Month: June 2014

Success Coaching @ Mohawk College Success Tip #47

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Theme: Stress Tolerance

Twitter Quote:

Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall. Confucius

eLearn Module:  Stress Tolerance

Why this skill is important…

You are probably feeling the pressure as the semester is starting to ramp up and assignments and, and maybe, midterms are approaching. This can be so overwhelming! However, what I find is that student perceptions of their inability to cope or their fear of failing can make this time of year much worse. Worrying about failing can absolutely freeze you and cause you to procrastinate. The irony here is that the procrastination generally leads to failure….just getting started and producing something to hand in can lead to success.

My advice…

Try to focus on getting assignments started, or even completed. Try to just produce something, even if you don’t think it is your best work…just get started. Often by producing something, you may surprise yourself and find that you end up with something that just needs to be edited a little bit. Try and shut off your over-analyzing mind and just produce something…read a chapter, make notes, start/complete an assignment…whatever it is, just get going without any evaluation of your ability or what you are writing. Even if you are not as successful as you would like on an assignment, at least you made the attempt. Now you have something to learn from and you haven’t fallen victim to procrastination. It is easier to rise from unsuccessful situations than it is to improve upon the perception that you can’t do it at all. Stress becomes more manageable as you work through the “to do” list. Get going and be nice to yourself!

Face your academic fears by keeping a balance this week!

If you are interested in further working on building your skill and strengths in the area of Stress Management, check out my Stress Tolerance Module in eLearn under “SuccessCoaching @ MohawkCollege”! You can always book an appointment with a counsellor for more personalized assistance by calling 905-575-2211 or at the Welcome Desk in “The Square” (C102) on the Fennell Campus.

Your Success Coach,

Heather Drummond, M.Ed. (Counselling)

Success Coach & Counsellor @ Mohawk College

Fennell Campus – “The Square” – C102

heather.drummond@mohawkcollege.ca

https://twitter.com/SuccessMohawk

Success Coaching @ Mohawk College – Weekly Study Skill Tip #4

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Active Learning Strategies – “Clear as Mud”

This is a really simple and great strategy for creating a list of questions that you can use to help your understanding of a topic. If you do this every class, and keep an ongoing list of questions, you will have a great little study guide to help prepare for mid-terms and final exams.

Next Steps…

At the end of each class as yourself the following questions:

“What was the “muddiest point” in today’s class?” (What you don’t understand)
“What was the “clearest” point” in today’s class?” (What you can explain to someone else)

Write down your quick responses and keep adding to the same list all semester.

Why do this…

Taking a quick moment to think about “what do I really understand and could teach someone else?” and “what I am a bit fuzzy on?” is a great way to check in with your learning. If you can explain it to someone else, then you understand it well. If you would have trouble explaining it to another person, then this is a cue to ask for help or spend a little more time studying this new information.

HINT…

This will take under 2 minutes and you will have an ongoing list. Also, this is a way of making the new knowledge stick around your brain a little longer. You are enhancing your memory!

Remember…

You can always book an appointment with a counsellor for more personalized assistance with your study skills and strategies by calling 905-575-2211 or coming down to “The Square – C102” on the Fennell Campus and booking an appointment.

Your Success Coach,

Heather Drummond, M.Ed. (Counselling)

Success Coach & Counsellor @ Mohawk College

Mohawk College – Fennell Campus – “The Square” C102

heather.drummond@mohawkcollege.ca

https://twitter.com/SuccessMohawk

Success Coaching @ Mohawk College – Success Tip #46

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Theme: Stress Management through Emotional Self Awareness

Twitter Quote:  

Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood.  Madame Curie

eLearn Module: Emotional Self Awareness

Why this is important…

Everyone has a wonderful communication system that tells them what they need to know about themselves; what they need to avoid, how to best to handle their stressful situations and just what is overall best for them. Emotions! Nature’s wonderful communication system. Sometimes emotions seem nasty, sometimes pleasant; it all depends on how they are being interpreted by you. Most people spend their lives just reacting to emotional information, usually in a way that is negative for them, which sometimes causes people to fear certain emotional states. Think about times where you were angry, afraid, overwhelmed, and happy; what were those emotions telling you about yourself? Your situation? Did you feel fear because you were not sure that you could handle a difficult situation? Were you happy because you were in a situation that allowed you to feel good about yourself and your abilities? Did you feel angry because you felt trapped and did not know how to solve a situation? Emotions are great little communicators…if you listen to the message. They can be a cue that you need to change your situation, to take a different approach or to look for opportunities to use your strengths instead of forcing yourself to work constantly with your deficits. When you select an academic program that fits for you, most students tend to feel a sense of “Flow”; everything feels easy or, at least, in the realm of what is possible. Emotions are not to be feared, but rather just understood as they relate to you. It is the key to knowing what you need and how to become the best version of you.

