What do we do
At Academic Underdogs, we try to understand how the choices people make in their youth effect their lives in adulthood. We use our research to find or create solutions to the problems you face as young person growing up in the UK.
Our books, workshops and mentorship programmes provide some of these solutions. For other problems, that we haven’t got around to solving yet, we point you towards the people who have.
How we find answers
We identified common questions relevant to young people and then researched and debated each of these to find the most important ones to focus on. We narrowed them down to the following:
- In today’s world, how do you build a satisfying life?
- What makes a good career?
- Do you really have to go to school?
- How do you achieve top grades?
- Is university worth it?
- What should you do with your life?
Our key ideas page shows what we learned and the answers we found. Some answers are definitive, backed by strong evidence and agreed upon by significant parts of the scientific community.
While for others, particularly questions that haven’t been looked at by researchers, we drew upon the ‘collective wisdom’ of experts and used our own good old common sense. In other words, we tried our very best!
Why we exist
Nuclear security, bio risk, climate change, factory farming, health in poor countries and the safe development of artificial intelligence. The world has too many pressing problems for us to have a slow and inefficient education system. Instead of spending longer than you need at school, we believe you should be solving these problems sooner rather than later.
Our education system is holding you as an individual and us a species back. It can be faster, more efficient…better. A lot better. For our team and everyone invested in Academic Underdogs, this bothers us and is the problem we are committed to solve.
Who do we help
Ultimately, we want to help everyone in the world learn faster and be better. Right now, we are focusing on giving advice to ambitious students that are following the British education system.
Our advice is most relevant to ambitious and forward-thinking individuals in their pre-teens or teens, but most of it is also applicable to a broader audience.