Education For All People – Photo Success – What Does it Take?
College success is not as difficult for most young students as learning to assume their responsibilities as an adult. According to Carl Pickardt, a psychologist and adolescent specialist, giving up adolescence and becoming an adult is more difficult. If you take the responsibility to present yourself in class regularly, change diaries and work on time, and sacrifice some of the time spent with your friends in favor of more study time, you have won half of the battle. Being responsible for meeting the requirements of the university (ability to respond and make a difference) is one of the keys to academic success.
You have already used some of the higher level thinking skills needed to succeed in the university. You use these skills when you solve your life problems and overcome obstacles. Your lack of success at the university will not be because you are not smart enough. There are many different types of intelligence and my experience working with hundreds of students has shown that virtually every student is intelligent one way or the other. For more information on different types of intelligence other than IQ, you can read theories of Howard Gardner (Multiple Intelligences), Robert Sternberg (Successful Intelligence) and Daniel Goleman (Emotional and Social Intelligence).
In addition to personal responsibility, there are three other factors you will need to succeed in college:
1. Learn how to learn and study skills – You need to learn how to learn effectively and the ways you learn best. Most colleges offer at least one college success course that can teach you these skills. These courses must also be taught to high school students, but unfortunately, few high schools offer them. A good college course will teach you: how to study and learn, read comprehension strategies, your best learning styles and types of intelligences, how to define and achieve your goals, time management, discovering your talents and strengths, career exploration, writing skills, taking notes, problem solving, etc.
2. Work Ethics – Good study and work habits will lead to success in college and the job market. Good study skills will only be effective if you apply them. They will not help you if you do not use them.
3. Motivation – Without motivation, you will not systematically use good study skills, work habits, and your intelligence and potential. There are two types of motivation, the carrot (pleasure) and the stick (pain). When you use them together, you will have a powerful combination of motivation. Keep your goals in the long run to achieve a college education in the eyes of your mind. For example, say you want a diploma in secondary education to become a teacher. Visualize and imagine yourself as a teacher who makes a positive difference to your students. Enjoy the positive feelings that come when you see yourself as a great teacher. This is the carrot and a reminder of one of the (pleasure) benefits that you will experience when reaching your goal. Remember also the stick (pain) or consequences if you do not reach your goal of obtaining a diploma in secondary education. This can deprive you of becoming a teacher. Remembering the benefits and consequences will help you stay motivated and persistent. Also break your long-term goals in small steps. Each step accomplished provides you with positive feedback and will increase your motivation to achieve your long-term goals.
You can succeed in college, in your career and in your life. Where to start? Start with college success by taking on your responsibilities, learning to learn effectively and learning the best, using good study skills and work habits, and boosting your motivation to succeed. Use these four keys and you'll open the door to college success and the doorway of your dreams.