Success Coaching @ Mohawk College Blog Entry #32

Theme: Problem Solving – Building the skills to reach the dreams you have…don’t just give up!

Twitter Quote:

If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; they are where they should be. Now put foundations under them. Henry David Thoreau

Associated eLearn Module: Problem Solving

For students, this time of year represents a lot of stress and a relentless barrage of assignments, tests and various other obligations piling up all at once. Often this leads to feeling like wanting to quit just to stop feeling so overwhelmed. Before you make, possibly a colossal, mistake like withdrawing or just stop showing up to your classes, take a moment to try another approach. Here is the perspective….you have until March 16th to withdraw from a course or your whole program without penalty to your grades. So whether you withdraw today or wait until March 16th you will still have a “W” (withdraw) grade. So…..what I am saying is give it a go and try to problem solve your way to success this semester. Even if your plan doesn’t work out, you still can withdraw March 16th, but at least you will have the knowledge that you CAN get it together and at least try and work through a success plan for yourself. You have nothing to lose!

Step #1: Explore the Challenge That You Have

  • Objective Finding (OF)Identify Your Goal, Wish or Challenge. What exactly do you want to achieve? Often students don’t take the time to really identify what it is that they want to achieve. Is it achieving a grade within a higher range than you usually do? Getting assignments completed and in on time? Showing up to all your classes?
  • Fact Finding (FF)Gather All the Information. Who can help you with your goal? What resources are available to help you? Do you have study friends that motivate you?
  • Problem Finding (PF) – Clarify the Problem. Once you know your goal and your resources, ask yourself if there are any barriers that will stop you. Make a plan to deal with the barriers.

Step#2: Generate Ideas

  • Idea Finding (IF)Generate Ideas. Brainstorm all the ways you have motivated yourself in the past, search out new motivation strategies from friends, other students and maybe the Success Coaching eLearn Modules that I have created…hint hint hint!!!

Step #3: Prepare for Action

  • Solution Finding (SF)Select and Strengthen Solutions. Think about all the study strategies that you have been taught all through school. This is the time to actually try using those skills. If you are lacking skills, participate in one of our Study Skills Workshops.
  • Acceptance Finding (AF)Plan for Action. Get a calendar and put all your academic due dates in this calendar (tests, readings, assignments, etc). Make a daily list of what needs to be done and work through that list (on that day). Use all the resources that are available to you (Peer Tutor Program, Peer Mentor Program, Counsellors)


Make a Plan, Use Your Resources, Get Moving…Find out what you are capable of!!! Put the foundation under your castle.

Today…take the Problem Solving Questionnaire from the eLearn Module under the same name. I have linked a copy to make it that much easier!! This will help you to assess how well you are doing. Use the tips in the Problem Solving eLearn module to help add some skills to your life as a student.

Remember to sign up for the eLearn modules by clicking on the SELF REGISTRATION link on your eLearn home page. I have more hints, tips and tricks that can help you stretch and grow in the area of Problem Solving. Come on! Join me in this “become the best version of “you” journey!

Heather Drummond, M.Ed. (Counselling Psychology)

Success Coach @ Mohawk College

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