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Research has shown that a large number of students’ performances are affected by their attitudes towards specific subjects, education and academics in general. It has been suggested that when students demonstrate week commitment to their academics then they are bound to under-perform “Practice makes perfect” adage applies here.
In addition, some students with an unrealistic view of themselves may perform poorly too. For instance, those who tend to be overconfident or naïve about the requirements of their academics may register very poor performance. Conversely, when students do not believe in themselves or when they have low self-confidence, then chances are that they will underachieve.
Sometimes some students may think of themselves as people who cannot control their own destiny. They imagine that they are victims of the system and this can lead to academic failure. In other scenarios some students may be too proud to ask for help when they encounter a problem in their studies. Also, some students find it difficult to grow or develop because they tend to resist change and this impedes their academic progress. There are “baby students” that continue waiting for lecturers to provide the path and materials for advancing their academic progress. These are doomed to fail.
Key to success is the student grasping and managing their own learning that continues beyond the time when the home bell rings for them to go home. In school, teachers manage much of students’ learning. However, learning is enhanced if students can manage it themselves; moreover, once they leave school, people have to manage most of their own learning.
A good student knows that the key to success is based on them controlling the learning process. Good students understand that if they can manage their own learning and apply an arsenal of learning strategies in an effective manner, then success is assured. Effective students monitor their own learning by checking that they are meeting their learning goals they set from the onset.