On Course Strategies for Student Success

8 Choices of Successful College Students


College Success Principles

On Course offers educators innovative strategies for empowering students to become active, responsible learners.

Synthesizing the best wisdom from innovators in psychology, education, business, sports, and personal effectiveness, the On Course Success Principles represent eight of the essential "things" that good learners believe and do. Founded on these timeless principles, the On Course text and the On Course Workshops give students and instructors alike a collection of practical success tools. 

Successful Students...

Struggling Students...

1. ACCEPT SELF-RESPONSIBILITY, seeing themselves as the primary cause of their outcomes and experiences.

1. ...see themselves as Victims, believing that what happens to them is determined primarily by external forces such as fate, luck, and powerful others.

2. DISCOVER SELF-MOTIVATION, finding purpose in their lives by discovering personally meaningful goals and dreams.

2. ...have difficulty sustaining motivation, often feeling depressed, frustrated, and/or resentful about a lack of direction in their lives.

3. MASTER SELF-MANAGEMENT, consistently planning and taking purposeful actions in pursuit of their goals and dreams.

3. ...seldom identify specific actions needed to accomplish a desired outcome. And when they do, they tend to procrastinate.

4. EMPLOY INTERDEPENDENCE, building mutually supportive relationships that help them achieve their goals and dreams (while helping others to do the same).

4. ...are solitary, seldom requesting, even rejecting offers of assistance from those who could help.

5. GAIN SELF-AWARENESS, consciously employing behaviors, beliefs, and attitudes that keep them on course.

5. ...make important choices unconsciously, being directed by self-sabotaging habits and outdated life scripts.

6. ADOPT LIFE-LONG LEARNING, finding valuable lessons and wisdom in nearly every experience they have.

6. ...resist learning new ideas and skills, viewing learning as fearful or boring rather than as mental play.

7. DEVELOP EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE, effectively managing their emotions in support of their goals and dreams.

7. ...live at the mercy of strong emotions such as anger, depression, anxiety, or a need for instant gratification.

8. BELIEVE IN THEMSELVES, seeing themselves capable, lovable, and unconditionally worthy as human beings.

8. ...doubt their competence and personal value, feeling inadequate to create their desired outcomes and experiences.

"Materials from, Downing, On Course 4. Displayed with special permission of Houghton Mifflin Company. All Rights Reserved."






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