How to Have a Social Life and Get Good Grades Too!

Social Life

Change the Way You See Yourself

You have just received advice at a relatively young age that it took me years, and I do mean years to figure out.

You can never rise any higher than your own image of yourself.

Have you ever known a student in school who had a real low opinion of herself or himself?  No matter what evidence they had to the contrary, they were always saying they couldn’t do math or oral reports, or sports, or whatever.

And they never did do very well, did they?

Before you can ever hope for something better and expect it will happen for you, whether it’s better grades, or a better social life at school, as a student you must first change the way you see yourself.

So, if you want better grades, immediately start seeing yourself coming to class well-prepared, feeling confident as you answer the teacher’s questions, and enjoying the great sense of accomplishment that comes from getting a good grade on your project or test.

Want a better social life?  More friends?  More dates?  More study buddies?

Well, see yourself as a student who is  comfortable and confident as you interact with others.

Notice how good those people feel being around you because you are genuinely open and friendly.

It all starts in your mind.  See yourself as the student you’d like to be and then move into that image. How you see yourself can send messages to other students consciously and subconsciously so that you are better received by them and, more importantly, by yourself.

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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 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.

6 Good Reasons You Should be Going to Class Every Day!

This is Where it's HappeningYou want a good reason to go to School?  Here are six right here:

1.  It’s expensive to pay and not go.

It’s your money.  Okay, maybe your parents are helping too?  Either way, don’t you just hate it when you pay for something and then don’t use it?  Like that text book you bought and never looked at again?  Make sure you get the most of your investment by going!

2. Your professor may put a high premium on attendance.

Funny thing is, she may even say she doesn’t care if you come or not.  But I don’t recommend you test her.  Not going shows you don’t care, and you sure don’t want the teacher thinking you don’t care about what she has to say.

3. It’s a responsible habit that can have long-term payoffs.

We’re grown ups now.  We keep our commitments.  Signing up for a class is like saying, “I’ll be there.  Count me in.  See you there.” Few people stand behind their commitments, so if you’re someone who does, you will distinguish yourself from the masses out there, and be well respected at school, then in your chosen career.

4. You will learn more than if you stay away.

You are working way too hard to make good grades if you start missing class.  It’s one of the biggest kept secrets to making the grade in college.  Prep before class, and when you are there listen, and review soon after.  Piece of cake, and a lot less work than any other method out there.

5. You get to know other students in the class.

And this is a good thing.  Not only do you get to hear the great questions of others that you might not have thought to ask, you may also find others to study with so you don’t have to struggle in a subject you find more difficult.  Let’s not forget either that school isn’t just about making the grade and graduating, it’s also about making friends you may keep the rest of your life.  A good place to find those friends is right there in class.

6. It’s where the answers are.

How else will you know what’s on the test?

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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 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.

Students, Learn How to Tap Into That Big Brain of Yours

Students who want to be successful should know more about how much they have going for them right between their ears.

Students Tap into your brain powerDid you know you have a million, million brain cells?

Give or take a few dozen or so, that’s about how many you have. And we used to believe that we only use about 10% of our brain power and now we know we really use about 1%. Amazing, isn’t it?

Here’s what this means to you.

You are a natural born genius!

Right now, you have exactly what it takes to be exactly the student you were meant to be. You know, that person who can accomplish all those things you think about late at night when you imagine what your life will be like after graduation?

You are destined for success as a student and in life! If you want to have more success in school, your job is to tap that potential and put it to use.

If you want to learn more about how your brain works, and how to be successful in school as a student, read the rest of my student success tips; let your brain help you make the ride to success the exhilarating journey it was meant to be.

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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 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.

Students Who Lead with Positive Attitudes Get Results

Focus on the Positive and Remember That Attitude is Important, Especially for the New Students on Campus

having a positive attitude helps your resultsJennifer, a junior who will next year be the student in charge of Welcome Week for her college’s incoming freshmen, said that the “positive factor” is the most important element that makes new students feel comfortable and happy they chose their school. “Every student on the Welcome Week committee was first chosen for their positive attitude. It makes a huge difference in giving the new students a positive first impression of the school.”

As you lead your team, keep that positive attitude whether it only meets for a few months a year, or for the better part of the entire year.  Remember, most of the time, these students are volunteers, and they have tons of responsibilities outside of this group, you must lead in order to keep their attitude positive as well!

Catch people in the act of being good, smart, funny, helpful, selfless, any value you’d like to reinforce.  Praise them openly and be specific about what they did and how that helps to further the mission of the group.

When you are praising people, especially the new students, use their names, look them in the eye, and be sincere.  It’s amazing how you will find students going out of their way to do well when they know they are appreciated.

School can be tough and many people put in a lot of effort with very little reward or recognition. Frequent, prompt, and honest praise will go a long way in helping students stay on track when it seems that no one is noticing their contributions.

Stay focused on the all the great unique talents your people bring to the group and they will continue to live up to your high expectations.