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MS Success Strategies

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katherine koonce

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If school was a game,
how would you play it to win?

Go beyond preparing for the next test, or the next course . . . prepare for work, for adulthood, for life.
teachers, textbooks, and technology
the Sunday night check-in
how are you going to STAY organized?
It IS a game . . . and you DO need a strategy
Summer@CPA 2015
What do you need to know?
How are you smart?
Everyone possesses intelligence.
21st Century Skills . . . what are they and why should you care?
There are careers suited for EVERY type of intelligence.
In order to be motivated in school and in life, you have to recognize your intelligences and give your abilities a chance.
Regardless of what your strongest intelligences are, it is important to get as much of the best education you can get.
what are your priorities?
Making Deals
with Yourself
your stuff
your emotions
your time
your relationships
your responsibilities
make a prediction
make a prediction
make a prediction
Day Three
Day Two
Day One
Day Three
Day Four
Day Five
make a prediction
make a prediction
how to talk to a teacher
how to read a textbook
what is technology?
How to:
7 Habits of Highly Effective People (including You)
1. Be proactive
2. Begin with the end in mind.
3. Put first things first.
4. Think win-win
5. Seek first to understand and then to be understood.
6. Synergize
7. Sharpen the saw.
tracking your grades
What's the goal?
To be more successful in less time.
The Scorecard
double-check planner and backpack every night
. . . is everything
What works well for you?
What's the alternative?

how do you get to this?
7 habits
7 alternatives
be proactive
21st century skills
begin with the end in mind
the scorecard
what works?
dream BIG
what does your brain
need in order to learn?
Organizing and Reorganizing
Repetition, repetition, repetition
The Spacing Effect
Repeat it often
Repeat it over a long period of time
Have some time in between
Repeat it often over a long period of time (8-9 days)

set yourself up for an easy morning
your commitments
what you want to do and what you don't
not just a toy but a tool
think win-win
your space
well lit (light from behind or beside)
comfortable temperature
(72 degrees optimal)
chair and table - or on the floor
(not in your bed if possible)
book tilted slightly
take frequent breaks
pay attention to your attention
(you control it)
making your goals short-term
knowing when to power down
a timer
1. React
2. Begin with no end in mind
3. Put First Things Last
4. Think win-lose
5. Seek first to talk, then pretend to listen
6. Don't cooperate
7. Burn yourself out.
"If the brain were simple enough that we could understand it, we'd be so simple we couldn't."
Five characteristics
of emotional intelligence
1. Self-awareness - knowing your emotions, recognizing feelings as they occur, and discriminating between them.
the 80-20 rule
put first things first
goal setting activity
your stuff
your space
your time
your responsibilities
your emotions
your relationships
learning and unlearning
think win-win
how to talk to a teacher
seek first to understand and then to be understood
the 80-20 rule
12 questions - how to read a textbook
managing technology
how emotion affects learning
perseverance ("grit")
your obligations
written planner
planner app
what your space looks like reflects what your mind looks like
2. Mood management - handling feelings so they're relevant to the current situation and you react appropriately.
3. Self-motivation - "gathering up" your feelings and directing yourself towards a goal, despite self-doubt, inertia, and impulsiveness.
4. Empathy - recognizing feelings in others and tuning into their verbal and nonverbal cues.
5. Managing relationships - handling interpersonal interaction, conflict resolution, and negotiations.
Emotion: the on/off switch to learning
but first a little science
Three areas of learning . . .
Slows processing speed - interferes with active working memory
The Effects of Positive Emotion on
Makes learning more
instead of just
A personal investment in the experience - remember more detail
Heightened sensory input
Allows brain to make novel connections
The Effects of POSITIVE Emotion on
The Effects of POSITIVE Emotion on
1. What is my purpose for reading/doing this?
2. What do I already know about this topic?
3. What’s the bigger picture here?
4. What’s the author (or teacher) going to say next?
5. What are the “expert questions”?
6. What questions does this information raise for me?
7. What information is important here?
8. How can I paraphrase and summarize this information?
9. How can I organize this information?
10. How can I picture this information?
11. What’s my hook for remembering this?
12. How does this information fit in with what I already know?
using technology in ways that help you
apps that might help
organizing your technology
5 characteristics of
1. courage
2. conscientiousness
(achievement oriented vs. dependable)
3. long-term goals and endurance: follow through
4. Resilience: optimism, confidence, and creativity
5. Excellence vs. Perfection
How are you wired?
Why should you care?
The Enneagram
Frontline NOVA the "Teenage Brain"
Sleep and your brain . . .
Alcohol and your brain . . .

Weighs about 1 lb. at birth
Can be cut with a butter knife
Requires 20-25% of body's energy
Contains about 100 bilion neurons; each neuron has 1,000-10,000 connections
Is not completely developed until mid to late 20s
Brain Facts
Water increases performance
Brain is able to grow and recruit new neurons
Brain plasticity
seek first to understand and then to be understood
the grade range
what does it mean to keep yourself sharp?
bring it all together
MI Inventory
How to Fail Successfully
all mistakes contain the seeds of learning
learning increases when mistakes are made - think video games
perfectionism vs. excellence
Some traits you want to have . . .
How do mistakes help to shape these traits in your character?
The Effects of Negative Emotion on
The Effects of Negative Emotion on
80% of results from 20% of your efforts
you use 20% of your stuff 80% of the time
you wear 20% of your clothes/shoes 80% of the time
1. in class
2. while studying
3. while reading
should you take notes?
Note Taking
should you take notes?
should you do with notes once you've taken them?
How are you going to get there?
Know your strengths.
Set specific goals.
Be positive.
Be resilient.
Working toward but never arriving - like “north”
Mistakes important in pursuing excellence
Celebrating the process as well as the outcome
How does your family define excellence?
What happens at success/failure?
You're going to make mistakes - guaranteed.
Goal Setting
It's one thing to GET organized, but
Procrastinate much?
your relationships and tech
a quick review
the best tech tool for helping you meet your goals . . .
Anxiety is the enemy of memory
information not stored properly
difficult to retrieve effectively
doesn't make it from STM to LTM

Associative tasks become cognitive
Slows processing speed - interferes with active working memory
Makes it difficult to filter out unnecessary formation/stimuli
Difficult to judge importance of information
Difficult to concentrate on deeper levels
Pace learning too quickly or too slowly
Attend easily to what is pleasing
Sustains attention easier
Healthy stress is energizing
Engagement with others
Sparks curiosity
Difficulty experiencing success
Low levels of joy
Pessimism takes root
Negative emotion saps energy
Sarcasm and cynicism
Reactions to failure are more impacting
The Effects of NEGATIVE Emotion on
Healthy risk taking
Positive emotion is energizing for the long haul
Reactions to failure are less impacting
More likely to learn from experience - mistakes become useful information
Interpersonal skills strengthened - people motivate people
How much does attitude really matter?
What are your most effective strategies?
feel like?
What does all this have to do with marshmallows???
What is personality ?
and how does it affect grit, attitude, mindset, and success?
Just for fun
How will you keep up with yourself?
how else?
just for fun if we have time
Man's search for meaning . . .
the 'meaning' scavenger hunt
go around the HS looking at the graphic art works - choose five
note how/when one pertains or speaks to or raises a question about one of the things we talked about this week.
be prepared to share your findings with the group
#1. Be proactive.
#2. Begin with the end in mind.
#3. Put first things first.
#4. Think win-win.
#5. Seek first to understand and then to be understood.
#6. Synergize.
#7. Sharpen the saw.
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