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On Course: Chapter 6

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On Course



What are the three habit patterns that form the parts of our scripts that are often observable to others?
Thoughts (when spoken)
Emotions (when strong)

What is the deeper part of a script that contains our view of ourselves, other people and the world?
Core Beliefs


I Show Up
I Do My Best Work
I Participate Actively

Which of these rules, if you applied it more consistently, would increase your chances for academic success?

How important are these same three rules for creating career success?



What personal rules do you have that guide the choices you make daily?

Which of these rules help you create high self-esteem?

Believing in Yourself:
Write Your Own Rule

Who was your favorite teacher in elementary or middle school?

What did you like about that teacher?

What messages did that person give you about your value as a person and your ability as a learner?

How might Annette’s life have been different if she’d had your favorite teacher for math?

One Student's Story:
Annette Valle

Thought Patterns
I will pass chemistry.
Emotional Patterns
I am calm and focused during tests.
Behavior Patterns
I attend classes regularly, do all assignments
thoroughly, and participate actively.
Core Beliefs
I am intelligent. Working hard pays off. People will help me if I ask.

Anatomy of An Empowering Script


Attend class regularly

Complete all assignments with excellence

Ask and answer questions in class

Use next actions list and calendar to plan

Join or create a study group

Study using the CORE Learning System

Self-Defeating Behaviors
Miss classes regularly

Do homework carelessly

Never speak in class

Forget to do important assignments

Always study alone

Study without a plan


Confident about asking questions in class

Motivated by challenges

Excited to learn valuable lessons from mistakes and accomplishments alike

Accepting of instructors’ comments without self-judgment

Optimistic about outcomes


When I tried hard in high school, I got good grades. I just have to keep making wise choices, work hard, and learn from my mistakes.

There are good people everywhere. I’ll just have to make an extra effort to meet them.

I’ll master the use of self-management tools; then I’ll be able to complete all of my assignments.


How can you revise the self-defeating patterns that keep you from achieving your full potential?

Rewriting Your Outdated Scripts
What self-defeating pattern(s) did James discover in his life?

Do you think James will major in computer science or choose a major that will prepare him for his dream job? Why do you think so?

What can you learn from James’ story that can help you create a great life? Explain.

One Student's Story:
James Floriolli

Make three slips of paper.

On each slip of paper, write a self-defeating
behavior. It can be one that has affected you or one that you've observed affecting others.

Fold each slip of paper in half.

Form groups of four and collect everyone’s slips of paper into a pile. Mix them up.

Taking turns, select one slip of paper, read the behavior listed and express the likely negative results of that behavior. If you get your own slip, treat it like all the others.

Journal Entry 21: Warm-Up
Habit Patterns
Habitual Thoughts: If I don’t understand a subject
right away, I never will.

Habitual Emotions: When I don’t understand a subject immediately, I get frustrated.

Habitual Behaviors: When I get frustrated, I quit.

Core Beliefs
I’m not smart enough to succeed in college.

Anatomy of a Script


What habit patterns in your life get you off course?

How did these habit patterns develop?

Identifying Your Scripts


In which of your life roles are you off course?

Do you know how you got there?

More important, do you know how to get back on course to your desired outcomes and experiences?

Recognizing When You
Are Off Course
What are the four steps of active listening?

Listen to understand

Clear your mind and remain silent

Ask the person to expand or clarify

Reflect the other person's thoughts and


Choices of Successful Students
Gaining Self-Awareness

What idea or concept from the chapter on Gaining Self-Awareness do you think is most interesting or useful? Please explain.


What are the
three rules for student success?

1. I Show Up

2. I Do My Best Work

3. I Participate Actively


Carefully read the tips “While Taking Tests.”

Choose the three that you think will be most helpful to you.

Form groups of three.

Each member of the group: share the ideas that you selected and explain why you chose them.

Wise Choices in College:
Taking Tests
Of the 10 options, which one—if you did it consistently for a week (or more)—would make the greatest contribution to your success in college and in life?

What positive outcomes and experiences would you expect from this choice?

If you are willing to take the challenge, use the “My Commitment” chart to track that choice and share your results with a partner in one week.

Embracing Change:
Do One Thing Different This Week

What do you think caused Brandeé Huigens to become a binge drinker? Find evidence in her story to support your answer.

What is the one new rule that changed Brandeé’s life for the better? Can you think of another new rule that might have helped her as well?

What is one new rule that, if you followed it consistently, would change your life for the better?

One Student's Story:
Brandeé Huigens

Is there a particular religion, philosophy, code of conduct, spiritual practice, organization or belief system, that is important to you?

If so, what are the guiding principles or “rules”?

Which of these principles or rules would help you to achieve your greatest potential in college? Explain how.

Journal Entry 23:
Diving Deeper

Which rule leads to attending classes?
I Show Up

Which rule leads to striving for excellence?
I Do My Best Work

Which rule leads to taking part in class discussions and activities?
I Participate Actively

Quick Review:
Three Success Rules

Rule 1: I Show Up

Rule 2: I Do My Best Work

Rule 3: I Participate Actively

Three Success Rules
As each career appears in the left-hand column, match it to the Holland Code personality type in the right-hand column that would best match that career.

