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  • Michael Williams 6:15 pm on March 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: goal setting, making better decisions, motivation, priorities, reaching my goals, staying focused, staying motivated in school,   

    M.A.P. Your Way to A Better Future 

    Staying focused and motivated is one of the greatest challenges you will have as you go through school and life.  This video will give you several concrete ideas for doing exactly that.

    Please provide your thoughts, reflections and specific ways you will use some or all of these strategies.  You will also find a link to an entire audio program.  This link expires after 30 days:

    For extra credit worth 200 pts: write a separate paper sharing your thoughts on, how you will use one or more or the strategies and how you will share this with others. . .for each of the 3 steps in the program: Meaning(meaningful), Abilities, Passion.  This paper is to be emailed to me using our course email address.

    http://vimeo.com/10310511

    Please let the video load for a while before trying to watch it.

     
    • Yousef Andakali 1:56 am on March 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      The M.A.P. It technique is a different insight to the way I view things but this technique has opened my eyes to new way of life. If I were to apply this technique to my lifestyle now while I am still completing college I have the potential to live a full and happy life.
      When I have to make a decision on the degree that I want to complete at the end of my college career, I need to think about how meaningful this degree will be to me not only in the beginning but also for the future. As an international student, the embassy already has degree choices picked out, if I want to keep my scholarship I will have to choose one of them. I already know that my strong and natural abilities fall into math. I hope that completing my college degree that I will continue to find other acquired abilities that will help me become a better engineer. When deciding to come to the United States to pursue an education I already knew that I had the passion and determination to do what it takes to become an engineer. I hope that in the future I can apply the 80/20 rule to my lifestyle and become more successful.
      I feel as if the M.A.P. It technique is an excellent guide to live a more joyful life. I think it will take some practice to get in the swing of things such as thinking on how meaningful each decision I make is or finding all my natural abilities, and the hardest of them all; not falling into one or all 5 big mistakes. If I do I hope to notice it and not make the same mistake again in the future.
      Mr. Williams, I was wondering if there was a way to receive the excel spreadsheet you discussed throughout the sessions. I would be really interested in completing it.

      • Laura Gross 5:37 pm on March 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Yousef:
        I was just about to inquire about the Suvey as well. I am glad you asked. The 80/20 rule applies in so many everyday things. Parent/student/co-worker, the decisions can be overwehlming and can be made a bit easier when applying the 80/20 rule.

        • Autumn Bell 6:57 pm on December 5, 2010 Permalink

          The 80/20 rule also is very important when considering relationships with other people that you need to cooperate with. Even with spouses and friends in general, it is an applicaple rule. For example, arguing, tediously discussing, and not deciding, with one’s spouse could make the task of working together more work than its worth, in which one would end up with 80% more work than they had to do in the first place. Good point Laura.

      • Aurora 10:57 pm on October 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I have never heard of this approach but anything technique that will help me stay motivated and do will in school I will adapt fondly. I will be using this to improve many aspects of my life.

    • Victor Rodriguez 3:33 pm on April 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      The M.A.P. it technique is new to me. I really have never heard of the 80/20 rule, or the 10 ways to get thngs done. The M.A.P. it technique will help alot more now that i have truely seen how this technique is great but also how putting this technique in to place and to work will help me greatly in my persuit for not only my pre-law degree but especially also with My vision for law school.

      • Gina stapleton 2:39 am on April 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Yes I am the same way. Minus law I will be going to dental school.

        • Loc Nguyen 10:29 pm on October 24, 2010 Permalink

          It’s all about motivation, if I’m motivated enough, I would want to go law school one day.

    • Tammy J. Dever 5:37 pm on April 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I find it interesting that we use the 80/20 rule in so many things…listening..applying ourselves..I have done many different “help yourself” workshops and they all refer back to the 80/20 rule. Even in college they say 80 percent listening 20 percent speaking. I am not sure how I will relate all this to my life, but each day is new and I am learning as I go. I am using the Meaningful part definately. I am tasked with so much at work that I feel is redundant…so I search for something that I feel is “meaningful” and it works…it really does. I have even picked up some symphony tickets…I am enjoying the music.

      • Logan Farmer 1:43 am on October 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Hi Tammy!
        I really know how you feel as far as work goes. I work at a cable repair company 40-50 hours a week in the shipping department, and literally scan and box cable boxes for 8 hours a day. Until I read about the “Meaningful” part of the M.A.P. technique, I didn’t even realize that a lot of my low motivation in life lately is because I am bored and feel impersonal due to my job. I took up aerobics classes lately with my best friend and I already feel so much more motivated and happy.

    • Melissa Moore 7:37 pm on April 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I havent heard of these strategies until this class, but they are very interesting and useful. They also sound like something we should be doing anyway, like the 80/20 rule. It can apply to most everything in school and life. Listening to these techniques will give me a new outlook and strategy . Simple things like listening to music while studying and doing school work, it relaxes me and actually makes me focus even more. Ive done that for many years now but hearing you suggest it as a strategy reaffirms why I like to do it- just dont listen to hard rock, that might be a little distracting.
      In the futue, I would like to put forth more of an effort to apply these things, such as Map technique. If I keep telling myself things like my decisions affect every aspect of my life then each decision will become even more important. I realize that every thing we do, changes the path of our lives, good and bad.

      • Lori Monroe 7:40 pm on October 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I agree Melissa(moore). I had not heard of these either, but you can bet i will start using them as well as helping my children apply them to their education as well as their lives.

    • ERNEST GRANT 2:56 am on April 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      The Passion section of the M.A.P. It program is what left the biggest impression on me. I have had quite a few passions, only to find that in the end, I may have given up for the wrong reasons. I’m at a point in my life where I know exactly what I want to do and exactly where I want to go. When I was growing up, my father was one of those fathers who believed that we should just pick a career no matter how happy or sad it made you, but I knew that I wasn’t going to be someone sitting behind a desk unhappy just because it gave me a weekly paycheck. If I work in my natural ability, I know that I have an opportunity to be happy for the rest of my life.

      • Trent Kloter 11:00 pm on October 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I agree, We should all do something that we find appealing and we enjoy doing. Just find what your abilites are that are unique and go with it

    • Jessica Shoemaker 4:02 am on April 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      M.A.P it technique is very intriguing.I would have never thought took at things in life that way and this provided new directions for me. I am ready to have this help change my life and lives around me.

      • teshekia c 5:47 am on October 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        M.A.P has a lot of concepts i like to.i think fear is what motivated me to go back to school,the fear of not having anything the fear of not having a career.now i have to make more of my time about school.

    • Nicole Schuyler 12:51 am on April 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Professor Williams,
      Amazing job on this body of work! Outstanding! This has been the most beneficial week of your course to date. The acronym for M.A.P. is mostly common sense, but with the repetitive rut of our everyday lives the simple stuff tends to become overlooked or blend in. You shed light onto a perspective of things that we already have tendency to do, but in a different manner. You utilized theories and supported them with examples that we can relate to i.e. “the car”, like or LOVE; to settle or get what we truly desire. We need to take our previous “everyday” routines and tweak them a bit, put a new and educated spin on them; outcomes Meaningful vs. Meaningless. Instead of viewing school work as something outside our home life being brought in, turn it around. Soon it will be just as inclusive to our everyday routine as making our bed or washing our hands. We are able people in mind, and spirit. Put a little passion in your step and let it go a long way. That diploma isn’t just going to be placed in my hands without effort. The same goes for the great job I will secure after completion of my first degree. These steps will definitely help me navigate my journey through these hectic days we call college. With the help of my trusty M.A.P. to guide me along my travels, I will never be misguided or lose sight. I will maintain my eye on the prize; the diploma awaiting my acceptance, marking the beginning to an endless world of possibility.

    • Haldo Lopez 7:50 pm on April 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      M.A.P. is a great way for me to stay motivated especially during times when I have many things going on in my life and staying focused on my studies becomes vey difficult. I found that it helped me manage my time and balance my life much better. These are excellent strategies for putting the desire for school back into your life or at least helping put some passion for school.

    • Christopher Fillmore 1:08 am on April 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I thought that the MAP It tutorial was quite interesting. I found that the 80/20 rule to be very mind catching in terms of the way that I live my life in general. I spend a significant amount of time on things of least importance versus what really matters to me. I will from this point on keep the 80/20 rule in perspective in my daily endeavors. Moreover, as I continue my long journey in college.

    • Samara Calinda 3:59 pm on April 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      One key point I got from the map video was choosing a career. When deciding your career, try to pick something that your naturally good at, because its no always about making money. All the jobs i’ve have focused on the type of finance and not something I truly love. Most of my friends say I’m good with children, or some type of social worker. Currently I’m trying to secure a job that I love, which is teaching.

    • Cierra Lewis 4:12 am on April 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I really enjoyed the advice. I read a book by Eckhart Tolle titled A New Earth and it shares some of your ideas about positivity, adding value to peoples lives. I am searching for a career that will be meaningful to me, until I reach my long term goal. I am entirely passionate about life and my dreams, and have found the dersire to strive above and beyond expectations.

    • Travis 5:14 pm on April 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      The key pont i also got from the M.A.P. video was choosing a career. I have always wanted to pick something that i wantedto be good at but just didnt totally understand, when the video actually says the complete oposite.

    • Emily 9:39 pm on April 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I have never heard of the M.A.P it till Mr Williams sent the link, From what I have heard from the audio link I feel that it is a great tool to use when deceiding and actions in life whether it is choosing a career like Travis has talked about or other things in life. You need to find what is meaningful to you and what your passions are in life and when you do the 8/20 rule will be helpful. I am still looking for my pasison and what is meaningful to me when it comes to what I want to do with my life and what career path I will choose.

    • Karla 7:11 am on April 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      MAP it is a great tool of which I look forward to applying to my everyday decisions. Although I have still not yet decided what degree I want to master in, I am just happy to be able to take classes online while I care for my baby. I look forward to sharing this genious tecnique to the people that surround me, and which to succeed.

    • Anthony Coy 1:22 am on April 27, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      It’s funny I didn’t know the 80/20 rule really applied to anything. The only reason I have ever heard of it was out of the movie “Why Did I Get Married” by Tyler Perry. In the movie the applied it to relationships and how guys always think that the 20 is better only to learn that the 80 is what they really wanted or was the better choice.

    • Tammy J. Dever 9:19 pm on May 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I have heard of 80/20 in the marketing world..but not in this sense. I was enlightened in many areas, and have already applied MAP in my daily work activities. It helps me get through simplistic tasks. I found the study habits to be helpful. I agree in many areas for improvement and ethics. I am looking forward to more subjects that are similar that will help me build my strenghts in learning

    • Melissa Foley 10:05 pm on May 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I will remember this program when i’m trying to make decisions in my life. It will help keep me focused on the things that really matter to me. It will also help me on the small things. It helps to keep things in perspective I can use this for decisions that I have to make everyday

    • Alyssa Ammerman 3:21 pm on May 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I found the MAP it technique to be very useful, I have begun to ask myself these questions in simple daily life. When I have to make a choice between doing two different things or many different things. MAP it has helped to determine which is a better choice and how I can better my day by doing something that is more meaningful than the other such as going to the mall with friends or going to my brothers soccer game, although I may need a new pair of jeans for work it would mean more to myself and my brother if I supported him at his game.

    • Danielle Anslow 2:57 am on May 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I like this program it will help me in making decsions in my life. The 80/20 rule was also interesting to me like some others. A lot of things can be made easier by using the 80/20 rule.

    • Virginia Wood 10:52 pm on October 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I found the MAP it technique to be different and new. I have been trying to ask myself these questions in simple daily life. Questions that will make what I do in life more meaningful. The 80/20 rule was not so new to me because I have heard about it in my Human Relations class, I took last term; but I have never fully understood the 80/20 rule and still don’t. Nevertheless, what got me thinking was the multiple intelligence theory by Dr. Howard Gardner. In that class my teacher touched over it but never really explained it. I think his idea that there is more then two abilities you have, that there are eight. That the way something is shown to you can make you learn it more or less. Like if you are a visual learner and the info. is shown to you in a verbal learners way, like in a speech, you will not learn it as good as if it was shown to you in a chart or graphs, something you can see. That opened my mind to how I can learn best in life, so I can make more of my time.

    • Adriana Martinez 3:03 am on November 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I have heard of some of these techniques, but some a really new to me. I enjoyed listening to so many more technique that i can use in school and in life. I try to apply them in my life as soon as possible. Hopefully it will make me a better student and successful in my life.

    • Bronson 3:53 am on November 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I thought the map it technique was quite intresting, thats the first time i had heard of it and it really opened my eyes the 80/20 rule will help me out alot in my future, and i believe i will be more successful if i can use it correctly.

    • Haley 10:24 pm on November 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I truly enjoyed listening to this audio, even though it was lengthy. I took some notes and most notably, I recalled some techniques that were learned from a lecture. That was the 80/20 rule and I had already begun to apply it. To the extent of which I applied it was in another class of mine. Both of my classes are online and the presentations/power points give me the exact material I need to learned and benefit from the most. But in the aspect of what will benefit me the most, I learned not to do or even attempt the math question in which I did not learn. That is 20% of the time I am reviewing before an examination is actually worth my efforts. The other 80% was not of much benefit to me.
      I also liked the map technique, but I do not believe I wold apply this to my daily life. I feel it can not benefit me as some of the other techniques. It is difficult to stay motivated, but with the present economy, It is sure to say there is light at the end of the tunnel. Great Audio and I am glad I downloaded it for future use!

    • anthony 6:31 am on November 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I thought the MAP IT technique was very useful. i’m going to apply it to find about what im want to do in life. mostly for a career

    • Trista Hensley 5:00 pm on November 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I thought the MAP Technique to be useful and logical. I discovered that I am on the right path. I know that being a speech therapist, my goal, will be meaningful to me and others. I do have the ability as I have extensive experience already having a special needs child who is language delayed. I know that it is my passion to help those who have difficulity speaking, to speak. To help parents hear the words “I love you” from their Autistic child. Thanks so much for the technique and the audio. I will use it in all aspects of my life.

    • Lucy Cardenas 1:03 am on November 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      The found that the MAP Technique can be very useful. I am going to school for business and I know with me being able to be that person who can help run or start a business is meaningful not only to me but to them also. It is my passion to organize, Ive done it for years and never really understood that doing that is a stress reliever for me. I feel hearing this audio can help me more in my future and showed me what the 5 top mistakes that I need to stay away from are…especially laziness.

    • Mary Hendricks 5:08 pm on November 28, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I think the MAP Technique is an extremely useful technique. I am going to school for business and criminal justice and this would deffinately motivate me enough to get it done and over with. I am very lazy so school might be a challenge for me, but if i really put my head in the game I know that I can do it.

    • Matthew Dieguez 1:29 am on November 29, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I never thought of the 80/20 rule the way it was put in the MAP Technique. The MAP Technique was one of the most useful techniques I have heard. These audio clips have put me in a better direction and has motivated me to do better in school. I am going to focus my energy on the more important things in life and accomplish more.

    • Daniel Delgado 2:41 am on November 30, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I think that the MAP technique is very useful. I am going to be an account and this technique will really help me out. I need to get motivated in school and will also need to stop procrastinating so I can be successful at what I want to do.

    • Joanne borges 1:25 pm on December 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      M.A.P it program was very insightful, in this journey we call life we clearly need meaning and passion. That’s way I’ve returned to school at 44. My passion is to work with children, when I finish school thats what I’ll be doing. Thanks for the great learning program.

    • Lori Monroe 9:20 pm on December 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      The M.A.P. it program was very insightful, however i do not feel i am able to apply all things into my life. Quite a few suggestions given i already follow daily, a few i would like to try and their is two that i do not see working for me, although they may work for others. As an open minded person who grasps the chance to learn different things and techniques, i am appreciative that i have been allowed access to these suggestions.

    • Andrew Medeiros 11:16 pm on December 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I found the M.A.P it program to have a lot of information in it that I already apply in everyday life. Such as making meaningful decisions because it affects everyone around you. However, I did find some of the information in the program to be informative, and can also see how in practice it will help with better decision making in life. I look forward to applying some of the techniques discussed, and appreciate the informative advice.

    • Lori Monroe 5:04 am on December 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Like my previous post, i found that i already incorporate 8 of 10 already into my life. The only two i do not is procrastination and Borok Classical Music. I have however started listening to Borok while studying and i have to safe with proof that it does work. My prior exam grades ranged from 70% to 75%, however after listening to Borok while studying i made a 90% on my exam and according to my Professor it was the hardest chapter exam for all students. I do tell my fellow students about it and suggest that they do the same. The procrastination like i mentioned i have never used nor will i. As a mom of 4( 2 have ADHD) going to school and working, i cannot procrastinate or nothing would ever get done.

    • Meaghan Lewandowski 5:30 pm on December 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      The M.A.P it program was very informative. I found that some of the suggestions made I already do, but that there were some things I needed to consider changing for the better. The biggest change I can make to be more productive would be to stop procrastinating. During this semester I have had a son and it has also changed my life significantly and has made me realize you can not procrastinate in the real world. Also, they suggest that children listen to classical music to help with brain development so I can relate that the the suggestion in the video of listening to classical music while studying.

    • Virginia 6:19 pm on December 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I found the MAP it technique to be different and new. I have been trying to ask myself these questions in simple daily life. Questions that will make what I do in life more meaningful. The 80/20 rule was not so new to me because I have heard about it in my Human Relations class, I took last term; but I have never fully understood the 80/20 rule and still don’t. Nevertheless, what got me thinking was the multiple intelligence theory by Dr. Howard Gardner. In that class my teacher touched over it but never really explained it. I think his idea that there is more then two abilities you have, that there are eight. That the way something is shown to you can make you learn it more or less. Like if you are a visual learner and the info. is shown to you in a verbal learners way, like in a speech, you will not learn it as good as if it was shown to you in a chart or graphs, something you can see. That opened my mind to how I can learn best in life, so I can make more of my time.

      • daysha 4:48 am on December 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I agree with you it eally helped me out with different things

    • Heather Brown 6:32 pm on December 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      The M.A.P it program can be useful to different people with different plans. A few ways that I can change to become is to make a list which I do but I always procrastinate which is the first thing I need to work on. I know that things would get done if I just DID it. When I set my mind to it I can get a lot of things done in my day by writing it down and getting up and doing it with setting my mind to it. I don’t know if the music thing would really intrest me.. but maybe that’s an idea for other people.
      But putting M.A.P it to mind – could help you out ! (:

    • james burge 2:43 pm on December 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I like this program it will help me in making decsions in my life. The 80/20 rule was also interesting to Ime like some others. A lot of things can be made easier by using the 80/20 rule.

    • Tricia Williams 7:51 pm on December 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      This program was wonderful and interesting; it truly made me think of things I can do in life and the questions I can ask to accomplish my goals and dreams. This is what I needed to hear, and it is a true blessing for me because I have been struggling on what direction I should go.
      Solutions to problems have become clearer— using the 80/20 rule. This technique is truly amazing and I never heard of it! I can use this in my life and pass it on to my teenagers who will be entering college in two years. This program will help me and my children. I will find my true passions and apply the rules in my life, ultimately making me a more fulfilled and content person. (The fog has been lifted!).
      Introspection is beneficial but on many occasions gets overlooked. At times we all try to please others, but by doing so we may lose ourselves. I have been truly blessed and am thankful for the simple things in my life. I believe it helps me maintain a healthy balance in life, it keeps me grounded. Thank you so much for this awesome program it gave me the pep talk I need— I complicate things sometimes. Utilizing the map rule will help me uncomplicated many situations that arise in my life.

    • Kierra Burton 9:24 am on December 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      M.A.P is a very helpful program. It pointed out things that I really need help on. Especially procrastination.80/20 is truely helpful.

    • Lorianne Zapata 2:12 am on December 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      …I love Tricia’s viewpoint on the 80/20 rule and her feelings on passion and how she is appyling that to her daily life not only for herself, but to be an example to her children. We as parents are commissioned to be a shining example to our children to the best of our ability. Although the daily grind can sometimes get in the way, and the every day tasks we are required to do can become monotonous, we have the ability within ourselves to make a change and make a difference in the lives aound us. By applying the MAP it program to your daily routine, you can stay honed in on the most necessary direction you should have for your own life.

      • Daniel Delgado 5:56 pm on December 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I agree with you. The M.A.P. really helped me out.

    • Daniel Delgado 5:54 pm on December 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      M.A.P. helped me out very much. It showed me how important it is not to procrastinate. And the 80/20 rule was very helpful as well.

  • Michael Williams 6:04 pm on March 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: college success, marriage, online education, relationships,   

    Student Success & Relationships 

    There was a recent death of one of our students.  This tragic event was in part due to relationships issues.  Last year there was another tragic event where someone was badly burned and this too was due to relationship issues.  Both of these events obviously drastically affected those students, their families and friends.

    Share with me several ways you believe relationships affect your school and life success.  This is a broad question and we will narrow the focus later.  But for now, answer as best you can.

     
    • Travis Olsen 2:18 am on March 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I believe that the relationship between myself and the amazing woman in my life is nothing less than positive at all times. I am not just saying this to portray my life as a cakewalk but i truly believe that she has brought only good into my life. We have been together since the beginning of summer { May 2009 } and before we met I was on a destructive path due to the crowd I use to hang out with and the personality I had. I was headed for the military because it seemed to be the only option if I wanted to be successful in this life and make a good name for myself. I did not have a vehicle and was not going to school because I was considered a habitual traffic offender and I had previously neglected school work and did not take my education seriously. Since then I honestly believe that the Lord has had some sort of divine intervention when it comes to the miraculous hurdles Suzanne has had me jump. She is my motivsation and inspiration to not only better myself but grow together with her. By then end of the summer I had gained a full time job at a golf course and enrolled in school this semester. Ihave taken my studies and work more seriously then ever, i feel like i have inally grown up and taken responsibility for my own actions. I was lazy and un-motivated because of the rut I was in from losing my car due to too many tickets. After I met her i was completely honest in what I have done and the mistakes i had made, she completely understood and instantly put the wind right back into my sails. As for the present we are happier than ever and I finally have my truck back after 2 years of license suspensionl. We continue to growe and prosper and plan to pursue our dreams and move to southern Florida by the end of the year. She is a talented model that has been in many ads and magazines and I will eventually build my own watercraft vessels such as outboard boats. I love her more than I have ever known and I believe our faith and hope in a beautiful life together will end it the utmost prosperity and happiness. We recently did a wedding photo shoot for Florida Brides magazine and I have a good feeling that is exactly where we are headed, in due time that is. Until then we will always have eachother to rely on and learn from, she has taught me to stay positive and also The Secret of the universe, which we will have to keep to ourslves.

      • daysha harris 3:57 pm on October 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I really do agree with you but the other way around me and my man.

      • Eileen 12:01 am on November 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Travis your life is a perfect example on how relationships can have a great effect on school. I am right there with you. Thanks to my boyriend ,that have been dating over a year now, I am actually being able to understand something that I used to have in school. we always know we have someone to fall back on when we need to. If i didnt have my man a lot of things would be harder in my life and i would fall back in to having panic attacks.

        I am so happy for you that you found your perfect person to spend your life with. I wish you guys the best.

    • Samara Calinda 2:58 am on March 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Relationships have a way of causing confusion in your life, I’m speaking about positive and negative relationships. Most relationships required time and if your in school, or conducting your everyday activities, relationships can be a big distraction. Currently my friends and mate are complaining about not getting enough of my time. I tell them about my busy schedule and how important it is for me to follow through with school, plus maintaining good grades and still they don’t understand. They make me feel bad at times, but I guess they just miss having my full attention. I notice that when I’m not in a relationship my focus is better and goals get accomplished faster, which keeps my stress level down.

