Student Success Stories: Ben M.
Ben M.'s Academic Success Story
In high school, I was in the mindset that the amount of time that you studied was critical. That worked well back then, but it wasn't going to cut it in college. Now I focus more on quality time studying, and I don't procrastinate as much.
My overall study method: Overall my study method is pretty standard, however, with priorities in mind. For example, I will contribute the most time to the assignment/or test that is worth the most percentage of my grade in a particular class.
My test study method: To this date, what has worked well for me is outlining the reading material in my own words, using interactive devices such as online quizzes, and active participation in class. (None of this happens overnight.)
My time management secret: Get it done with it's still on the brain... During a recent job interview, a company executive told me he wakes up every day seeing the following phrase on his cell phone: "Make shit happen today." I live by that saying, and I will never forget it.
How I study for multiple exams: I write down my assignments each day and prioritize them. I read articles on stress management if things get to overwhelming. I also try to break up my assignments into small bits of work each day instead of putting them off to the last minute.
My overall study method: I usually have lots of smaller blocks of studying.
How I've overcome an initial bad grade: Certainly, I fought back as many points as I could, and then sought help from the professor so I could rebound with what assignments were left for the semester.
My strategies for written assignments: I try to avoid the words writer's block. It's more of a mogul that might take a little more effort to get over, but you'll manage. Remember, rough drafts are called rough for a reason; you can always go back and edit them. If you have a thought, write it down because it may not come back.
How I succeed in team projects: Not everybody operates and learns the same way, so find their unique talents, and give them a suitable that you both agree on. Also, make note of anyone slacking. You'll have evidence to back up any reason why a group member should pick up the pace. Last but not least, encourage your teammates, especially when they're stressed out because everyone likes to feel important.
My greatest academic success happened in my freshman year. I was not getting a great financial aid package, so I had thoughts of transferring. Soon after, a university professor wrote a letter of recommendation stating why I deserved another scholarship, and I met with the Financial Aid Director as well. It was then that I was awarded enough money to satisfy my needs. This was a very rewarding time because I felt like I had some value. A solid academic institution chose to shell out thousands of dollars rather than to let me go. I also realized that I had people who believed in me.
Here are my final words of wisdom for students who want to get better grades in college: Don't ever be afraid to seek help when you truly need it. We don't enter college as geniuses, and we don't leave college as geniuses. We leave as learners, who are determined to succeed.
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