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Strengths and Academics

Take a look at some strategies below that can help you use your Signature Themes to achieve various goals in your academic life. Locate and examine the strategies that are customized to your Signature Themes. As you do this, you may want to consider the items that are already helping you in you studying and those that may help you achieve at an even greater level of excellence.

The insight following insights and action ideas can help you apply talents to achieve in various aspects of your academic life.

Achiever

Domain: Executing

People exceptionally talented in the Achiever theme work hard and possess a great deal of stamina. They take immense satisfaction in being busy and productive.

Study techniques:

  • Track assignments for each class. Incorporate short term and long-term goals with each class into your tracking.
  • Reflect on your best study environment, whether it be with a tutor, friends, or by yourself.
  • Always prioritize activities including assignments, what you need to study for an exam, or essays.

Academic tips:

  • Set at least one clearly defined, measurable goal for each class at the beginning of the semester. Revisit when you feel overwhelmed in order to stay on top of the course and feel on top of your learning
  • Be sure to understand the professor's expectations for you and your coursework
  • Identify the most important or crucial point of discussion after every class. Keep a log and refer to it before exams

Courses that may excite you:

  • Choose courses that are unfamiliar to you in order to challenge yourself
  • Research professors who have a reputation for assisting students in reaching their goals
  • Be purposeful about the order of your classes. Every semester, try to take a class that challenges you and interests you.

Activator

Domain: Influencing

People exceptionally talented in the Activator theme can make things happen by turning thoughts into action. They want to do things now, rather than simply talk about them.

Study techniques:

  • Host a study group. Allow for all individuals to contribute information and encourage more timid individuals to share their thoughts or experiences.
  • Read ahead to prepare for class lectures. Jot down topics and thoughts in the margin of books in order to have points of discussion to bring up.
  • Staying physically active will help you remain engaged and focused in your studies

Academic Tips:

  • Initiate classroom discussions. Ask questions, encourage debate with other students and know it is okay to have differing opinions than others.
  • Continue conversations with peers outside of the classroom. Encourage debate and discussion outside of the classroom setting.
  • Write the first draft of an essay and immediately seek guidance and feedback from a professor or tutor. Incorporate this feedback into the second draft.

Courses that may excite you:

  • Look for experiential learning courses. You will be more excited to stay involved in your learning in an action-based curriculum.
  • Enroll in courses that involve topics that spark passion in you. Passion encourages you to dive deeper into topics and take action.
  • Avoid classes that may restrict your pace or method

Adaptability

Domain: Relationship Building

People exceptionally talented in the Adaptability theme prefer to go with the flow. They tend to be people who take things as they come and discover the future one day at a time.

Study techniques:

  • Understand your personal study habits and know that it is okay to grow and change with your study plan. If you stay too consistent with a study plan, you may get bored with it.
  • Create a study group and hold each other accountable for exams and assignments
  • Establish places around campus where you can study. Having different locations will allow you to break up your studying so you don’t get burned out or bored with your studying.

Academic tips:

  • Do not be afraid to explore majors before committing to one. Many students with Adaptability start out as Discovery major so they can have a chance to look at multiple majors with an academic advisor before focusing in on one (or even multiple) majors.
  • Make a conscious effort to balance work, school, and social life. If you see one that is lacking, be sure to give it extra attention
  • Challenge yourself to take classes that consist of one long assignment instead of many small, individual assignments

Courses that may excite you:

  • Choose an elective based on your personal interests
  • Be aware of the professors teaching style before enrolling or staying in a class. As your advisor, ask other students, even ask other students. It is okay to if your learning style doesn’t work perfectly with every professor.
  • Take advantage of the drop/add period to explore classes and teachers

Analytical

Domain: Strategic Thinking

People exceptionally talented in the Analytical theme search for reasons and causes. They have the ability to all of the factors that might affect a situation.

Study techniques:

  • Analyze discussions or articles. See where there is a lack of information and do not be afraid to question it.
  • Write down your questions as you have them. Ask classmates or professors if they know the answers to these questions.

Academic tips:

  • Create and uphold action plans for yourself regarding each of your classes.
  • Anticipate problems you may have when beginning the class.
  • Reexamine notes that you took during class and reiterate them in other words in order to gain full clarity of the topic.

