School starts in a week. I cannot believe after all of these years I am going back. I am very excited, but also very nervous. Does my brain still work? Can I keep up with the kids? The one thing that I am very confident in is that my mindset is to do well and get A’s. I had a discussion with my younger daughter recently about the idea of “wanting to do well” being half the battle towards success. You have to care!
If you care to do well, then you certainly will. Whether your motivation is because you will get in trouble if you don’t do well from your parents, or you won’t get into a good college, or specialized school, or if you are just self-motivated, caring about how you do is what will get you there.
When you care about the outcome of what you are doing, you will make sure of certain essential
STEPS TO SUCCESS…
1. Time- How much time will it take me to get it done, and done well? How many days? How many hours?
2. What do I need? Do I need supplies? A special colored marker? Foam board? A partner?
3. What does the teacher want? You must read and re-read and re-read again the instructions. Make sure you are 100 percent sure what the teacher is asking you to do in order to be successful.
4. Ask questions! Get help if you don’t understand. Don’t be afraid to be confused. Better to get the answers before it is too late. If you care, you will seek help.
5. Revise- Make sure you check your work, re-read, revise. Is it the best use of vocabulary? Do my sentences make sense? Is it neat? Did I check my spelling? Ask someone else to read it.
I found this cool APP called Finish It. It is a useful app to help you organize what work you need to get done efficiently. It might be helpful for procrastinators…
I'm actually not a procrastinator. I am super paranoid about getting my work done and done well. That's the geek in me. The last time I was at NYU was in 1998 when I was pregnant with my first daughter. I made sure I got all of my work done before 5pm, because I got so tired at the end of the day, I knew I wouldn't get my best work done after that. My goal is to have the same strategy this time. It's all about keeping that mindset. Let's see if I can do it the second time around!
My daughter really changed her mind-set about the quality of her work, and she already sees great results. Now I have to care about both my girls work and mine. Oh boy…here we go!