      • Lori Monroe 5:23 pm on November 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I totaly agree Samara, i to have experienced and are experiencing all that you are talking about. It is very hard maintaning a 3.5G.P.A., taking care of my 4 children( ages range from 17 to 3),also my husband, cooking-cleaning-laundry-baths for 3 year old-dentist appt.s-dr.appts.-orthodontist appts.-taking care of 2 kids with ADHD and Ecxema and also all the homework help they need and picking them up form after school activities. At the end of the day i am exhausted and pray to go to bed but instead i stay up till 2A.M. studying everynight(weekends also) all the while knowing i gotta be up at 6:30A.M. to get the kids ready for school(yes 4 hours sleep is draining everyday) and run around after my 3 year old all day and complete all the things i listed above, but i keep going knowing in 2 years it will be worth it. Will my relationship withstand this for 2 years? I cannot say 100% but i can say i sure hope so and we work hard at it, even if it means only a few sentences of a text to eachother and always ending with a “i love you and i’m thinking of you.”

    • Bill Patton 4:27 pm on March 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Several ways relationships might affect your school and life success
      Relationship issues can be overwhelming for a lot of different reasons. It is very easy to get lost in a relationship whether it is with a family member or friends. I have seen people get so depressed over so many different things I wouldn’t even know where to start. Here are just a few reasons people lose focus on school or their personal goals. Someone you are close to gets in a bad accident, Illness, death, arrested or hooked on drugs/ alcohol. This is just a few examples of relationship affecting your school or goals.

    • melissa Foley 6:37 pm on March 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Its really hard trying to do everything all the time. I do my best to spend qualtiy time with my husband and son. I know they get upset when i don’t have the time to spend with them. They know i’m working hard trying to get my education. They have been so supportive of me. Its hard but i have to keep my relationship with my son and my husband and the rest of my family. Without them i wouldn’t be here. I just have to balance the things i need to do. The longer i’m in school the easier it gets. Without the relationship i have have with my husband and son, school would not be possible

    • Melissa Moore 8:36 pm on March 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I know that if something good or bad occurs with my boyfriend-my best friend- it has an affect on my day, week, year, life. The relationship I have been in for almost four years is healthy and I am happy, but theres always going to be ups and downs, were human and each have our opinion, but its how you both overcome them is what makes the relationship good or bad for each person.
      Even someone’s relationship with their parents, friends, and other family members has an affect. I am not close with my parents, who have been divorced since I was very young, and who had a negative relationship themselves. I still do not understand why I am the one who is the ‘adult’ and realizes theres something wrong with certain situations. But I move on and create my own ‘family’ of people I love and know that care about me. Some people are not able to look for the positive and it has horrible outcomes. Without knowing the full story of the two students, it is hard to comment, except to say that those are example of the affects of desctructive relationships and the power it can have. Relationships are a part of everyone’s life, healthy or not, but its how we each deal and overcome situations that make it positve or negative.

    • victor 3:37 pm on March 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      To me a relationship is tested when school comes into play. Yes, im in a relationship with my girlfriend for almost 3 years. Where there is a will there is a way.In a relationship, you have to come to a mutal agreement of the time that you will spend with school work, and that person in your relationship. That is where the test of that relationship comes into play and if you are sure of the relationship than there is no question, but if you in anyway are insecure in the smallest way than you will always have that doubt of what that other person is doing. Now that doubt will spill onto your shool focus and cause decrease in your preformance in your work. Relationships are a strong factor in school and again there should be security on what is going on with the other person, if not your in trouble

      • Lucy Cardenas 12:46 am on October 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I also agree. I have been with my boyfriend for almost 3years now and being togther and us both being in school it can be challenging. But, like you said if there is a will there is a way. We balance our school and relationship time wisely and most of the time help eachother whenever we need help. Relationships are a strong factor on school and if you know there isnt a problem when it comes to having to pick school or bonding time, then there is no problem. No doubts.

    • Laura Gross 4:45 pm on March 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      re·la·tion·ship   /rɪˈleɪʃənˌʃɪp/ Show Spelled[ri-ley-shuhn-ship] Show IPA
      –noun
      1.a connection, association, or involvement.
      2.connection between persons by blood or marriage.
      3.an emotional or other connection between people: the relationship between teachers and students.
      4.a sexual involvement; affair.
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      Origin:
      1735–45; relation + -ship

      —Related forms
      pre·re·la·tion·ship, noun

      —Synonyms
      1. dependence, alliance, kinship. 2. affinity, consanguinity. Relationship, kinship refer to connection with others by blood or by marriage. Relationship can be applied to connection either by birth or by marriage: relationship to a ruling family. Kinship generally denotes common descent and implies a more intimate connection than relationship: the ties and obligations of kinship.

      As listed from the Dictonary.com the actual definition of relationships include several subcategories. Therefore, depending upon the nature and degree of a relationship between yourself and others can have impacts such as motivation, positive reinforcement, increased drive; all of which I tend to gather from my immediate/primary relationship with my family members.
      Impacts including self worth, accolades, professional motivation can come from secondary sources such as I receive from my employer and co-workers.
      Impacts such as stress, depression, shock come from emotional relationships such as spouse, inner circle of friends, boy/girlfriend.
      No matter how the relationship is defined to you each affects you in some way shape or form. I believe primary relationships and emotional relationships have the most impact as they are the relationships we tend to put the most investment/value into. For example: Initially I was uncertain about attending college at such a late stage; having the support of those two mentioned relationships solidified the decision to enroll and push forward. Continuing with each class/lessons learned definatley come from all of the above mentioned relationships.

    • Gina Stapleton 3:55 am on March 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I believe that relationships take the biggest toll on your school work. I’m currently dealing with a long distance relationship with my fiance and she is my biggest supporter but when we fight it makes me very unmotivated to do much of anything. Relationships in general can either cause a great deal of stress to your school work and your time or they can be the biggest support system that you need.

    • Yousef Andakali 5:32 pm on March 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Relationships can be a major influence throughout some one’s life. Relationships fall anywhere from friends, girlfriends/boyfriends, family or even an acquaintance relationship. As an international student, I alone, depend on many relationships to help with the time away from my family and my typical comfort zone in my country. English is not my first language so it is easy to fall into a comfort zone with what I know best, my friends from Kuwait. My friends are the closest thing I have from home; therefore, I tend to spend all my time with them. This can be both positive and negative. Positive because they are going through the same struggles I am; being homesick, learning a new language, learning a new culture, etc. Negative because I am not getting out there to really enjoy the “American dream.” My English is progressively, but slowly, getting better but it would be a lot better if I hung out with people who only spoke English, so I would be forced to only speak it. My friends also help keep my head on straight. Because I am Muslim, I am not to drink alcohol or date girls. When you are from a different culture it is hard to explain to others how important this is. Because most Americans tend to do both of these, and make it look like a lot of fun, it is hard to stay focused. Not all of my friends have stayed on the right path and I can see how easily you can be influenced to try something new but I choose to continue what I think is best for me. There are many different kinds of relationships that can be discussed for this issue, however being away from home and not dating. My friends seem to be the closest relationship I have.

    • Danielle Anslow 3:06 pm on March 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I think relationships have a major impact on life and school. Your attention can be focused more on your boyfriend/girlfriend than your school work. Getting into a fight with them can ruin your whole day. Causing you to act out in the wrong ways.

      • Bronson 6:00 pm on November 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I totally understand because if you get into an argument with you girlfriend or boyfriend who you really care about makes you lose focus on alot because you wanna make things right with them and will forget about class and homework to have your relationship good again.

    • ERNEST GRANT 7:21 pm on March 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I believe a relationship can have the largest impact on a person’s ability to live a well adjusted life. Relationships can have both negative and positive effects. A boyfriend/girlfriend, friend, relative, co-worker or peer, can instantly change a person’s attitude. Most people, especially younger students, tend to allow the status of a relationship to determine how they feel. If a relationship is going well, then the person usually feels great. If it’s going badly, it can negatively effect how you feel about yourself and others. If too much focus is put on a relationship, then it could cause you to spend less time doing school work. Also, if you get into a fight with a parent, friend, etc., you may lose focus. I think that time spent on a relationship should be balanced.

    • Kevin Cook 9:39 pm on March 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Relationships have a commanding effect on the most important aspects of one’s life. Teenage years are especially affected by the various relationships present in one’s life. There can be highly negative and highly positive relationships. For example, a supportive family can boost your efforts greatly. I know that my achievements have been bolstered by my parents’ strong support and acceptance of my decisions. Relationships aside from family are friends, boyfriends or girlfriends, husbands or wives and authoritative figures. I have been affected by relationships with my family, friends and girlfriends by some time now. The emergence of someone like a special girlfriend or boyfriend can make or break your confidence, attitude and composure. Having someone who loves you and shows you the support that your family should is highly beneficial. Friends are a teenagers life support. All teenagers belong to a group of friends, and when the going gets rough, people in their teenage years often refer to their friends’ help before family. Authoritative figures such as school teachers, professors and guidance counselors can also have a very inspirational affect on your life. Any and all of the previously mentioned relationships can also be disadvantageous, though. For example, spending too much time with a girlfriend/boyfriend, friends or family can often result in procrastination and uninspired work. Not all relationships are positive; for example, someone coming from a broken home may not have a family to lean back on and rely on, so they might expend more effort and energy into forming relationships outside of the home. When all is said and done, there are many different types of relationships available to anyone who is looking for one.

    • Mitchell Stewart 4:23 am on March 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Our species has always been one to require a sense of meaning. we are best able to best express ourselves through relationships with one another. I have found my relationships to often be extremely helpful in my schooling and life. It is easier to study and get work done with someone who relates to you simply just being around. However, you also begin to take on each others burdens and sometimes they have more than yourself. Relationships can be addicting like a drug especially when it comes to ones significant other. After a break up one or both persons will often suffer withdraws which can lead to doing some ignorant things. Some people can not grasp the fact that the only person who change someone else is themselves.

    • Nicole Schuyler 4:22 am on March 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Travis,
      After reading your post I had tears in my eyes. I now have a wonderful man who loves the Lord as do I and it’s looking like my “Happily Ever After”. Before I got to where I’m at today I had been through it all. In the past, I was involved in a relationship where the man acted like the kindest gentlemen towards me in the beginning, I felt like I was in a dream, and my dream quickly turned out to be “hell” on earth. After 3 plus years of being together I found out the hard way that he violated my most sacred boundaries. He was a full blown addict, smoked cigarettes behind my back and started becoming very abusive, verbally and physically. At first I was naive and tried my hardest to help him with therapy, anger management, just naming a FEW; wanting so badly the man I once knew. I learned the HARD way you can’t change someone, they have to want the change for themselves. Chances are they just played you anyways, how can someone be like night and day? Things only seem to get worse as time went on, the more I tried. I’m very open with my feelings in general but more so if deeper feeling are linked. My breaking point was when trying to converse my feelings to him, basically putting my heart online line. He didn’t like what I had to say and went into oncoming traffic. We were head on with a semi truck, at the last second he swerved and laughed at me as I was shaking, crying hysterically. I knew I would end up dead if I didn’t leave him, like yesterday!! Living 3,000 miles from my family I was looking for a moving truck and places when he was gone. When he came home he went behind me and saw the web pages I had visited. He went into the bedroom and broke a fan over my body. He told me he would always follow me no matter where I was. Eventually I was able to escape with the help of my brother and my (now) boyfriend Al. I was reacquainted with Al when I was down visiting my family in Fl. He and I had attended high school together and were close friends. He and I stayed in touch after my trip and picked up where we left off many years ago. I believe God put’s people in certain places at the right time. Without the help of Al and my brother showing up and packing my stuff I truly believe I would not be alive. He is an angel sent to me from God. I was very light in the mention of the abuse I suffered trying to leave, for your sake, WOMEN, MEN, ANYONE please do NOT put up with domestic violence for one minute. If they do it once they will do it again. Breaking the cycle is near impossible. Ask yourself (from a survivor) “Is this really worth dying over? “ NO, no relationship is, get help and get out. It only gets worse. I want to let people know on how one small incident like a slap can escalate to compromising your sanity, your dignity, even your life. It’s like the calm before the storm. It will sprinkle before the down pour. Please note, I wanted to write about how amazing the relationship that I’m in now, but this needed to be said. If just one person walks away with a small piece of knowledge, my personal experience may just save a life.
      God Be With You All.

    • Nicole Schuyler 9:24 pm on March 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Travis,
      My apologies for leaving out just how very proud of you that I am. For all you’ve endured and overcoming all the negative obstacles thrown your way. You came out on top a better man. Not many people being in that type of situation will rise up and become a better person; a positive, religious man in the end. Please note: I was in no way comparing you to what happened to ME and my posting. I started punching away after reading you story. Reviewing my posting it appeared that way to ME, maybe not others but not the less I just wanted to make sure that it was clear. Amazing Job Travis!! Suzanne may have had a large hand in helping you change, but I believe you also brought one to her as well, just a different kind.

      May God watch over you both

    • Cierra Lewis 1:09 am on March 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Relationships affect your school and life success, because for some odd reasons, we human beings, feel so desparately a need to be needed, wanted, loved, and to have some sort of relationship in our lives. Some people depend on being in a relationship to feel good about theirselves.

    • Haldo Lopez 5:08 pm on March 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I believe that relationships can play a huge role in your life and school success. Having bad relationships with family or friends will affect you and in turn affect everything in your life and if you are in school than thing will get much harder. To be successful a person has to have a healthy relationship with the people he or she is surrounded by. They need support from friends and family. Bad relationships cause people to lose focus and will have negative consequences.

    • Lydia Paul 1:36 am on March 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Relationship can be a big distraction no matter how you may try to make excuses. Its hard. trying to give your all to school then a person can really stress you. I believe that if you really interested in some who is clearly in school and juggling life, you would settle for a friendship.

      • Amber Covington 10:03 am on March 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I agree, I have been dating a guy for about 2 yrs and when I started scholl our relationship started to suffer and I started discussing with him the possibilities of just being freinds, but we managed to work out time to spend togther that would effect my school. But that isnt the only thing it even harder when it starts effecting your relationship with your children. I have had several thoughts this semester to just give up because I dont spend much toime with my son, but I know it will have better ending results for me and everyone if I just stick with it.

    • Alisha 1:44 am on March 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I Absolutely agree that relationships can affect the school and life success! I’m currently living at home with my other half. He helps me a lot by pushing me and helping me in my studies in school. I’m sure if it was the opposite and we had a bad relationship, it would have a negative effect. You don’t want to lose focus on the prize by being in a negative situation.

    • Alex Walkine 1:52 am on March 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      relationships can have a major influence on how a student focuses in class, keeps themselves along with their school work organized, and also play a part in how much a student attends class. its already hard enough being a student, so when one encounters obstacles outside of the classroom, it makes it that much harder.

    • Brannon L. Parks 2:16 pm on March 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Relationship reflex alot of your every day emotional status. I think that when you are in a relationship with someone that you love and care for alot you find yourself able to do anything that you need to for that person. Love blinds and when that emotion mixes with pain or anger maybe due to any factors causes extreme distractions. When the relationship is good it should have positive effects on your over-all demeenor, happiness, organization. When their is pain involved it can not only distract you but it can causd you to do many things that normally you wouldn’t. All you can think about is if they are cheating, or why did leave you, or f*** that other person, and thats it. You don’t care about anything else you become obsessed, and depressed where you don’t want to study or go to class. Your organization fails school wise but in cases so does the persons physical health and apearence. Relationships are a very powerful thing in the human life and emotions are very powerful factors on your well being and responsibility. For example I had a friend from the bar I worked for. Well him and his girlfriend of 4 years, had been thought to get married soon started fighting alot because they were social drug users, but the guy started not just useing to party but everyday and she didn’t like it. She had a problem leaveing him because of their history but she started cheating and he found her doing it. It cause him to heavily turn to drugs, quit school, quit his job and finally hung himself from their front tree so she would find his body in the morning. He left a note stateing that he loved her and her love was the only reason he lived and without her he couldn’t go on.

      • Michael Williams 3:20 pm on March 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Wow Brannon, that’s a very powerful and pertinent story to this topic. Affecting school was the least of impact this relationship had on this student and his friends and family. Their relationship impacted (ended) his life. Tragically, this is only one of many stories like this.

        Learning to be healthy or at least healthier and then maintain healthy relationships can be quite difficult depending on your history and how you were raised. However, it is not impossible. In fact, it is quite doable. We’ll discuss some strategies for this as we go on since this is one of the biggest, but often overlooked areas affecting student and life success.

    • Mark 10:16 pm on March 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      In my past relationship expericences involving school and other aquatinces, major problems were experienced. My grades slipped, stress was brought on and other freinds did not want to hang out unless it was just me. But currently i am engaged to a beautiful young lady and none of the issues stated above have been experienced. A big part of a relationship involves both partners being in tone to each others needs and what causes them stress.

    • Olivia 12:05 am on March 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I think that relationships can cause negative and positive events to happen in our lives. For example, if your parents don’t encourage you, that usually has a negative affect on school or other things in life. I think that if you want to succeed in life you need to surround yourself with positive people that will only push you up and not bring you down. Choosing the right friends and life partner and the relationship with them can have a major impact on how you do in life.

    • MyLinh Nguyen 1:17 am on March 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I think how a relationship affects a person and their school work really depends on the person. Some people are able to control their emotions and separate their personal life with the other part of their life whether it be their career or schoolwork. It also depends on the issue that is going on in the relationship. Personally, for me, family and faith is very important and is my life. If things are not right with my family, I will turn to my faith and try and find peace and answers. Whatever issues I’m going through, it will affect my studies and how I perform to a very large extent. But, I try to not overthink and overreact because sometimes that only makes things worse and it can really make me lose it and become overburdened. The mind is a powerful thing so sometimes worrying too much or overthinking something can make a not so bad situation worse than it actually is. But, then again, it really depends on the individual, the issue, and how the person deals with obstacles that they face. At Some time or another everyone will have to deal with issues in their relationships. But, you have to prepare yourself for when those things happen and work on how to deal with them effectively the best that you can so that you don’t lose it and let it affect your whole life. Obstacles and challenges arent as bad to face and overcome when you have your faith. I truly believe that.

    • Karla Real 3:11 am on March 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      All relationships will have different effects on different individuals, depending on the type of relationship it is. Sometimes, in our love for whomever, whether it’s our parents, a sibling, or significant others, we will tend to give the other person control over our emotions, leading to either negative or positive feelings. If I were to have just seen my mother, after not seeing her in nearly a year, it will make me happy, and I will put off a positive energy, ending in successful results. If I were to get in a disagreement with my significant other, I would probably be very upset, resulting in negativity, and unsuccessful results. Since school is now part of my life, having a bad attitude due to a disagreement or whatever the cause, will affect my school. In order for one to pass a test, or write a great essay, one must have a positive attitude, a clear mind, and surround oneself to positive, successful people. Negative people will cause contradictory relationships, and bringing these relationships to our lives will only lead us to spread and receive failure.

    • Anthony Coy 3:46 am on March 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Relationships can greatly affect your school. If you are fighting with your spouse it can cause you not to be focused. You will worry about what was said or what was done rather than focus on the important task at hand. If you are having problems in your marriage or relationship it can cause a deep depression, where you might not feel like doing anything else, especially going to class. You also look to your spouse or partner for support. I know of a friend that was in school and their spouse was dealing with an addiction problem and would always disappear and becuase of this they were not able to get to class. I think the biggest mistake people make, even I, is that we look for somebody else to make us happy. You should first be happy with yourself and love yourself before entering into a relationship. You can’t expect somebody else to love you if you don’t love you. This way, once you love yourself then you won’t let anybody mistreat you or not love you. There is no such thing as “happily ever after”. This is the real world. Relationships take alot of hard work and alot of give and take. It’s not always going to be peaches and cream. You will disagree. You will also need to learn to agree to disagree, learn to pick your battles, make compromises and learn to let go of the small stuff.

    • Shawn Henry 12:10 am on March 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      relationships can affect your schooling. If you are arguing and fighting theres no way that you will be able to concentrate on school. You might want to suceed in school but how do you know that your partner wants you to suceed?

    • Jessica Shoemaker 1:15 am on March 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I am 25 married and have a 2yr old. At time my relationship can be difficult because my husband and I have very complicated lives both together and seperate. The way you manage a relationship with all the other battles around you are still unknown or new to me. Relationships I think effect everything you do or choose to do in your life . Relationships are good to have if it is the right one because it can give you support morally and physically. Having a good partner that will help you when needed can make things easier for the both of you. Good reationships start with good support and communication.

    • Tammy J. Dever 8:33 pm on March 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      So much to read and so much to say…I was married for 16 years to the Father of my Son. I am now divorced and dating the same guy for over a year. I am happy and how does this all tie in? I am not sure…I try to keep school and private life separate. It seems to work, so far. I am not sure what happened with our classmate, but my heart goes out to that person’s family. I truly cant imagine losing a loved one. Pray for eachother, for in the end we peacefully walk alone.

    • Jaime Barbon 5:13 pm on March 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I believe that relationships effect you in alot of ways in school and life successes. If your personal life isn’t on a postiive track everything else going on in your life will suffer and have a negative effect as well. The longer a relationship stays in that bad place life successes will start to fall just as low.

      • Alisha 9:40 pm on March 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I agree totally its virtually impossible to focus on school when you are having trouble at home. When you are at school you think about the fight you had or what are you going to do to fix the situation. I think also before commiting to school making sure your personal life is in order should be first!

    • Errol Jackson 8:28 pm on March 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I feel relationships to be what you make of them, except in the instance of tragedy. A tragic scenario to me, is as a tragic scenario would be unto you….. lets call it, “Per Person.”

    • Alisha 9:37 pm on March 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I think relationships affect you going to school in many different ways such as, school takes up alot of your time not only going to your class but also doing homework! I went from complete housewife like having dinner on the table when my boyfriend walked in the door kids in bed and house always clean. Now going to school full time I wouldnt say I cant do those things still, but I am more focused on my going to school and doing my work when I need to and then worried about the kids and he comes last. I think that it is very hard for him because its such a drastic change he was used to that for so long and I think in some ways he is very jealous! But on the other hand he is the one who encouraged me to go to school because I didnt when I first got out of high school. So it has a negative effect most of the time and sometimes a positive. I know that my boyfriend is very proud of me for actually following through with my dream.

