I appreciate your blunt honesty, not enough of that these days, especially towards people in my position.
If you really believe that the studying is more harmful than beneficial, I can certainly put it off. My only real concern in that regard is that there seems to be a potential pass/fail bias towards people who are at least decent at ACID or phraseology out of the gate. Please correct me if I'm wrong, happy to be so, but I'm just trying to make the best of an opportunity.
I don't plan on putting anything on hold, but with 150 applications in to entry-level jobs with plenty of rejection letters, I have to put my best foot forward towards something, ANYTHING, that can put me to good use for a career. That's my mentality at least.
I was in your position so I know the feeling. I got my TOL 4 months before I aged out and I was 32 when I attended the academy. I had the benefit of vets preference but still had only one shot and thankfully it worked out.
Im not sure who told you that but it’s not correct as far as having pass/fail bias as far as i know. The academy is set up with the assumption you know nothin which most don’t. Youll have plenty of time to take advantage of studying if you make it to the academy.
Like others have said, go the military route with the air guard or whatever has the best shot of ATC. It buys you more time to be hired and if nothing else the military can be a great career. I did 11 years and would have been career had this job not worked out.