“It’s the teacher’s job to teach me stuff,” (personal communication, July 15, 2003). Some students agree with this statement and they also think the only way to be successful in college is to just show up to class, but it takes a little more than that. The student has to be willing to do the work and listen to what the teacher is trying to teach them.
Even though the professors provide excellent tools to help students become successful in college, it’s the student’s responsibility to take action and make a preliminary plan to help him or her to become successful in college. Basically it’s up to the student to put the effort towards getting their education. Another way for a student to be successful in college is to know what personal responsibility means to them and why it’s important. I think this quote sums up personal responsibility really good. “If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn’t sit for a month,” Theodore Roosevelt.
Personal responsibility is when an individual sees and accepts the rules that society establishes for one’s behavior and they live by these rules. The person must be accountable for the consequences of their actions and values towards everything in life no matter how bad or good the results are. Responsibility is important in college because the individual is taking charge of their lives by signing up for classes and going to college. When someone decides to go to college it’s to better themself or to help the person advance in their present job. Whatever the reason is, they decided to take action and control of their lives.
According to Protheroe (2002), “A teacher’s role is to help students build a plan, and judge their own learning process to become self-sufficient learners. One of the ways they do this is handing out a syllabus, which is like a course outline. A syllabus lets the student know what is to read and when assignments are due. It also is a guide to help the pupil to know what is expected of them and what they might get from the course. The course outline is a basic tool and it’s up to the pupil to use it or not. One of the first things a student must have is a good attitude about being in college.
They also need to have good values. When a person feels terrific about what they are doing they will have a better chance at being successful. Having good values also play an important role in our lives. Our values shape who we are and who we want to be. A college student that has wonderful values will be flexible and willing to give up some of their social life to study and do homework. The second tool is telling the truth about one self. This can help a person change any bad habits the might need improving. Telling the truth will help when a student does an exercise called the Discovery Wheel.
According to Ellis (2011), the Discovery Wheel will show the person what kind of student they are and what kind of student they want to be. The purpose of this exercise is for the student to answer questions about their skills, how they see school, time and life. The results will tell the student what their strengths are and weaknesses are and basically what type of student they are. All this information will be helpful to the student to be successful in college. I found out in doing the Discovery Wheel, that I need to work on the areas of testing, and memory. I do have a problem in taking test.
I suffer from test anxiety, and I do forget a lot of important information. There is a lot I can do to improve these areas. I can study better and I will know the material better. I can do this by studying a little each night or going over my notes. I also need to relax and take a few deep breaths before a test. To help me with my memory is to get more sleep. I don’t get enough sleep every night and this can affect your memory. Also studying a little each day can help my memory. I also need to apply what I need to memories to my every days life. We remember what we apply to our lives.
The Discovery wheel will also help the student find out what type of learner they are. This is important because when a student finds out what type of learner he or she is and this will help them to know how to study for test, take notes, and everything else they will do in college. We all learn in different ways. Some people are visual learners, and others learn by seeing things done. Then there are people who learn by listening, and others learn by hands on. It’s important that the student know what type of learner they are, so they can study in the right way.
Another aspect of telling the truth is figuring out your values. Values can help a person set good goals. A student can’t be successful in college unless they set some goals. There are many benefits of strong goals. When person has resilient goals they make better life decisions, and can use their goals to keep them motivated (Harrington, 2013). There are long-term, mid-term, and short-term goals. A perfect example of a long-term goal is graduating from college with honors at the top of your class. Long-term goals take from five to 20 years to complete. There are mid-term goals which take one to five years to accomplish.
An example is taking a few college courses and finishing those classes successfully. The mid-term goals should support the person’s long-term goals. The short-term goals are last and these can be met in six months to a year. This could be passing a class with an A. Like the mid-term, short-term should support the long-term goals. It’s important to set durable goals in college, but it is the student’s responsibility to make sure all their goals are met for their current classes and for the future courses. Setting goals lead into time management. Time management is important to a college student because they have a lot do in a short time.
If they spend enough hours on their studying and class work this should help them reach their goals quicker. A student can use a time monitor plan. This is a chart with times, and the person will write down what they did every hour. (Halonen & Santrock, 2013). The student needs to do this for two weeks and they will see if they are managing their time or they need improvements. Students need to spend just as many hours studying as they do in class. Sometimes students think they are spending enough time on their class load until they are late for an assignment or having trouble in a class. This is when the time monitor plan can be helpful.
Another great tool is making a to-do list. This helps the student make sure they get everything done for a day, or a class. This will help keep student organized. When a student writes out a list they need to put the most important things that need to be done or the projects that take the longest first for they do get them done. The to-do list will help make sure that they don’t forget any assignments. “The most important factors a student needs to know to be successful in college is to have personal responsibility for their life, school, be self-disciplined, and honest they will be just fine in college,” (Hersh & Schneider,2005).
This quote sums up what a student needs to do to be successful in college. They need to remember why they enrolled in classes, and the goals they set for themselves, and they should do well. If a student is responsible for themselves and do what needs to be done to get their degree they will gain the skills to graduate from college. It’s all about the student and what they want out of their education. Education is a gift that shouldn’t be wasted. Annotated Bibliography
Anonymous (personal communication, July 15, 2003), What you don’t get out of College education: Personal success skills necessary to exceed in school and in life, Vital Speech of the Day (69. 19) 604. This speech I found in school library explains that the individual control over their lives. This person gives some good tips on college and how it’s the student’s responsibility. Halonen J. & Santrock J. (2013). Your Guide to College Success Strategies for Achieving Your Goals (17th Ed. ). US. Wadsworth Cengage Learning It’s a text book or guide that helps give the reader tools and skills which will help be successful in college.
Harrington, C. , Student Success in College: Doing What Works, (2013) US. Wadsworth, Cengage Learning. Christine Harrington is a Licensed Psychologist, License of New Jersey. This book gives strategies on how to be a successful student. Hersh, R. H. , & Schneider, C. G. (2005, Summer). Fostering Personal & Social responsibility on College& University Campuses. Liberal Education, 91(3/4), 6-13. The authors stress how it’s the student’s responsibility for the higher education. They have some good ideas and tips to help a student have success in college. Ellis, D. Becoming a Master Student (13th Ed. ) Boston, MA.
Wadsworth This text book covers everything to help one become a successful in college. It ties it all into how it’s the student’s responsibility. Protheroe, N. (2002, Dec). More Learning Strategies for deeper student learning. The Education Digest, 68(4), 25-28. This article is about how students who are effective user of learning strategies and have a better sense of their strengths. How teachers help the student come up with a plan and find how their own learning process. Roosevelt, Theodore, “If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn’t sit for a month. ”