Continuing Academic Success
January 7, 2014
Pursuing higher education is one of the most valued investments that one can make in life. Therefore, it is imperative that one ensures that he or she capitalizes on achieving academic success. Continuing academic success requires strategic planning and complete utilization of available resources while maintaining academic integrity. The Benefit of Creating Goals
The first step to ensuring one’s academic success is having clearly defined educational goals. Clearly defined educational goals allow one to consider the desired outcome or destination and to devise a “road map” towards success. As referenced by Kokemuller (2009) in accordance with his research of goal setting theory developed by Locke and Latham, “Individuals and groups produce the best output when motivated by specific, challenging, attainable and quantified goals. Setting goals creates a purpose or path which drives direction, motivation and intensity of effort to achieve.” With a clear focus on the desired outcome, one is less likely to succumb to distractions often associated with continuing education such as balancing family and work responsibilities and time management. The benefit of creating goals is a valuable asset to any student who can see a plan and execute it with persistence. Setting goals, either short term and or long term, creates a mental check list that is almost like an ice sculpture you are carving to completion. Eventually, those goals will turn into something beautiful. My ice sculpture or educational goal is to obtain a degree in business management and start a career in Human Resource Management. I would like to pursue my career with a fortune five hundred company that has demonstrated infinite opportunities and lots of growth. My personal goal is to complete my educational goal, graduating with honors. Personal learning style. I personally am a visual and verbal learner. I have to see it, write it, and or hear it. “In order to remember, visual learners have to see the information presented. However, this is not the way that information is presented in college classrooms. Although most students are not privileged to learn in their personal learning style, those who are committed are able to be successful at evaluating information given to them visually or verbally (Seiler, 2012, p. 136).” Personal learning style as well as understanding how a person learns can assist in one’s success while matriculating through their college program and career. Understanding how I learn will help me to know how to retain the necessary information to reach my education goals. In order to be successful academically, I have made a commitment to improve upon my ability to think critically and use the writing process. Critical thinking and writing skills are crucial while in an academic, personal or professional environment. Benjamin Bloom, a noted psychologist, tasks us to ask and answer an array of questions to solidify deeper learning. Ellis stated, “In order to think critically, it is vital that one understands the six levels of thinking which are remembering, understanding, applying, analyzing, evaluating and creating” (p. 205). The keys to this effort involve methodical steps that include: checking your attitude, checking for logic and checking for evidence. Critical thinking is one of the most important skills to possess on one’s journey of becoming a master student and professional. Proficiency in the six levels of thinking critically is one noted group of skills that is guaranteed to assist in the process while on this journey. Once a person has embraced the six levels of thinking, he or she is now in a position to create. Our thoughts can now be put in writing or in a presentation. This process requires one to prewrite, draft, revise, edit and publish. In order to conduct research and write a well-organized and documented paper, the...
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