    • Nicole Schuyler 11:09 pm on March 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      A “Happily Ever After” is in the eye of the beholder. It’s just a “term” used with a POSITIVE stance within a relationship. The world is filled with such negative people, so bitterly cold, who uphold just that type of outlook. My targeted audience is adults, not having to specify the obvious, that we don’t live in children’s book. The “Real World” is as place that we, the human race live and coexist while going through our everyday routines. Life is only what YOU make of it whether you choose to live a pessimistic and empty one or fulfilled is solely your choice. The next time someone is trying to be “upbeat” and have a “positive” stance on life and love maybe you shouldn’t be so quick being ridiculously brash, to tell them their wrong for having a simple belief that there is positive and genuine goodness among others who can peacefully and loving coexist over time

    • edtrese francois 1:24 am on March 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      relationship can be one of the best things in a person life. the thought of being in love with someone, whereas the man is treating you like a princess. he make you feel like your living a dream. And you feel like he is your prince. i met this guy ,he was my high school sweet heart, it was love at first sight, we spend all of our time together. we went every where together and traveled. later on we had two beautiful children. life seem perfect. Well after 11 years of being together and dealing with him cheating on me twice, me withdrawning out of law school in New York City,before even attending the first day of school. we deicde to leave everything behind us in New York City. moving to Tampa , Florida , so we can have a fresh start. My family and i brought a house, we both got jobs and things started to feel perfect all over again. However, my relationship took a ugly turn, and my ex boyfriend come home in a bad mood and one thing let to another. He started beating on me. it was hard for me to get away. when i tried to protect me self it made it worst. The sad thing about all of that is was that my son was the one to call cops to help me. when i got home from the hospital he beat on me again. I was so scared that when he left to go to work, I changed the locks and packed a bag and moved.Two months later i was foolish enough to take him back for my kids, i wanted them to have there family back. i listened to diffenet people tell me to just forgive him and be a family. so i decide to listen to them and be a family. My life was a living hell, i was able to sleep, eat, or be motivated to do anything. i had to deal with be beat on when he had a bad day, or when i caught him cheating again. in 2008 of july he came home and starting beating on me where he almost killed me. all i remember was being punch,kick and stomped on. until i passed out from a hard blow to the head. When i woke up i was bleeding a lot , barely breathing, i called cops and only gave my address, i woke up the next day in the hospital bed. of course i told them what happened tthey locked him up. and about two weeks later he was released on bail. by then i had moved to townand country. my ex boyfreind found me and folllowed me chasing me. i thought i lost him when i got home. later on that night he grab me when i was thowing out he trash. he drag me into my house tossed me on the floor. strated choking me,whilei was kicking and fight ing back, until i passed out, not breathing no more. the crazy thing about it was i can hear everything that was going on but i wasn’t able to do anything. I felt him waking me up giving me cpr. i was so badly hurt that nothing he did was able to keep me up and breathing long enough. he had to keep giving me CPR to stay alive. His brother came into the house and seen me passed out on the floor and didnt help me.When i woke up i tried to run out the house and five minutes later, i fall to the ground, and he tried to put me in his car and take me somewhere. i heard him talking on the phone saying that he couldnt take me to the hospital. well to get to the point the doctors said that i died and came back. i stay in the hospital for a long time. therefore, i started living life to the fullest and my kids are happy now more then ever. and yes they miss there father. sometimes what is best for your kids is not best for yourself. Iwill never feel the same physical nor mentally. people say that i am too nice i forgive people and feel bad for them all the time. which is true. i learned that if you wanna succeed in life you have to go to school and be happy. my kids and me are doing good , i am working and in school. yes it is hard for me right now. i believe in what doesnt break you will make you stronger. and i will succeed no matter what. i am a strong woman and mother to my children. my kids are really happy that i am in school and we enjoy doing our homework together. relationships can effect your life in different ways. it can make you so happy ,as well as sad. just remember who you are inside.

      • Lindsay Vinsick 6:42 am on March 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I had no idea, Trese, but you’re absolutely right. What doesn’t break you DOES make you stronger. Keep going for your goals, girl. I’ll be there to cheer for you!

      • Angelina Hopkins 3:04 am on June 29, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Trese! Love you sister… please call me.

    • Lindsay Vinsick 5:41 am on March 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      For me, relationships are an addiction worse than the cigarettes I smoke. I have been obsessed with relationships (both platonic and romantic) since I was in elementary school and base my entire life around them. This hasn’t really been a problem until recently. I’m, admittedly, terribly naive and trusting – prone to giving too many chances and taking things at face value – and that has always been my great triumph. My great tragedy.
      Seven years ago, I met my best friend in our shared English class while my family was stationed at RAF Menwith Hill, England. I have never, to this day, been closer to anyone than I was with Brian. He was my first love, my confidant, my safe haven. And I was his.
      Brian’s stepfather was in charge of security. He was well-liked and respected; presenting the image of a picture perfect life. I hated that man more than I could possibly express. Despite his fascade, he abused Brian – physically, mentally, sexually – so badly that, eventually, my best friend no longer existed. In his place was an empty shell, devoid of emotion and joy.
      One night, Brian showed up on my doorstep cradling a broken arm and dislocated shoulder. I rushed him to the ER and watched them set the bones in place and plaster the pieces together. The pain must have been unbearable but he didn’t even flinch. Didn’t react at all. When he kissed me goodbye there were tears in my eyes. My best friend was gone.
      The next day he made it official.
      His mother found him in their bathroom with two jagged holes in his wrists. One hand held the knife. The other a picture of me.
      I’m still not over it.

      Then, three years ago, I met a man and fell desperately, hopelessly in love with him. He was the cousin of my best friend, involved with my church, steady job, living on his own, had a good relationship with his family. All in all, he seemed like a pretty solid guy. When he told me that he loved me I felt like I would explode from the happiness. When accidentally introduced me as his wife to his friends I was convinced we would be together for the rest of our lives.
      It was short-lived.
      He was never stupid enough to physically abuse me – I’m not the sort of girl who tolerates that kind of thing and I’ve got family from country roots who’d rather end up in jail for justifiable homicide than see a man put his hands on me that way – but the mind games, the mental and emotional abuse took its toll. And I am, apparently, extremely susceptible to emotional abuse. Go figure.
      He lied and cheated his way through our relationship. He screwed with my head and my heart then broke it. Over and over and over again. He slept with a close friend of mine. Be broke up with me when he got bored only to beg me to take him back a few weeks later. It went on for months. It felt like decades.
      Finally, I left him. Too tired to deal with the drama and too heartbroken to deal with the pain. It was only then, three weeks after I’d left him, that a mutual friend of ours shared the news with me.
      He’d been screwing my best friend for months. The girl who was like a younger sister – a daughter – to me, had been having sex with my boyfriend for months. She was 15 years old. When I confronted her, asked her if it was true, she told me that I was a stupid, selfish bitch and that he loved her more than anyone could possibly love me.
      Talk about heartbreak.
      It took me six months to get off of my depression meds. I still haven’t gotten over the depression.

      So, you ask “do relationships affect our lives”? My answer is that relationships define our lives. They are the driving force behind every breath and the intangible hands constricting our hearts. All the success in the world isn’t worth anything if you have no one to share it with. Sure, you can get hurt. Of course, there are risks. That’s the price of humanity. We have been gifted with love, with joy, with peace of mind. And we have been cursed with heartbreak, sorrow, war, and loss. Relationships can break you down, but they can also build you up.
      The question isn’t whether or not relationships affect our lives, its how well we choose them. How well we keep them. And what will we do with the time we are given. And I would like to thank you for asking this question. I was so wrapped up in my hurt and my sorrow that I lost sight of that.

      After all, Brian would want me to be happy. And I want to honor him by making the most of the hand I’ve been delt.

    • Seth Adams 2:49 pm on March 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Relationships are never easy. They come with good and bad situation both which take time for you to develop. It takes two to make a situation good and two to make a situation bad, but if neither of you believe in a higher power (God) you will not be able to withstand the bad and weather the storms. Every relationship will have bumps in the road but how you communicate will determine the ways you handle it. If you know (God) is in control of the test in front of you and your relationship accepts it as a test and there is open communication to get through the test you will be stronger for for working it out. Sometimes it shows you that the relationship you are in is not a good situation to be in anyhow and it does not work out. Each person has to be strong and see themselves through a situation and not have a pity party everytime it does not go your way. Learn about yourself, for every situation will build more character and you will continue to discover more about yourself.

    • Christopher Fillmore 12:41 am on March 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Relationship issues play a big role not only acadimacally but also in every aspect and part of a persons world. There maybe are some who can seperate the two however their are many who can’t. I am one who can not seperate the two. If me and my wife are having a disagreement it usually afeects me at work, school, and home. I am deeply sadened that the result of this was someone having to loose their life. It is true, it does more than hurt one but many. This has a tendency to have a ripple effect on many. I lost a cousin a few years back to a domestic dispute. My prayers and condolences to the families envolved not only the victim but the other party as well who did the deed they have to live with that for the rest of their lives and their family was also affected by this event as well.

    • emily gardner 3:53 am on March 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      i believe that relationships can somewhat is a big roll in school.maybe if your spouse is not supportive of school you may fight about it alot also on the the other hand it can be great to have while in school they could help support you everystep of the way no matter what..but when i get uspet with my boyfriend i dont want to be at school or do my work i just feel ike doing nothing!

    • ismel carrillo 2:56 am on March 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Relationships can affect students in several ways. Their motivation can be questioned by something greater like a loved one or an attendance to a funeral. It can be hard for students to keep in track of their academic side when relationship issues attack the heart instead of the brain. For instance my last semester I was distraught by a relationship of mine. I ended of breaking off the relationship and focused a little bit more on my school work. It can be hard but what I do is just stay focused and think of positive things like graduating and you’ll focus more and won’t get caught up in your personal life.

    • Alyssa Ammerman 5:48 pm on March 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      From a personal view I can say that relationships have a great impact on students in many ways. I am in a relationship and if we bicker or I’am put in a sour mood, I’m not focused on school or my class wok I’m focused on the issue my boyfriend and I are having. But I try to look at the bigger picture and tell myself that I have to do what is best for myself and relize that school is going to get me where I need to be versus a relationship.

    • Holly Blickenstaff 7:29 pm on March 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Relationships can affect your school and life success in many different aspects. For me, maintaining a positive and healthy relationship at home makes it easier to stay focused on school and my priorities. Some things which we cannot control such as deaths in the family, substance abuse, illnesses, are very hard to deal with and could make you drop a class to take some time off.
      There are so many negative things that could potentially stand in the way of school and life success so I believe it is very important to stay focused and on track because getting the best education is what is important for my future.

    • Matt Wilson 6:08 pm on March 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Relationships do not effect me in school as much as most people. Just from skimming through some previous posts, i see some people take relationships very seriously, such as the examples you mentioned in the intro. But I see no reason to get upset over a person, however, if a tragic event happens to a loved one, a mourning is often neccessary. This is a relationship issue, but not what your main focus is concerning school. I think most people tie thier significant others to every aspect of their life, and when that relationship goes south, so does everything else. This is rediculous and I am past that stage of my life. My main focus in life will not be distracted and if a person tries to change me or get me upset i just tell them “bye”. perhaps that is why i am single (and free) =) and wouldn’t have it any other way!

    • Tammy J. Dever 2:13 am on March 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I came back to read some of the post that have continued since I was on a few days back….My perception has yet to change. Relationships are hard and so is school. In my opinion you just have to try to maintain both respectfully. My boyfriend also is in college (double Masters) so he can respect what I am going through. We actually laugh at each others work, and help one another…(he is much smarter) LOL…
      In addition, you cannot blame failing on your relationship…school is a commitment you have to make, and fully understand education is something nobody can take away from you. Maturity is a big factor in this. I think this is where Mr. William’s audio “MAP” will come into play… (meaningful) find something meaningful in what you do in each subject…pull that out and hone in on it…make each assignment count….I think I might understand how this can all tie together…Am I on the right track? Does anyone else see this same track……….????

    • Arikus Brooks 5:23 am on September 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Relationships play a major role in peoples lives and in thier school affairs. When someone has a relationship issue on their mind, it is hard for them to focus on doing work or taking care of daily life issues. They have built up anger and fustrations that cause them to loose focus and and become unable to focus on the task at hand.

    • teshekia c 9:43 pm on September 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Relationships play a big part of most people life. Right now i fell blessed for my mate.I have a son with SPINIA BIFIDIA, MY FATHER HAS CANCER. A job i hate! MY MATE suppports me, he always tell me go for you can do it. He tell me things will be ok. Even we he know its not.He trys hard to make things better. some time its good when people lie to you.HA HA

      • Lucy Cardenas 12:49 am on October 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I agree, a mate can help you get through the best and the worst of times and relationships can be the best thing someone can ever need to get them along.

    • Lucy Cardenas 12:48 am on October 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I have been with my boyfriend for almost 3 years now and being together and us both being in school it can be challenging. But if there is a will there is a way. We balance our school and relationship time wisely and most of the time help eachother whenever we need help. Relationships are a strong factor on school and if you know there isnt a problem when it comes to having to pick school or bonding time, then there is no problem. No doubts.

    • Virginia Wood 2:38 am on October 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I have been with my boyfriend for about 1 year now and us both being in school in different states. We have learn to balance our school, work, and relationship time, more better, and me having learn to do that I have more motivation to stay in school. Relationships are a part of life big or small. It could be as small as one with your pet dog or cat, or as big as one with your family, but without relationships in your life, your life can be lonely and you may just give up on school, trying to make yourself better. Also the best relationship you can have is one with the one you love or mate it can help you get through your worst and best of time.

    • Heather Brown 5:07 am on October 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Relationship issues can and cannot effect you in school. The only reason it would is if you let it get to you. Some people have different relationsip issues, some have verbal fights, fist fights, or maybe just arguments. I have been in a realtionship now for almost a year. I met him in high school and I am dating him now that I am in college. We never really have big enough fights that may lead to what has happened. Some relationships work , and others don’t.

    • Heather Brown 12:44 am on November 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Relationship issues can effect your school life and school success in many different ways.
      A few reasons are that they can hold you back from doing your best and being able to focus on what you need to do at school to be able to succeed. A lot of people are not able to focus on their school work because of their relationship issues, if your not able to focus on school work there isn’t much of a possibilty that you are going to be able to pass.
      Another reason you may have trouble in school because of your relationship issues may because you are getting abused and you are too embarresed to go to school and face the crowd, people are abused and do not want to go around people because of their reactions.
      It upsetts me that people can treat the one’s they “love” the way they do.
      I can’t even begin to understand why.
      I wish there was something we could do to stop this, but a lot of people who have relationship issues usually don’t admit it.

    • Trista Hensley 3:11 am on November 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Relationships can absolutely effect school life in many ways. It is difficult juggling family, work and school. Family members can feel left out, neglected by the time and effort placed by a college student. If focused and determined you can balance out life and hopefully decrease these issues. Unfortantely, sometimes unhealthy realtionships can cause you to lag behind or not succeed. With any relationship that is not healthy, it is up to that person to change their path and get out of it. Hope those peopl e find the strength or courage to do so.

    • Virginia Wood 5:30 am on November 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I have been with my boyfriend for about 1 year now and us both being in school in different states. We have learn to balance our school, work, and relationship time, more better, and me having learn to do that I have more motivation to stay in school. Relationships are a part of life big or small. It could be as small as one with your pet dog or cat, or as big as one with your family, but without relationships in your life, your life can be lonely and you may just give up on school, trying to make yourself better. Also the best relationship you can have is one with the one you love or mate it can help you get through your worst and best of time

    • Brittany Mckenzie 12:06 pm on November 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      My relationship with my husband has had a big impact with me being in school. He has been my number one supporter. He comes home from work on time to be with our kids so I can go to school. He know that I am doing this for the both of us. I have made sure that my kids aren’t affected greatly. I go to school once a week and take my online classes before they wake up or at night when the are off to bed. Having a healthy relationship with my kids and husband is very important to me so we do everything possible to keep it that way.

    • Haley 8:46 pm on November 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Relationships are directly related to your life and school successes’. I do realize some people live by themselves, but at some point everyone has parents to some degree and family as well. If the relationship is strained it definitely puts a damper on your life and energies. Motivation something that keeps you going, whether it be school or work or everyday ideas.
      On the other end if your relationships are successful, blissful and enduring, this has a positive effect on your life, school and education. In my own personal life, if this is some misunderstandings or minute arguments, it places me in a negative mindset and I am unable to accomplish much. Thankfully this does not occur and if it does, it is settled quickly. I am enduring and so are my family members.

    • Daniel Delgado 2:29 am on November 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Relationships are very important in life. Without them a person can feel very alone in the world. They can also be dangerous because being around someone so much can turn a loving couple against each other. When this happens you can never tell what your partner is going to do. It could turn very bad. So relationships are a very good thing, you just have to be careful.

    • Kierra 5:44 am on November 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Relationships can effect one, because their partner may not want to see them succeed. So, they will do whatever they can to prevent that from happening.

    • anthony engle 2:42 am on November 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      There are sometimes that a relationship has positive qualities but there are some that have negative qualities. In relationships that have negative or fake feelings can end badly. People start to think that there is no one else out there that this person is all that they are going to get, and the fall in love and start doing anything to be with them. They leave their friend and focus all about the relationship, then they start failing classes or start missing work to be with them. And then when the relationship end that person don’t know how to handle it, and end up take drastic measures to try and lessen the pain.

    • Joanne borges 3:10 am on November 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Relationships start at birth with parents and the whole of your family. I’ve been blessed with many wonderful relationships including my family and my friends. My husband is my best friend and partner he supports my coming back to school (thank the Lord!). Yet, I can see without a good support system, school could become very hard. So yes, relationships can and do affect your school and life success.

    • daysha 4:27 am on November 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      To me Realtionships do affect your school and life success because it can bring alot of stress upon you and affect the state of mind your in if your in a bad one on the other hand if your in a good realtionship your other half can be a good motivater to help you do better and become a better person in life

    • Cleo Coley 3:33 pm on November 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Some relationships affect your school and life due to the person you are with at the time of the relationship. That person may be feeling that other person is giving more time for school then with them so they cause stress towards the other person. If you dont have a good partner that will support you on going back to school and that will help you then the situation can get very bad.

    • Aurora Cruz 9:49 pm on November 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Every relationship that makes an impact on your life can carry into school and work. When I was in high school I always had a boyfriend, and back then being with my boyfriend was more important to me than go to school. This caused me to skip a lot and eventually I got expelled. Also relationship with your family can carry into school. If you don’t have a supportive and attentive family chances are you’re probably not getting your homework done or are not studying. In any kind of relationship you have if you’re having trouble with an individual it can stress you out and make it hard for you to study and keep your mind on school work.

    • Brittany Wertman 1:09 am on November 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I believe that relationships have its positive and negative affects in life just like everything else. Whether its good or bad, a relationship affects your attitude, motivation, goals and alot of other key things. I believe that in most cases the way a person was raised and the relationship they have with their family lays the path for their future relationships. I also believe that being in school it is very important to have the same outlook on education as your partner, because realizing it or not he/she could bring you down or encourage you and be your number one support.

    • Lucy Cardenas 1:50 am on November 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I have been with my boyfriend for almost 3 years now and being together and us both being in school it can be challenging. But if there is a will there is a way. We balance our school and relationship time wisely and most of the time help eachother whenever we need help. Relationships are a strong factor on school and if you know there isnt a problem when it comes to having to pick school or bonding time, then there is no problem. No doubts

    • Eileen 11:54 pm on November 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Relationships and school

      Having a Relationship with someone can have a good or bad effect on school.
      Lets first look at the good side. One might have a partner that is very good in a subject that the other person might need help in. Now the one person can help the other one understand the subject and help them study and look over their work. Me for instance I am not that great in Chemistry yet my boyfriend is a natural geniuses so instead of paying a tutor to explain things to me, my boyfriend sits down with me and breaks things up and explains them step by step for me. He looks over my homework and the problems I missed I goes over with me and shows me where I did something wrong. Also when someone has a good structured and a mature relationship one has always someone to fall back one when things need to get done so that one can study or has to go to class. For me being with my boyfriend is great because both of us want to graduate college and get a doctor in biology. We cheer each other up when we have bad days and feel like we just want to quit and by doing so we never actually quit because he have the most important person in our world standing behind each other. Robert always asks me before we go out and do stuff if my homework is done and if I didn’t do my homework which happens very seldom he makes me do my work before we go.
      Let’s take a look at when a relationship can have a bad influence. Some relationships are time consuming. If one is dating the wrong partner there could be a lot of fighting. There could be constant going out and not doing their work because their partner will get upset if they don’t go out, or one could get pressured into doing things other then doing their school work or going to class. One could have a lazy boyfriend/girlfriend at home that doesn’t do anything all day and now you have bills to pay but the other person doesn’t have a job and you work full time while going to school and since you want to keep the rove over your head and want food , water, electricity school work might get put off.
      These are only a few ways that a romantic relationship can influence school.

    • Trent Kloter 12:12 am on November 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I like relationships with other people who are involved in school and in your daily life are vital. In reality we all need someone to get advice from and to lean on others. Especially with the college schedule. Personally Ive had great relationships with alot of people of course only a few are close to me but I think its important to have a very few friends who are very close to you in order to share with them and recieve help from them. On the contrary relationships can add a lot of stress however i think that is normal for most people. Relationships can have both positive and negative effects on school life and success.

    • Adriana Martinez 9:30 pm on November 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      In my opinion being in a relationship while in school can be good and bad it all depends how the person you are with understand or not. If guy or girl understand that your education is important to you they will understand that they won’t have that much time to be with you and support you in any way possible. They can help you whenever they can with whatever you need such as, leaving you alone to study for the night or even helping you study as in, quizing you with flashcards. It might not be what you want to do with that person, but at least your with them and that should be all that matters. If they don’t understand or they can’t handle not having your time then its just going to make your studies even harder for you by putting more stress on you. You won’t be able to concentrate as much as you would if you weren’t with that person. If you are with a person like that then its worth just being alone then with somebody that won’t support you in something you want to do in your life and find somebody that does. You don’t need the extra pressure or tension in your life with everything else you already have. In my case, i’m a high school student in all honor classes that tries and succeeds in getting straight A’s. I’m also a All Star cheeleader that requires me to be at every practice and competition. On top of that i have a boyfriend, but thank God that he understand all that i doing and doesn’t get frustrated when I’m too busy to go out and spend time with him. He supports me in everything i do and i the same is the other way around. its really good to have a person that suppots you in that way because it make it feel worth it.

    • Andrew Medeiros 2:17 pm on November 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Relationships affect my school success in many different ways. I have a fiancé, our daughter, and two step children from her previous marriage. My daughter is only two years old and I stay home with her most of the week, and only work part time. So I spend a lot of time with my daughter which is great, but it limits my time for homework and study time. Of course I go to school to create a better life for her so its defiantly worth it. My fiancé, and I do not really see each other that much to really have an affect. That sounds bad, but when she comes home I am usually leaving for class or work or vis versa sense we both go to college. My fiancés kids are older so they have different things going on, or things that can just come up out of the blue which will require me to change my schedule for studying or homework on the fly sometimes. Of course all of this is just a regular life, and is all worth it. Relationships will always have an effect on school and personal life, but thats just life and can only be taken one day at a time.

    • Tiffany Crawford 7:25 pm on November 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      i do truely believe relationships can indeed affect my school success in alot of ways. I as a person have been in quite a bit of relationships in the past that i felt was playing tug-a-war wit my emotions. My school grades began to fall immediately everytime i would break up or we were fighting or were having issues in our relationship. I couldnt seem to focus on anything but what i was going through at the time rather than school. i couldnt seem to split my problems that i was having at home with what was going on at school. Relationships take time .I had to learn that the hard way. I had to learn to seperate the two and deal with my issues in a better way that didnt only effect me but my family and friends and even my teacher. Everytime something went wrong in my relationship my attitude would turn sour towards everyone. Although i been through alot i have learned that not all relationships are bad. You just have to choose wisely .

    • james burge 12:25 am on November 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I think if things aren’t going well at home that usually means that they wont go well at school or the workplace. I would like to think that I have a good home life but Im definitly not perfect but its how we deal through the days that are not going exaclty as we plan that shows us what and who we really are.

    • Tricia Williams 4:34 am on November 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Relationships can be positive or negative, and can greatly effect your productivity overall. You always have to love yourself before you can love others to be in a healthy relationship. You have to count on yourself to get things done, but at the end of the day it is always nice to have someone there to count on . Some have found that person and others are comfortable waiting. I have found this and have a strong supportive family, which I count my blessings.

