Smart people who did badly in college - how did you regain your footing and develop your work ethic and study skills?
Asking for a friend who's going through a tough time right now in his post undergraduate studies.
He's smart (tells me he was tested and has an IQ of 140), coasted through high school, and went to an ivy league university based on his GPA, SAT scores, and extracurriculars. He graduated with a 2.5 gpa after getting overwhelmed his first year, and getting As and B his last few semesters of college. Now he's doing non-degree seeking coursework to boost his GPA for dental or medical school and doing better getting an A average so far, but still falling into his old study habits. He says his tendency to procrastinate is linked to his ADD (he's super creative, always imagining possibilities and inventing stuff), so he'll "study" for a test for weeks and realize he didn't actually put that many hours of focused effort in, so he'll freak out and have a study marathon a couple of days before the test. He hates that panicky feeling and know that he won't store information for the long term that way, and wants to know what kind of plan he can use to get his act together. He's tried sticking to a strict schedule and using a planner, but he'll end up taking too long to do a task and abandoning the schedule. He has a lot of trouble with organization, too - the second he cleans his car/room/etc it's messy again, which makes things difficult. He wants to work hard and use his gifts to better the world around him, so it kills him to squander his talents by not putting in the hours of work necessary.
He also said that he gets caught up in "feelings" - he can't concentrate when there's an interpersonal issue going on in his life. He tends to put people first in his mind, and wants to know how to stop fixating on his emotions.
If you have a high IQ and had a ton of trouble with the "perspiration" part of what Thomas Edison said
, please share your story of how you turned that around.