I hear a lot of questions from my students that go something like this. Katy… “how can I stay focused when I read, I can’t stop re-reading the same paragraph?” “how do I know what to highlight?” “how do I know what the professor wants me to know?” My answer. Active reading.
In this episode, I walk you step-by-step through my favorite strategies for boosting your test performance. Tests are just one way to assess your mastery of content in a particular class. That’s it. It's not a measure of your ability, intelligence, or potential. It’s simply feedback on how well you have learned something.
The number one goal students share with me at the start of a shiny new semester is— “I want to do better.” Although this is a positive and admirable sentiment, it’s not yet a fully formed goal. It’s a really great place to start, but to actually achieve “better” we can’t stop there.
One of the chief tasks of a college student is to write, and write, and then write some more. Professors will ask you to write not only in your English and Rhetoric classes, but also in courses required by your major.
Obstacles, challenges, and setbacks can strike at any time, even the day of a big exam. The difference between those who succeed during college and those who struggle is NOT the absence of adversity, but rather how adversity is handled when it shows up.
Over the years, I’ve had many conversations with my students about their struggles with math. They say things like: “I suck at math” and “I’m not a math person” or “I’m good at writing not math.” I’ve since learned that like writing, math is nothing more than a skill that anyone can learn with a little time and practice.
Ever feel like there is too much to do and not enough time to do it.? Like you’re always rushing at the last minute? That you’re stressed out and maybe even a little freaked out about how you’re going to get all your stuff done before it’s due?
Do you have a big assignment due this semester? Maybe a big research project, or a group presentation, perhaps you need to create a piece of art or give a performance. You know, the kind of assignment that takes at least a few weeks to complete and is worth 20% of your grade. The big project is often a missed opportunity for many students. They get focused on just getting it done, on the grade, or on the amount of time and effort it’s going to take.
Did you have a major fail last semester? Well it’s time to pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and come back strong after landing on academic probation. Academic probation happens. It doesn’t mean you aren’t meant for college it just means you need to shift something. This episode is also a great listen for anyone looking to simply improve their academic performance next semester.