    • Fadwa Ali 5:57 am on November 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I think that relationhips are a good thing, but sometimes if your in a relationship and your partner isn’t also in school he might not understand what its like, thats where it can get stressful. But other than that everyone should be able to balance school and relationhips.

    • Logan Farmer 5:21 pm on November 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I think relationships can either make you or break you as far as school and life success. Luckily I have been with a very caring boy for over a year, and he helps me to be successful. It is always great to have someone there to motivate you and push you. I work full-time on top of school, so it is often hard for me to find the time and motivation to do my schoolwork. My boyfriend is always there, however, to push me and remind me how important it is that I do my schoolwork. It also is very helpful that he unerstands how important my schoolwork is and doesn’t get upset with me for not having a lot of time to spend with him. If he were not so supportive, motivating, and understanding, I know I would not have as good of grades in school as I currently do.

    • Lorianne Zapata 1:18 am on November 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Relationships can be difficult and chalenging enough without the stress and pressure of school and it’s requirements. Creating a healthy balance for yourself is key in obtaing success both at home and in the school enviroment. I think one key ingredient is to be true to yourself. Life is always going to through us curve balls , but we need to make healthy decisions for ourselves and learn to say no when necessary. Keeping yorself safe, protected and satbele is essential for every day life success and it’s daily grind.

  • Michael Williams 12:18 am on February 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

     
    • Gina Stapleton 12:39 am on February 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I plan on setting more time aside for my school work and learn to not procrastinate as much. I believe that if i set specific time aside it will help me stay focused and allow me to keep my priorities in order. I also plan on using my time on the specifics rather then going above and beyond.

      • alicia 10:15 pm on February 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        the video was great, alot of helpfull info. and i agree with Gina, I also need to set a specific time aside throughout my week so that it will help me stay foucusd .

    • Michael Williams 12:48 am on February 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      In future posts I’ll be asking you to provide more specific feedback and action steps you plan to take as a result of watching the video. For now, give me your general impressions.

      Great post Gina!

      • Melissa Foley 3:25 am on February 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I will be spending more time for my school work and not to stress over the small stuff. I want to be able to manage my time better for all of my courses and not having to worry about getting everything done on time. I’m learning on how to prioritize my time for the things that are on my priority list. I will definetely try the classical music while i study

      • Autumn Bell 9:34 pm on October 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I will be juggling both my high school work and my college work better. I want to be able to balance regular school and my HCC courses. I’m learning from my mother how to live a 8 hour day, then be able to calm down and get things done over at HCC in all my courses.

    • Laura Gross 2:50 pm on February 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Professor:
      In my career I live by lists and have incorporated them into my personal life as well. It is the prioritizing of those lists that the difficulty lies. Keeping the list slightly fluid has made an impact in not leaving something undone.
      It is interesting that you mention listening to classical music as a means to improve your knowledge intake since this is also recommended for parents to do with a child both invitro and once they are born. I personally have seen the fruits of this recommendation with my 8-year old who is in the gifted class and just completed a chess tournament with much success.
      Expectations, hmmm what can I say about those. Mine are high for myself but you have seen my assignments and can probably assess that as well.

      • Anthony Coy 1:22 am on February 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I wish I could start doing list. My wife does them and lives by them and I think it helps her to be motivated. She also is the most organized person I have ever met. Congratulations with your son. You must be very proud.

        • Laura Gross 6:54 pm on February 23, 2010 Permalink

          Thanks Anthony. I will pass on the congrats to my daughter, Hope.
          I started with Post it notes and they were great because there was instant satisfaction in throwing them aways when the task was completed. When the post it notes became wallpaper lists were the next logical progresion.

    • Alisha 1:46 am on February 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I plan on finishing school because nobody in my family has ever stepped foot in college. I plan on finishing school because I am a struggling mother of two and have very little to call my own and my vision is that later on in life that wont be the case.

      • Yousef Andakali 9:15 pm on February 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Alisha,
        I really hope that you reach that goal for not only yourself but for you family as well! Completing college is something I think everyone should do and it will help you advance in the future and give your kids the ambition to want to accomplish college as well.

        • Alisha 3:01 am on March 9, 2010 Permalink

          thank you very much it isnt often that some one encourages me!!! But I do agree with you a hundred percent.

      • Anthony Coy 5:20 am on February 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Alisha,

        I also hope that you reach your goal. I’m sure your family is very proud of you. I understand what you are going through with the kids. Although I am not a mother but I am a proud father of four children and work full-time. I believe that you will in the future have plenty to call your own. Keep reaching for the stars.

    • Yousef Andakali 11:41 pm on February 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      After listening to this video. I am very intrigued with some of the techniques. I plan on putting most of them to the test. For example, I would really like to know if the classical music were to work so the next time I study that will be on in the background. I also intend to put the CAT to the test, even though I may progress slowly it is worth a shot. However, my only downfall would be the rewarding technique. I found myself rushing through some assingments because I knew that at the end I was getting something good. I guess thats something else I will have to work on.

      • Melissa Moore 8:40 pm on March 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Yousef, hopefully everyone will take something away from the video. Like you, I also liked the techniques mentioned and will try them out. Good luck with what you plan on trying.

    • Melissa Moore 2:52 am on February 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I found your video to be quite interesting, you brought up many issues that students encounter and that I had not heard before like CAT and Parato.
      People all have their reasons for being in college,I am motivated by my career goal to succeed in college. Ive noticed that with some online classes, many students have questions as to how the class actually works and whats due. It is best that they specifically ask their professor so, like you mentioned, they will not end up doing more work than is required. I also like to know exactly what is expeceted of me so I do not waste my valuable time on something that wont benefit my grade. Also when you discussed reading faster, I remember from the blogs that some students listed that as something that they needed to work on, hopefully you bringing it up again will encourage them to do so. I listen to music a lot when I do school work and study, now that I think about it, Ive done that since middle school when I had to work on those never ending math problems. I am a huge fan of saving time and Ill put some of your suggestions to use and see how they benefit me.

    • Brannon L. Parks 4:26 am on February 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I believe the their was alot of good points in the video and that I am going to start taking them into consideration when doing my studies and going to school. The information in the video will also help me separate my childrens time woth homework time.

    • Amber Covington 12:08 pm on February 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I found the video very interesting and very helpful as well. I completed my first semester last year with all A’s and thought this semester would be a piece of cake until I got a new job that requires 40-55hrs a week so when this semester started I slacked big time and started worrying with work, a four year old anad school was I ever going to make it and now after watching the video I am going to take these tips to heart and use them to make it through school. I always thought if I had music on ot would distract me but I think I will give it a try.

      • Logan Farmer 3:45 pm on October 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Amber,
        I totally understand how you feel when it comes to school on top of work. My grades are not as high as I would like right now, and I know that is not my best. I simply have just let school go a little bit because I am constantly tired and rush through my assignments last minute. I too work at least 40-50 hours a week, and it can be exhausting! As far as the classical music though, you should really give it a try. Starting middle school my dad would actually put it on while my sisters and I did our homework, and I just grew to love it. It is very relaxing, especially when you’re up to your eyeballs and homework. I personally need to start making lists, as sometimes I completely forget about important tasks until it is too late. I also really want to look into speed reading, I think that would be very useful for those long textbooking reading sessions!

    • Ernest Grant 3:31 am on February 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      After watching to the video, I feel that I have the ability to become much better equipped to take on the challenges associated with doing well in college. I found the various techniques intriguing, with a particular fondness for the baroque method. I definitely look forward to using the CAT technique, as it seems like it could be a big helper when it comes to time management. Also, I’ve always had a desire to know how to speed read, so that may be in the cards for me as well. Thanks for the tips. I look forward to using them to help me get through not only college, but life as well.

      • Samara Calinda 4:59 am on February 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        This video gave me the same feeling that all is possible, if manage properly. Challenges will come and these techniques will be very useful in helping us achieve some of our goals. The speed reading makes sense, but don’t know if I will try that one. I hope it works for you.

    • Nicole Schuyler 12:50 am on February 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I found this clip to be of great magnitude, many different angles. The information was just that informative and interesting at the same time. Focusing in on the one that stood out the most. Listening to ” Baroque” prefferably, alterrnate’s being classical or jazz. I will attempt to giveit a whirl. Generally I find that if I’m out with family, friends and we walk into a place that is playing music, my ears tune them out and into whatever song is playing. I maybe an exceptional case though as one of my rule’s I live by is ” Music Is Life ” . I dunno any taker’s here? Anyone else out there like me where you just can’t help it and sing along? It’s almost uncontrollable meaning if I don’t find myself lip singing or singing aloud I’m singing along in my head. I believe that I’m gifted in memorazation of music, I will hear a composition 1 or 2 times before I have it locked down. I enjoy all walks of music and find it can be very distracting, generally to others, not me I love music..lol . I look forward to trying this and seeing if I can focus on schoolwork while music is playing without being distracted by it. Maybe my saving grace will be there’s no words to memorise. Professor a sincere ” Thanks ” for all of the other wonderful tips. This one just happened to stick out, wonder why =)

    • MyLinh Nguyen 1:55 am on February 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Very many good points made in this video. It’s important to remember them though and continually remind yourself of what needs to be done. I think we all know what we should do, but we just don’t do it,. I try my best when I feel unmotivated or feel like procrastinating to remind myself about my goals and the outcome that I will achieve if I stay on track. That is what helps me to stay focused because sometimes life does get in the way, and it can be very easy to forget the whole purpose and the reason you are going to school in the first place. If you just remember that it’s temporary and that it will all be worth it in the end and it can be managed, then you can get through it. But, like professor said, we will always deal with stress and if we learn to manage it well, it can actually be a great thing. It’s all about balance and learning to have good time management and organizational skills. That is beneficial not only in school but in your life. Very important to establish good habits as early as possible. I plan on continuing to have good habits to make my life as easy as it can possibly be.

      • Gina Stapleton 12:10 am on February 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        i agree. it’s very easy to get stuck in a rut and fall back on bad habits. But if you remind yourself of what needs to be done and how to get it done you will work towards developing good habits and sticking with them.

    • Anthony Coy 4:23 am on February 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I found this video to be very helpful. What is going to be even more helpful is actually apllying these things to your life. I listen to classical music when I study only because my daughter is usually in her swing next to me and there is an option for it on her swing to play. It soothes her which enables me to have some time to study. It seems to help a little. As for speed reading, I’ve heard that this is a great help, so I’m sending my son to a super camp at Stanford University which will teach speed reading. I think it’s all about being motivated and being determined to achieve your goals. It’s all a mind set.

      • Melissa Moore 8:44 pm on March 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Anthony, best of luck with your son. You mentioned that your daughter’s swing has an option for music that soothes her, I think it only makes sense that more people should try listening to relaxing music while studying etc.

    • Seth Adams 6:40 pm on February 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      After listening to the video, I see that the CAT method is a positive way to getting started on new goals or callenges. Setting a goal and list of priorities is a focus that I need to work on to do well in time management. With alot of different things pulling on my attention a list will keep me on point. Time management is important and turning notes and studing using tapes while driving is something I plan on using which can free up some of my time to do other things. I can also use the tapes while bike riding to multi-task.

    • Sharon Martinez 9:26 pm on February 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      After viewing the video, it kind of brings up a point of what I want to do in life. It made me pause and think what are my goals. I plan on finishing school. I am the first in my family to go to college and I plan on seeing that I complete it. I also want to make myself and my kids proud. I’m looking for their future and mine as well. I want to focus more on my classes so I can be successful.

    • Cierra Lewis 12:07 am on February 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I think this video was exceptionaly pertinent to the situation occuring in my life right now. For some reason I struggle dearly to find time in my schedule for this class considering it’s hard to access internet. With your strategic 10 ways to get’r done, I feel confident the application of them will ehance my skills as a student to keep my grades to my satisfaction.

    • Austin Lackore 12:12 am on February 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I think that in order for me to be succesful this year in college I need to decide what is important in my life. I think that if i focus on those important things and set weekly goals it will be easier to accomplish graduation. I need to focus on the important things to help me stay motivated and succesful. One technique that i find very effective is putting myself in an empty quite room to study or do online work. Ten ways to get’r done has also given me some good ideas that i plan to try this week.

    • Karla Real 3:56 am on February 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      “10 Ways to Get’Er Done” was a great video! I totally, 100% agree with the Audio instead of reading. This did wonders for me. It HARD to try and read when you have a baby! I put the book down constantly, and didn’t seem to be getting any where. Audio I can play in the house, and listen to while doing other activities with the baby. Audio is the best! I love it! I also agree with the “Expectations” part, I found myself doing so much more than I needed to last semester for school, since it was my first time doing it online. It was VERY agrivating! I wasted so much time! Again, the video was great, Thanks!

    • Mark Pappalardo 3:26 am on February 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I think the video was very informative. I work in the food industry which gets very stressful and music always helps me focus and calm down. I tend to procrastinate alot. I will have to work on that and put a list together of everything that I have to do for the week.

    • Samara Calinda 4:49 am on February 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Watching the video was very informative. The time management part was very helpful because with a change in my current job and full schedule in college, managing time is very important. I recently put family and friends on notice about not having time to entertain them as frequent. Finishing this journey of college is very important and making people understand my desires has been difficult, they were used to having me around. It comes down to what you said, saying no and being okay with saying it. The advice about assignments and managing important ones first, also about listening to music when study is great advice. Thanks again for the excellent information.

    • Serina Kirkland 5:44 am on February 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      This video was rather helpful considering what’s going on in my life at the moment. I have somewhat inadequate time management skills, but this video has given me an idea of what I can do to help manage my time. Learning how to say no to things, and deciding what is really crucial to making your long-term goals happen is very important. You might have to sacrifice extra curricular or social activities but if you’re really serious about school, it’s worth it. After watching this video I made a schedule in order to see how much time in my day my activities really take up. Writing it out on paper really helped me to better organize my activities and put what’s more important first… and the more trivial less important things last. The CAT technique is something I hadn’t ever heard about until just now, but it seems like a great idea. Procrastination is a hard habit to get over, I’m learning that in college you can’t finish an English essay in one afternoon. Keep your long term goals in mind always, to remind yourself why you’re in school and what you really value.

    • Tammy J. Dever 9:02 pm on February 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I had no idea that the classical music was a way to help you study…I actually enjoy classical and smooth jazz while I am driving..so I am going to give that a try.
      I myself have fallen prey to time management this week, I called in sick to work twice, I missed classes, and I am a volunteer for what I consider to be a very
      important program that helps children displaced, and I have been unable to commit to that. This is obviously a time management issue, due to my
      illness. I am back on track again. I felt the list was another key factor, I do this now, but maybe modifying it to the strategies you pointed out is something I was lacking to actually make it work. Thank you for these great pointers and advice

    • Jessica Shoemaker 2:57 am on February 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I really enjoyed the video. There is really good techniques to help me with my studYing. I think if I use the advice provided in the video this will not only help with may schooling but could also be applied to my current everyday activties and careers.

    • matt wilson 4:26 am on February 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I did not realize when my schedule is optimal until I watched this and started thinking about it. Now that I have a general idea what time to study, and how to learn. Speed reading is a technique I heard of before to help out a lot. I’ll give the Baroque classical music a try, I am curious as to what a difference it makes. The list and rewards point were something I’ve heard and honestly forgotton. The video is a great reminder to refresh certain things and absorb the new things (ex. CAT technique).

    • Holly Blickenstaff 5:02 pm on February 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      After watching this video I did realize that I can relate to a lot of the issues brought up, including time management. I tend to put off the important things for what is more “fun” or what I feel like doing at the time. I think the vision statement will make me realize how to reach my goals and stay motivated.
      I am also going to listen to Baroque classical music the next time I study, it seems like it could help me stay focused when I study.

    • Mitchell Stewart 8:51 pm on February 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      While watching the video i began to realize the relevance of my motivation toward the several things you claim will help you to become more successful. I know the long term benefits of a good education but sometimes i think it would be helpful for short term benefits. Maybe by rewarding myself after completing my scheduled work for the day will push me forward.

      I am going to try out this classical music, I have already looked some up it does not appeal to me but that might be better for concentration. I have attempted to listen to music while studying in the past without any gain so no promises. Also, i couldn’t agree more on the “momentum” motivation theory, once i get started i will finish all my work in a minimal amount of time. The only problem is getting myself motivated before the day all my work is due. i think by using some the techniques described in the video i will be better prepared to accomplish my goals.

    • Bill Patton 8:56 pm on February 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I have been lucky with time management I only work on Saturday and Sunday. Plus I have a lot of life experience, school is most important to me, next to my 11year old boy. I don’t have a problem with telling people no if I don’t have the time and I have always been a big fan of when in motion stay in motion.

    • Michael Frerichs 12:29 am on February 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I found the self discipline and self confidence statements to ring true for me. I need to have more of both in order to really succeed in school and life. I have had some problems managing my time properly as I need to cut out a lot of the things I spent a lot of recreational time on before because I don’t have as much time. Its very difficult to break those habits. So this video really hit home in many ways. I am having a lot of trouble dividing up time between separate goals. I hope I can use this class and video to learn to motivate and organize myself better

    • edtrese francois 6:17 pm on February 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      i am29 years old, ji have no family in florida. its only me and my two kids. and school ,work and family obligation is alot for me. time management is my biggest improvement i need. i have just started using my daily planner to keep track of all my to-do-list . i need to pmprove on my study habits

    • Melissa Foley 4:25 pm on February 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I have to say time management is my biggest problem. I have a hard time trying to fit everything into my schedule. I have been working on that. I have been saying no to alot of things i would normally do. I have stressed myself out trying to do it all. Things are getting better, I still have a ways to go, but I feel better and don’t worry as much about the small stuff. I take care of the most pressing matters first. If i get to the small ones ok, but if not i don’t worry about it anymore. I’m taking care of me and the things i want to do first. I’ve never done that before. I still feel guilty sometimes over saying no to people. Then i look at the big picture and I realize this is for me. I will be a better person when i can finish my education.

    • Lydia Paul 1:25 pm on February 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I am in school to better my daughter opportunities and I am also in school for me, this is what I want to do. I am a 22 year old single parent of a 4 year old and I work full time. I am in school part time now but next semester I am going to try full time classes. I am interested in taking more online classes because I can devote time from anywhere for school. I do have a daily planner but having a 4 year old makes things slightly impossible to stick to the plan. I can schedule our time but I still have to adjust things to her. Work is very flexible to my schedule I work at a hospital so it easy to adjust my schedule at any time. This video is very helpful and I will begin to apply some of these tech but I have found that I cant really procrastinate because my schedule. My schedule constricts me from procrastinating because its such a tight schedule, work in the moring then I have an evening class then this online class then cooking and cleaning. I cannot set a study time because its impossible for me but at her doctors appointment I study, my lunch time I study and I study on my day off.

    • Travis 11:15 pm on February 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Time management use to be my biggest problem, I was at a low point in my life where I didnt have a job or wasnt going to school. Time seemed to just slip away back then even though I wasnt busy at all. Once I got a full time job and went back to school time managment seemd to get easier because I had someone else telling me when something was due or when I had to be at work and when I got off so I didnt have to make my own schedule. Now i guess i just manage the time I have been given in each area and use it to my advantage.

    • Danielle Anslow 1:23 am on February 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I found this video helpful with teaching me about time management. I really liked the CAT approach. I believe once I get my time management in control I will be much more successful in not only school but in life.

    • Amber Covington 1:48 am on February 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      This video was great, it was very helpful and really got me thinking about how much easier everything would be if I just tryed to manage my time a little better. I guess I thought I could just go with the flow and everything would work out, but its not. Im sure if I managed my time a little better maybe life would be a little less stressgul and I wouldnt be trying to scramble to get things done.

    • Kevin Cook 7:02 am on February 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I (embarrassingly) forgot how to login. Hopefully this will still count towards my grade.

      Time management! This is absolutely my downfall when it comes to schoolwork. Sometimes I find that I cannot fit all of my studies and homework into my deadline even if I work hard; sometimes I find that I spend too much valuable time for leisure activities. Your second step, saying no to things, is one of my biggest problems. I have a very hard time saying no to my friends and family when they are looking to have a nice evening out. Out of all of the time savers that you described, I found I could relate to this one the most. The CAT technique sounds very promising; taking the first step into doing a large project, for example, is the greatest challenge. Finding your footing is probably the most important step in taking on any task. I find that I sometimes expect too much of myself, which as you’ve said, can lead to time used wisely, but not efficiency; which is very important. Following this technique, and taking this entire video into consideration, I feel that I’ve covered the necessary requirements for my comment on this video, and since I’ve used my time very poorly this week, I am strapped at the moment to complete this week’s load! So overall, I actually found that my favorite three strategies came in a row: 1) say yes; 2) CAT technique; 3) be efficient and don’t overshoot.

    • Amanda Gonzalez 3:14 pm on February 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      The video was very helpful in making me realize just how much detail goes into achieving goals in my life. I believe that it is true when you said that if you really want something you are going to go after it. I have realized that I have time management problems, even when I realize I have this problem I sitll continue to procrastinate. This is something I need to change now. I have lots of goals that I would love to accomplish and I believing learning to say “no” will help me out here as well. I will not be able to take on all my goals at one time so it will be helpful to pick the most important ones and be able to say “no” to the ones that aren’t as important. I dread studying but I believe if I manage the time I commit to studying or homework, it will make the load lighter and more managable for me.

    • Max Schornagel 4:46 pm on February 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      My biggest problem are procrastination and time management. I constantly wait until the last minute to do assignments, all the while stressing out about getting them done. That and I spend my time unwisely. I learned a lot from this video, and hopefully it will help me get rid of some of my bad habits.

    • Olivia Walker 5:21 pm on February 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      One thing that has really affected me in school throughout the years is time management, so I will definitely try these10 things. I have tried listening to classical music while doing homework, but I will now try doing it with the baroque style. I will definitely look into a speed reading class and other tools that will help me accomplish this.

    • Christopher Fillmore 7:35 pm on February 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I found the video to be very interesting. My wife is in school full time and we have three children. She doesn’t work however she has a full plate. She has to drop and pick the kids from school, cook, clean, doctors visits, homework, studying. I really admire her for her hard work and dedication because there are many nights when she doesn’t geet very much sleep but some how she keeps everything going and her grade point average is a 3.8. She stays motivated and keeps me motivated. I am very happy to hae my wife on my side. She is an awesome parent and wife. She helps me understand time management and how ii need to not only set goals make plans to get to the goals.

    • Alyssa Ammerman 4:40 am on February 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      This video was very helpful! I always come up with some kind of excuse not to do my school work and never have my priorities in line, but now after watching the video and have learned CAT I will have to put it to use. Along with finding a time that is good for me to concentrate on doing my work, I have already learned that morning classes are best for me!

    • Brannon L. Parks 6:23 am on February 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I plan on manageing my time better for my study time and school work and the time that I have with my family. If I do a good acomplishment of manageing these amybe I can set up some kind of reward system so that I keep my motivation to want to keep on staying up with it. I also want to work on not procastinting I am going to get it done the day it comes out so thward the end og the week you is coming to me.

    • Carrillo, Ismel 10:57 pm on February 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      It basically states the key points to go along with success. It has reflected me to abide by those rules so I can complete my tasks without stress. Therefore procrastination is out the e way.

    • matt wilson 4:00 am on February 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      The questions this video asked really made me think. All of the material questions I had answers for, I just never thought of writing them down until the vision statement was discussed. Motivation is something I don’t think people consider very much, but has a large influence on our daily lives. The CAT technique is interesting, and speed-reading was good to.

