Nine tenths of education is encouragement.
- Anatole France, French Novelist

Inspire “Final” Success

Did you know?

When students set realistic goals for their final exams and decide in advance when and where they will study, they can greatly enhance their chances for success. Heidi Grant Halvorson, Associate Director of Columbia University’s Center for Motivational Science, offers additional advice on how to “really” achieve goals in this article and podcast. As we head into “final” season, students’ motivation may be lagging especially if they don’t have a clear sense of where they are now and where they want to end up. Taking class time to discuss specific study strategies, like if–then planning, and encouraging students to model successful behaviors will help students succeed and increase course completion rates, too.

Here’s how…

  • Ask students questions about how they prepare for their finals.
  • View video.
  • Distribute Student Activity (now in fillable, pdf form), review directions and complete.
  • Share students’ goals and have them describe possible obstacles.

Above and Beyond!

Change can be overwhelming. As a starting point, encourage students to take small steps toward success. Then, to help them take charge of their goals and achievements, here’s an interesting exercise in motivation from MindTools.