I've always been having some silly mistakes in homeworks/tests/exams etc, as well as programming. I very often seem to be 1-2 silly mistakes away from a perfect score, despite having done a draft and being really confident at my work. Sometimes it's the catchy questions, but most of the time it's the easy questions and me over-complicating the questions which almost everyone else gets right.
This has been a "thing" for me for years. I'll graduate college in less than a year.
I have the feeling that this is not a coincidence. I know of other students who seem to get perfect scores all around. And having talked with them it seems they don't put in more work than me.
It's not really bothering me because of the grades. They have always been good, and have always represented my understanding rather well. I'm just generally curious. My guesses are, it's either psychological, or I am simply not as smart (or talented) as other people think. I don't consider myself smart or talented, I'd say it's 100% work and 0% talent for me. Or maybe I am more error-prone by default (genetically?), and I should just accept this as part of me.
Question has a "how" in it, so I'm expecting some advice or tips and tricks :) And I hope it fits Personal Productivity.