The Habits of Successful College Students

Purpose

The purpose of the Shifting Focus: The Habits of the Successful College Students presentation is to introduce students to the theories created by Stephen Covey. This presentation distills Covey's seven habits for effective business practices into a model students can use to navigate their college experience. Intended for students in their first or second year, this presentation also includes planning and motivational information.

Length

This presentation is perfect for a 50-minute or 75-minute course.

Anticipatory Set

The purpose of an anticipatory set is to allude to concepts students may recognize, serve as an introduction to the lesson, and generate interest in the material.

Click here for an anticipatory set activity called the "Horatio Algiers Activity" in pdf format.

Click here for an anticipatory set activity called the "Procrastination Quiz" in pdf format.

Note: For the 75-minute version, both set activities will be used.

Presentation

Click here for the presentation, titled "Shifting Focus: The Habits of the Successful College Student" in PowerPoint format.

Click here for the presentation, titled "Shifting Focus: The Habits of the Successful College Student in pdf format.

Click here for the lecture notes.

Note: A time management presentation is available as either a stand-alone or supplement to this presentation:

Click here for a time management presentation in PowerPoint format.

Click here for a time management presentation in pdf format.

Desired Outcomes

  • Students will articulate their academic goals.
  • Students will seek opportunities to focus their motivation on academic achievement.
  • Students will understand the pitfalls of procrastination.

Modifications to Covey's Model

Covey's model is intended for the business world. Click here for a full summary of his seven habits in pdf format.

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