College Success Essay

2544 Words Apr 4th, 2012 11 Pages
College Success

Helpful Tips For College and Life

“Becoming a Time Manager and a Goal Setter” is a chapter that teaches skills that can used in every part of life. The purpose of this chapter is to teach you how to manage your time and establish goals in each area of your life. Some types of goals are an immediate goal, which is achievable in a few hours. A short-term goal is achievable within the range of a week to a term. An intermediary goal is achievable a year or more. A long-term goal is achievable in a matter of years (Wong 108). A helpful tool in establishing your goals is STSR. It is: • Set Specific, clear and realistic goals. • Set a specific Target date and time to complete each goal. •
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In “Developing Self Management Skills” you learn four new self-management skills. They are concentration, motivation, stress management and procrastination management. Concentration is the ability to block out external and internal distracters. Important points about concentration are: • Concentration requires a concerted effort on your part to train or discipline your mind. • Concentration involves monitoring your thoughts and emotions as well as the environment. • External and internal distracters consume space in working memory, disrupt your brain wave patterns, and affect the flow of stimuli throughout your memory system (Wong 125).

There are seven strategies to increase concentration when you study. They are: • Set learning goals - knowing what you plan to do and how to do it gives you purpose and concentration. • Be an Active Learner – active learning discourages you from reading or working in a detached manner. Be physical while reading such as highlighting or taking notes. • Chunk Information – this involves breaking larger assignments or pieces of information into more meaningful units that working memory can manage. • Create a Study Ritual – a series of steps or constant routine that helps you get started

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