    • emily gardner 9:21 pm on February 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Its so hard not to sweat the small stuff because the big stuff is easier to avoid sort of speak but I AM GOING TO NOT STRESS.
      the video really made me think about everything that goes on in life daily ecspessially in my life ..and i agree motivation is something I really really need to work on ..

    • Lindsay Vinsick 8:59 pm on March 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Some of the techniques discussed in this video really made me think about whether or not I’m doing all I can to minimize my stress and improve my time management. I plan to implement many of the techniques in my own life and see if they really work. (Hoping this goes through. I’ve tried to comment on this thing at least half-a-hundred times.)

    • Arikus Brooks 5:16 am on September 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      You have to motivate yourself to want to do better. Do not get stressed out, take some stress relieving exercizes before starting your works. If i ive myself the required time each day to study at a non pressured state? I should be able to get my school work done and be fine.

    • teshekia c 9:31 pm on September 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      The video was great.I took notes, I plan on taken a closer look at the way I manage my time.

    • Virginia Wood 2:23 am on October 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      The video was great. I took notes, and plan to use them in school and in my life to learn how to manage my time better, so I have more time for more things in my life.

    • Brittany Mckenzie 3:14 pm on October 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Great video Mr. Williams! I get up early in the morning or stay up late to study and complete assignments because I have young kids that need my attention. I will start using a list because I’m sure that will help me keep my priorities in order. I completely agree with the CAT technique, it takes me a lot more time to get started than to keep going. I plan to put all 10 of these steps to manage my time better.

    • Lori Monroe 4:17 am on October 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I use all 10 of these already with the exception of Borok(forgive the spelling), i listen to Gershwin. Classical music does help you study and retain much easier. I feel it has to do with the relaxing effect on the mind so that it can focus more. I am a mother of 2 and a step-mother of 2, all live with me and my husband and they range from 17,15,10 and 3 years old and i also work full time. Without using all these 10 techniques already, i would have dropped out of college at 40, but instead using these i’m still going strong plus i’m able to spend time with my family, i’m less stress and even have some “me” time all with a 3.5 G.P.A. after 2 years(my G.P.A. has never been lower then 3.5), i also get plenty of study time. Everyone old and young alike need to seriously use these, they work!! I canno’t say enough great things about the 10 steps.

    • teshekia c 11:26 pm on October 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Do any know.How to spell BARZAK.IM hoping this is correct i purchased the cd online.I HOPE THIS IS WHAT HE WAS TALKING ABOUT.

    • Trista Hensley 3:38 am on October 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you for that video….I really found it motivating and useful…some strategies I use of course but some good ones that I didn’t. Thanks so much!

    • Daniel Delgado 5:16 pm on October 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      This was a great video. I really think I can use the information in this video to help me. Thank you for the video

    • Meaghan Lewandowski 5:15 pm on October 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I agree this video was very good, and gave my some very helpful ideas. Some of the things mentioned in this video I already do but there were other things I had never even thought of like the classical music while studying. That is a new one I am looking forward to trying.

    • Trent Kloter 6:58 pm on October 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Very interesting video, although I’m in Dual Enrollement its helpful to know these different time saving techniques for the present and future. Once im out of highschool I know that my life will be a lot more hectic. Also I thought more about what I want to do, and prioritizing. Thanks fo the tips and info!

    • Eileen 12:42 am on October 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Student success video
      The video was quite interesting. There were many things for instance the CAT technique that seems to be something that will be useful for my future. I find that even though I try my hardest I am having trouble to make some time for everything. I do make lists and I keep a calendar. My main problem is that I work about 43 hours a week and when I don’t work I have 5 classes. When I finally get home I am so tired that I sometimes even skip dinner. I manage to get my hw done on time for the most part but I have to cram in study time. I am putting up with all of this stress just because I know in the end it will make me happier once I hold my DVM and I get to do what I truly love then all of this stress and working on a constant time schedule was worth it. I will use the ideas that were given by you from now on and I believe that they will help me immensely to get my DVM.

    • Haley 2:49 am on October 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I enjoyed the video ver much, the way in which is was constructed was easy to follow and surely attracted my attention. I am going to download some free baroque classical music and see how well that works for me. Rewarding myself once I have accomplished a goal or adhered to my plan for the day, is something I have implemented on my own. But to hear Professor Williams advise of this technique ensures I am doing something positive. I do know trying to apply all 10 techniques consciously will be hard, but that idea is to do it subconsciously, and than it becomes more a way of life and routine than anything else. I am going to watch the video for a third time, this being my second and take notes to best grasp all the information throughly. I know I work best in this manner. Great video, I might show it some friends of mine as well.

    • anthonyengle 2:26 pm on October 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I thought that this video was very informative. I’m really going to try out listening to classical music when I study. I also want to find some stuff to help me read faster, that sound like it will be a plus. but I’m going to try all of them but them to are the main one i want to try.

    • Tiffany Crawford 2:43 pm on October 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      This video really really helped me more than anyone can understand. I do myself live a very busy life so i sometimes have trouble managing my time and forget to do assignements or to tired to and it really hurts my grades in the end. I do have to learn how to manage my time within my day. And when he began to talk about spend reading i really am not good at that . Thats another thing i need to learn how to do. I have always been told to read at a certain pace to help my brain process my information in my head but at the pace i read sometimes i dont even finish or get tired of reading and just give up. I need to learn to make a list which will help me to get organized.I do indeed plan to start listening to classical music to help me study inwhich i feel will have a great impact on the way i learn or focus.

    • Andrew Medeiros 8:20 pm on October 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      This video is not only informative, but enjoyable as well. When he discussed students who tend to do to much work it reminded me of my self. I tend to do more work then what is needed, which in returns puts strain on my other classes. I understand that doing the work required is important and doing additional work is just an added bonus towards your education. Some of these techniques I have used in the past such as the best time to study. My best time is during the night. One thing I would like to improve on from this video is learning how to read faster. College requires a lot of reading, and I am not the fastest page turner in the classroom.

    • jason poole 10:42 pm on October 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      i love the video and how much information thats in it. i’ll improve my work and do it in a timely manner and when its supposed to be due.i do best with a test or study is alone. oeace and quiet is a big part. something i’ll improve on the most is fast reading and comprehending on what i read in general cause i always have to go back 4 or 5 times before i even understand what im reading

    • Tricia Williams 2:14 pm on October 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I really enjoyed this video, it jarred me into thinking of what I want to do with my life. I needed to hear this because I was in lull in my life, and needed a boost. I will apply these techniques toward my studies. I love the idea listening to classical music, I feel this will help me to study. Also I am totally interested in reading faster, I know this will help me . I now realize that my best time in studying is in the morning, but I work so I have to come home and regroup and get my studying done before night because I start to shut down., never been a night person. I also try to find out what I need to do in the class and get the assignment done, because I am on tight schedule. I will try very hard to apply these techniques in my life and I feel it will help me become successful. I have been out of school for a very ,very long time. This was a truly well informed video . Thank you

    • Cleo Coley 3:34 pm on October 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      This video was very understanding. I have done almost everything I need to do to get my study time. I have alot going on but I still make time for studying, it may not be alot of study time but I will improve in it.

    • Heather Brown 5:29 pm on October 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      These are techniques that more people should follow along with. Everyone always complains on not knowing what to do first and all of the above. Prioritizing your time along with knowing what your expected to do is one of the number one things. I’m not so sure about the music while studying because some people do become bored or sleepy while listening to a certain kind of music. I’ve never listened to it, and it never hurts to try. Learn how to say “no” is probably another really good technique. I will put these techniques to work and see how it goes.

    • Adriana Martinez 10:34 pm on October 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      after watching this video i have realized many things i could do to improve my time mangement. the most interesting technique is listening to classical music. i have tried listening to classical while im working on my studies. i do find it easier for me to concentrate and remember the things im learning about. i will indeed try all the new techniques that mr williams have showed me in this video. thank you professor williams for giving me more strategies for my time management.

    • Brea Vela 3:08 am on October 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I Love the Cat technique, I definatedly need to work on that one. I am also going to look into some speed reading classes. That is wonderul idea to save time. I am really godd with my To Do lists, although I can detour once in a while. I need to work on sticking to them no matter what comes my way. I tend to procrastinate on them and then something doesn’t get done. I also love the idea of the multimedia technique. Definately going to do some research on that. Overall the video was really helpful

    • Brittany Wertman 3:44 am on October 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      This video was more interesting then I thought it would be! There was several techniques that ive never seen or heard of before that would be pretty helpful to me and others. I really like the CAT technique because it seemed pretty simple. Im not too sure that I could listen to classical music while studying because I feel it might make me tired. But Im going to try a few to see how they work out for me.

    • Joanne borges 4:18 am on October 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      The video was quite interesting. I need to say no more often, I tend to take on more than I should. The 80/20 rule was something I should focus on and also try the classical music.

    • Aurora 5:22 am on October 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve never been really good at managing my time especially with school. Now that I’m going for 15 credit hours this semester I’ve been getting better at my time management. I have been breaking my assignments in how much i have to do each day and I have found this a lot easier that way I’m not trying to cram and rushing to finish assignments before deadlines.

    • Amanda Vela 6:54 pm on October 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      This video was a great source of help! The Cat Technique was on point. I never relized how much the Praeto Principle was used and how the 80/20 applyed toward my learning,. I would also have to say Baroque music is quite soothing and relaxing.

    • Tricia Williams 2:10 pm on October 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I really enjoyed this video! I am interested in the Baroque music tecnique I feel this will help me. Taking the time to ask questions of where you are going in your life, does help evaluate your goals in life . This helps me to stay on track. I love to make lists this is very helpful and I love audio I feel I learn very well . I will try the 80/20 rule and I have no problem rewarding my self, it is a great motivator. These techniques I can see will be very helpful to help manage my time. thank you. tricia

  • Michael Williams 5:13 pm on February 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    What 3 areas could you improve in that would make you more successful in school and life? 

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    • Nicole Schuyler 12:09 am on February 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I found this question to be a bit challenging and more in depth. I feel as people and a society it is always easier to do inventory of others vs. looking at the person staring back in the mirror. Most never take the time to take a good look at themselves. After pondering on this and doing some soul searching I was able to conclude the following. My answer’s will be very different from most as I lead a very differnt life. The information I’m about to disclose has been like going into war and back and is very personal. I’m not ashamed. I can’t answer Mr. Williams question honestly with out my voice, that of one, being heard. The 3 area’s that I can and will improve in both school and in life is as follows :

      1.Not letting my disablity hold me back, sadly no one asks for there life to change in an instant but as is life it can, and does. I want to share my story with people and help the medical community, for a better understanding to treat patients. It is my dream to start a foundation to raise awareness about the incurable terrible neurological disorder. Let’s find a cure.

      2. Working through my pain. I can sit around throughing pitty parties for myself. NO, I will fight my own battles and come out only to persevear.

      3. Better time management. My life was very chaotic w/ all my Dr’s without college but I chose to place an education into my schedule. I now know God, If you will, doesn’t place more on our plates than we can handle. I lived for a reason.

      • Sharon Martinez 1:28 am on February 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        You have a touching story and I applaud you for your courage. I too agree with you in saying that all that will make us a successful student will come from the one above

      • Danielle Anslow 5:20 am on February 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I wish you the best of luck with your dream it is a great one!

      • Gina stapleton 1:50 pm on February 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        This is amazing to me that despite the obsticales you face you choose to want to better yourself and make something for yourself rather then throwing a pity party like most. I admire you. And completely agree with what you have to say about making yourself a successful student

      • Yousef Andakali 11:12 pm on February 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Reading your story is very touching and I hope the best for you! I hope your disability does not hold you back but make you stronger! As a diabetic myself, I know that having a disability/disease can be very stressful and at times you may want to give up! But I have found out mysefl that if you were to think this happened to you for a reason it will make you stronger and want to help others and find a cure.

    • Sharon Martinez 1:27 am on February 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      You have a touching story and I applaud you for your courage. I too agree with you in saying that all that will make us a successful student will come from the one above.

    • Sharon Martinez 1:30 am on February 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I think 3 areas I need to focus on most are:
      1. time management- making a schedule and sticking to it
      2. overcoming health- goes a little with time management, need to do the work on my good days
      3. procrastination- not leaving things until the last moment

    • Samara Calinda 1:40 am on February 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      The three top things that could improve my life and school is a trick question for me because I’m entering college late in life, with the stress of a new job, but will try to answer question anyway.

      1. The first would be accepting things that are beyond my control and work within the moment to complete task.

      2. Utilizing my fime better because for some strange reason I believe that all the work has to be done by me and nobody else. I have to allow people to assist me and trust that they are just as capable.

      3. To be more flexible with my time and allow room for change. I’m so used to being in a structure environment that sometimes I prevent change for happening within my life.

      Improving in these areas would definately aid me in my success as a student and employee.

    • Alisha 2:27 am on February 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Three areas that I can improve to make me more successful in life are, time management, fear of failing and being embarassed. I am a mother of a one year old and a two year old. I am 21 years old, have no help from family. I have always been told you’ll never amount to anything because of becoming a mother at such a young age. I am not the smartest one in the bunch and I have always been embarrassed to ask for help or say I dont understand, when I look around and I am the only one.

      • Alex Martinez 7:54 pm on February 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Wow! don’t worry about what people say only worry about you and your two kids. I got merry young and have three kids a full time and go to school full time and the only people that i care what they think of me is me. Have faith in your self.

      • Danielle Anslow 5:25 am on February 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I can almost guarantee you that if you have a question at least one other person in the room has the same question but is too embarrassed to speak up. There is no stupid question!!! I also agree with Alex who cares if you are the only one with the question its your education that you pay for you have ever right to be heard! Good luck!

      • Laura Gross 4:41 pm on February 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Alisha:
        Being a single parent of a really smart 8 year old I understand your concern about not understanding things.
        As parents we teach our children to do their best, ask questions if they do not understand and help if they do understand. Mostly, we let them know it is not about winning but about doing their best. As a mom of 2 I am sure you repeate this lesson often.
        Be proud and do your best. Don’t be afraid, just take a good look in the mirror and stand tall knowing you are making a difference going back to college! What a wonderful gift to give yourslelf and your children. To you I say HOORAY! You Alisha are carving a new path and opening doors that may have gone unnoticed to both yourself and your children. Look in that mirror and know that Alisha is a role model to her children and yes folks Alisha has arrived!

    • Alex Martinez 7:49 pm on February 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Well three things that i can work on are.
      1. time management, i need to thin out my schedule and make time for the things that are important.
      2. scheduling, try not to over load my schedule and stick to my goals.
      3.procrastination,with the little time that i do have i need to make sure i stay on task and not leave things for the last minute

      • Trent Kloter 11:23 pm on October 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I can relate, I struggle with the same areas, developing some type of planner would help a lot and setting aside what needs to be done and sticking to it.

    • Nicole Schuyler 5:54 am on February 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Sharon,
      Though we have never met, you seem like such a smart & beautiful person. I sincerly hope that you don’t have to struggle everyday w/ chronic pain or a severe medical condition. If in deed you do, my heart is with you, and are NOT alone. Thank you for such kind words, you truely touched me =)
      One word gets me through it all ” FAITH “.

    • Nicole Schuyler 6:17 am on February 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Alisha,
      After reading your post my heart sank. You’re so much stronger than that. You have 2 beautiful little miracles. If someone were to ask your children ” Who do they look up too? ” I bet they would not hesitate to say YOU. It takes alot to raise children w/ 2 adults, let alone being a single mother. YOU ARE STRONG. Most women I’ve met gave up, on school, their dreams. Here you are blogging on a school page. Be proud of yourself, your hard work will pay of and when you have your degree, what will they say then? I may just be an outsider looking in, but from what I see you do have a family. One that with the right guidance will be all that you and they need. People who are so quick to pass judgement, and say hurtful things do so because they are miserable internally. They are not happy with their own life and where they stand. You are blessed, I would give anything to be able to have a child grow inside me and form that bond. Remember, even in your darkest hour you are never truely alone.

      • Ana Silvia Gutierrez 2:17 am on February 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        1. I can say that because i have the desire to study, my first step is to learn and understand more english since english is my second language.
        2. Never be a lazy student and make the mistake of leaving things for tomorrow.
        3. Never be over confident, always study always prepared, hard work pays off.

        • Samara Calinda 3:15 am on February 9, 2010 Permalink

          It seems like you are on the right path to becoming a better student and person. The fact of admitting your weakness and wanting to enhance them will definately make you succeed. Best of luck, and don’tworry about speaking english because practice will make you better.

    • Jessica 3:35 pm on February 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      The 3 areas I could improve in to make me a more successful student would be My time-management, My test taking skills, and finally my studying skills. All of these would make me more successful in life because improving them will help me reach my end goal to become an RN.

      • Lauren Brooks 9:51 pm on February 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I would also like to improve on my test taking skills and time management :)

      • Brannon L.Parks 1:37 am on February 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I agree with all three of your choices in improvements. I also believe that those would help myself be a better college student.

    • Lindsay Vinsick 10:46 pm on February 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Areas in which I could improve:
      1. Self-esteem/confidence. I believe I’m in the negetives at this point. It would be nice to be able to believe in myself again…

      2. Time management. I am, officially, the most accomplished procrastinator on the East coast. And would rather do almost ANYTHING than homework.

      3. A firm direction/goals. I’ve only ever really wanted to be a writer, but I feel that I need a back-up plan in case that doesn’t work out. The problem? Nothing else really interests me. Well, to be more specific, nothing else that’s less impracticle interests me.

      • Holly Blickenstaff 9:53 pm on February 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I agree with you, having an idea of your goals in life and a back up plan will help you in the long run

    • Danielle Anslow 5:20 am on February 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      1. Stop being so lazy, I need to not choose to lay down and watch tv or choose to go out with my friends over studying and doing classwork.
      2. I need to be more open to other peoples views and opinions and not shut them down immediately because I think they are wrong
      3.Realize that its ok to try something and fail as long as you gave everything you had and are willing to try again until u succeed.

      • Mitchell Stewart 8:04 pm on February 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I am very competitive in everything i take the time to do which also makes it extremely hard for me to agree with anything that i think is wrong. Although i am often think I’m right, if i were to be more open towards other peoples opinions it would benefit me greatly.

    • Tammy J. Dever 2:53 am on February 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I have to agree with many people regarding this being a “hard question” to drive down to 3 things….
      but for this purpose I will make an attempt:
      1/ I should take constructive criticism more effectively
      2/ have better time management
      3/ have better health in which all around will make me rounded in studies and life

    • Robert Ferdinadsen 8:13 pm on February 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Well i believe that everyone has made some truly good points. Personally i believe that my 3 areas to improve upon would be:
      1. Procrastination- stop waiting until the last moments to do everything, like i am now.
      2. Organization- i am very disorganized and i believe this enhances my procrastinating.
      3. Focus- I tend to have a hard time focusing on things that i do not find interesting, such as homework.

    • Priscilla Yates 9:19 pm on February 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      1. I need to manage my time more efficiently and stop procrastinating. Oh, If I had a nickel for every time I waited until the night before to start a paper…
      2. Don’t let work get in the way of school.
      3. Do the required reading for all of my classes.

    • Lauren Brooks 9:43 pm on February 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      3 Area i could improve on that would help in school and life would be :

      1. Time management – I really have a hard time balancing my work load when it comes to school family and friends i seem to leave everything till the last minute and i believe improving this would help me become an overall better person.

      2. Self esteem and health i think if i had more of it i would be a lot happier of a person.

      3. Concentration- i suffer from A.D.D and have been off medication for a few years so its hard for me to get things done efficiently i think if i had more concentration life itself would be a lot easier and id be happier.

    • Holly Blickenstaff 9:48 pm on February 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      3 Areas that I could improve on:

      1. Procrastination: I have been a procrastinator my whole life, and putting things off until the last minute has made me not complete my work to the best of my ability because of rushing it.

      2. Organization: If I was more organized, that would help me in a lot of areas, inlcuding time management

      3. Putting more effort into my work would help me make better grades

      • Lauren Brooks 9:50 pm on February 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I agree with Holly on all her areas of improvement :)

    • edtrese francois 12:48 am on February 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      one area would be if you attend class more,study,manage your time and dont put things off to the last minute.

    • Alyssa Ammerman 2:19 am on February 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Three areas I need to improve on are procrastination, time management, and focusing on studying. All three of these tie in together so if I can improve one it would greatly help to get started on the others. I always put off on doing my homework till last min. which stresses me out, and this is because I don’t manage my time wisley and put other things first. Then my mind rambles off and I don’t focus on what I need to.

    • Bill Patton 11:42 pm on February 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      3 areas I could improve in are:
      Since I have started class the time management issue has gotten better but still needs much improvement. I’ve been listening to classical music while studying trying to be more efficient. I would really like to take a speed reading class to increase my reading. I think that those three things would really help

    • Jaime Barbon 1:44 pm on February 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      1. Time management-need to balance my time better between school and personal life.
      2. Be organized- make sure school material is written down that needs to be done, and have a list of things to do.
      3. Stay on track- make sure I don’t miss school days and make sure all homework is complete on time.

    • E. Jackson 2:05 pm on February 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Paying more attention to things that mean ABSOLUTELY NOTHING me (not this class, just in general.); less attitude, and a lot more patients.

    • Brannon Parks 8:01 pm on February 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      1.) Balanceing my study time and time for homework, and haveing time for my family. Doing my homework and makeing time to play with my kid is hard.
      2.) Organization is a key trait I would need to work on to improve my college success, cause it might help with all aspects by keeping everything in order and not stress
      3.) Modivation always needs to be kept on track it’s easy to lose and hard to keep. if you lose modivation you won’t do good and keeping mine needs work on for some of the classes i am taking tend to easily side track me.

    • M. Frerichs 9:33 pm on February 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      1. Learn to procrastinate less
      2. Be more personally motivated to achieve my goals.
      3. Believe my Goals are possible.

    • Brannon L. Parks 4:18 am on February 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Three area’s that I need to improve on to get better grades in school would be time managment, modivation & procrastination, and then the last would be staying positive with my attitude with myself and how good of a student I am. time management is hard from me having two small kids 4 and 19 months so giving them the time they need is important but also getting my homework done and studing is important too. I need to stay thing that i am a smart, intellegent person and not get myself down and become my own enemy. The last I need to work on is the fact that when I do manage the time not to waste it but slaking off. Staying modivated is a key to success.

    • Mitchell Stewart 7:56 pm on February 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      1. Less procrastination- I always put things off till the last minute (like now) and get bombarded with too much material to cover.

      2. More focused on study – this is a big problem for me i have gone entire courses without opening my textbook.

      3. organization- I can never find what i am looking for and can barely understand my notes.

    • Nicole Schuyler 11:40 pm on February 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Mitchell,
      There is nothing wrong with be competitve, I personally find it to be a good trait. How do you think famous singers and actors, for example got to where they are? Most have that built into who they are. They all had to start somewhere and compete to be the best at what they do to land that 1 role, or nail that audition. I enjoyed reading your observation about yourself and your level of honesty pertaining to your views on ” being right / open minded “.

    • Candice Laurie 3:47 am on February 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      3 areas I need to improve on is:
      Stop putting things off until the last minute, having more confidence in myself (with everything), and spending more time doing homework / reading the required books for my classes.

    • Olivia 4:32 pm on February 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Three areas that I need to improve in are:
      1. Anxiety – I worry about so many things (even some of the small things in life) and this can get in my way of succeeding in life.
      2. Pay Attention – During class I sometimes start thinking about other things.
      3. Have more courage to try something new

    • Seth Adams 6:48 pm on February 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      1 Time management
      2 Focus on school work when I set time to study (distractions)
      3 Setting goals to motivate myself in completing school work.

