Going to class.
Copying down all the notes.
Doing all the homework and problem sets.
But for whatever reason you hit a wall, and just can’t seem to understand everything as well as the guy sitting next to you in discussion. And your first exam grade ranges somewhere between “hmm…” and “OHHH SHIT.”
Somehow all of that studying doesn’t pay off, and you get more and more frustrated, more and more behind as the semester rolls on.
It feels like a crapshoot, whether your effort will pay off or not.
The difference between a 95 and a 65 seems like a complete mystery.