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School of Environmental Studies

What’s in it For Me? Study Tips For Rational Temperaments

Some people have the false impression that Rationals are always brilliant in any field. (A thought that is particularly reassuring right now, considering that Barack Obama, or new President-Elect, is a Rational personality!) Although they are often good students, Rationals may slack off in class if they do not find the subject matter compelling. The key is finding ways to make the information relevant to the Rational student; once engaged, Rationals will go to great lengths to learn and retain the material. There are 4 distinct types of Rationals: Fieldmarshal, Mastermind, Inventor and Architect. Does one of them sound like you?

Jung, a Rational Fieldmarshal, did quite well in some business classes, but struggled with others. In his junior year, when he decided to pursue an MBA after graduation, Jung knew he would need to polish his study habits to earn top grades. He asked how he could improve his study skills to prepare for graduate school. When Fieldmarshals study for a test or quiz, they do best to alternate between studying quietly and discussing the subject with others. Quiet study gives you a chance to collect information that your peers may not have. When possible, mark text areas deemed important, or dates to be memorized. Conversations can also help to solidify knowledge and gauge retention of the material. If a dialogue with fellow students is not possible, it can be helpful to discuss the material with your parents-even if they don’t know a lot about the topic.

Craig, a Rational Mastermind, was very studious and enjoyed the complexity of problems found in Environmental Science. His bugaboo was Chemistry. He particularly hated the lab smells and thought it had little application to his goal of working in governmental policy. Craig knew if he didn’t get at least a B in the course, it could affect his job eligibility, so he talked to a counselor about overcoming his aversion and getting a decent grade. Masterminds usually apply willpower to learn what they want to learn. They want to know things in depth before putting ideas into operation. Motivation for things they dislike can be difficult. First, they require a quiet space to study. Try to think of useful applications for the course information, even if it doesn’t apply to your area of interest. It is helpful to first read, then write, and lastly, practice (or at least consider) practical application and examples. Applying information from inside the brain into real world situations solidifies the material, helping to improve both lab performance and test scores.

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Career Development: Is Going Back to School Your Best Path to Career Growth?

Whether you are a job seeker or simply in your career and pondering your next career move, you might be considering going back to school. Returning to school to pursue a degree to be more career competitive is a commonly held belief. But… is it really the right thing to do?

For those out there aghast for questioning the wisdom of schooling or education, let me assure you that I’m a perpetual student myself. In fact, I think we should all continue to improve ourselves. The bigger question is around setting your expectations about what you are pursuing and whether or not your expectations can actually be met.

Here are some tips and things for you to consider:

- Clarity is critical. Do your research. You need to understand the requirements for the type of position you desire to move into. Too many people think they know the path from where they are to the career of their dream without doing their homework to know for sure. You don’t want to invest both time and money without first confirming you are on the right path.

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Leaving a Private School? Consider Distance Learning

Schools can fail students just as much as a student can fail in school. Sometimes, for reasons ranging from teacher-student conflict, to issues with safety, a child simply does not “fit in” and succeed at a particular school. Most of the time, the solution often involves enrollment in a different school. What if the problem though is not the school, but the system and the approach in general? Parents often wrongly assume that paying for an education automatically translates to academic success.

What happens when the decision to attend private school backfires and a student does not succeed? Besides losing out on a significant amount of money, parents whose children have to transfer out of private school have to make a decision as to whether or not their child will now move on to public school, or find another alternative.

For most parents, the reason why they enrolled their child in a private school in the first place was because of the many benefits it offers, both in terms of a general education, as well as for the preparation it gives students who are looking to pursue their education beyond high school. So what is a parent to do? If private school is just not working out, do they have an equivalent option?

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