Persisting is taking the time to work at something until you achieve excellence. In this year of chemistry class, I got my first pop quiz and I did not get a good grade on this quiz.

In my first quiz, I got Question #3 wrong, which was about the relationship between atomic number, mass number and atomic mass. I was confused about those three terms. Then I studied again the quiz and I realize atomic number is the number of protons found in the nucleus of an atom, mass number is the total number of protons and neutrons, and atomic mass is the mass of the certain isotope. So I restudied this question and I got the same question correct on the test.


In that quiz, I made an assumption that both electrons and protons can be used interchangeably. When I got my quiz back and realized that I was wrong, I went back to my textbook and by using Internet to understand the differences. My persistence paid off; on the test, I got this question correct. This is an evidence of how persistence can result in better understanding, being persist is really important for a student’s academic journey. If a student isn’t willing to keep trying, which isn’t a correct learning attitude will leads him to a wrong direction.