The Importance of Knowing Your Limitations
I find that discovering my students' limitations and trying to make them realize what these are is a very beneficial technique for improving grades or test scores. The limitations become the new focus of our attention and as we narrow the scope of our efforts much more is able to be accomplished. Students may at first be unwilling to admit their shortcomings but after they realize how much progress can be made when light is shone on them, they become all the more eager to continue working with you. I also use the experience of my own wrestling with limitations; often I find that my limitations are similar to other people's and that the skills I have learned in battling them are invaluable to others.