    • Max Schornagel 8:55 pm on February 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      3 areas that I can improve in are: Time management, motivation, and interest in my classes.

    • Austin Lackore 12:25 am on February 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      1.Time Management- It is very easy to ‘waste’ time as we all know
      2.Financial Management
      3.Focus and Determination- constantly remind myself what I am working towards

      and of course everyone can benefit from paying more attention in AND out of class- sometimes I find that I have been reading my textbooks but cant remember what I read because I was sidetracked or paying attention to something other than school

    • Karla REal 3:49 am on February 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Three areas that I can improve to make me more successful are:
      1) MOTIVATION- I definately slack on this.
      2)ORGANIZATION-For example, my paperwork. I get binders and folders for school, even dividers. Well sometimes when I rush, I tend to stuff things where they don’t belong, and they end up lost! :(
      3)TIME- As much as I would love to have everything on schedule, it’s more difficult when you have a baby. I try to do school work during her naps, but sometimes, she’s not tired and wont sleep till late.

    • Tammy J. Dever 9:03 pm on February 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I always enjoy reading these, so many different things we could all do to improve…I like to take a little from each and put the possibilities into my life.
      I have a lot going on.

    • matt wilson 4:06 am on February 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      The 3 areas that I can improve in life would be 1: time management (stop procrastinating) 2: Sleep ( I need to be getting more sleep, to have more energy during the day) and finally 3: organization (when my living space is messy and unorganized I accomplish a lot less).

    • Arikus Brooks 5:10 am on September 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      1. Make a schedule to balance the two
      2. work ahead when i have extra time on my hands
      3. Stop making excuses

    • Joanne borges 5:08 pm on October 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Three areas in which I can improve in life are:
      1. Time management – there’s just not enough hours in day!
      2. More organized – I seem to miss place things all time (adult ADD)!
      3. Believing I can start over at 43!

    • Brittany Wertman 9:18 pm on October 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Three areas in life I could improve on to make me a more successful student are:
      1.) Time Management
      2.) Organization
      3.) Focus & Determination

    • Haley Houser 11:45 pm on October 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      The three areas in life I could improve on to to enable me to be a better student are:
      1. Time Management-Planning out my schedule for the week, than potentially for the day once I have consistency.
      2. Organization-If i am more organized, I can look and plan my lie accordingly
      3. Memory-by utilizing better studying skills, such as those I a have recently come across in this course!

    • Virginia Wood 1:04 am on October 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      1) Time Mangaement
      2) Not waiting until the last min. to do things
      3) Foucs, and not fall behinde in class.

    • Cleo Coley 3:48 am on October 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Three areas in life where I can improve

      1. Budgeting my fianances
      2. Time management
      3. Getting things done on time

    • Amanda Vela 8:00 pm on October 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Three areas I can improve in my life are,
      1. Time Management- I tend to spend to much time on one thing and end up having to rush on everything else.
      2. Organization- Keeping things in the right place in stead of mixing them up.
      3. Testing- I need to study more on my test review so that I can do better than what Im doing for math.

    • Amanda Vela 8:07 pm on October 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Three things that I can improve on in my life are,
      1. Time management- I need to stop spending to much on one class and rushing my work for the others.
      2. Organization- I tend to mix my papers up sometime.
      3. Studying- Reviewing notes and test review chapter to do better in my math class.

    • anthonyengle 3:33 am on October 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      1. Time management-I need to work on. I need schedule everything to were I have time to do all my work without having to rush to get it done.
      2. Reading skills-I want to improve that so i can understand what I’m reading better.
      3. Studying-I need to start reviewing my notes better so i can get a better grade one my tests.

    • james burge 9:50 pm on October 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      1. educating myself better through more sources example CNN,newspaper etc….

      2.Dont worry about money I believe that if you work hard the money will come.

      3.Be more resourceful in everything I do.

    • jason poole 10:53 pm on October 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      1. planning out a daily stratagy or plan so i dont forget

      2. not worring so much on finacial problems and focuse on positive ways to make it

      3. learning and building my education so its easier to learn and comprehend things

    • Adriana Martinez 5:41 pm on October 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      There will always be things that you may want or need to improve in school or in life. The three things that I want to improve in my life right now is my time mangement/ procastination, asking help when i think i may need it, and my self-confidence. With school, cheerleading, chores, and having a boyfriend my life is pretty hectic, so for me to improve my time mangement and try not to procastinate that much will make my life a little bit easier. I have a problem for not asking help. i always try to figure things out myself, which isn’t bad, but when i think i’m doing something right i’m actually doing something worng. If i improve in asking for help when i really think i need it will help me understand the material better. i would also like to improve my self- confidence. i do have a little faith in myself of what i can do, but sometimes i need that little push to get me to actually do it.

    • Matt Dieguez 9:25 pm on October 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I think the top 3 areas would be:
      Motivation- I think if i would be motivated to do things, i would set aside time for them and have the self discipline to do them.
      Procrastination- I usually procrastinate and set the things i need to get done aside because i would rather do something more fun/interesting at the moment.
      Setting smaller goals- I think that setting goals that are achievable (and completed) give me a sense of accomplishment and would drive me to complete more goals.

  • Michael Williams 5:04 pm on February 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: academic success, balance, hcc, life success, procrastination, sls1501, ,   

    Now that we have listed the Top 10 Reasons many students fail and some have listed the top 3, I would like you to address the following questions:

    What 3 areas could you improve in that would make you more successful in school and life?

    Here it is said another way, “If you could pick three areas to improve in knowing that these three areas would vastly improve your success at school and in life, what three areas would they be?”

    Thanks

     
    • Laura Gross 5:29 pm on February 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      3 areas I can improve are:
      1. Better time management – allowing for following through – quality of work not quantity
      2. Adequate sleep – better concentration/focus
      3. Recognize/use all available resources – books, computers & persons – just because a fellow student may be younger/older does not discount their level of knowledge.

    • Gina Stapleton 7:32 pm on February 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      If I could improve in three areas they would be to:
      1. Better time management
      2. To not get myself so stressed over everything
      3. And to be a little more organized

    • Ernest Grant 9:02 pm on February 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      3 areas I could improve:
      1. Better tim managment – I am taking 19 credits this semester AND working, so I try to manage my time as best as I can, but there’s still room for improvement.

      2. Reading and comprehending – In college, we have to do a LOT of reading. I read a lot, but sometimes I end up forgetting the information very quickly.

      3. Find interest in all of my classes – Like every other student, I get bored in class sometimes. If I can find more of an interest in the classes that I tend to get bored in, maybe then I could be a better student.

      2.

      • Emily Nummerdor 3:43 pm on February 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I can totally relate to you when it comes to the reading comprehension, I tend to forget what it is that I had just read 5 min before and sometimes have to go back and read it again, I wish there a way to improve on that.

    • Seth Adams 10:57 pm on February 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      1 Make a schedule to make better use of time.
      2 Be an active learner in and out of the classroom
      3 Do not fall behind stay on task.

    • Melissa Foley 11:12 pm on February 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I would like to learn how to balance my time better.
      I want to learn better study habits.
      Lastly i want to be a better student

    • Danielle Anslow 5:13 am on February 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      1.Time managment
      2.Not procrastinate so much
      3.Focus on lecture in class

    • Bill Patton 7:45 pm on February 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      3 areas I would like to improve in:
      1. I would like to learn better -time management -study habits.
      2. To be more organized.
      3. Reading speed and comprehending.

    • Emily Nummerdor 3:41 pm on February 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      The three areas that I would like to improve and that I know I need to improve are as follows:
      1. Being able to comprehend what I read without having to read it over and over again.
      2. Being able to obtain informantion, and remember what it is that I just read of studied.
      3. And to learn better study habits and figure out what best works for me.

    • edtrese francois 12:50 am on February 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      speed reading,be organized more

    • Melissa Moore 1:55 am on February 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      3 areas that could use improvement; 1.Create a better sleep schedule- sometimes I do not get enough sleep or I go to bed at odd hours. 2. Use better time management- for the most part I am proficient and organized but everything could use a bigger push. 3. Comprehension- At times I have to read something multiple times until it’s engraved in my brain.

    • Brannon L. Parks 8:03 pm on February 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I have noticed that the top reasons that people chose to improve on would be study habits and time management, the second would be understanding the material being taught and comperhension, and the last that I have found that most students want to improve is the ability to be organized and stay on track. If all students improve these issues then I believe that they wouldso alot better as students and i think that every one else agrees with these observations.

    • Carrillo, Ismel 10:54 pm on February 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      The three areas in my life that I can definitely improve is my time management; I could study between my social activitiees. Another would be better control of finances. I good control of my money and investments can determine my success and happiness in life. The last factor that can help me improve in life and in school would be the friends that influence me in doing proactive things. That usually doesn’t affect me at all though.

    • Arikus Brooks 5:07 am on September 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      1. Managing my time well, giving myself enough time each day for studying and doing my work.
      2. Stop procrastinating and pushing doin my work back to the last minute.
      3. getting help when I having trouble understanding course material.

    • teshekia c 9:01 pm on September 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      What 3 areas could I improve in that would make me more successful in school and life.
      1. I need to make me time to study
      2.Budget my money
      3.Focus on the future

    • Virginia Wood 7:36 am on October 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      1. Managing my time better.
      2. Procrastinating stopping doing it.
      3. Do not fall behind in class.

    • Meaghan Lewandowski 6:35 pm on October 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Three areas that I could improve on :
      1. Better time management : make more time for my school work and dont wait until the last minute to get things done
      2. Organization
      3. Better focus and staying on track

  • Michael Williams 4:28 am on January 27, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    What Are The Top 3 Responses? 

    These are all great observations. As you may notice, we see lot’s of similarities between your responses. Could anyone identify the top 3 common answers or responses? That is, what are the top 3 answers to my original question?

    Warmly, 

    Michael Williams
    “Helping You Get Where You Want to Go”


     
    • Sharon Martinez 1:49 am on January 31, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      lack of motivation, time management and fear

    • eticia bowden 3:57 pm on February 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      procrastination, not attending class, work, family, poor time management and no support

    • Danielle Anslow 5:12 am on February 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Procrastination, time management and lazyness

    • Victor 7:34 pm on February 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      time management, procrastination, lack of motivation

    • Victor 7:35 pm on February 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      time management, procrastination, lack of motivation.

    • edtrese francois 8:40 pm on March 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      no support, being overwhalmed with school , work ,and family obligations. basically time management. not sleeping enough

    • Arikus Brooks 5:04 am on September 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      PROCRASTINATION, TIME MANAGEMENT, AND NOT A FULL UNDERSTANDING OF WORK MATERIAL

    • Virginia Wood 7:33 am on October 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      TIME MANAGEMENT, WORK, FAMILY.

  • Michael Williams 9:49 pm on January 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    The Successful student blog 

    The Top 10 Reasons Students Fail initial blog posts. Thanks for your comments.

     
    • Tiffany Bradford 6:15 pm on January 28, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Not focusing, time, transportation,babysitter, forgetfulness, and just plain LAZY!

      • Latoya Everett 11:33 pm on February 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I agree with you. Your kids can take up most of your time. By the time your done with them your tired so you dont do your work. Plus you get sidetract with other things going on in your life.

    • alicia 7:22 pm on January 29, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      One of the reasons students fail is because they dont foucus enough, maybe because they have children to care for or just get sidetract.

      • Brannon L. Parks 4:19 am on January 30, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I do believe that because I am a 25 year old father of a 1.5 year old and a 4.5 year old and they are great kids but the every day activities of haveing to raise them gives very little time to manage for school and work. And find the time might be accomplished some times but at what sacrafice to your sleep and down time.

        • Karla Real 6:28 am on February 1, 2010 Permalink

          I also agree Alicia. I am a mother of a soon to be 1 year old, and children definately can make you lose track. I’m very grateful for online courses, where I can do school around my baby’s schedule.

      • Brittany Mckenzie 5:34 pm on October 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I also agree with Alicia. I am a mother of 3 so it can definitely be hard to focus while at school or trying to study. I just keep in mind that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. I am very thankful for my husband’s help and support.

    • Tammy 8:46 pm on January 30, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I had to grow up alot, I can say I failed previously. I really want to learn now, I see how important proper writing skills are, and computer ethics as well. I want to grow in our society and learn new aspects of ways to approach things. I am not afraid to have someone help me along the way anymore, PRIDE I think is also something we forgot for people who have “age maturity” on them….such as myself. Its hard when your sitting in a class of young 20(ish) students…intimidation…

      does anyone see this as a point?

    • Travis 9:45 pm on February 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I couldnt agree with you more, I did not have an interest in learning before this semester because I didnt know what I really had a passion for. I keep hearing the term ” Knowledge is Power,” it has effected my life in the most positive of ways. You just have to leave your pride at the door I guess, everyone is in the classroom for the same reason as yourself, we are all here to help eachother and learn a thing or two.

    • madel melchor 1:55 pm on February 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Top 3: Lack of interest, time and money.

    • Seth Adams 10:52 pm on February 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      To be successful we all need to apply what was covered in Chapter two, make a schedule, set priorities, and allow for all activities so you do not get in over your head.

    • Melissa Foley 11:21 pm on February 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I think people fail because they don’t know how to manage their time. Between my family and my job i struggle to find a balance. I haven’t been able to figure out how to get it all done without living off a couple of hours of sleep. I need to figure out how to manage my time better

    • Amanda Gonzalez 12:46 am on February 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      There are more than three areas that could use improvement when it comes to school and life. I would say the first would be to learn to prioritize better. Lately I have been going out and socializing with friends more often than usual and leaving school work to be done at the last minute. This leads to my number two, time management. I need to learn to set a specific time to do something and give myself a time limit for it. Many times I leave essays or projects to the night before, forcing myself to work fast, which means I can not spend as much time as I should on my work. The third area would be motiviation. I need to “keep my eye on the prize” because the outcome will be far better than all the hard work that goes into getting there. Often times I want to just give and take the bad grade, but nderstanding the importance of being succesful in college will help a lot.

    • Austin Lackore 12:16 am on February 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I think most students find it hard to stay motivated because we lose ourselves in our day to day lives forgetting what the bigger picture is and what our goals are. If i stay focused on graduation and remind myself that im working towards my future it is easier to motivate myself to get to school or do my online work

    • Tammy J. Dever 9:05 pm on February 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I wish I could get this to actually work from my cellphone.
      Mr Williams, I really enjoy being able to listen to your MP3 uploads on my blackberry, its a way for those people (like myself) to listen to your lectures on the go

    • Tammy J. Dever 10:41 pm on February 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I want to add another reason is frustration with the financial aid in the school…
      I can tell you from personal experience this has been the most unprofessional situation and staff I have encountered. I work in Financial Aid for another school,
      so I can compare. I have no money to buy books, or buy office 2007 which is a need in some classes. Its a horrible situation that adds stress

    • Lorianne Zapata 1:11 am on September 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I believe there are so many reasons why individuals do not succeed in school:

      1. Time management
      2. Finances
      3. Lack of support
      4. Loss of interest/ no direction
      5. Life circumstances
      6. Lack of ambition
      7. Lack of self esteem/ confidence
      My own personal testimony is one that could directly apply to a few of these reasons. I had dreams and aspirations to go to an Interior Design school when I graduated high school. Unlike many young people, I knew what I wanted to do with my life and was very passionate about it. Unfortunately my parents did not adequately prepare for me to go to college, so the two designs schools I had longed to go to were not an option. I was told I had to go to my local community college and take whatever courses I could that were “close” to my degree. At the time, there was little to no courses available that came close to my degree. I was stuck taking the basic college courses that I absolutely despised. I was discouraged and frustrated as I felt my hands were tied and I could not do what I aspired to do. I barely made it through one semester, dropping several classes in the process. I NEVER went back. I took my natural talents and abilities and started my own design business, and eventually opened my own shop and had an online gift basket business. Although I was successful, I was still not satisfied. Now married, I had three children in tow, and the possibility of ever going back to school seemed inconceivable. I changed my career hoping that would satisfy me, and although I loved what I was now doing, it still was not enough.
      I am pleased to share with you now, nearly 25 YEARS later, I am getting my degree!!!!! I have two more semesters left to complete my undergraduate and then I am on to UCF. I share my story to encourage anyone reading that it is truly NEVER too late. Do what you have always felt in your heart and BELIEVE in yourself. My children, now ages 22, 15, and 10, support me 1000%! It has been an example to them to preserver no matter what life throws at you. Since I have set my mind to finally finish my degree, doors are bursting wide open with opportunities I would have never had before. My future is brand new and I am so incredibly grateful to have this opportunity to finish what I had started so long ago.

    • Arikus Brooks 5:01 am on September 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      They sometimes dont fully understand whats being asked of them when answering and replying to a blog. Most students just dont feel like doing the typing it takes to reply to blogs that are posted.

    • teshekia c 8:51 pm on September 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      **The top ten reasons students fail.
      1. Work schedule
      2. Relationships
      3. Lack of interest
      4. Lack of motivation
      5. Poor work ethic
      6. Financial
      7. No support from family
      8. Surrounded by negative people
      9. Transportation
      10. Poor comprehension

    • Kierra Burton 3:08 pm on September 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      1.Lack of Motivation
      2.Peer Relationships
      3.Not Asking Questions
      4.Attendance
      5.Organization
      6.Getting Beehind
      7. Family Issues
      8.Jobs
      9.Other Activities
      10.Pregnancy

    • Tiffany Williams 5:24 pm on September 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      1. Fear
      2. Lack of knowledge
      3. Home life
      4.Time dedication
      5. Poor work habits
      6. Procrastinate
      7. Unclear on what school entails
      8. Peer pressure
      9. Stress
      10.Financial Problems

    • Ke'Andre Williams 6:29 pm on September 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      1. procrastination
      2. fear
      3. not taking work seriously
      4. boredom
      5. poor organization
      6. giving up
      7. no work ethic
      8. not doing work completely
      9.poor time management
      10. forgetting work is due

    • Giselle Parrish Quinonez 6:45 pm on September 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Top ten reasons why students fail.
      1. Lack of interest
      2. Family emergency
      3. No one to watch your children
      4. Self-esteem
      5. Family issues
      6. Drugs
      7. Complications with work schedule
      8. Financial issues
      9. Unable to commit
      10. Loss of interest

    • Aurora 8:31 pm on September 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      1. Socializing too much
      2. Missing classes
      3. Poor note-taking skills
      4. Failing to get help EARLY
      5. Showing up for class unprepared
      6. Not previewing chapters before reading
      7. Not taking advantage of study hours
      8. Cramming for tests, rather than consistent review
      9. Failing to review lecture notes
      10. Not realizing importance of active listening in class

    • Bronson Cantu 7:13 pm on September 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      1. wrong major
      2. lack of intrest in school
      3. bad time mangement
      4. rough home life
      5. no transportation to depend on
      6. more intrested in social life
      7. going to college for wrong reason
      8. procrastination
      9. bad study skills
      10. to much on there plate to handle

    • Loc Nguyen 1:29 am on October 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Motivation.

    • teshekia c 2:36 am on October 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      A lack of motivation is in my opinion, is one of the top reason why students fail to complete courses and finish school. I believe that one must have self motivation or have the ability to be self managed on specific goals and targets in order to be sucessfull not only in school but in life as well.

    • Lorianne Zapata 4:05 pm on October 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I completeley agree with Teshekia that self motivation is the key to success for all things in life. I do believe an individual can be sucessful in anything they set their mind to if they have the drive and determination to do so. So many people give up before they give themselves a chance to see what is possible for them to acheive in their lives. Staying focused and writing goals down, even if they are small goals is a great way to start a positive path and start believing in oneself.

  • Michael Williams 3:22 pm on January 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: adult education, back to school, community college, how to get better grades in school, how to study better, learning resources, , study strategies   

    The Top Ten Reasons Students Fail 

    Students succeed or fail for very specific reasons.  Over the past couple of semesters I have been able to track what these reasons are and develop a set of clear strategies that if followed will help every student succeed.  You and I will be looking at these strategies throughout the entire semester.

    But before I share them with you, I’d like to hear from you what you believe to be the top reasons students fail.  If you cannot think of ten that’s okay, just share with us as many as you can.

    So, what do you think are the top reasons students fail?  In the next post, we’ll discuss what you think are the top reasons students succeed.  Thanks and I look forward to your responses.

     
    • Sharon Martinez 3:52 am on January 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Lack of time, need to work, family issues, health problems, procrastinate, don’t take college seriously, move

      • Meaghan Lewandowski 1:06 am on October 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I agree with everything you have mentioned. Along with health problems I would also include health related changes in life. This would include being pregnant for example, since I wouldn’t really consider that a health “problem”. I do agree that health problems would make students fail but I wanted to add the health changes. I know being pregnant myself makes it harder on me to do my school work and have the drive to get my school work done.

        • Logan Farmer 1:18 am on October 11, 2010 Permalink

          Hi Meaghan,
          Although I am not pregnant myself I can totally agree with you on the pregnancy point. A good friend of mine is about to have a baby and it is unbelievable how hard she has to work to get everythng done. Just the doctors appointments alone are very time consuming and piling school and work on top of being tired all the time already would be very exhausting. I really admire you for still pushing through and going to school!

    • Alex Martinez 1:06 pm on January 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      course load, lack of motivation, not keeping up with syllabus, time management, life, work, schedule, procrastination

      • Trent Kloter 8:13 pm on October 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I agree with the point you made about the syllabus, im constantly checking whats due and what not. The syllabus is a vital piece of information that also goes along with being responsible!

    • Tammy J. Dever 2:28 pm on January 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      1. time management
      2. focus on subject, they lose interest
      3. money & bills
      4. vehicle/ transportation
      5. understanding of materials taught
      6. only in it because they “have to be” not because they “want to learn”
      7. bad attitude all around
      8. organization
      9. do not understand computer technology
      10. forget about things

      • MyLinh Nguyen 5:23 pm on February 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        These are all true and happens to most of us from time to time especially if we don’t stay focused and are not careful.

    • Laura Gross 2:46 pm on January 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Top Ten Reasons Students Fail
      1. Lack of Understanding
      2. Failure to read/follow through
      3. Lack of sleep
      4. Poor nutrition
      5. Boredom
      6. Poor financial planning
      7. Not asking for assistance
      8. Lack of dedicated time
      9. Misuse of available resources
      10. Fear

      • Kierra Burton 3:54 am on October 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I agree with lack of understanding. If they don’t understand the course how do they expect to past.

        • brea vela 4:26 pm on October 11, 2010 Permalink

          I completely agree with the misuse of avaliable resources. I myself am at fault with no using all the resources availablt to us as college students.

    • Haldo 3:26 pm on January 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      One of the reasons students fail is because of lack of discipline. Staying focused on school can be difficult if your working or have other issues going on in your life.

      • Laura Gross 6:15 pm on January 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I could not agree more Haldo. Working full time, handling a household and child et al can create difficulty remaining focused.

      • Heather Brown 2:27 pm on October 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I really think this is one of the top reasons why students fail.
        Because if you are not focused on school, then you start to slide. Your grades drop and then you start to not want to even go to school and then next thing you know you’ve failed your courses.

      • Aurora 11:28 pm on October 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I agree. I personally lack discipline and find it hard to get started on school work. I’m hoping this class can really teach me better ways to become a better student and overcome many of the difficulties I face when it comes to studying and doing my school work.

    • Emily Nummerdor 3:33 pm on January 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      There are many reasons why students fail, I do procrastinate that is why I am taking this course to help me become a better student. Some students don’t understand the course, maybe their parents forced them to go to college, their not interested, family matters, phyiscal or mental helth issues the list can go on and on.

