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Negative Performance Indicators

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Dumb Things Students Do

Those who excel in college are not necessarily the smartest, but are those who do the least number of dumb things.

  1. Making Excuses
  2. Procrastinating
  3. Skipping Class
  4. Failing to Get to Class on Time
  5. Failing to Stay Until the End of Class
  6. Failing to Stay Focused on the Lecture
  7. Refusing to Engage in the Subject Matter
  8. Failing to Read the Problem During Exams
  9. Choosing Pessimism over Optimism
  10. Choosing to be Bored and Blaming it on their Instructors    
  11. Avoiding Accountability
  12. Failing to Take Responsibility
  13. Avoiding Instructors and Professors
  14. Focusing on Mediocrity instead of Academic Excellence
  15. Failing to Consult Counseling Services While Problems Are Small
  16. Spending Financial Aid Monies Inappropriately
  17. Accepting and "Maxing Out" Credit Cards
  18. Refusing to Negotiate with Parents and Students - Particularly Roommates
  19. Emphasizing Social Life at the Expense of Academic Concerns
  20. Failing to Make Comprehensive Plans for Graduation

(Brown, Dr. Willie Claiborne.  Reaching Your Full Potential: Success in College and Life. Prentice Hall, 1999) 

Last Updated: 11/14/2014
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