Courses that may excite you:

  • Take a class with a professor that is known to be an expert in their field.
  • Avoid disorganized professors.

Arranger

Domain: Executing

People strong in the Arranger theme can organize, but they also have a flexibility that complements this ability. They like to figure out how all of the pieces and resources can be arranged for maximum productivity.

Study techniques:

  • Use a priority chart to identify the most important task based on deadlines, final grades, and difficulty.
  • Summarize main ideas and take notes in the margins of books.
  • Take study breaks in order to let your mind relax and recharge.

Academic tips:

  • Utilize calendars for academic priorities and personal activities. Continually update it.
  • Read through directions before taking a test or starting a project. By doing this, you can effectively prioritize time.
  • Structure notes more effectively. All notes that pertain to one topic, keep on one page. This will make for more accessible studying or research.

Courses that may excite you:

  • Choose classes with independent study options
  • Volunteer to assist your professor in a specific project. This may be research, interviews, an event, or even a community initiative.

Belief

Domain: Executing

People exceptionally talented in the Belief theme have certain core values that are unchanging. Out of these values emerges a defined purpose for their lives.

Study techniques:

  • Try to connect what you are studying to what your beliefs are. Write out your beliefs and then the main ideas of what you are studying. See how they connect.
  • Always assess if what you are studying adding meaning to your life
  • Create a study group of individuals who share similar beliefs as you

Academic tips:

  • Create your own academic mission statement. Add your ideals, long-term goals, short-term goals, and your core values.
  • Create room for educational debates in the classroom. Challenge your classmates to see things from a different perspective.
  • Educate yourself on individuals who stood up against resistance in order to inspire yourself

Courses that may excite you:

  • Discussion-based courses that allow for organic conversation among peers
  • Enroll in a class with a professor who has strong beliefs, whether they match with yours or not. Observe the impact that this professor has on their students.
  • Select classes that challenge you to clarify, reinforce, defend, and live out the guiding principles of your life.

Command

Domain: Influencing

People exceptionally talented in the Command theme have a presence. They can take control of the situation and make decisions.

Study techniques:

  • Join a study group that enjoys engaging in educational debates
  • Try to argue both sides in a discussion in order to encourage debate and observe different perspectives. This will allow you to dive deeper into thinking and understand your course work further.
  • When writing, identify ideas that you would like to defend in your paper as you outline it. This will you excite you that you are working to accomplish all of this in your work.

Academic tips:

  • Ask direct and critical questions to encourage class discussion and debate
  • Challenge what you read or learn in class by looking to continue to collect information, insight, and perspective beyond classroom lectures to continue your learning
  • If an interesting class discussion ends due to class being over, schedule a time with the professor to speak through the rest of the discussion in order to continue your interest and growth

Courses that may excite you:

  • Choose courses taught by professors with strong opinions who are willing to lead debates and share multiple opinions in their courses
  • Enroll in classes where you are expected to voice your opinion
  • Enroll in classes that are known for being discussion-based

Communication

Domain: Influencing

People exceptionally talented in the Communication theme generally find it easy to put their thoughts into words. They are good conversationalists and presenters.

Study techniques:

  • Discuss a course topic with others until you fully understand it
  • Entertain your study group by creating stories and interesting ways to understand concepts
  • Encourage classroom discussion and engagement

Academic tips:

  • Be sure you understand a concept by repeating it back to the professor and your peers for clarification
  • Connect what you are learning in the classroom to real-life current events
  • Encourage conversation about topics outside of the classroom

Courses that may excite you:

  • Classes with a lot of student participation
  • Prefers professors who use narrative as a form of teaching. Prefers to do the same in assignments or class projects.
  • Rather be in a class that weighs grades heavily on class participation or oral presentations

Competition

Domain: Influencing

People exceptionally talented in the Competition theme measure their progress against the performance of others. They strive to win first place and revel in contests.

Study techniques:

  • Observe the individuals who are at the same skill level as you.
  • Establish attainable and meaningful academic goals with yourself
  • Look for the best students in the class. Identify what techniques they are using to be the best.

Academic tips:

  • Use your grades as a scorecard to help you do your best
  • Look through the syllabus to understand how a professor weighs their grades
  • Support your classmates. Observe what they are doing right and apply it to your routine.

