The Almighty “A” and The Forever “F” Workshop



Staying ahead of classes can be challenging; everyone is studying hard to keep their grade an A. There are times when the grade students are hoping for on an exam is not the grade they receive. This situation can be problematic. It might hurt students' confidence, provoking them to want to give up or stop caring for a particular class. Thus, Susan Larsen, the Director of Career Services, created The Almighty “A” and The Forever “F” Workshop to reach out to students in this situation.

Larsen starts off her workshop with a few different ways students can reach Career Counseling Services if they feel overwhelmed with classes, or just need to talk to a person who will understand their situation.

- CCS main office phone number: 575-562-2211

- CCS Counselor on-call Crisis Line: 575-607-5689

- CCS Counseling on-call Text Line: 575-825-1978

If students want to reach out the CCS online, they can go to:

- https://www.enmu.edu/greyhound-life/career-services

- https://my.enmu.edu/group/forms/ask-it-basket

- http://www.enmu.edu/CounselingCorner

- https://my.enmu.edu/group/forms/counseling-corner

There is a confidential form to request services located in Counseling Corner.

Larsen then began to ask students their opinions of what an A is, followed by a past story of how she was not an A student in the first two years of college. She explained that employers and graduate schools understand that the first few college years can be challenging and an adjustment. Employers and graduate schools look more at the grades received in junior and senior years than in freshman and sophomore years. For this being said, if a student receives a bad grade, they should not worry and give up because they still have time to reevaluate their success.

It was suggested that a student should ask themselves, “What am I missing?”

- Key concepts and notes in a class

- Opportunities for extra credit

- Missing connections with a teacher or a tutor

- Missing class or study time

- A Balanced life, with enough sleep, eating healthy or enough time for work, friends and classes.

“Teachers are here to help you succeed; so are tutors. If you’re not understanding something get help from your teacher or the tutor,” stated Larsen. Larsen ended her Workshop by giving out valuable handouts to help students reach their goals, which are included below.

Short-Term Goals Action List

Example: To do well in school, I need to:

- Study smarter p Attend my classes

- Do my assignment on time p Participate in class discussions

- Follow directions p Manage my time well

1. To _____________________________________________________________, I need to:

- ____________________________________________________________________

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2. To _____________________________________________________________, I need to:

- ____________________________________________________________________

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3. To _____________________________________________________________, I need to:

- ____________________________________________________________________

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4. To _____________________________________________________________, I need to:

- ____________________________________________________________________

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5. To _____________________________________________________________, I need to:

- ____________________________________________________________________

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ENMU Counseling & Career Services – SAS 232 – (575) 562-2211

How Well Do

You Plan?

DIRECTIONS: FOR EACH QUESTION, CIRCLE THE NUMBER THAT BEST DESCRIBES YOU.

Never

Seldom

Sometimes

Often

Always


How often do you plan in an effort to keep life from running out of control?

1

2

3

4

5


Do you put daily plans on paper?

1

2

3

4

5


Do you allow flexibility in your plans?

1

2

3

4

5


How often do you accomplish all you plan for

a given day?

1

2

3

4

5


How often do you plan time for what matters most

to you?

1

2

3

4

5

How often is your daily plan destroyed by urgent interruptions?

5

4

3

2

1


Academic Skills Center, Dartmouth College 2001


SCORING: Add the numbers next to your answers.

INTERPRETATION:

6-10: Terrible Planner.

You should consider using new tools and processes to help you plan effectively. A great first step would be to take a time management course.

11-15: Below average planner.

You may already have a planning system, but using it more effectively will help to reduce the stress and lack of control you feel in your life.

16-20: Average planner.

Your planning system is working, but you can do better. You may need help focusing on priorities, dealing with urgent interruptions or writing your daily plan.

21-25: Above-average planner.

Your planning system is working well. Keep up the good work, with periodic reviews to be sure you’re planning around what matters most in your life.

26-30: Excellent planner--or candidate for burnout?

You have mastered planning and should experience the serenity that comes from taking charge of your life. But make sure you’re in control of your planning rather than letting it control you.

Quiz written for USA WEEKEND by time management expert Hyrum Smith, chairman of the Franklin Covey Co., whose Franklin Planners, agendas and planning software are used by 15 million Americans.

Five Steps to Successful Time Management

1. Set specific academic and personal goals.

2. Create a term calendar, recording major events.

3. Create a weekly schedule of your classes, labs, drill, meetings, etc.

4. Decide on specific times to work on each course.

5. Make a to-do list for each day the night before or during breakfast.



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