well as a post Tom wrote on his own site a while back. Both are linked down below.
Things mentioned in this episode:
WTF Professor
Getting Grades vs. Learning: The Great Debate (Tom's post)
Go to College to Get an Education, Not Just a Degree (Ransom's post)
Automate Your Learning and Build a Bulletproof Study System: The Consolidation Method
The Engineering School Survival Guide: 4 Frameworks To Dominate Your Degree
Signaling Model of Education
My interview with med student Ryan Nguyen
My interview with Cal Newport
The First 20 Hours by Josh Kaufman
Want more cool stuff? You can find all sorts of great tools at my Resources page.
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