How to revise and edit your own work: This ability is known as the very essence of education. The effort to revise and perfect your work can bring up panic and fear, or it can inspire you to excellence. See the College Writing and Editing page.
How to build realistic self-esteem: If you break the habit of comparing yourself to others, you are on the way. Realistic self-esteem never looks down at anyone, nor does it idolize anyone. You have abilities to be excellent that are not the same of those of others. Find out what they are and forget about other people’s abilities as compared to yours.
Hint: If you frequently use social media, you may be in the habit of constantly comparing yourself to others. Research has shown that this habit can breed both depression and arrogance. Many students have heightened their abilities to excel in school and enjoy better socializing with others by deleting the social media apps from their phones.
How to feel empowered in society: Know yourself! Know your abilities and you’ll find many ways to be productive. You’ll never be lacking; you’ll never feel like a victim. You’ll use your setbacks as stepping stones.
Our Thesis about the Nature of Teaching and Learning
o Students have far more potential than they are usually told.
o Students are often distracted from their potential by irrelevant studies as well as by peer pressure, “drama,” work/income pressure, social media, entertainment, and consumer products.
o Students who make the commitment to focus on self-actualized learning can navigate the minefield of irrelevance and make their best vision of themselves REAL.
o Students know more than they think they know, and they can trust their intuition as well as their ordinary thought processes.
o Students can take charge of their own ATTITUDES and change any that no longer serve them.
o Rational thinking is not always rational; it is clouded by conditioning, tradition, fear, miseducation, etc. “Rationalization” (making something that is untrue look rational) is an attitude that unfortunately may be more common than truth-seeking.
o Students can make good decisions by trusting their intuition and positive emotions. Positive emotion is based on love of self and others, and is impossible to distort or exploit. Genuine love doesn’t lie or try to control others.
VALUABLE INFO FROM KEN BAIN: EIGHT POINTS OF ADVICE FOR THOSE WHO CHOOSE TO BE THE BEST COLLEGE STUDENTS
From his book What the Best College Students Do, a quality guidebook for getting the most out of your college experience
There are three types of learners: surface, who do as little as possible to get by; strategic, who aim for top grades rather than true understanding; and deep learners, who leave college with a real, rich education.
How many of the following are you doing?
–Pursue passion, not A’s.
–Get comfortable with failure.
–Make a personal connection to your studies.
–Read and think actively.
–Ask big questions.
–Cultivate empathy for others.
–Set goals (a vision of yourself) and make them real.
–Find a way to contribute to others.