Why are some people naturally academic?

I know some people who are naturally academic and can easily get As/A* a First and so on. Meanwhile, I’ve struggled with the academic side of things/ exams, after failing my Maths GCSE multiple times I decided not to re- take my exam at 21 (the same exam which are usually done by 16 year olds). My average grades... show more I know some people who are naturally academic and can easily get As/A* a First and so on. Meanwhile, I’ve struggled with the academic side of things/ exams, after failing my Maths GCSE multiple times I decided not to re- take my exam at 21 (the same exam which are usually done by 16 year olds).

My average grades where Cs or Bs including a D in Maths.

I was however VERY good at practical things such as Contraction/ Engineering or anything that involves skilled work or Apprenticeships’s.
Update: *construction
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