This is an insightful look at how we draw conclusions about learning and whether or not we or any student can succeed in material. The concept of “beginners mind” really works in this case. One such example is from the PE engineering exam where I can distinctly remember how a strength can become a weakness and vice versa. Much of the material that I wasn’t familiar with was easier to grasp at the learning level because I had now preconceived notions. Conversely, material I had extensive knowledge about was very tricky.