How Bill Gates became a “different kind of student”

I thought this was interesting:
“What I’ve learned about great teachers” interview with Bill Gates in Parade Magazine
http://www.parade.com/news/2010/10/24-bill-gates-what-ive-learned-about-great-teachers.html

My favorite takeaway from this article was the following:

PARADE: How did you turn yourself into a different kind of student?
BG: When I was in eighth grade, I scored the best in the state on a math exam. After that, my math teacher let me go off and do independent study and computer stuff. I also became good at relating to adults. When I’d meet a teacher, I’d say, “Hey, tell me your 10 favorite books.” I’d read them, and then I could talk to the teachers about something they knew a lot about.

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