Applying the Concept:
The Holland Code
Create a memory aid that helps you remember the six personality types of the Holland Code: Realistic, Artistic, Enterprising, Investigative, Social, Conventional.

Get with a partner and explain your memory aid to each other. Be prepared to explain your partner’s memory aid to the class.

Becoming an Active Learner

Components of Self-Assessment
Soft Skills
Hard Skills
Personal Preferences

Why are personal preferences an important part of self-assessment for work and career choices?

Self-Awareness at Work
With a partner, examine the "Calvin and Hobbes" cartoon that follows Journal Entry 22. Discuss:

What is funny about this cartoon?

What truth is expressed in this cartoon?

How could you apply this truth to your own life?


Nervous about asking questions in class

Frustrated by difficult tests & assignments

Shameful about prior poor performance

Fearful of instructors’ judgments

Pessimistic about outcomes

Self-Defeating Emotions

I’m wasting my time going to college; I’m not smart enough.

None of my high school friends are going to this college; I’ll never make good friends here.

There’s way more work in college than in high school. I’ll never keep up.


1. From the margins of the "Identifying Your Scripts"
section, choose a quotation you find interesting.

2. Pair up with a student who chose a different quotation.

3. Partner A, read your quotation aloud and explain to Partner B what you find interesting about it. If possible, relate the idea in the quotation to a personal experience.

4. Reverse roles, and repeat Step 3.


Identify each of the following as a possible pattern of:


Applying the Concept

How did Sarah’s actions, thoughts and feelings change when she got to college?

In what ways have your own actions, thoughts and feelings changed since you began college?

Are these new actions, thoughts and feelings supporting or sabotaging your success? If sabotaging, what different choices could you make?

One Student's Story:
Sarah Richmond

Read the Case Study on page 220.

Choose the student you think made the strangest choice and speculate why she or he made this choice. Dive deep. In particular, what are the kinds of past experiences that may have made the student behave this way?

DIVING DEEPER Recall a course you once took in which you made a choice that your instructor might describe as “strange.” Explain why you made that choice. Dive deep, exploring what really caused your choice.

Case Study in Critical Thinking:
Strange Choices
Read each of the following statements one at a time.
Identify the way of relating that is indicated. Be ready
to explain your answer. Some statements may have more than one correct answer...

Review: Ways of Relating



Name the six personality types in the Holland Code:

How can awareness of your personality type help you make better career choices?

Answer: People who choose a career that matches their personality type tend to be more satisfied.


What does each image have to do with things to do before taking a test?

Actively use the CORE Learning System

Visualize Success

Prepare yourself physically and emotionally

Wise Choices In College:
Taking Tests
Holland Code: Six Personality Types







Self-Awareness at Work



Studying math for 4 hours
Skipping a final exam
Copying answers during a test
Avoiding the tutoring center

Core Beliefs

Cheating isn’t really a big deal
Not trying is better than failing
Asking for help is a sign of weakness
Effort is rewarded

What Core Belief on the left
might lead to the Behavior on the right?

What habits do I have that sabotage my success?

What beliefs do I have that get me off course?

How can I consistently make wise choices that will create a rich, personally fulfilling life?


Gaining Self-Awareness

Chapter 6








As each picture appears, decide whether it represents “soft skills” or “hard skills.” Explain your decision.


1. Nate, who has a 1.9 GPA, always studies alone, saying, "I don't have time for study groups."

2. Ben seldom attends math class, counting on his roommate to tell him what to study and when the tests are.

3. Morgan often does her boyfriend's homework instead of her own.'

4. Mary, Ja'Mar, and Timothy formed a study group for their History class.


Key Choices For
Gainning Self-Awareness

Your Scripts

Rewriting Your Outdated Scripts

Recognizing When
You Are Off Course

Strategies for Creating Success in College and in Life

1. Independence
2. Dependence
3. Codependence
4. Interdependence

Your answers to these questions can be life-changing. Becoming aware of the unconscious
and habitual choices that get you off course from your goals and dreams gives you greater control over the most important factor in your success: Yourself!

1. I’m so dumb!
2. Being irritated.
3. Becoming very angry.
4. Driving around instead of stopping to
ask directions.
5. Often arriving late to class.
6. Frustration
7. I’m no good in math.

1. Thought
2. Emotion
3. Emotion
4. Behavior
5. Behavior
6. Emotion
7. Thought
Cheating isn’t really a big deal
Not trying is better than failing
Asking for help is a sign of weakness
Effort is rewarded
Studying math for 4 hours
Skipping a final exam
Copying answers during a test
Avoiding the tutoring center

Salesperson, lawyer, manager

Mechanic, electrician, civil engineer

Accountant, computer operator,
credit manager

Nurse, teacher, social worker

Chemist, detective, astronomer

Author, artist, musician
Salesperson, lawyer, manager

Mechanic, electrician, civil engineer

Accountant, computer operator,
credit manager

Nurse, teacher, social worker

Chemist, detective, astronomer

Author, artist, musician





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