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Become an A student using these time-honored, proven strategies.

Learn the four pillars of academic excellence! The pillars are goal setting, time management, multiple intelligences and learning style, and smart study skills.

The Four Pillars of Academic Excellence is a 90-minute presentation that will help you become unstoppable. This one workshop provides you with a solid foundation so you can achieve a greater ability to succeed.

Goal Setting

Without specific goals, any student behavior is acceptable. But to ensure success, learn to write accurate, short-term goals so you can avoid procrastination and utilize your time appropriately.

Visit Goal Setting for Academic Success.

Time Management

Your goals dictate how you will spend your time. Once you know where you are going you can begin to plan your time effectively.

We all have 168 hours per week. None of us has more, and none of us has fewer.

Complete your inventory of the hours you spend each week. This helps you make informed decisions about how you can re-arrange large amounts of time for your benefit. You'll be amazed at your results!

Download the 168 Hour worksheet.

Multiple Intelligences and Learning Style
How am I smart? How do I learn?

When you can answer those two questions you become an unstoppable student!

We have 8 different ways of being smart:
  • Linguistic
  • Logical-mathematical
  • Spatial
  • Bodily-kinesthetic
  • Musical
  • Interpersonal
  • Intrapersonal
  • Naturalist
  • Click on this link to take an assessment that will reveal your strengths and weaknesses Multiple Intelligences Assessment

    In addition to having multiple ways of being smart, we all have a dominate learning style:
  • Visual
  • Auditory
  • Kinesthetic
  • Click on this link to take an assessment that will reveal your preferred learning style Learning Style Assessment

    SQ3RT and Study Skills

    SQ3RT is a system that allows students to get the most out of their textbooks. Rather than simply reading a chapter, students need to use SQ3RT--Survey, Question, Read, Review, Recite and Think.

    I had one student who made a 70 on his first Sociology test; he thought he knew the material. After he adopted SQ3RT, he made 100s on his remaining exams.

    Learn more about SQ3RT.

    Other study skills include using flash cards, forming study groups, getting tutoring, asking questions in class, and going to office hours.

    For additional information please call 405-887-6321

    Become unstoppable!

    The Four Pillars of Academic Excellence

    Mark Brennaman

    I hold a master's in education with a specialty in adult education and training and development. I discovered a passion for teaching late in life, and have been teaching student success courses for the last seven years on two campuses.

    My passion for helping students achieve their dreams is exemplified by this student evaluation:

    "I have to say that after I would leave your class on Mondays and Wednesdays I felt that I could do anything.

    Thanks to your class, I knew I could make it, and for that I thank you from the bottom of my heart. You are truly an inspiration and the best teacher ever!"

    Joanna Ramos

    Have a comment or question? Send Mark an email.

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