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Beth Person

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The Self-Directed Student Report is designed to help you get the most of your education. This guidance may help you in undergrad, law school, and to pass the bar exam.

Making the Most of Study Time: Quick tips and advice for studying more effectively.

Staying Engaged at School: Becoming more self-aware can help students stay more engaged at school.

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Quick tips and advice for studying more effectively

Making the Most of Study Time: Time and Energy Overview

Students can get stressed out over how to manage their study time. While time management approaches do help some students, it can help to suggest that Beth pay attention to managing her energy levels as well. To get into this mindset Beth should try to:
  • Understand her personal time clock and attempt to study when she is most alert and creative.
  • Learn about her stress triggers and explore different activities to see which help to reduce stress.
  • Honor her physical needs while studying by moving, stretching, eating, sleeping, and taking breaks when needed.

Making the Most of Study Time: Maintaining Energy

To remain energized when studying, as an ongoing practice Beth should:
  • Make an extra effort to find a quiet spot on her own, or with one or two fellow students.
  • Write out her ideas, sometimes just having to organize her thoughts in writing can help her to understand the material.
  • Take breaks to be alone to reflect and recharge especially when she has had a lot of interaction time with others.

Making the Most of Study Time: Improving Understanding

To increase her understanding when studying, Beth should:
  • Ask herself what are the interesting themes related to the material, and when stuck, circle back to those patterns to re-focus her efforts.
  • Look for or ask for theories to explain why this material is important in order to help her to better understand it.
  • Draw on her imagination to explore if and how what is being taught corresponds with future trends.
Making the Most of Study Time Authors
Original work by: Elizabeth Hirsh Katherine Hirsh © Step Research Corporation

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Becoming more self-aware can help students stay more engaged at school.

Learning Environment

Beth’s personal style means that she will tend to:
  • Gravitate toward faculty members and fellow students based on their competence.
  • Want her work to be evaluated in terms of objective standards.
  • Perform better in courses with a strong foundation in logic.
  • Structure her response to another person’s ideas around revealing the flaws in that person’s position.

Growth Opportunities to Help Beth Shine

To expand her perspective and work more effectively with others, it can help Beth if she
  • Stops to consider people’s feelings and individual circumstances when evaluating the soundness of ideas.
  • Tries putting herself in the other person’s shoes to increase her understanding of that person’s point of view.
  • Stretches her natural style to include components that are not as practiced to increase her competence and make her better able to appreciate a variety of competencies in others.

Applying Engagement Styles to Help Beth Get Unstuck

Your dominant engagement style describes how you prefer to interact and engage with others, especially when working on a group project. Knowing your engagement style can be helpful in identifying what roles you prefer to play when interacting with your fellow students and how you can make your best contributions. Each engagement style has specific gifts that can help make group projects more successful. When an engagement style is overused, however, this can threaten a project's success.

Beth's Engagement Style:

Refine for Perfection
Advantages at School

Tweak to improve 
Quietly fixing things

Refine for Perfection
Pitfalls at School

Never finished updating

Lack of decision

Activity to improve Beth’s school work

Beth risks putting off taking action and can get stuck continually fine-tuning her work from a sense that it must be perfect. This can threaten her success in school.

Activity to improve Beth’s school work

  1. From the list below choose a strategy based on effective use of the other three Engagements Styles.
  2. Think about how this strategy could help you limit the time spent on fine-tuning your work and instead help you begin work even without complete information.
  3. Craft a couple of sentences where you detail what you might do differently and make a list of the potential advantages of varying your approach.
  • Carefully UnderstandMaking a plan that forces me to get started and then keeps me on track even when I’m not sure about the perfect approach
  • Dynamically ExploreSharing a draft version of my ideas with trusted others to get feedback
  • Organize & DirectFocusing on the outcomes I want to achieve as I sort through my options
Staying Engaged at School Authors
Original work by: Elizabeth Hirsh Katherine Hirsh © Step Research Corporation