      • Melissa Moore 8:48 pm on January 29, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I also suggested that the student might not be ready to go to college, forced by parents, it definitely would cause the student to fail the class.

    • Laura Gross 5:39 pm on January 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Emily:
      Since I am over 21 I must say your inclusion of the parents forcing a student to attend college opens up an entire new set of reasons why students fail. I must remind myself of these when it is time for my child to attend school. Thank you for another point of view.

      • Michael Williams 3:27 am on January 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Yes. This reason does open up an entire new set of reasons students have difficulty in school. We’ll address this a bit more later. Great observation!

    • Madel Melchor 8:46 pm on January 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      One of the top reasons students fail is because they are not prepared . It could be money issues or just alot of stress at home

      • Emily Nummerdor 9:44 pm on February 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I feel the the financial responsibility is a great issue when it comes to attending college, some individuals are not ready or can’t afford to go to school, but there are alot of loans and financial aid available to those who qualify.

    • Keeli Thomas 8:51 pm on January 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Top Ten Reasons Students Fail
      1. Lack of Understanding
      2. Failure to read/follow through
      3. Lack of sleep
      4. Poor nutrition
      5. Boredom
      6. Poor financial planning
      7. Not asking for assistance
      8. Lack of dedicated time
      9. Misuse of available resources
      10. Fear

      • Angel Arroyo 6:45 am on February 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Boredom seems to play a major role as to why students fail. Research have shown that a lot of students are exhausted and bored of studying after graduating high school. Even so, some who where on top of their class have ended up failing and dropping out of college.

    • Travis Olsen 10:23 pm on January 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      1. Lack of interest due to subject material
      2. Do not comprehend material
      3. Poor time management
      4. Poor prioritizing
      5. Procrastination
      6. Stress
      7. Peer pressure
      8. Lazy
      9. Intimidation
      10. Weak will power

    • Alisha Hernandez 11:44 pm on January 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      1.Procrastination
      2. Lack of interest
      3. Easily Distracted
      4. Laziness
      5. The Amount of work
      6. Unorganized
      7. Not enough sleep
      8. Forgetful
      9. Doesn’t know how to prioritize
      10. Can’t manage time

      I think i’ve done a few of these, but I’m more aware of how to fix most of these, still working on one or two! (:

      • Amanda Gonzalez 7:01 am on February 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I completely agree with your reasons. I didn’t even think to put lack of interest, that’s a very good one because I can surely relate!

    • Mark 3:06 am on January 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Lack of sleep
      Lack of study
      Lack of interest
      Missed used time
      Fear
      Lazy
      Dont understand
      Dont care
      Bored

    • Michael Williams 3:21 am on January 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      These are all great observations. As you may notice, we see lot’s of similarities between your responses. Could anyone identify the top 3 common answers or responses? That is, what are the top 3 answers to my original question?

      • Melissa Moore 8:51 pm on January 29, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I read a lot of situations involving stress, laziness, and home life having to do with a student failing a class.

        • Karla Real 6:31 am on February 1, 2010 Permalink

          Melissa, I agree all the way. Home life can get in the way of anyone. Personal problems will hit anyone unexpectedly.

        • Adriana Martinez 7:51 pm on October 9, 2010 Permalink

          I agree as well stress from school, home, and even realtionships can get in the way from focusing on your studies, as a result of failing classes.

    • Gina Stapleton 3:37 am on January 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      1. lack of motivation
      2. get to caught up in the “college lifestyle”
      3. lack of time management.
      4. lack of dedication
      5. stress from work plus school.
      6. get bored with it.
      7. procrastinate all to often, causing poor grades.
      8. don’t sechdule classes at times they will attend.
      9. get bored with classes.
      10. family emergencies

      • Samara Calinda 3:34 am on January 31, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Your absolutely correct, having poor time management and procrastination can hender a students progress

      • Amanda Neal 1:12 pm on October 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I absolutely agree with you that stress from work plus school is reason students fail!

    • Laura Gross 3:52 am on January 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      The top three responses appear to be
      1. Lack of understanding
      2. Dedicated time/lack of
      3. Lack of sleep

      • Eileen 11:36 pm on October 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I agree with you Laura the lack of time does play a big role. I personally work 43 hours a week and i am taking 5 classes this semseter. Being able to give all classes full attention is not always that easy.
        I am running on 6 hours of sleep everyday. Sometimes i am to tired to do homework.

        Yet i also think that other things play a big role as well for instance, not really carring about the class and only taking it to get the credit. having a child. not being able to manage time. or poor study qualities.

    • Ernest Grant 5:07 am on January 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Top Reasons:
      Lazy
      Bad Time Management
      Lack of interest
      Tired
      Not really connecting with the professor
      Fear

      I couldn’t really think of 10 without reiterating too much of what other’s said, but I feel that those are some of the top reasons.

    • Nicole Schuyler 5:24 am on January 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      The Top 10 Reason Students Fail

      1.A Lower (Poor) Comprehension of Reading and/or Math/Arithmetic
      2.School Resources,a lack there of; ie. Computers, Books – Amounting to ” Budget ” how the money is utilized?
      3.Pressure amoungst their peers
      4.One’s Self Worth and or Esteem, being a lack there of
      5. Lacking Social Skills or Expression
      6.Basic Motivation
      7.Parenting- Are they around? Do they check your homework, Did they read aloud to you?
      8.Sleep Deprivation
      9.Mail Nutrition-Most important in the A.M.
      10. Goal’s – Where, if any do YOU see yourself heading in life?

    • Yousef Andakali 3:13 pm on January 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      There are many possible reasons why students fail at college. I tend to think that a lack of organizational skills and carelessness are a major contribution. Students, who are just beginning college, do not realize the seriousness of their classes and do not properly organize their social, work, and class time. When students are put into a new environment, I feel, they are more interested in their surroundings such as, their new living conditions, the new roommate, dating, and drinking. Yes, students show up for classes but most of them are already thinking of what to do when they get out and are truly just not interested. Students who do not properly prioritize are setting themselves up for failure before their first year even begins.

      • Ernest Grant 12:55 am on February 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I agree. The first year can be quite a shock for freshmen. It’s not high school of course, and when students are placed in such an environment that has the opportunity to offer so much freedom, they can easily become distracted.

    • William 7:41 pm on January 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Top Ten Reasons Students Fail
      1.Lack of dedication
      2.Poor time management
      3.Un able to follow direction
      4.Family emergences’
      5.Lack of Understanding
      6.Poor health
      7.Lack of sleep
      8.Lack of interest
      9.Fear
      10.To many discretions

      • Yousef Andakali 6:00 pm on February 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Your first two comments are very similar to what I have already posted. A lot of students who attend college do have a lack of dedication and poor time management. For some students, money is always an issue. Not all students can receive financial aid, scholarships, or have their parents to rely on and have to get one or two jobs. It can be very stressful trying to manage your time between work, classes, and having a social life, it can be very easy to get lost in.

    • Nicole Schuyler 10:56 pm on January 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Top 3 most common answers received via student interpretation of Mr. Williams original question.

      Note: Not be to repetitive of Laura, after a close examination my findings were very much a parallelism

      1. Fear
      2. Deprevation of sleep
      3. Interest or Understanding, being a lack thereof

    • Melissa 1:15 am on January 27, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I believe the reason a student can fail is unique for each one. Meaning every student’s life is different.
      If the failing student has to work a lot to keep up with paying for school-etc, they could be failing because of a lack of sleep and attention span. If a student has a child, they could be failing because they’re distracted and cant concentrate with their crying child. Or, the student could be failing because they are not mature enough to realize that school is important and not put forth the effort. Some parents are so forceful with sending their kids to college that they dont realize the student is not ready and is not putting their full attention on their studies. And sometimes a student could just be struggling in the class and needs a tutor.

      • Laura Gross 1:15 pm on January 27, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Melissa:
        I like the fact that you pointed out the maturity level of a student. It is often overlooked in many ways. Excellent point.

      • Gina Stapleton 4:02 am on January 30, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I believe this is true as well. Failing doesn’t have a set standard, each person’s situation is very unique. Stress of working and paying for school are very key componentants to failing now and days but so is having a child. You can’t assume someone failed out of college for their lack of effort.

    • Karla Real 3:48 am on January 27, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Hello everyone. I believe, speaking from experience, there’s many reasons students fail. When you lose interest, focus, and care for a course, chances are you will fail. I think confusion can lead to frustration, and wanting to quit. But sometimes, life itself will get in the way of many. I got into a car accident one time, and I did not have a way of transportation. Unfortunately, I ended up losing my job and failing my courses due to the transportation situation. I’m sure many of the students who have failed had to deal with difficult personal situations life has thrown at them.

    • Karla Real 3:55 am on January 27, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      The top 3 common answers I noticed were: sleep, interest and time management.

    • Danielle Anslow 4:30 am on January 27, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      1.Procrastination
      2.Poor time managment
      3.Do not Study
      3.Do not pay attention in class
      4.Lack of interest
      5.Illness
      6.Personal Issues
      7.Not organized
      8.Cant focus in class
      9.Cant connect with the proffesor
      10.Does not have access to course materials

      • Candice Laurie 4:47 pm on February 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I agree with everything you have on there about why students fail. I feel like some of those apply to me and I really need to start working on them.

      • Priscilla Yates 9:11 pm on February 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Procrastination is definitely a problem for most students, myself especially.

        • daysha 3:24 am on October 4, 2010 Permalink

          I really do agree with you on your top ten reasons why people fail

    • Danielle Anslow 4:36 am on January 27, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      The top 3 reasons I think students fail are
      1.They do not study
      2.They do not pay attention in class
      3.They do not turn in assignments

    • Tammy J. Dever 3:03 pm on January 27, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I will use myself as an example here, I attempted college in 95, and really wanted to try. But never took it seriously. I became pregnant and just never returned until now. I have another class that we have to work in a “team” environment and I feel now I have matured and WANT to learn, they don’t contribute. I feel as if without me, our team would come unprepared. SO in this example it has many of these similar answers all in one. (Life, time management, the want to learn, lack of interest, personal issues, money issues) so many more. Does anyone else have a story to share?

      • MyLinh Nguyen 5:54 am on January 28, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I think it is very important to be serious about school, otherwise you have no direction, no focus, and no goals. I also left school and had babies and it’s been nearly 8 years since returning to school for me and I feel that I now have a new focus and am taking it more seriously. I really think it comes with maturity and a new motivation.

        • Lakisha Tibbs 3:10 am on February 7, 2010 Permalink

          I have to agree with what you stated. I was a college student right after high school but I didnt take things too serious and i wasnt all that motivated. I was focused on my marriage and makin money. Now several years and three kids later I know where i messed up. I am far more mature than in the past and I am motivated because i need to succeed. It is even harder now than in the past though because i am a full-time student and a full-time mom

      • Bill Patton 8:18 pm on February 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Hay Tammy I to will use myself as an example,
        I never went to college I had a good job after high school, but the job market has changed so here I am, two kids, X wife and ——- years later starting my college career. Some might say I waited too long, but if I would have gone directly into college I don’t know if I would have had the drive or maturity to complete it, and probably would be studying something different. Most of the young kids just out of HS don’t care and don’t want to learn. To sum it all up, I think two years real life experience is worth at least 50 college credits! But that’s just my opinion.

    • shawn 3:20 am on January 28, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      laziness, dont understand the class work, not interested in school, poor sportsmanship, lack of intrest, personal problems, drugs, in it for the wrong reason they dont study, sickness

    • Samara 3:59 am on January 28, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Ten Top Reasons Students Fail

      1. Time Management
      2. Lack Of Knowledge
      3. Stress
      4. Obligations
      5. Fear
      6. Attendance
      7. Non- Compliance of Assignments
      8. Lack of Dedication
      9. No Moral Support
      10.. Pressures of every day life activities

    • MyLinh Nguyen 5:52 am on January 28, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Procrastination, personal issues, poor time management and organization skills, no attendance to class, doesn’t take advantage of learning resources, unmotivated, medical reasons, learning disabilities, lack of sleep, poor study habits.

      • Max Schornagel 10:46 pm on February 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I definitely agree procrastination is a major reason why students fail. I’ve failed a couple classes for that reason. I still procrastinate, just not as bad as I used to.

        • Danielle Anslow 5:09 am on February 8, 2010 Permalink

          Same here I have failed a few classes from procrastination and I still do it. I am trying to get out of this bad habit!

        • Lakisha Tibbs 2:50 am on February 11, 2010 Permalink

          This is true for me as well unfortunately. I try not to but things get overwhelming too. I think the number 1 reason should really be an overload. students take a full schedule and it becomes too much along with all the things they already have to deal with outside of school.

    • Brannon L.Parks 6:41 am on January 28, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I believe the top reasons college students fail are… Lack of drive alot of college students get into drugs and partingand they miss too much work or do the work badley. Another reason would be relationship problems weither it is fighting with a boyfriend / girlfriend or too busy tring to pick one up that they lose focus on what at hand. The bad things about these reasons is that alot of people over look them as school related problems. They enjoy these reasons too much that the person will make excuses and find them selves falling in attenedance and grade point avarage.

    • Emily Gardner 1:02 am on January 29, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      top ten reasons why college students fail in my opinon are;

      1.new enviroment dont have parents telling you to do your homework.
      2.orginization problems
      3.family feuds
      4.transpertaion problems
      5. relationship(love) fights
      6.for women maybe pregnancy.
      7.partying to much.
      8.Not going to class
      9.not turning in assiments
      10.health

    • Mitchell Stewart 3:28 am on January 29, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      The top ten reasons college students fail (no order)

      less supervision
      Poor time management
      financial troubles
      obligation to other priorities
      misunderstanding of course material
      lack of interest
      Drugs and alcohol
      Family or relationship problems
      Social distractions
      Stress

    • Dan Delgado 6:37 pm on January 29, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Top ten reasons why i believe students fail:

      1) they don’t show up for class
      2) they have poor time management
      3) stress
      4) they don’t study hard enough or at all
      5) drugs and/or alcohol
      6) being in a relationship
      7) family problems
      8) not doing the homework
      9) illness
      10) computer is having problems

    • Max Schornagel 12:35 am on January 30, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      1. Lack of motivation
      2. Lack of Interest
      3. Not showing up for class
      4. Poor time management
      5. Family issues
      6. Work issues
      7. Not doing assignments
      8. Procrastination
      9. Partying
      10. Not taking class seriously

    • Lydia Paul 1:44 am on January 30, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Top Ten Reasons Why I Believe Students Fail:
      1-Fear of failure
      2-Lack of motivation
      3-Personally illness
      4-Family issues
      5-Financial problems
      6-Overloading theirselves
      7-Partying and Illegal drug use
      8-Not completing assignments
      9-A job
      10-Stress

      • daysha 3:29 am on October 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I feel like stress is apart of everybody top ten cause it will take a toll on you

    • Haldo Lopez 12:10 am on January 31, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I agree with you Lydia. I believe that all ten reasons are perfect examples of why students fail school.

    • Christopher Fillmore 7:18 pm on January 31, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      the top ten reasons students fail would be
      1. study skills
      2. not being organized
      3. not motivated
      4. peer pressure
      5. not enough rest
      6. not using the sources provided
      7. not doing assighnments
      8. a demanding job
      9. kids school schedule
      10. bad instructors

    • Josefina C. Smith 8:48 pm on January 31, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I also agree with you Lydia. Every reason mentioned I think has affected most students at some point and time or another

    • Travis Olsen 8:51 pm on January 31, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I feel the Top 3 answers to the original question would be:

      1. Procrastination
      2. Lack of understanding
      3. No will power

    • Josefina C. Smith 8:54 pm on January 31, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      My ten reasons are: lack of interest in the subject. issues with the teacher. transportation problems. poor time management. family issues. stress. lack of sleep. procrastination. not wanting to attend class. no moral support.

      I think the top 3 are:
      1.Lack of Interest
      2. Procrastination
      3. Poor time management

    • Angel Arroyo 3:58 am on February 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      1. time management
      2. lack of motivation
      3. distractions
      4. not showing up to class
      5. not studying adequately
      6. poor understanding of the subject
      7. work
      8. personal issues
      9. family issues
      10. financial problems

    • Amanda Gonzalez 6:29 am on February 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      1. procrastination
      2. social life
      3. learning disability
      4. work
      5. families
      6. lazyness
      7. drugs/ alcohol
      8. sickness/ injury
      9. financial problems
      10. personal issues

      • Travis Olsen 9:39 pm on February 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Good thinking on #7 Drugs/ alcohol. I never thought about that. I strongly agree with all of your reasons.

        • Amanda Gonzalez 6:58 am on February 8, 2010 Permalink

          Thank you Travis. I thought, especially the way things are now in today’s society, that it was important to add this to the list. I also agree with your top three reasons.

      • Danielle Anslow 5:10 am on February 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Lazyness had played a big factor in why I have not done my best in almost every class I have taken.

        • Amanda Gonzalez 6:51 am on February 8, 2010 Permalink

          I have to admit it has been a big factor for me too, as well as procrastination, which is why it’s number one on my list.

    • Olivia Walker 2:25 pm on February 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      1. Skipping school
      2. Anxiety
      3. Slacking off – such as not doing assignments
      4. Self Esteem
      5. No goals
      6. Not sure of what to do in life
      7. Work
      8. Money
      9. Time Management
      10. Procratination

    • Seth Adams 7:37 pm on February 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      1. Not prepared through high school, did not take serious and set self up for failure once starting college, course work in high school not demanding enough to get students prepared.
      2. Lack of organization.
      3. Not focused on assignments, doing enough just to get by.
      4. Working full time.
      5. Not attending class.
      6. Not doing assignments.
      7. Not asking for help when you do not understand.
      8. Not taking school serious.
      9. Overloading your schedule.
      10. Not taking or not knowing how to take proper notes on class instruction.

    • victor rodriguez 2:32 pm on February 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      1. not prepared
      2. no intrest
      3. no goals
      4. lack of attendance
      5. juggling work and school
      6. signing up for to many classes.
      7. not doing homework
      8. not asking for help when there is a lack of understanding
      9. money
      10. Procratination

    • Cierra Lewis 8:32 pm on February 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      1. Negative attitude towards learning.
      2. Procrastination (I’m guilty…)
      3. Lack of time
      4. Not doing assignments
      5. Not setting aside a sufficient amount of study time.
      6. No motivation
      7. WORK
      8. Stress
      9. Being irresponsible
      10. Lack of proper skills/materials
      11. Teachers lack of passion towards subject

      • Mitchell Stewart 12:05 am on February 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I can see why you capitalized work. I work on a dredge boat and can work up to 80 hours a week which can make it difficult to get around to my assignments.

    • matt wilson 2:53 am on February 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      1. partying
      2. jobs
      3. relationships
      4. procrastination
      5. stress at home
      6. lack of study time
      7. missing class
      8. taking school lightly
      9. pregnancy
      10. drug abuse

      • Alisha 2:12 am on February 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I think that some things that affect how you do in school are preventable, and other things are not. For example, you can stop partying and doing drugs. You cant all the sudden decide you wish to be a millionare, so you dont have to worry about work, finding a baby-sitter, and fixing all of you money problems.

    • Tammy J. Dever 5:02 pm on February 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      there are so many reasons why, and we can all speculate..why not go from personal experiences…to what we have also seen in our lives…

      I have seen alot, and done less than I really should have. In my other class, like I stated before we have to work as a “team” and I really enjoy that at work…
      in class they dont put forth effort like I am, so the “lack of motivation” is definately there…they dont respond to emails to try and organize..they do not help with
      projects. I work 50 hours a week and sometimes more, but its important to me. I did my “time for other things” and I had to learn this is what is important
      for success.

      I have a daughter who is 19 now, I am watching her try to decide if college is for her, its hard!

      • Jessica 3:30 pm on February 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I agree college is very hard, work full-time, have a 2yr old, and i’m a wife, so trying to balance all of this is hard for me…i the end however, you are right abou the success needng to be the most important

    • Melissa Foley 11:35 pm on February 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      1. Time
      2. money
      3. fear of failure
      4. Been out of school for a while
      5. Just don’t know how to get started in school again

    • kcook17 10:31 pm on February 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I’ll be honest: I’ve failed a course before. I can give reasons based on experience, and common sense.

      1. Procrastination. This is the number one grade killer. I’ve already managed to procrastinate doing this assignment, and if I were to let it get even more out of hand, it would effect my grade directly. The quality of your work suffers when you have to rush to finish it before the deadline.

      2. Not investing in necessary resources. I’ve gone through an entire course without purchasing the textbook before; while I did not fail the class, I did not achieve the grade that I desired. This could have been averted had I purchased the textbook.

      3. Work. Not all reasons for failing are brought upon ourselves by ourselves.

      4. Not speaking up. Students who don’t speak up about concepts that they are not quite grasping will ultimately drag in that area. Understand concepts and ideas is what helps us take in our studies and readings.

      5. Social life. Everyone wants an active social life. However, when leisure activities are getting in the way of school assignments, you have to draw the line. We are all guilty of this.

      6. Personal capabilities. Not everyone is capable of becoming a doctor. That is a hard truth to face. But, coming from first hand experience, if you put me into any trigonometry or calculus class, I am going to fail. Sometimes a student will pick a course in which the material will go in one ear and out the other; no matter how much he or she studies.

      7. Lack of motivation. Not all classes are at the top of our lists of priorities. For example: a student might be taking a class to fill in their full-time status, making them less motivated to get an A in said class.

      8. Not taking advantage of your surroundings. Study groups are an excellent way to learn material. I unfortunately started taking advantage of this only recently. My grades before studying with classmates were average; my grades after studying with classmates were above average.

      9. Anxiety. I can tell you firsthand that I have accepted failing grades on assignments that I did not feel confident enough to present in front of my class.

      10. Organization. Keeping calendars and checklists is a very effective way of keeping up with your school work.

      Out of these 10 reasons, I believe the top 3 that contribute most to students failing are: procrastination, social life and not speaking up.

      • Olivia 1:24 am on February 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I think you did a very nice job explaining your top 10. Your top 3 are also in my top 10 and I know that I have to work on all 3 of these.

    • Alisha 2:09 am on February 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Top ten reasons students fail in my opinion and experience,
      1.)Lack of Encouragement.
      2.)low self esteem
      3.)motivation
      4.)Unable to comprehend work.
      5.)Lack of studying skills.
      6.)unable to concentrate on school work at home.
      7.)lack of finances.
      8.)transportation
      9.)having to choose between working full-time and school.
      10.)fear of starting new things.

      • kcook17 8:05 pm on February 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Transportation is a great addition to the list. Nice one.

      • Michael Frerichs 4:17 am on February 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Those are some good reasons that alot of people overlook, especially the unable to focus on school work at home.

    • Kesha 1:08 am on February 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      There are several reasons students fail. Some students fail because they are not motivated enough. Some reasons are far more complicated than that and some reasons are just crazy. Here are a few
      lack of motivation poor study habits poor health/lifestyle too many jobs unorganized unclear priorities single parents unpleasant teachers that make students feel like they cant succeed and fear. Some people are scared to fail at things or try new things so they take the easy road and dont try at all so they can use it as an excuse (example a 60 on something in class and the excuse would be ” man I didn’t even try thats why I got that grade)

    • Jessica 3:26 pm on February 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Top ten reasons students fail…..
      1) Not enough family support
      2) Motaivation
      3) Stress
      4) Unable to balance time with family and school
      5) Transportation
      6) Too much work
      7) Not enough time for studying
      8) Tired
      9) Unable to pay for books/classes
      10) No time for a social life

      • Lindsay Vinsick 10:26 pm on February 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I didn’t put stress on my list but I definitely think its a major reason why students fail. A lot of people buckle under the pressure and give up.

