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Shifting Focus : Practices of the Successful College Student. Michael Frizell , Director The Writing Center. Introduction:. Our choices develop our character – and our character determines our choices. “ What we do when no one is looking .”.

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shifting focus practices of the successful college student

Shifting Focus:Practices of the Successful College Student

Michael Frizell, Director

The Writing Center

introduction
Introduction:

Our choices develop our character – and our character determines our choices.

“What we do when no one is looking.”

7 habits of highly effective people by stephen covey
7 Habits of Highly Effective Peopleby Stephen Covey

Reinterpreted as:

The 7 Habits of Effective College Students

one be proactive
One: Be Proactive
  • Take responsibility for your chosen actions
    • Values & Goals
    • Respect
  • Active learning
    • The SLANT System:
      • Sit up straight
      • Lean forward
      • Act interested
      • Nod head
      • Track with eyes
two begin with the end in mind
Two: Begin with the End in Mind

Set goals and have a mission for your life

Motivation—things that direct you:

  • Internal
  • External
  • Passive Learning
three put first things first
Three: Put First Things First
  • Set goals
  • Do first the things that are most important to reaching your goals
  • “Life Leadership”
  • Start a study planner
four think win win how can w e b oth w in
Four: Think Win/WinHow Can We Both Win?

Seek mutual benefit in interdependent relationships.

Don’t give up!

five seek first to understand then be understood
Five: Seek First to Understand, then be Understood.

Try to see an issue from the other person’s point of view…then be understood.

six synergize
Six: Synergize…

…when the joint effort or project of a group is more than what one person can do alone in a reasonable time

Value different opinions, viewpoints, and perspectives when seeking solutions .

seven sharpen the saw
Seven: Sharpen the Saw

Engage in continuous improvement in the physical, mental, spiritual, and social/emotional dimensions of your life .

Balance is necessary!

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THANK YOU!

Michael Frizell, Director

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