Courses that may excite you:

  • Choose a course where the professor allows for you to see your ranking among other students
  • Enroll in classes where you will exceed and potentially be the best
  • Take advanced level classes in order to continually challenge yourself

Connectedness

Domain: Relationship Building

People exceptionally talented in the Connectedness theme have faith in the links among all things. They believe there are few coincidences and that almost every event has meaning.

Study techniques:

  • Realize that it is okay to ask questions. Throughout your courses, as you ask questions, you will better understand how the topics you learn better connect to the overarching topics of the course and it will help you learn and motivate you to study throughout the entire course.
  • Focus on breathing before starting an exam or a project
  • Create a calm environment before starting to study or taking an exam

Academic tips:

  • Loves to observe the connections between various courses.
  • Keep a journal where you keep your thoughts and ideas free-flowing. Come back and reflect on these ideas.

Courses that may excite you:

  • Tends to enjoy classes that encourage why questions
  • Enroll for classes that allow you to see differing perspectives while comparing and contrasting these correlations.
  • Comparative studies classes

Consistency

Domain: Executing

People exceptionally talented in the Consistency theme are keenly aware of the need to treat people the same. They crave stable routines and clear rules and procedures that everyone can follow.

Study techniques:

  • Review the syllabus and make a plan that anticipates what you need to do in the class in order to get the grade you want
  • Reflect on how much time you require to finish each time of assignment for class essays, presentations, exams
  • Create a routine for yourself

Academic tips:

  • Review the syllabus and see how many points play into different aspects of the class
  • Let others know how important your routine is to your success
  • Be vocal about injustices in the classroom such a favoritism

Courses that may excite you:

  • Enroll in classes where expectation and assignments are clear
  • Understand your learning style. Observe different professors teaching styles. Find a professor whose teaching style best suits your learning style
  • Avoid professors who are known for picking favorites in the classroom

Context

Domain: Strategic Thinking

People exceptionally talented in the Context theme enjoy thinking about the past. They understand the present by researching its history.

Study techniques:

  • Hypothesize and discuss your own theories in historical events. Encourages others to join in the conversation.
  • Read beyond the sources assigned by the class so you can understand why
  • Reflect on your own academic history and how you can improve it

Academic tips:

  • Explore courses that revolve around the history of a topic. Set a personal goal to make a connection between this course and current events
  • Look for opportunities to speak with first-hand witnesses to historical events
  • Attend extra lectures or webinars that revolve around passion areas

Courses that may excite you:

  • Enroll in classes that utilize first-hand sources including real-life speakers
  • Avoid classes that require mere memorization
  • Explore courses that revolve around the history of a topic

Deliberative

Domain: Executing

People exceptionally talented in the Deliberative theme are best described by the serious care they take in making decisions or choices. They anticipate obstacles.

Study techniques:

  • Review class notes and rewrite them in a different way in order to make sure you understand the material to its fullest extent
  • Figure out how you best study. If it is alone, make time to study alone. If it is in a group, get classmates together in order to form a study group.
  • Form questions while you study and make sure you have the answers to these questions before taking the exam.

Academic tips:

  • Request a copy of the syllabus before enrolling in a course
  • Be present for all class sessions and lectures so that you do not miss important information that may be helpful for decision making in the future.
  • Before visiting a professor for office hours, create a list of questions or items you would like to discuss.

Courses that may excite you:

  • Take classes that have clear expectations and meaningful class discussions
  • Get the opinions of peers before registering for a class. Make sure the class has clear expectations and serious discussions.
  • Meet with advisors to make sure that you are on track with course selection

Developer

Domain: Relationship Building

People exceptionally talented in the Developer theme recognize and cultivate the potential in others. They spot the signs of each small improvement and derive satisfaction from evidence of progress.

Study techniques:

  • Re-explain a concept from the lesson to a peer or professor in order to ensure your understanding
  • Form study groups that allows for you and your peers to teach and learn from each other
  • Study by yourself first, then attend a study group in order to assist your peers with the lesson

Academic tips:

  • Motivate yourself by offering to tutor someone in your class
  • During lectures, take notes of interesting and new observations. Be sure to share this information with other classmates or the professor.