    • Ana Silvia Gutierrez 2:53 am on February 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      1.Too many responsibilities.
      2. Lack of maturity.
      3. Indicisivines.
      4. No family support.
      5. Stumbling blocks such as drugs or alcohol.
      6. Distractions.
      7. Health problems.
      8 .Lack of dicipline.
      9. Lack of resources such as not being able to pay for books or other needs ect
      10. Missing classes.

      • Christopher A Fillmore 3:09 am on February 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I agree with you a lot of things you say are very valid.

    • shawn henry 6:37 am on February 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      laziness, too much partying, transportation, trouble at home, time failure, self esteem, money, goals drugs and just dont care

    • shawn 7:40 am on February 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      melissa i agree with you because some students may have been out of school for years. because their minds get stuck because they have forgotten alot of things. some people may not be able to afford school so they say forget it.

    • Lindsay Vinsick 10:12 pm on February 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      1. Time management (or lack thereof)
      2. Lack of motivation/interest
      3. Lack of discipline
      4. Outside distractions (such as friends, drugs, alcohol)
      5. Poor decision making
      6. Health problems
      7. Not having the materials needed (or finances to obtain said materials)
      8. Fear of failure
      9. Fear of success
      10. Taking school lightly/not being serious about your education

    • Anthony Coy 4:13 am on February 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I think the biggest problem I have to deal with is balance and time management. I have four kids and work 40+ hours at work. This is my first semester in school and just getting my time management down seems to be the hardest thing to deal with. Also, life balance is important. I’m learning to balance my work , wife, kids and school. It’s important that none of these areas do not get negelected.

    • Michael Frerichs 4:14 am on February 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      1. Other Obligations
      2. Priority’s
      3. Health
      4. Emotional Problems
      5. Frustration and Stress
      6. No interest in being In school.
      7. Don’t know what to do if they are failing
      8. took too many classes they cant handle.
      9. The material moves faster then the student.
      10. A virus trashes their computer so they have to spend all weekend trying to fix it until they just end up wiping their hard drive out so they can finally do their homework the day before its do.

    • Michael Frerichs 4:16 am on February 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Same, procrastination is difficult. even with simple assignments that take 5 minutes I just learned to put things off to the last minute. Im trying to unlearn it now

    • Priscilla Yates 8:53 pm on February 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      1. Work schedule (see #9)
      2. Procrastination.
      3. Familial obligation.
      4. Lack of interest in topic being studied.
      5. Registering for morning classes when you know you’re not a morning person, so you never attend.
      6. Health problems
      7. Dedication to hobbies which divert attention away from classes.
      8. Drugs, alcohol, live music, having a good time.
      9. Financial strain which creates a cyclical problem of working to stay in school, yet working too much to make ends meet and ultimately failing classes.
      10. Loss of optimism and perseverance to graduate – feeling like you’re not making progress toward a degree.

    • Lauren Brooks 9:30 pm on February 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      1. Time management
      2. Lack of interest
      3. Partying
      4. Realtionships
      5. To many classes
      6. Work load
      7. Jobs
      8.Transportation
      9.Health
      10. Study skills

    • Holly Blickenstaff 9:35 pm on February 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      1. Lack of motivation
      2. Job
      3. Managing Time
      4. Stress
      5. No Support
      6. Money
      7. Self Esteem
      8. Fear of Failing
      9. Drugs and Alcohol
      10. Relationship Problems

    • alicia 1:16 am on February 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I’m still trying to get a hang of this online class…

    • Alyssa Ammerman 2:08 am on February 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      1. Too much on their plate
      2. Not enough time to study
      3. Procrastination
      4. Time management
      5. Relationships
      6. Exhaustion
      7. Drugs/ alcohol
      8. Social life
      9. Finances
      10. Not going to class

    • Victor Rodriguez 11:57 pm on February 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      1.Time management
      2. lack of participation
      3. lack of interaction
      4. procrastination
      5. stressed out
      6. no motivation
      7. no focus
      8. no aspirations
      9. fear to succeed
      10. no support

    • Alex Walkine 11:36 pm on February 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Time management is a big issue, time is probably one of the main reasons people take online courses.

    • Victor 4:06 pm on February 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      1. Procrastination
      2. Time management
      3. Fear of Failing
      4. Lack of motivation/interest
      5. Exhaustion
      6. Finances
      7. Transportation
      On a persanal note, i do not have access to a computer at home, so i have to ride the bus for 30 min to school and use the computer there. For me its time consuming but it can alse be construed as time management.

    • victor rodriguez 4:11 pm on February 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      i need help. this course ask for chapter reading, i dont think i have the right book. at the book store they told me it was for the online class but i dont think so…….someone helllllppppp

      • Laura Gross 6:50 pm on February 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        The chapter is called Reading and begins on page 66. This is chapter three of the Master Student book, does that help you?

    • victor rodriguez 12:07 am on February 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      1. Not going to class
      2. Time management
      3. Too much on their plate
      4. Job
      5. Lack of dicipline

    • Amanda Neal 10:15 pm on September 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Top Ten Reasons Students Fail
      1. Lack of studying
      2.Time Management
      3. Poor Attendance
      4.Social activities
      5. Having a job
      6.Drug Abuse
      7.Not taking notes
      8.Not listening in class
      9.Unclear goals
      10.Not following instructions

    • Joe 11:48 pm on September 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Time management
      no support
      Procrastination

    • Joe 11:56 pm on September 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Inconvenience of supplies
      Inconvienience of important materials

    • Cleo Coley 12:57 pm on September 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      1. They have to much going on in their personal life
      2. They are not focus
      3. They are not doing their class work

    • Meaghan Lewandowski 6:38 pm on September 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      1. Having to work
      2. Time management
      3. Overload of things going on
      4. Stress
      5. Procrastination
      6. Not wanting to learn

    • Mary Hendricks 7:08 pm on September 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      1. Lack of interest
      2. lazy
      3.stressed out
      4.social life
      5. to many classes

    • Amanda 7:24 pm on September 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I believe that Students fail because,
      1. They tend to Procrasinate aroud thier work.
      2. No organization.
      3. Personal life gets in the way.
      4. Student is just Lazy.
      5. Lack of sleep.
      6. Students half way complete their work.
      7. Distrations get in the way.
      8. Lack of Interest.
      9. Bored wtih the class material.
      10. Work hours interfear with concentration.

    • Trent Kloter 7:53 pm on September 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      1. Lack of Motivation
      2. No Goals
      3. Distractions
      4. Time Management
      5. Procrastination
      6. Drugs
      7. Relationships
      8. Transportation
      9. Work Load
      10. Job

    • Virginia Wood 9:50 pm on September 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      10 reasons people fall college is time management, not going to class, job, lack of discipline, ETC.

    • Trista Hensley 12:53 am on September 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      1. Procrastination
      2. Poor Time Management
      3. Family Issues
      4. Disorganization
      5. Lack of Motivation
      6. Taking on too much, too many classes
      7. Course is too difficult/Student doesn’t understand
      8. Lack of Communication with Instructor
      9. Lack of Studying
      10. Money Issues

    • james burge 2:31 am on September 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      1.lack of direction
      2.scared
      3.money
      4.social life
      5.time management
      6.army
      7.sports
      8.not going to class
      9.still kids
      10.work

    • Tiffany Crawford 2:39 am on September 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      1.lack of motivation
      2. no transportation
      3. workload
      4. always getting sick
      5. forgetfulness
      6. lack of sleep
      7. lack of focus
      8. children problems
      9. too many hours of work
      10. miss too much school

    • Heather Brown 3:42 am on September 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      1. Lack of responsibility.
      2. Lack of time.
      3. Procrastination.
      4. Not going online to class.
      5. Not having a computer or Internet.
      6. Not commiting time.

    • Demarcus 4:58 am on September 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Students have to much going on during the time of school.

    • jason 1:41 pm on September 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      1. time
      2. they lose interest
      3. money
      4.transportation
      5. understanding of materials taught
      6. Lack of dicipline
      7.Job
      8. organization
      9. do not understand
      10. forget

    • Jessica Sepeda 5:58 pm on September 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      1. Going to class
      2. Finances
      3. Transportation
      4. Job
      5. Babysitter
      6. Procrastination
      7. Lack of interest
      8. Time management
      9. Fear
      10. No family support

    • Virginia Wood 7:06 pm on September 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I think the reason people fall is because time management, job, family, not going to class, ETC.

    • Brittany Wertman 9:53 pm on September 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      1. Lack of Discipline
      2. Job
      3. Bad Time Management
      4. Just being lazy
      5. Finances
      6. Transportation
      7.Drugs/Alcohol
      8. No Motivation
      9. Stress
      10. No Support

    • Andrew Medeiros 10:23 pm on September 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      1. Lack of time.
      2. Lack of discipline.
      3. Job.
      4. Finances.
      5. Exhaustion.
      6. Not attending class.
      7. Procrastination.
      8. Health.
      9. Family obligations.
      10. Lack of interest in school.

    • Daniel Delgado 1:19 am on September 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      1) Having a job
      2) Just plain lazy
      3) Missing class
      4) Transportation
      5) Family problems
      6) Not taking any notes
      7) Partying to much
      8) Stress
      9) Can’t understand instructor
      10) Procrastinating to much

    • Lucy Cardenas 2:41 am on September 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      1.Too many hours at work.
      2. Transportation.
      3. Children, being a single parent.
      4. Lack of interest.
      5. Sleep.
      6. Stress.
      7. No motivation.
      8. Health problems.
      9. Laziness.
      10. Afraid of trying something new.

    • Arikus Brooks 4:57 am on September 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      1. Procrastinating
      2. Loss of intrest in a subject/school
      3. Work gets in the way
      4. Just coming to school for the money
      5. Transportation issues
      6. Child care/ family issues
      7. Trouble understanding assignments
      8. Daily Stress
      9. No motivation from self or others
      10. Not getting the proper help when having trouble understanding material

      • Brittany Mckenzie 6:09 pm on October 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Child care has been my biggest obstacle so I totally agree with number 6.

    • Lori Monroe 5:43 pm on September 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Cannot afford to purchase books and supplies needed for class, do not attend class on a regular basis missing valuable course information, not understanding course content and failing to ask questions on it, not studying, homework not complete and not doing extra problems to strenghten ability, low or no self confidence, low or no support group or support person, transportation issues, child care issues and health issues.

    • Joanne borges 6:54 pm on September 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      1. Procrastination
      2. Attendance
      3. Lack of dedication
      4. Lack of time
      5. Lack of money
      6. Stress
      7.Health issues
      8.Family issues
      9. Not serious about college
      10. Fear

      • Lori Monroe 6:37 pm on October 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Your absolutly right Joanne with number 10 on your list. We have pretty much the same list, however, fear never even came into my thoughts. Thank you for revealing that to me.

    • Elise James 9:32 pm on September 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I do also believe that students fail because of lack of motivation, consistency in checking their progress and their grades. I do believe if you stay on top of your work, study and figure out what your weakenesses are to change them you can become a successful student.

      • Ronald James 3:47 am on September 27, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I agree with these statements. If students are constantly crossing out the things that they are doing poorly in then success is the only option left. If not then the trend of failure will continue.

    • Adriana Martinez 10:31 pm on September 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      1. Drugs and Alcohol/ Partying Too Much
      2. Peer Pressure/ Stress
      3. Procastination
      4. Family Issues/ Drama Overall
      5. No Time/ Not Prioritizing
      6. Laziness/ Doesn’t Really Care
      7. Not Understanding the Material
      8. Unorganized
      9. Not Getting Enough Motivation/ No Self Esteem
      10. Pregnancy

    • Adriana Martinez 10:45 pm on September 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      1. Drugs and Alcohol/ Party Too Much. 2. Peer Pressure/ Stress. 3. Procastination. 4. Family Issues/ Drama Overall. 5. No Time/ Not Prioritizing. 6. Laziness/ Doesn’t Really Care. 7. Not Understanding the Material. 8. Unorganized. 9. Not Getting Enough Motivation/ No Self Esteem. 10. Pregnancy

      • Adriana Martinez 10:48 pm on September 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        oops didnt twice my bad =)

    • anthonyengle 2:03 pm on September 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      1. lack of interest
      2. not listening to instructions
      3. not doing homework
      4. not studying
      5. have to work
      6. dont have time
      7. to many classes
      8. not wanting to be there
      9. just pleasing their parents
      10. not asking for help

    • Mark Williams 3:31 pm on September 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      1. Wrong Choice of Major
      2. Stress
      3. Job
      4. No responsibility
      5. No Goals
      6. Failure to ask for help
      7. Procrastination (one of my biggest issues)
      8. Troubles at home
      9. Child Care
      10. Financial
      11. Expensive Prep Classes

    • Tricia 9:13 pm on September 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      1. Lack of goals
      2.poor self esteem
      3. poor organizations skills
      4.procrastination
      5.insufficient funds
      6.lack of motivation
      7. poor communications skills
      8.no study skills or poor reading skills
      9.poor time management
      10. no transportation

    • Daysha Harris 2:14 pm on September 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      My Top Ten Reasons stundents fail: * Lack of sleep *Lack of study *Lack of Motivation *Attendence *Dont let the instructor know they need help *stress *work full time and attend scool * Procrastination *to many classes *Not doing class Work

    • Bronson 4:19 pm on September 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      1. Chose wrong classes
      2. Lack of intrest in school
      3. Other priorities
      4. Poor Time management
      5. taking on more than they can handle
      6. Laziness
      7. going to school for wrong reasons
      8. Family issues
      9. No ride
      10. Money problems

    • Eileen 6:33 pm on September 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      1. lack of attendance
      2. language bearer
      3. no computer
      4. lack of interest for this class
      5. no study or communication skills
      6. time management issues
      7. children
      8. work hours
      9. to many classes for one semester
      10. being lazy

      • Amanda 7:46 pm on October 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I didn’t think of lack of attendanc,thats so truee

        • Trista Hensley 3:30 am on October 13, 2010 Permalink

          I agree, even when taking online classes…you have to get online and do the work, blog etc. If not you can fall behind just as if you were in a classroom

    • Aurora 8:57 pm on September 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      1. Socializing too much
      2. Missing classes
      3. Poor note-taking skills
      4. Failing to get help EARLY
      5. Showing up for class unprepared
      6. Not previewing chapters before reading
      7. Not taking advantage of study hours
      8. Cramming for tests, rather than consistent review
      9. Failing to review lecture notes
      10. Not realizing importance of active listening in class

    • Fadwa Ali 7:05 am on September 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      1. The teacher may be boring and the student loses interest.
      2. Lazyness
      3.Not enough time to study outside of class
      4. Pressure to succeed
      5. Procrastination
      6. Health/ mental problems
      7. Poor attendance
      8. Lack of determination
      9. Not understanding the teachers requests
      10. School not a priority

    • Haley 3:19 pm on September 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      1. Lack of time Management
      2. Excessive Job Duties
      3. Procrastination
      4. Scarred of College
      5. Lack of Discipline
      6. Lack of mentoring
      7. Instant gratification (do what one wants)
      8. No organization
      9. Obstacles needed to get through on regular basis

    • Cleo Coley 5:30 pm on September 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      1. Lack of study
      2. Not focus
      3. Not attending school
      4. Not really paying attention while they are in school

    • Bronson Cantu 7:08 pm on September 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      1. Not in Classes they wanted
      2. Lack of time
      3. no motivation
      4. poor study skills
      5. lack of ride
      6. going to school for wrong reasons
      7. rough home life
      8. have to much stuff on there plate to do college
      9. more concerned about there social life
      10. procrastination

      • Amanda 6:03 pm on October 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I can understand why students fail when their in a class they don’t want.

      • anthonyengle 2:35 am on October 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I can agree with students failing because they are more concerned with their social life then school. I’ve been around college student for awhile and a lot of them are more worried about what to wear to a party or worried about what a person thinks of them.

    • Autumn 7:21 pm on September 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Top Ten Reasons Students Fail Are:
      1. Lack of focus
      2. Laziness
      3. Apathetic view towards school in general
      4. Lack of time
      5. Personal issues
      6. Illnesses
      7. Family
      8. Work
      9. Other classes
      10. Stress

      • Ronald James 3:51 am on September 27, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I agree with most of these statements. Only ones I don’t are the “Lack of time, Personal issues, and other classes”. Time is something that should always be made for class. Personal issues should be set aside. Other classes, in college, by that time you should already be able to manage several classes. Not an excuse.

        • Trista 1:05 am on October 6, 2010 Permalink

          Well Ronald I understand that for you, you may be able to juggle personal issues and your time better than others but for me, I have two kids, one is disabled and it is difficult to juggle these things sometimes. Doesn’t stop me, but it can be overwhelming and I can see how life and lack of time management can effect certain people to the point of failure.

        • Joanne borges 3:41 am on October 6, 2010 Permalink

          Some personal issues can’t be set aside.

        • Cleo Coley 2:57 pm on October 7, 2010 Permalink

          I would have to disagree with you on personal issues. There are some personal issues that are serious to where the person thats going thru it lose they focus in school.

        • Bronson 12:14 am on October 10, 2010 Permalink

          I think lack of time is a big thing I mean I work 12 to 14 hrs a day and raise my daughter plus try to get homework done but it is possible just takes alot of will power.

    • Ronald James 3:42 am on September 27, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Top Ten Reasons Students Fail:
      1. Bad time management
      2. Unorganized
      3. Illness
      4. Lack of focus
      5. Laziness
      6. Misunderstanding of assignment
      7. Stress
      8. Distractions
      9. Incomplete work
      10. Not studying

    • Brittany Mckenzie 1:22 pm on September 27, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      1. Procrastination
      2. Stress
      3. Time Management
      4. Juggling too much at one time
      5. Money
      6. No Motivation
      7. Being forced to go instead of WANTING it
      8. No time to study
      9. Bored
      10. Lack of Discipline

      • Matt Dieguez 12:09 am on October 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I agree with these reasons, especially number 1 and 7.

    • Cleo Coley 3:36 pm on September 27, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      1. They have to much going on
      2. They are not really trying
      3. Not staying on top of what they need to do
      4. Their job
      5. Not doing their homework
      6. Not coming to school

      • Giselle Parrish Quinonez 1:56 am on October 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I totally agree with Cleo!!! Every single one of those reasons are exactly why students are not successful!!

    • teshekia c 5:00 pm on September 28, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      TOP 10 REASONS STUDENTS FAIL
      1.working full time
      2.kids
      3.low sef esteem
      4.lack of support
      5.transportaion
      6.money
      7.family problems
      8.not fully focused
      9.stress
      10.scared to fail

    • Rooderick Stevenson 2:51 pm on September 30, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      1.lazy
      2.percrastination
      3.lack of knowledge
      4.focusing problems
      5.distractions
      6.personal issues
      7.don’t take the time to ask questions
      8.trying to balance school and work
      9.goals/standards
      10.financial problems for required materials

      • Lucy Cardenas 11:45 pm on October 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I agree with Rooderick. Many people sign up for school and don’t realize the sacrifices we make to better our future. Laziness is a big reason why people do not succeed. Also when you allow other problems to interfere like percrastination and distractions.

      • Daniel Delgado 12:46 am on October 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I agree with all the ones he is saying. I like how he said financial problems. That can really affect a grade in a college class because tuition and books are very expensive.

    • Logan Farmer 4:10 pm on September 30, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Reasons Students Fail
      1. Lack of understanding
      2, Skewed priorities
      3. afraid to ask questions or ask for help
      4. poor time management skills
      5. stress outside of school
      6. no time due to jobs
      7. no motivation
      8. poor attitude
      9. no support network outside of school
      10. procrastination

      • Amanda 6:01 pm on October 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I believe thats one of the main reasons why people fail. No motivation

      • Andrew 5:39 pm on October 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I did not consider someone who is afraid to ask questions or for help. It is a very good reason to why someone might fail at school.

      • Daniel Delgado 1:40 am on October 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Pretty much everybody said the same things in their posts. I did notice that Logan Farmer said afraid to ask questions. I really liked that one because a lot of kids don’t ask questions and it really hurts their performance in class.

    • Loc Nguyen 1:28 am on October 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Motivation.

    • Demarcus Lewis 3:59 pm on October 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Having to work and go to school.

      • Brittany Wertman 5:16 pm on October 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I strongly agree with this!!! I feel that working full time and going to school is a difficult task and can get in the way of each other. It takes someone motivated and self disciplined to keep up with both at the same time.

        • Adriana Martinez 7:48 pm on October 9, 2010 Permalink

          I really do agree with you on this it really does take someone that is motivated and self disciplined to work full time and go to school. Also, for me, support helps me out a lot especially from people i care about.

    • Matt Dieguez 11:24 pm on October 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Procrastination, Laziness, Fatigue, No motivation, No care, No effort, Bad time management, Work, Friends, Money issues.

      • Virginia Wood 5:45 am on October 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I agree with all of those things. I have seen myself from time to time having one or more of those issues of why students fail. When I see myself having those issues; I just think to myself that I can work through this, as I see in my mind what I will be when I finish my goal.

    • Tricia 2:06 am on October 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Being afraid to ask questions was a great point; that can hinder a person’s progress .

      • Fadwa 6:32 pm on October 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I completely agree with this. I didn’t really think about that one but that is a big problem, if you start out being afraid to ask questions then you will probably not understand any of the material.

    • james burge 5:28 pm on October 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I think that the questions also comes with maturity and age. For example, my first go around with college I was younger and not as interested in school and didnt care about my grades. Now at 25 and a family getting through school is a top priority. I do agree with this also.

      • Haley Houser 10:13 pm on October 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I can relate to the age/maturity issuing being raised. Depending on how your prior schooling effected you as an individual, sometimes it can take some time learning the world outside of a schooled environment. My top priority is school now, so that I can have have a family because of the time, efforts and desire of a better outlook can become my reality.

        I am not sure if everyone thoroughly read through, but some of the topics touched upon in the powerpoint presentations were of great value. I know i need to change certain habits, along with implementing a solid schedule to better manage my time in association with school course work!

    • Ke'Andre Williams 5:54 pm on October 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Rooderick Stevenson said that the #1 reason is because a studen is lazy. i feel that if a person is lazy, then they should not have even enrolled in the class, because they are taking up space the someone who is motivated to learn could have used.

      • Andrew Medeiros 5:48 pm on October 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I agree with you Ke’Andre. Their is a lot of people in my classes that I take on campus who are lazy and slow the class down. If your not up to the task then change your ways, or try something else.

    • jason poole 8:45 pm on October 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      i feel that people are afraid to ask for help so there trying to find out the answer them selfs some times they get it right and sometimes they dont but does help the fact when they need help the most they never ask the teacher for help maybe cause of embarrassment i dont know but again i feel that the main reason why they fail cause of fear itself to ask

    • Elise James 3:59 am on October 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I’m young, I’m 17 years old and I am more than motivated to do well in college. I think that motivation comes from parents also, whether it be because they are paying or you just want to make them proud. Others do not have that kind of motivation.

      • Mary Hendricks 12:38 am on November 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I agree with you. I have always wanted to make my parents proud and i think that being in college makes her proud because i am doing something with my life, I am motivated by a few different things besides my family though, for example, where i see myself in 10 years, i would have to go to & stick through college. On another note, your 17 in college? Thats awesome!

    • Whitney Sands 2:51 am on February 7, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      No motivation
      Lack of responsibility
      No time to study
      Personal issues
      Procrastination
      Financial issues
      Laziness
      No discipline
      Too much partying
      Lack of time management

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