The Student’s Responsibility How to Success in College
“It’s the teacher’s job to teach me stuff,” (personal communication, July 15, 2003). Some students agree with this statement and they also think the only way to be successful in college is to just show up to class, but it takes a little more than that. The student has to be willing to do the work and listen to what the teacher is trying to teach them.
Even though the professors provide excellent tools to help students become successful in college, it’s the student’s responsibility to take action and make a preliminary plan to help him or her to become successful in college. Basically it’s up to the student to put the effort towards getting their education.
Another way for a student to be successful in college is to know what personal responsibility means to them and why it’s important. I think this quote sums up personal responsibility really good. “If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn’t sit for a month,” Theodore Roosevelt.
Personal responsibility is when an individual sees and accepts the rules that society establishes for one’s behavior and they live by these rules. The person must be accountable for the consequences of their actions and values towards everything in life no matter how bad or good the results are.
Responsibility is important in college because the individual is taking charge of their lives by signing up for classes and going to college. When someone decides to go to college it’s to better themself or to help the person advance in their present job. Whatever the reason is, they decided to take action and control of their lives.
According to Protheroe (2002), “A teacher’s role is to help students build a plan, and judge their own learning process to become self-sufficient learners. One of the ways they do this is handing out a syllabus, which is like a course outline.
A syllabus lets the student know what is to read and when assignments are due. It also is a guide to help the pupil to know what is expected of them and what they might get from the course. The course outline is a basic tool and it’s up to the pupil to use it or not.
One of the first things a student must have is a good attitude about being in college. They also need to have good values.
When a person feels terrific about what they are doing they will have a better chance at being successful. Having good values also play an important role in our lives. Our values shape who we are and who we want to be.
A college student that has wonderful values will be flexible and willing to give up some of their social life to study and do homework.
The second tool is telling the truth about one self. This can help a person change any bad habits the might need improving.
Telling the truth will help when a student does an exercise called the Discovery Wheel. According to Ellis (2011), the Discovery Wheel will show the person what kind of student they are and what kind of student they want to be.
The purpose of this exercise is for the student to answer questions about their skills, how they see school, time and life. The results will tell the student what their strengths are and weaknesses are and basically what type of student they are. All this information will be helpful to the student to be successful in college.
I found out in doing the Discovery Wheel, that I need to work on the areas of testing, and memory. I do have a problem in taking test. I suffer from test anxiety, and I do forget a lot of important information.
There is a lot I can do to improve these areas. I can study better and I will know the material better. I can do this by studying a little each night or going over my notes. I also need to relax and take a few deep breaths before a test.
To help me with my memory is to get more...
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It’s a text book or guide that helps give the reader tools and skills which will help be successful in college.
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Hersh, R. H., & Schneider, C. G. (2005, Summer). Fostering Personal & Social responsibility on College& University Campuses. Liberal Education, 91(3/4), 6-13.
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