My advice…

Take a moment to think about what your emotions are telling you. The best place to start is to think about when you are feeling angry, ask yourself what is happening in my life? What am I not for solving? If you are feeling happy…ask yourself the same.

For more information on this topic…

If you are interested in further working on building your skill and strengths in the area of Impulse Control, check out my Emotional Self Awareness Module in eLearn under “SuccessCoaching @ MohawkCollege”!

Your Success Coach,

Heather Drummond, M.Ed. (Counselling)

Success Coach & Counsellor @ Mohawk College

Fennell Campus – “The Square” – C102

heather.drummond@mohawkcollege.ca

https://twitter.com/SuccessMohawk

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Success Coaching @ Mohawk College – Weekly Study Skill Tip #3

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Active Learning – “One Minute Paper”

Here is a really quick and easy way to check what you have learned, what you need understand better and what questions you may need to ask your professor or classmates.

Next Steps:

Use a few minutes at the end of class to answer the following questions in writing:

  • What was the most important thing I learned today?
  • What important question(s) remain(s) unanswered?

Why do this…

These questions generate and enhance your learning process and provide you with feedback on your understanding of the subject material. AND it’s really easy!

HINT

Keep these “one minute papers” because they make a great little study guide for tests and exams.

Remember…

You can always book an appointment with a counsellor for more personalized assistance with your study skills and strategies by calling 905-575-2211 or coming down to “The Square – C102” on the Fennell Campus and booking an appointment.

Your Coach,

Heather Drummond, M.Ed. (Counselling)

Success Coach & Counsellor @ Mohawk College

Mohawk College – Fennell Campus – “The Square” C102

heather.drummond@mohawkcollege.ca

https://twitter.com/SuccessMohawk

Success Coaching @ Mohawk College – Success Tip #45

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Theme: Keeping on Track

Twitter Quote:

Courage is resistance to fear; mastery of fear, not absence of fear.

Mark Twain

eLearn Module: Impulse Control

Why this skill is important…

Attending classes during the summer months can sometimes be really hard. It is nice outside, the sun is shining and you would probably rather be outside than sitting inside in a classroom.  You may have already starting skipping classes and maybe even starting to avoid going back because you are embarrassed, worried about what the professor may think or feeling too overwhelmed and far behind.  Please don’t quit! Face the fear. Just start by making a plan and developing your strategy for getting back on track. I have seen many students get back on track and it is VERY possible.

My advice…

Plan to work a little and play a little each day. You need balance. If you have a plan that gets you caught up by breaking it down to daily manageable “to-do” lists, when you are in “play” mode, please let go of all your thoughts like, “I should be studying”. If you keep putting pressure on yourself in your downtime, you really are not having any downtime at all. Don’t “should” on yourself 😉 You need a balance between work and play for you to manage your impulse to just avoid it alland procrastinate. If you have a plan and your “should be studying” thoughts start…say to yourself “I have a plan and if I follow this plan, I will get caught up”.

Face your academic fears by keeping a balance this week!

If you are interested in further working on building your skill and strengths in the area of Impulse Control, check out my Impulse Control Module in eLearn under “SuccessCoaching @ MohawkCollege”!

You know you want to be successful, and I know you can be…come on, follow me on Twitter, ask me questions, come visit me at the Fennell Campus J

Heather Drummond, M.Ed. (Counselling)

Success Coach & Counsellor @ Mohawk College

Fennell Campus – “The Square” – C102

heather.drummond@mohawkcollege.ca

https://twitter.com/SuccessMohawk

Success Coaching @ Mohawk College – Weekly Study Skill Tip #2

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Study Skill Theme: Goal Setting

Creating Goal Statements: Writing Your Goals in the Form of a Question

Last week I talked about SMART Goals. This week I am proposing a quick and easy strategy for increasing the chances that your set goals can be achieved. Try writing down your goals and then write the same goal in the form of a question.

For Example…

“I plan to read all of my assigned text book chapters each week to keep up with my workload”

Rephrase as a question…

“How will I read all of my assigned readings each week?”

Why do this?

Answering this question will help you arrange your life so that you can achieve this goal. “I will read 1 hour per day before classes start’, “I will work very hard to get my work done at school before I go home because I am more motivated while on campus”, “I will write out a reading schedule, each week, with chapter assignments, and work through this plan each week”, etc.

For personalized help…

Remember you can always book an appointment with a Mohawk Counsellor if you need more personalized assistance! call 905-575-2211 or come down to “The Square” (C102) on the Fennell Campus.

Heather Drummond, M.Ed. (Counselling)

  Success Coach & Counsellor @ Mohawk College

  Mohawk College – Fennell Campus – “The Square” C102

  heather.drummond@mohawkcollege.ca

  https://twitter.com/SuccessMohawk