Harness the power of being an idiot
Love this post on swimming against the academic stream. God knows I can relate (though am nowhere near as clever as this guy)...
Unfortunately that's an incredibly inefficient way to gain knowledge. I basically wander around stepping on every rake in the grass, while the A Students memorize someone else's route and carefully pick their way across the lawn without incident. My only saving graces are that every now and again I discover a better path, and faced with a completely new lawn I have an instinct for where the rakes are.
I, on the other hand, manage to hit all the rakes, every time. I just have a higher tolerance for pain and heal faster than most... ;-)