Is This going to be on the Test?

image of professor writing don't ask stupid questions on chalkboardYour teacher wants to think you’re there because you love to learn, don’t blow it by bringing up the question, “Is this going to be on the test?”

Double whammy if you ask when the prof is on a roll, digressing on some protracted story that lost you 10 minutes ago.  Although it seems like an intelligent question at first, it drives teachers crazy.  Why?

Teachers generally have spent copious amounts of time researching to bring you the latest and greatest information about what they teach.  Most want to pass on to you their enthusiasm for the subject so you want to learn for the sake of learning itself. In the real world, you and I know everyone can’t love every single class.  In some courses you just want to know the bottom line, “Hey, will you ask me this on a test?”

Fair enough, from the perspective on your side of the desk.  Here’s what the teacher hears when you ask that question: “Do I need to listen now, or can I zone out again, since I’m bored beyond belief, and I’m only taking this class because there was no way out of it?” While it may be the case that you are barely able to remain conscious as you listen to the professor pontificate about the topic at hand, remember, diplomacy is paramount when dealing with your teachers.

And, to improve student success it is your job to figure out what might be tested by paying close enough attention so you can tell when points are being repeated and emphasized.  Your instructor isn’t generally going to be so blatant as to say, “And this is on the test.”  If he does, consider it a gift. _________________________________________________________________

College Success Speaker, Crystal Jonas- Bio Link

Hi, I’m Crystal Jonas, As a former academic advisor and assistant professor at the United States Air Force Academy, I know what it takes for student success, and have students enjoy school whole lot more. Ask about speaking or coaching for your students or faculty. Call me at 719- 291-0366.

Solutions for Non-Traditional Students

image of familyThe picture of this family reminds me of so many non traditional students who return to school after an absence just how much our past experiences can influence what we see ourselves as capable of today.

 

 

Most striking is how often past failures can lead us to believe that we can’t be successful in the present.

Often these Non-traditional students will tell me the biggest handicap they had to overcome when returning to school is letting go of the past.  Frequently, they weren’t stellar students the first go around, and that’s what kept them from returning to school sooner.

Remember this.  No matter what happened in the past, you are a different person now.  You’ve had new experiences, new trials, new lessons.

You may find it helpful to know that many of the world’s most successful people have had major league set backs, and were not considered to be  traditional.

Fortunately, they just keep on learning from the past and moving forward. As long as you keep learning, adjusting and pressing on, you will find the success you’re looking for.


Hi, College Success Speaker, Crystal Jonas- Bio LinkI’m Crystal Jonas,

As a former academic advisor and assistant professor at the United States Air Force Academy, I know what it takes to make college students more successful, and enjoy school whole lot more.

Ask about speaking or coaching for your students or faculty. Call me at 719- 291-0366.

Friends Help Determine Success in School

image of friends in schoolKnowing who to choose as friends can improve your success in school!

 

 

 
This is true no matter how old you get, my friends.  Even after you leave the hallowed halls of higher education, you will be greatly influenced by the crowd you run with.

Who are your friends? Who are you hanging out with now?

Do they care about not just going to school but graduating?  Graduating on time?  Graduating on time and moving smoothly into a great job which they have prepared themselves well for?

Well, if they are, good for you.

Student success studies show that more than your level of education, or your religion, or whether you came from a two parent house, more than any other factor, your peer group will determine how successful you will be.

We become like those we hang with.

Picture your friends.  You are the average of the five people in your social circle you spend the most time with.

Scary prospect?

Consider joining a club that draws more of the people who want as much for themselves as you do.

Do you have the right friends?

Good, now you go be a good example for them, too.

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College Success Speaker, Crystal Jonas- Bio LinkHi, I’m Crystal Jonas,

As a former academic advisor and assistant professor at the United States Air Force Academy, I know what it takes to for student success and have them enjoy school whole lot more.

Ask about speaking or coaching for your students or faculty. Call me at 719- 291-0366.

What’s in Your Ego Stat?

What's in Your Egostat?

 Your ego stat is my term for two factors determining your chances for living a richly rewarding life.

 

One of these factors is your self-image and the other is your sense of self-efficacy.

Your self-image refers to what you see yourself worthy of and where yours is set impacts every aspect of your life from whether or not you’ll go to college (and finish with a cool job waiting for you) to what you’ll do for a living, how much money you’ll feel comfortable making, what kind of car you’ll drive, and even the people you’ll associate with.

If you move too far outside of that, your “egostat” will make you feel uncomfortable until you start sabotaging yourself until you’re back to where you feel “worthy” of.

So, without going egomaniacal, make sure you have a healthy self-image and that you know in your bones that you are, in fact, worthy of graduating with honors, or landing that plum internship assignment, or being elected president of your Student Government.

If you don’t have a strong self-image, then you don’t believe in yourself, who can you really expect to?  (Outside of your Mom, of course?)

Raise Your Expectations

We get what we expect of ourselves, and we get what we expect of others.

If you are a pre-med major and you know you’re going to have trouble with “Organic Chemistry” because everyone in your fraternity tells you that ‘friends don’t let friends take Organic Chemistry,’ well, guess what’s in store for you.

Yeap.  A bear of a semester with stress, worry, and uncertainty piled on top of an already maxed out schedule.

Try something.  Imagine that this (whatever you’re dreading) is your own personal Mount Everest . You can do it.  You really can!  And it will be the most challenging and exhilarating things you have ever accomplished.

And when you’re done, you get bragging rights for the rest of your life. and your self-image will have improved. Above all, see yourself as succeeding and enjoying the journey.

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College Success Speaker, Crystal Jonas- Bio LinkHi, I’m Crystal Jonas,

As a former academic advisor and assistant professor at the United States Air Force Academy, I know what it takes to make college students more successful, enjoy school whole lot more.

Ask about speaking or coaching for your students or faculty. Call me at 719- 291-0366.