10 Things That Matter More Than Grades

In our modern world, education and grades take a top priority in the lives of many students. However, it’s important to remember these 10 things that matter more than grades.


10 Things That Matter More Than Grades

1. The ability to learn

Today’s definition of education revolves around studying for tests. These tests teach that the only thing that matters with intelligence and learning is memorizing for a test. When they’re over, most students simply forget everything they learn. The ability to truly learn, not just study or memorize, is priceless.

2. Responsibility

Responsibility is something lacking in our culture. Diligence and responsibility can’t be measured by a grade!

3. Compassion

Compassion and kindness can take a person far in life, and the rewards are far greater and long-lasting than an “A” on a report card.

4. Integrity

Integrity matters more than grades, and is something that cannot be measured by a test! Integrity is the foundation of character, and people with good integrity will do the right thing, even when it’s difficult or unpopular.

5. Wisdom

Wisdom and discernment are more important than intelligence, and both can’t be measured by a test.

Proverbs 1:7 NIV: The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

6. Real life experience

Real life experience has been invaluable in my life, and is among one of the top reasons I love homeschooling so much! Real life experience offers the job experience many employers are looking for, and some subjects, like entrepreneurship, just can’t be taught fully in a classroom.

7. Time management

With running a business and having a full time college course load, time management is crucial. Effective time management allows for more time to spend on the things that matter, and can help you feel more organized.

8. Ambition & goals

It’s important for young people to think big, and truly make the most out of their lives and youth. Goals, ambition, and passion can take a kid far in life, regardless of their academic standing.

9. Resilience

Life can be rough sometimes, and bad things are inevitable. It’s important to keep a resilient spirit that’s willing to spring back up in the midst of life’s hardest moments. Resilience can also grow courage and problem solving skills!

10. The love of learning

Learning is infinite, and is a lifelong process. The more you learn and explore, the more you realize how little you know in life.


11. Public speaking and interview skills

In today’s highly competitive world, solid written and oral skills are a must. Despite speech and writing classes, the quality, persuasion and passion when speaking simply cannot be conveyed in a grade.

12. Enthusiasm

A person can have the best grades with the worst attitude! Enthusiasm is much more important than grades, and can’t be bought or taught!

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Samantha is an entrepreneur and a former homeschool student from Indiana, USA. When not blogging, Samantha can be found reading about WWII, trying to speak Hebrew, and wasting time on Pinterest. Her work can be found on Free Homeschool Deals, Unigo, True Aim Education, Encouraging Moms at Home, and more.


  1. Samantha, I’m a 65 year old man that can not stop continuing to learn, and expand my knowledge and wisdom. I am still hoping to have a family. You are such an insightful person at an early age, and have a tremendously great potential in life. I came across one of your posts on Pinterest and followed to your site. I sincerely wish to thank you for your wonderful effort and wish you great success in life. You are truly a treasure of a person. ~ John


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