Courses that may excite you:

  • Look for courses that encourage group work and are partner-oriented will engage you
  • Explore enrolling in service-learning courses
  • Choose a class that will help you develop your talent of helping others.

Discipline

Domain: Executing

People exceptionally talented in the Discipline theme enjoy routine and structure. Their world is best described by the order they create.

Study techniques:

  • When studying for an exam, attend a professor's office hours and ask about direct expectations for the exam
  • Before writing a paper or studying for an exam, collect all necessary notes and sources
  • Use your strength to stay ahead of assignments, encourage others to do the same

Academic tips:

  • Request access to the syllabus before enrolling in a course
  • Keep a detailed calendar with dates of tests, assignments, presentations, or papers
  • Be sure to have a clear space to work in order to avoid your mind feeling cluttered

Courses that may excite you:

  • Enroll in classes where professors are known for being transparent in expectations and clear with instructions. Ensure that the professor is not known for adding last-minute assignments on the class.
  • Prioritize required classes
  • Try to avoid classes that do not have strict deadlines or lack organization

Empathy

Domain: Relationship Building

People exceptionally talented in the Empathy theme can sense other people’s feelings by imagining themselves in their lives or situations.

Study techniques:

  • As soon as you have an idea, write it down and how you feel about it
  • Ask for clarity on projects or assignments from your professor
  • When in a study group, observe how others are feeling and bring these feelings out in the open

Academic tips:

  • Keep a journal in order to write about how a certain article or story makes you feel and how the author intended people to feel
  • Support peers who are frustrated in a course
  • Seek personal experiences when reading textbooks or creating a project. This will help you identify the emotions of the intended text.

Courses that may excite you:

  • Take a course where the professor relates to the students and works to form connections with them
  • Take classes that allow you frequent use of your feelings and connections to others

Focus

Domain: Executing

People exceptionally talented in the Focus theme can take a direction, follow through and make the corrections necessary to stay on track. They prioritize, then act.

Study techniques:

  • Before writing a paper, outline your ideas and notable quotes you would like to utilize
  • In a study group, help classmates understand how different pieces of a project fit together in order to be successful
  • Identify what type of environment you work best in and allow you to deeply focus on your work

Academic tips:

  • Be sure to regulate your time in order to avoid work overload and exhaustion
  • Assist in helping the class stay on track with discussions
  • Realize the connection between what you are learning in class and how it will assist you in reaching your long-term goals

Courses that may excite you:

  • Enroll for classes where professors are known to stay on track with the lesson
  • Choose classes that allow you to focus on long term goals
  • Select a class that has defined directions and expectations

Futuristic

Domain: Strategic Thinking

People exceptionally talented in the Futuristic theme are inspired by the future and what could be. They energize others with their visions of the future.

Study techniques:

  • Try to truly understand what you are studying instead of just trying to memorize
  • Treat exams and projects as a step toward your future to help keep you motivated in your studying and preparation
  • Envision your future in each course you take, understand what steps are necessary to accomplish that future

Academic tips:

  • Go out of your comfort zone in order to gain new insights
  • Challenge professors with questions in order to understand purpose and decision-making. When learning about smaller parts of a course, ask a professor how this connects to the larger picture, this will help you connect it into future application in your life and career.
  • Understand what is expected in each of your classes

Courses that may excite you:

  • Enroll in classes that are challenging and have professors known for taking risks
  • Take classes with professors who are forward-thinking
  • Enroll in a class that will push you to think differently

Harmony

Domain: Relationship Building

People exceptionally talented in the Harmony theme look for consensus. They don’t enjoy conflict; rather, they seek areas of agreement.

Study techniques:

  • In a group setting, assist others in discovering how their ideas tie into the ideas of the lesson
  • When reading something controversial, find an idea that you agree with. You can start analyzing it from there.
  • Read with an open mind.

Academic tips:

  • Look for opinions from experts. This will assist you in forming your beliefs and philosophy.
  • You perform best in an environment where individuals are seeking to understand each other, not seeking to debate
  • Look for the reasoning behind all actions

Courses that may excite you:

  • Avoid courses where controversy is encouraged
  • Enroll in classes that avoid conflict but look for classes that discuss personal experience and understanding of others
  • Avoid controversial, confrontational professors

Ideation

Domain: Strategic Thinking

People exceptionally talented in the Ideation theme are fascinated by ideas. They are able to find connections between seemingly disparate phenomena.

