PROCESS OF BUILDING DESIRE THAT LEADS TO ACTION
- Higher Self-Esteem
- A Work-Life You Enjoy
- More Job Opportunities
- Higher Earnings
- More Free Time
- Higher Standard of Living
- Earlier Better Retirement
- More And Better Vacations
- Better Housing
- Newer Automobiles
- Better Health Care
- Financial Security
- A life with less stress
- Higher Probability of Relationship Success
Truths to Think About
The day you start College is a New Beginning. High School Success is no Guarantee of College Success. If you were Average in High School, you could Excel in College.
Method: Recognize That Commitment, Ability, Learning Skills, and Perseverance are Required
The Lesson is titled "Self-Motivation" to highlight the fact that Motivation – The will to work hard does not happen without habits of thinking that foster hard work.
It is a sad fact that a high percentage of students who decide to earn a college degree fail to do so. It is also Sad, When the Joy of the college experience, is diminished when students experience the stress of marginal grades.
The fact that you have been accepted and have the opportunity to study at college is an indicator of potential success. The majority of the time when students experience a "Lack of Academic Success" it is due to factors other than just ability. Low levels of Commitment and Perseverance coupled with inadequate Learning Skills are often the reason for low grades and a failure to earn a college degree.
You can "turbo-charge" your probability of success with high levels of Commitment, Perseverance and with the "Learning to Learn "Methods provided in this program.
There are many reasons not to succeed. You must recognize and overcome these challenges.
The most common reasons for lack of success is not enough quality time spent on academic preparation. Finding enough time for academics is one that all students face. The demands of work to earn money, family and parent responsibilities, the challenges of commuting, playing sports and the importance of having an active social life are valid ways for you to spend time. None the less to be successful you must find a way to commit enough quality time to academic preparation.
There is no magic that enables you to earn excellent grades without working hard for those grades. The ability to learn and earn good grades is not predetermined, it can change with effort. Completing the twelve lessons of the Proven Methods to Better Grades program will make the job of earning good grades easier by teaching you how to “study smart” making it possible for you to “learn more “often in “less time.” Studying with the Proven Methods will enable you not only to earn excellent grades but also to retain what you learn so that you get maximum benefit from your education.
Method: Think Yourself to Success
Motivation is a process of building and maintaining desire. Methods for overcoming the challenges of procrastination and periods of low academic motivation are an important part of this program. If you use the analogy of starting at a college as a race, it is important that you get off to a good start but getting your degree is a marathon, not just a sprint. Attending classes and preparing for exams is your job as a student with the paycheck coming in the accomplishment of your short-term and long-term goals.
“Who controls your thoughts?” The answer is that each of us controls our thoughts, a fact that can be used to help you build the desire necessary to complete the work required for academic success. Your motivation to devote time and energy to study rather than simply do what feels best at the moment can be fueled by a conscious awareness of the link between the work of academics and the major rewards academic success can bring to your life. “Think yourself to success” by frequently reminding yourself of the happiness and pleasure academic success can provide you. Ask yourself the question, can you give up some moment to moment short-term pleasure if it means that you will earn a college degree that will benefit you for your entire work life which could consist of forty-five or more years? Those who are happiest and most successful in the future are those who earn that success now by working to get the best grades possible. Good grades provide opportunity, the better your grades, the better your opportunities will be in the future.
Method: Use Short-Term Goals for Motivation
An effective way to build desire is to visualize the accomplishment of your short-term goals. Take a few minutes each day to relax and develop a clear picture in your mind of what it would be like to reach your short-term goals. If, for example, one of your short-term goals is to make the honor roll (Dean’s List), use your imagination to identify the joy and pride of opening your grade report at the end of a term having reached your goals. Visualize the fun of sharing your success with your parents and friends. Visualize how much nicer the holiday season or your summer will be having reached your goal for good grades.
Method: Use Long-Term Goals for Motivation
Although you may not have specific long-term goals, you can still use imagery to feed your motivation. Imagine for example waking up in the morning 15 years from now. See a life where you enjoy your job and going to work, a life where you have the income to live in a nice house or apartment and have the pleasures of a nice new car or fun vacations. Imagine being in a good relationship or having a family where your success in college has led to a good career opportunity that has allowed you to share and make the life of others more comfortable and happy.
Method: Understand Process Of Choosing a College Major and Career Path
An important part of your college experience is the opportunity to explore career options. If you enter college without having decided on an academic major or if you are unsure of the major you have chosen, do not let this influence your level of motivation to earn the best grades possible. Nearly one-third of all first-year college students begin their studies without a declared major. It is estimated that nearly half of all students with a declared major do change to a different major.
The requirement to complete general education courses during your first year of study makes it easy to delay choosing a major or easy to change a declared major. Regardless of whether or not you have declared a major, you must complete the content and skill courses required in the general education requirements which are intended to give you a breadth of knowledge. You may find that your roommate or friend that has a different major is taking the same required courses such as English composition, math, history or psychology. It is possible to delay choosing a major or to change your major and still graduate on schedule.
The exposure you get by taking required General Education courses will introduce you to a range of disciplines. The new information you get by completing introductory courses in different academic areas will help you find or confirm your choice of an academic major. Most universities have over fifty and as many as a hundred options for an academic major. It is possible that you could enter college not knowing that the academic major you graduate with even existed. Regardless of the degree of clarity that you have in your career path, earning good grades is essential to opening the doors of opportunity. Often eligibility to take advanced courses in a major have a required Grade Point Average (GPA).
Almost all two-year and four-year colleges have counseling or career planning centers that have professionals that can help you with the selection of an academic major and help you gain an understanding as to career paths possible with selected majors. These professionals can help you clarify your interests, abilities, career values and life plan. In almost all situations the cost of this valuable counseling option is included in the tuition and student fees you have already paid.
Method: Manage your time with the understanding that there are important goals in life in addition to good grades
The study skills and habits recommended in this program do not require all your time. The methods can enable you to study more efficiently, allowing you to learn more in less time and therefore, give you more time for other life goals. You will be more content and have a higher overall energy level if you have goals which call for time devoted to physical fitness, as well as, an active personal and social life beyond academics.