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Characteristics of a successful student

Successful Students...

Accept Personal Responsibility
Discover Self-Motivation
Master Self-Management
Employ Interdependence (ask for help)
Gain Self-Awareness
Adopt Lifelong Learning
Develop Emotional Intelligence
Believe in Themselves

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Struggling Students...

See themselves as victims
Have difficulty staying motivated
Seldom identify specific actions need to accomplish desired outcomes
Seldom ask for help or reject offers of assistance
Make choices unconsciously
Resist learning new skills and ideas
Live at the mercy of emotions such as anger, depression, and anxiety
Doubt their abilities and personal value

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Taken from On Course: Strategies for Creating Success in College and in Life (Wadsworth/Cengage) by Skip Downing.