Study techniques:

  • After you read through an idea or a concept, formulate your own idea and concept inspired by the one you just read
  • Allow yourself enough time to study and process material. Do not rush your thinking process
  • Create a study group where you brainstorm ideas or ways to remember and learn different information

Academic tips:

  • Ask a faculty member if you can observe their research where you can understand their ideas
  • Share your ideas and concepts with the class in order to have engaging class discussions
  • Ask a faculty member to assist you with your own personal reflection

Courses that may excite you:

  • Look into completing independent study courses
  • Enroll in a class that has lighthearted-educational discussions
  • Explore professors that are known for their diverse set of ideas

Includer

Domain: Relationship Building

People exceptionally talented in the Includer theme accept others. They show awareness of those who feel left out and make an effort to include them.

Study techniques:

  • Study with other people. If an individual is not talking much, ask them to contribute to the conversation
  • Invite new people to study with you and your friends
  • Create a study group that has a mixture of vocal people as well as shy people. Encourage discussion from both sides.

Academic tips:

  • When split into small groups for class projects, encourage each group member to contribute ideas
  • Make an effort to talk to individuals in class who seem more shy
  • Attend webinars or speeches from an individual with a different background. Introduce yourself to other individuals attending the session.

Courses that may excite you:

  • Enroll in a class that is known for having a diverse student population
  • Enroll in classes that highly value class participation and discussion
  • Explore service-learning opportunities that will allow you to work with other people

Individualization

Domain: Relationship Building

People exceptionally talented in the Individualization theme are intrigued with the unique qualities of each person. They have a gift for figuring out how different people can work together productively.

Study techniques:

  • Create a study group with individuals who have differing opinions and views on situations. Not only will you help them find commonalities, but you will also learn about different perspectives.
  • Take notes about how textbooks or authors create uniqueness is how they are writing or telling a story

Academic tips:

  • Read about people. Their uniqueness will keep you interested.
  • Continually observe others around you. How they learn, the types of questions they ask. See how your learning style is different and how it’s the same.

Courses that may excite you:

  • Look for classes that offer lots of discussion and opportunities to learn from peers
  • Look for professors who value diversity and bringing different types of people together
  • Enroll in classes where the main study is people

Input

Domain: Strategic Thinking

People exceptionally talented in the Input theme have a need to collect and archive. They may accumulate information, ideas, artifacts or even relationships.

Study techniques:

  • Give yourself deadlines when researching certain topics that way you will know when to finish, rather than feeling like you have no end to the information you are working to gather
  • Keep track of deadlines through a planner or sticky notes
  • Prioritize your assignments

Academic tips:

  • Save all notes from previous classes as references
  • Start a file for potential articles that you would like to explore and read more about
  • Seek time to explore information that is beyond your courses

Courses that may excite you:

  • Enroll in research-heavy courses
  • You will enjoy professors who are extremely knowledgeable in their topic of study
  • Look at enrolling in discussion-based courses where you can share in the knowledge and passion of your professor

Intellection

Domain: Strategic Thinking

People exceptionally talented in the Intellection theme are characterized by their intellectual activity. They are introspective and appreciate intellectual discussions.

Study techniques:

  • If a class or assignment is frustrating you, take a step back and process what is happening and what needs to be done. Return to the class or assignment with a fresh view.
  • Study to learn and understand, not just to memorize
  • Take time to plan thoughts out before writing a paper or publicly speaking

Academic tips:

  • Research topics that interest and engage you
  • Contemplate and plan out your academic goals
  • Follow your intellectual curiosity

Courses that may excite you:

  • Classes that require analytical thinking
  • Choose professors that require careful and critical thinking in their course

Learner

Domain: Strategic Thinking

People exceptionally talented in the Learner theme have a great desire to learn and want to continuously improve. The process of learning, rather than the outcome, excites them.

Study techniques:

  • Join engaging study groups
  • Be in an environment that best suits your learning style
  • Find correlations between classes and lessons

Academic tips:

  • Read outside material related to topics that you are studying. This will allow you to learn different perspectives and form educated opinions
  • Go into every experience with the intention of learning something new. Even if it is a class that you feel you will not be interested in.
  • Always ask yourself "What did I learn from this?"

