Find a Model for Student Success
Life is a competition, so is every aspect of our lives. We all seek to achieve excellent results in order to emerge the best at the end of our course work. The job industry is equally competitive; no one would want to be associated with failure, neither would any industry or market want to have unprofessional or incompetent employees. This paper focuses on the particular skills and qualities that present a model for student success either in college or at the university level.
Managing time is a significant feature to success. Blerkom (2011) explains that a student whether in college or university would needs to keep a time log, which involves evaluation of how you spend time every hour, every day for one week then later on going back to count how many hours were spent in attending classes, eating, sleeping, and commuting, among other daily activities (p. 5). One would also be required to make a fixed commitment calendar, calculation of how much time is required for study, keeping a study log, creating an assignment calendar, using daily “To Do” lists, scheduling study time and switching between subjects.
Another vital skill is self efficacy. This relates to an individual’s confidence in his/her ability to succeed either in higher education, in employment or in general life. According to Smale and Fowlie (2009), it involves the person expressing confidence in dealing with increasingly challenging circumstances to reach decisions or forming opinions and handling failure constructively (p. 24). Building confidence means that one has to engage in doing new things and developing new skills. According to Blerkom (2011), self efficacy is defined by the ability to successfully complete a task which later affects a person’s motivation (p. 9). Success will also involve a student recognizing his or her own strengths and areas for development. This aspect is important since it helps to develop a realistic picture of who you really are in order to plan your personal development. Most importantly, this skill enables one to identify their strengths, areas for development and opportunities for development as well as any other threats or barriers that will hinder achievement through the use of a SWOT analysis (Smale & Fowlie, 2011, p. 31).
Moreover, success requires specific skills in taking lecture notes, reading textbooks and later on revising for the exams. Blerkom (2011) says that this would involve reading a chapter before the lecture or alternatively skim through to get the background information, organization and familiarity of the content (p. 6). A student will also have to review notes from the last lecture especially before the class commences, sit at the front of the class to hear clearly, accurately and minimize distractions. Listening actively, making inquiries for further comprehension and note taking contribute to student excellence. Students may write notes during lecture sessions, and then later edit for clarity and precision. Progressively, a student will have to go through the notes at the end of the week and before exams.
Self regulation is an essential aspect to learn. This involves good time management, monitoring their learning; evaluate their results of their efforts and approach learning in a systematic way. Self regulation helps learners to actively involve themselves in their own learning through setting goals, developing plans for achieving those goals, monitoring their progress and evaluating their results. Moreover self regulation increases an individual’s motivation levels (Blerkom, 2011, p. 17).
Good writing skills are important tools for success as it aids in improving communication skills. This skill can be acquired through preparing an outline to indicate what should be included in the finished piece of writing, organizing its content, writing a draft, correcting the spelling, reviewing the document for improvement on wording and finally writing the final draft paying attention to choice of words, spelling and grammar (Wilson, 2014, p. 117). Moreover, the student has to make revisions based on final review and find a second opinion from someone who reviews your work. Perfection of this skill involves practice, which means that you must write as often as possible considering writing as a skill that can be learnt and worked on.
After all is said and done, stress is always an inevitable factor of everyday living. Developing stress management skills is a vital element in ensuring student success. This would involve regular exercise, sufficient rest, good nutrition, prayer/ reflection among others to improve self care and minimize stress. Money management refers to learning how to manage money independently. It involves using an ATM as well as interpreting bank statements so as to make responsible decisions in handling their finances.
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Wilson, G. (2014). 100% Student Success (3rd ed). Stamford: Cengage Learning. https://books.google.co.ke/books?id=Dd7KAgAAQBAJ&pg=PA152&dq=essential+skills+for+student+success&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0CDIQ6AEwA2oVChMIueHpv6nLxgIVAlwUCh0Xggix#v=onepage&q=essential%20skills%20for%20student%20success&f=false