“Why am I writing this paper?”
“You’re writing in order to learn to think.”
I wish someone would have impressed this perspective on me decades ago.
From a young age I was rewarded for good grades. The result was that I learned how to game the system and secure grades without securing an education. I fell into the trap of seeing assignments as little more than “to-do’s” on the way to course completion. I prided myself on being able to figure out the most efficient way to complete a written assignment in exchange for an acceptable grade. As a result, I squandered a lot of opportunities to grow and learn. And at 40 I’m having to double-back on coursework and ideas that I insufficiently grappled with during my years of formal study.
TL;DR: Learn to write. Write to learn.