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On fields of green

Speaking of New Year’s Resolutions . . . All new and prospective college students should take a look at this article from The Teaching Professor Blog, “Seven Characteristics of Good Learners” (Dr. Maryellen Weimer, Faculty Focus).

I particularly like # 3 and 4: “Good learners recognize that a lot of learning isn’t fun” and “Failure frightens good learners, but they know it’s beneficial.” Too often I’ve seen students who mistakenly believe learning always should be fun, or else something’s wrong (the so-called “Sesame Street Syndrome”); and sadly, I’ve repeatedly seen students who have a tendency to give up and drop out upon facing academic challenges and frustrations. Avoid these pitfalls, and enjoy Dr. Weimer’s thought-provoking list!