What time management strategies did you use last semester? How well did they work?
I had no time management last semester. This is why I failed a class and ended up on academic probation. I started off the semester on a poor note, focusing on non-academic matters such as my social life, and continued this trend throughout the semester. I constantly told myself that I needed to make a change and that change never came because I failed continuously day in and day out to take that first step. I was uninterested in my studies and this made it hard for me to get my work done. I was absent almost half of the time in my classes that did not take attendance and rarely did I take the time to learn the material on my own until a day or two before an exam. I was a major procrastinator and I was very unmotivated. I knew this was going to adversely affect my future if I kept this up for much longer but I didn't take much action, and when I did, I didn't make it routine like I should have. It was only until my grades were released did I come to the realization that I needed to make a serious effort to improve my work ethic and adopt a real interest if I wanted to continue my studies at Clemson.
I would currently describe my outlook as having a growth mindset. There has been many times in my life when I have adopted the fixed mindset and this does not work. I found myself living in the past instead of looking into the future while focusing on the task at hand. When I failed at something, often times I would give up and try something else even though I knew what I failed at was what I was after. I realize all of this now and understand that it’s not too late to accomplish my goals. It’s never too late to do anything, but it’s always too late to start. I’ve had a great start to the semester and I plan on continuing my productivity, using the concept of momentum to ensure that I do not slip back into having a fixed mindset and not achieving my full potential. I will continue to learn and grow every day, accepting and working towards correcting my failures. If I don’t fail at anything, then I’m not taking enough risks. “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” – Wayne Greztky.
Procrastination occurs usually when we're not comfortable. Exams make me uncomfortable, specifically those of math and science. I can never start studying more than three days ahead of time no matter how well I know the material. Procrastination has impacted my life drastically. First of all, it has ruined my grade point average. Second, I will never be truly successful until I am able to complete my work every day, instead of one or two days before an exam. In the past, I always chose product. This was because I constantly procrastinated. My procrastination techniques didn’t work so well, so I figured I would try to learn the material as we learned it in class. Sure enough, my semester is off to a much better start academically. It’s all in the process.
In 20 Years
In 20 years, I want my business and my family to be well established. I want to be in upper management level in my career in real estate investment by the time I am pushing 40. I want to have a wife and kids if its meant to be and I want to live in a nice house on the ocean. My two to three kids will be six to ten years in age and will attend preschool/ kindergarten at this time. I want to have seen much of Europe and various islands by this time in my life, as I wish to travel the world. My real goal for twenty years is to be able to provide myself and my family with a healthy, comfortable life and more. I want to be able to give the world to people that are close to me.
Yes 1. Did you make a serious effort to understand the text? (Just hunting for relevant worked-out examples doesn't count.)
Yes 2. Did you work with classmates on homework problems, or at least check your solutions with others?
Yes 3. Did you attempt to outline every homework problem solution before working with classmates?
No 4. Did you participate actively in homework group discussions (contributing ideas, asking questions)?
No 5. Did you consult with the instructor or teaching assistants when you were having trouble with something?
Yes 6. Did you understand ALL of your homework problem solutions when they were handed in?
No 7. Did you ask in class for explanations of homework problem solutions that weren't clear to you?
Yes 8. If you had a study guide, did you carefully go through it before the test and convince yourself that you could do everything on it?
Yes 9. Did you attempt to outline lots of problem solutions quickly, without spending time on the algebra and calculations?
No 10. Did you go over the study guide and problems with classmates and quiz one another?
No 11. If there was a review session before the test, did you attend it and ask questions about anything you weren't sure about?
Yes 12. Did you get a reasonable night's sleep before the test? (If your answer is no, your answers to 1- 11 may not matter.)
Total Yes 6 Total No 5
I think I am taking all the necessary steps towards a good study routine except working in a little bit of group consultation. I need to bounce my thoughts and ideas off of my peers and discuss any questions I might have with my professors. I need to participate more often in homework group discussions. I should get together with classmates more often outside of class to go over study guides and quiz one another. I have not been taking advantage of PAL sessions and SI sessions as much as I told myself I would at the beginning of the semester. This is another study resource that I need to take advantage of.
Group Projects and Professor Communication
I find group projects extremely beneficial when done the right way. I study and do my best research on my own, however, it is important to do work with peers once in a while for a clearer understanding and a different prospective on the material. You and your peers will be able to teach each other what one of you knows but the other doesn't. Often times, a friend or classmate will be able to explain it to you in a way that is more effective than hearing it from the professor. Communication with the professor, I believe, is essential to receiving good grades in most classes. Even if I struggle to form an understanding of the material in class, a one-on-one explanation from the professor during their office hours helps tremendously.
I've made many changes this semester in terms of outlook and productivity. I have adopted a growth mindset and learned how to bring forth my inner guide in high-stress situations. I have learned multiple study strategies and have made them habit so that I will continue to use them in the future. I think the biggest thing for me to do at this point is to take my foot out of the door to the past and live in the moment, focusing on the task at hand. Repetition is extremely important and is crucial in long term success I have set short term and long term goals that I will continue to pursue until they are achieved. What I didn't realize for the first three semesters of college is why I am truly here and paying money to attend a prestigious university. It isn't a four year party nor is it a time to relax and ignore the reason I am here, my education. I have priorities now and before I know it I will be in the real world, job hunting and building a family of my own. I'd love to go back to how we used to play as kids, but things changed and that's the way it is.