Motivational Assistance

The Lab will offer motivational assistance in the forms of individual consultations with "Learning Specialists" and through computer- based modules. The computer modules will strive to meet the following objectives:

Procrastination: The Thief of Time - After the completion of this module, students will be able to: 

  1. Distinguish between rationalizations and the real reasons for procrastinating. 
  2. Describe the Procrastination Cycle and its effects on self-beliefs. 
  3. Identify important self-beliefs and behaviors that result in Procrastinating Busting. 
  4. Construct a To Do Checklist to break down large activities into manageable tasks.

Self Confidence: Believing in Yourself - After the completion of this module, students will be able to: 

  1. Explain the relationship of thoughts to feelings and actions. 
  2. Describe a technique that you can use to change your thinking. 
  3. Give examples of self-confident thoughts and self-doubting ones. 
  4. Describe and give examples of the following four techniques for building self-confidence: regulate your emotional level, seek affirmation, pick the right models, and "just do it." 

Taking Responsibility: It's Up to You - After the completion of this module, students will be able to: 

  1. Identify possible causal explanations for success and failure. 
  2. Distinguish between internal and external causes, stable and unstable causes, general and specific causes, and controllable and uncontrollable causes. 
  3. Distinguish between causal explanations that do and do not reflect responsibility. 
  4. Identify the importance of effort and strategy as causal explanations. 
  5. Describe and demonstrate the importance and use of Think Positive beliefs about responsibility in attaining successful outcomes.

Managing Your Life in School - After the completion of this module, students will beable to: 

  1. Analyze situations and ensuing thoughts, behaviors, and reactions in terms of the self-system.
  2. Describe each of 10 techniques for managing your life.
  3. Explain how each of the 10 techniques could be or has been used to manage specific, challenging situations in my life.
  4. State and explain two perspectives or formulas for viewing cause and effect in my life, one that I should believe and one that I should not believe.

Career Exploration - After the completion of this module, students will be able to: 

  1. Describe how career exploration is related to student motivation. 
  2. Explain the relationship between career satisfaction and life satisfaction. 
  3. Identify specific skills that should be developed in college in order to be qualified for many different potential careers. 
  4. Describe a strategy to explore possible career choices. 
  5. Explain why values, personality characteristics, interests, and skills should be considered when choosing a career.

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