Courses that may excite you:

  • Choose courses that will continually challenge you and make you question information that you may not know. You will be more engaged.
  • Look for research opportunities with professors

Maximizer

Domain: Influencing

People exceptionally talented in the Maximizer theme focus on strengths as a way to stimulate personal and group excellence. They seek to transform something strong into something superb.

Study techniques:

  • Find environments where you feel most comfortable and feel productive to get things done
  • Reflect on what your learning style is, what you need to gain the most from a classroom experience and your professors, and what excites you when you are learning about new topics
  • Understand how you can manage your weaknesses when studying

Academic tips:

  • Before enrolling for a class, identify how you can utilize your strengths when doing assignments, projects, etc
  • Look into finding a faculty mentor that can help you maximize your learning beyond the classroom experience and your textbooks. This will help you understand how to apply it to real-life experiences and make the most of your learning.

Courses that may excite you:

  • Enroll in classes where a professor teaching style works best with your learning style
  • Explore classes that will allow you to expand old skills and learn new skills. This will also continue to help you explore areas that may bring you interest in your future.
  • Enroll in a class with group projects

Positivity

Domain: Relationship Building

People exceptionally talented in the Positivity theme have contagious enthusiasm. They are upbeat and can get others excited about what they are going to do.

Study techniques:

  • Find active and upbeat study partners
  • Think of fun and motivating ways to remember lessons. You may use rhymes, songs, activities or quotes.
  • Assist others in finding excitement in an assignment or project

Academic tips:

  • Encourage exciting classroom discussion
  • Assist in making learning fun and engaging. Make sure that new techniques for learning are always used. IF you use the same technique over and over, you will get bored and will lose excitement.
  • Help classmates relax and de-stress when needed

Courses that may excite you:

  • Take classes you find exciting and meaningful
  • Research the professor and see if they have a positive teaching approach

Relator

Domain: Relationship Building

People exceptionally talented in the Relator theme enjoy close relationships with others. They find deep satisfaction in working hard with friends to achieve a goal.

Study techniques:

  • Form study groups with close friends. Invite a new member from the class. Make sure that the study groups is small.
  • Have discussions about class lectures outside of class
  • At the study group, everyone shares the key details of the reading that they thought were most important

Academic tips:

  • Look for friends who have the same academic goals in mind
  • Seek a mentor that has a genuine interest in your growth. Potentially find a mentor who has/had the same field of study as you, was from the same area as you or has another similar connection to you.
  • Make a new friend in each of your classes. Connect with them on social media or exchange phone numbers in case one of you all has questions or if you want to find a way to study together

Courses that may excite you:

  • Enroll in classes where you already have a stable relationship with the professor
  • Choose classes taught by professors that encourage the class to be more of a community. These may be professions that encourage class discussion, that connect you all together outside of the classroom or encourage you all to find connections outside of the course work.
  • Please note for you, it is just as important to build a relationship with the professor as it is to learn the material being taught in the course

Responsibility

Domain: Executing

People exceptionally talented in the Responsibility theme take psychological ownership of what they say they will do. They are committed to stable values such as honesty and loyalty.

Study techniques:

  • Schedule specific study times for each of your classes throughout the week
  • Keep track of main ideas or vocabulary when reading an assignment. You can do this by highlighting vocabulary or writing it down on post-its and going back through it after you complete your reading.
  • List out important dates once you receive the syllabus. Make sure that you compile all of these important dates for all of your classes in one place, or it may get overwhelming.

Academic tips:

  • Know the expectations of the class as soon as it begins.
  • Always try to work ahead on assignments, reading, and preparing for exams
  • Ask your professors what being a successful student means to them

Courses that may excite you:

  • Choose a class with a professor who is known for being trusted and consistent with their expectations for their students. This is important because you will not deal well with last-minute assignments for changes to the course.
  • Enroll in an independent study class where you can choose what you learn

Restorative

Domain: Executing

People exceptionally talented in the Restorative theme are adept at dealing with problems. They are good at figuring out what is wrong and resolving it.

