We've noticed 3 core contributors to being successful at learning:
... the big question is... Which one/s is holding you back??
The All-Rounder is the confident person who knows what they are doing, how they are getting there, and doesn't let challenges stop them from succeeding.
In academic speak, being the all-rounder means you have a positive self-efficacy; use effective study strategies and have a growth mindset. Failure isn't a definition, its a platform to learn new and interesting things!
The Mindset Master has got the emotional and mindset challenges under control, and is just missing the actual strategies to make the real impact happen.
Don't underestimate the power of the Mindset Master - this is what will keep you going and get you through. Adding the right study strategies will just take you to the next level (we're talking time-management, grade outcomes, application skills post Uni, etc. here).
The Set-back Strategist has the strategies and the resilience to overcome challenges. Confidence in self is the big challenge here.
Recognising what skills and expertise you actually have (that often you forget about or gloss over) may be just what you need to bring you up to the All-Rounder level... Motivation is what you need - but perhaps in a different form than you are used too...
The Confident Crusher has the motivation and strategies to excel... so long as everything is going well. And that's the big challenge here.
Failure or a less-than-positive response can hit this student hard. Suddenly they are ready to give up, or get angry and hit back. Either way its not the best situation. But it's not the end of the road... building up mindset and learning how to use a fail to get to the next level is the way to go!
The Action taker is great on the how-to of study strategies, not so great when their confidence takes a hit or they lose focus on their purpose.
Self Awareness, motivation and mindset-strategies are the key areas that will move this Action Taker into their full success mode! (We are good at this)
Failure? It's just another challenge. The Resilient Runner has what it takes to keep going when others falter. The real challenge for the Resilient Runner is knowing the actual steps that will take them to real success.
It's a bit like running a race, without knowing which path will get you to where you want to go. Having the "what to do" study strategies and the self belief to choose the right path makes all the difference. (Guess where we can help)
Having belief in self is an amazing attribute! Where it can let you down is when you don't have the strategies to take the action that you need to succeed.
For an ITTIC to really make the most of their self belief, the key is learning the what how and when of study strategies, as well as developing the mindset and techniques to manage setbacks. (Guess what we do?)
The Battler is where many of us end up at times... the trick is not to let this be the end point, but rather the wake-up call to get ourselves sorted out!
What the Battler needs is... well, more of all three areas. More confidence in self, strategies to use, and greater resilience when things get tough.
Don't give up - get sorted!
The good news is - every way is up! (We're here for you!)
No matter what I do, I seem to always be cramming for assessments at the last minute.
I find it easy to pull out the key points of my course text and readings
I feel supported in my studies
I find each unit I study interesting in some way
I am not sure what I want to do when I finish my studies
I take action to stay healthy (even in small ways)
When assessments are due I find myself organised and ready on time.
My study sessions have a structure which I follow every time
I believe I am very aware of where I do well, and where I could improve in my studies
I often find that I might be reading a text, but wasn't aware of what I had read
I try and find relationships between what we are learning and what I already know
I review my study notes regularly throughout term
It's easy to put off studying
When I attend or watch lectured I think about what I am writing down
I attend or watch as many different sessions as I can (lectures, tutorials, study sessions)
I can relate to other students in my course
I don't feel confident when I am studying
Thinking about what I have done previously is not a priority for me
I believe I can successfully complete my studies
I struggle to keep going when I receive bad feedback or marks
I avoid group work or study groups where possible
When a process or assessment is not clear, I get frustrated
I believe if I fail an assessment it shows that I am a failure
I seek out extra support and ask questions when I am not sure
Failing my first assignment means I need to try harder (and try something different) next time