I possess strengths of motivation and organization that will help me succeed in online learning at OSU. However, in some classes I tend to procrastinate, which for me is a result of indecisiveness over which task to complete first. The less urgent tasks are set aside for more urgent tasks. Eventually the non-urgent become urgent as deadlines approach, in which case everything becomes urgent! I believe motivation and procrastination are not mutually exclusive tendencies, however one does hinder the other. To avoid this conflict in the future I plan on using the SMART goals model. This model promotes accountability to one’s self and helps avoid procrastination.
Tools that I can use with my learning style include OSU’s Table Top study groups for math and science, Khan Academy (I created an account and have been working through videos and practice problems), and drawing more diagrams, tables, and charts to help with the retention of the materials I am studying.
As mentioned above, I plan to use the Table Top study sessions on campus. In addition, through the Academic Success Center I can have access to academic coaches who can help with goals setting and attainment, as well directing me to other University resources I may be unaware of. I am drawn to these resources because they allow for personal and casual interaction. Each resource has a specific mission so it is nice to know where to turn when I need help in a particular area.
In the Smart Goal exercise for this week I outlined short and long term goals. One was related to a single class, and one was related to preparing for graduate school. To help me set these goals this term I spent time evaluating my interests and desires while balancing them with reality. Due to my work schedule and family dynamics (busy middle-schoolers and a partner who is in a career transition herself), I decided smaller steps are needed as I work towards my goals. The time to completion will be a bit longer, but smaller steps will assure that I arrive successfully.