Study techniques:

  • Make a list of ways you plan to tackle each new class. Breakdown the list in detail and set deadlines for each task that needs to be completed.
  • Create a support system where each part is contributing equal amounts of effort
  • Think of ways you can improve study habits for yourself and for a friend

Academic tips:

  • Read the syllabus as soon as you get it in order to be ready for problems that may arise in your schedule throughout the semester so you can be prepared for busy times
  • Do not let a low-grade ruin your learning experience. Remember to make a learning situation out of it and also look at the whole syllabus to see how you can utilize future assignments to bring up your grade in the course.
  • Once you get your test grades back, take the time to find the answers of the test questions you did not get right. This will help you understand the questions your professor is asking better and help you process the class better so you can understand how to prepare for future tests and quizzes.

Courses that may excite you:

  • Any course that has case studies or activities where a solution needs to be found.
  • Be in a class where the professor is known for wanting to fix things, either in the university or the community
  • Take a class where you learn how to problem-solve or deal with real-life conflict resolution. This will excite you and make the learning more interesting.

Self-Assurance

Domain: Influencing

People exceptionally talented in the Self-Assurance theme feel confident in their ability to take risks and manage their own lives. They have an inner compass that gives them certainty in their decisions.

Study techniques:

  • Explore the topics you are studying beyond the pages you are reading and have confidence in your study and learning styles
  • Do more than what is asked in the assignment or project. This may include Googling topics that interest you, talking to a professor during office hours, or watching a lecture on topics of interest.
  • Encourage and push your study group to set realistic expectations for projects or exams. Assist them in reaching that goal

Academic tips:

  • Make sure that you are completely in control of your grade by asking professors for rubrics and written expectations. This will help you feel more prepared and in line with everything you need to do to succeed in your class.
  • Always look to be a better student and explore ways of accomplishing that.
  • Have confidence in what you learned and express what you learned with others

Courses that may excite you:

  • Enroll in a class with a professor who utilizes a grading rubric and has clear expectations
  • Be in a class that is challenging and stimulating. If you don’t feel stimulated, you will easily check out of the course and not do your best.
  • Enroll in classes that have a clear path to success with defined expectations, deadlines, projects, and rubrics

Significance

Domain: Influencing

People exceptionally talented in the Significance theme want to make a big impact. They are independent and prioritize projects based on how much influence they will have on their organization or people around them.

Study techniques:

  • Take the step in forming a study group with individuals who are also looking to succeed
  • After every lesson, identify main ideas
  • Establish relationships with other students who have a good academic reputation and figure out ways that you can learn together

Academic tips:

  • Identify how your personal goals connect to your academic life
  • Make a list of your personal and academic goals, find commonalities and how one can assist you with accomplishing the other
  • Identify how your classes play into your future

Courses that may excite you:

  • Enroll in classes that have discussions and a lot of participation
  • Independent studies classes
  • Be in a class where the professor gives helpful feedback. This could be feedback on essays, presentations, careers, or anything.

Strategic

Domain: Strategic Thinking

People exceptionally talented in the Strategic theme create alternative ways to proceed. Faced with any given scenario, they can quickly spot the relevant patterns and issues.

Study techniques:

  • Reflect and write down possible solutions for problems
  • Make up games that allow for you and your friends to be more engaged when studying
  • Always strive to do a little more than planned.

Academic tips:

  • Be a part of a research class
  • Encourage creative discussion and solutions

Courses that may excite you:

  • Independent studies
  • Classes with heavy discussion

Woo

Domain: Influencing

People exceptionally talented in the Woo theme love the challenge of meeting new people and winning them over. They derive satisfaction from breaking the ice and making a connection with someone.

Study techniques:

  • Study in places where there are a lot of people, like the library or the CUB
  • Create a study group in your new class with individuals you do not know yet
  • Try to meet the professor (or communicate with the professor) before starting the course. This way, you will be able to judge the logistics of the course

Academic tips:

  • Use engaging words in order to bring attention back to the classroom discussion
  • Meet the other individuals in your class. Disarm them and allow for class discussion to become more engaging and richer.
  • Make time to study with individuals who have similar goals in mind.

Courses that may excite you:

  • A course that allows you to meet new people that you would have never interacted with before
  • An experiential learning class that connects you to a passion area
  • A course that is heavy in group work