Student Self-Assessment For Academic Underperformance®

Are You Acting Like A High Performing Student?

Rate yourself against the skills and perspectives of students who consistently earn top grades in college.  Correct answers show strengths for earning good grades.  Incorrect answers show areas to target for improving college grades.

1. I consistently do all assigned readings for each class that I am taking, including text books, online readings, journals, articles, secondary books, and other assigned materials.

True
False

2. I can read at a faster pace and extract key information from text or course readings than I normally would for pleasure reading.

True
False

3. I always stay on top of the work for my classes for every subject.

True
False

4. I have tasks that I do for regular studying, like taking notes on what I've read, making flash cards, organizing information in to diagrams, or other things that help me to remember and prepare for exams.

True
False

5. I normally spend 2 to 3 hours outside of class doing assigned readings, studying, or homework for each hour that I spend in class.

True
False

6. I study every day so that I am ready when it comes time to prepare for exams.

True
False

7. I highlight when doing required readings, then go back and take notes on what I read to make sure that I learn the information.

True
False

8. I normally don't encounter too many distractions at school that pull me away from my studies.

True
False

9. When preparing for an exam I know what chapters, lectures, assigned readings, and other information that will be covered on the exam.

True
False

10. I make a more strenuous effort to memorize and learn information during test preparation than I do for regular studying.

True
False

11. I begin preparing for an exam days in advance, or even longer depending on the class and the amount of information to be covered.

True
False

12. When studying or getting ready for a test I strive to learn the information perfectly, so I know it inside and out.

True
False

13. I never procrastinate when preparing for exams, or need to cram or pull all-nighters just to be ready for a test.

True
False

14. For exams, I don't just study my class notes to be ready, I include the text or other assigned materials.

True
False

15. I prepare for essay tests in a different way than I do for multiple choice or other tests.

True
False

16. I have a basic method to take tests that helps me to do better and feel less worried during the test.

True
False

17. I tend to answer the test questions that I know first, then go back to the ones that I don't know.

True
False

18. When I take essay tests I always jot down my thoughts on the test or extra paper before I try to give an organized answer.

True
False

19. I don't find that I do well on the homework for a class then blow it on the exams.

True
False

20. I can write in both a "personal thoughts" and a more academic "scholarly" tone for class assignments.

True
False

21. I start larger papers and projects early so I can get feedback from the Professor or just to do a good job.

True
False

22. I understand how to deal with vague instructions for papers, including if the Professor just says they "want a report."

True
False

23. I know how to write a paper that adopts a certain position, performs an analysis, or asks me to synthesize my findings in to a written format.

True
False

24. I can plan the flow of a paper or project, including what sections will be needed and how to organize it.

True
False

25. I can easily complete writing assignments and turn them in on time.

True
False

26. I can articulate my thoughts in writing and never get tongue tied when trying to finish a paper.

True
False

27. I normally don't lost points on a writing assignment or essay because the Professor said I didn't actually answer the question or follow the instructions of the task.

True
False

28. I raise my hand in class to ask questions when I do not understand something during lecture or recitation.

True
False

29. I routinely talk with Professors and do not feel intimidated or uncomfortable around them.

True
False

30. I usually talk with Professors about assignments or exams and don't wait until things become a problem.

True
False

31. When I need a lot of help in a subject I will ask the Professor or will use the tutoring/writing center for extra help.

True
False

32. When I need help I know what questions to ask the Professor to get the help I need.

True
False

33. I never avoid talking to a Professor because I feel awkward or embarrassed around them due of my grade.

True
False

34. When I want to talk with a Professor, I know exactly what to discuss and where to begin.

True
False

35. I make strong efforts to be in control of my academic life.

True
False

36. I never avoid checking my grades because I just don't want to know.

True
False

37. I buy my books to have them on the first day of class and do not wait to get them.

True
False

38. I read the course syllabus for each class to see how I will be graded and to find out what tasks will hold the biggest point value for my grade.

True
False

39. I know the expectations and dates of all my exams, due dates for papers and projects, and deadlines for other important assignments.

True
False

40. If a Professor pushes back an exam or paper due date I always check with them to know when the new date will be.

True
False

41. When I get an exam or paper back I talk with the Professor about the points I missed so I can do better next time

True
False

42. When I want non-class activities, I never choose ones that put my studies as a second priority to them.

True
False

43. I don't over-commit my time to extracurricular activities that take up many hours per week.

True
False

44. I almost always make decisions that will ensure that I do best in my school work, like not going out the night before a big exam.

True
False

45. I feel that I use my time well and hardly ever waste time.

True
False

46. I make strong efforts to understand what Professors expect for exams, papers, and other tasks.

True
False

47. I am a very productive person and work every day on course readings, studying, or other work for classes.

True
False

48. I never feel out of control of my academic life to the point where I am worried, anxious, or even lose sleep.

True
False

49. I am always looking ahead for what I must do for classes to make sure I understand requirements for exams, papers, or projects to be turned in.

True
False

50. When the Professor doesn't discuss an upcoming test or paper, I ask them about it and don't wait for them to get around to it.

True
False

51. I've never been a procrastinator, and always get things done no matter what.

True
False

52. I regularly talk with Professors, Advisors, college staff and other students to complete course work, discuss classes, or to address other issues for school.

True
False

53. I know how to keep myself most productive, like using different work locations or other ways that help me to finish work.

True
False

54. I know what will distract me easily, and I avoid those things until my work is done.

True
False

55. I can do equally well in classes that meet three days a week, twice a week, or even just once a week.

True
False

56. I can identify the outside factors that affect my motivation, like being around motivated friends, classmates, or other influences.

True
False

57. I know the times and places where I work best and use them to keep myself productive.

True
False

58. I actively use the library, student center, and other places to put myself in the right mood to get work done.

True
False

59. I have a vision for what I want for the future and I act every day to achieve this.

True
False

60. I feel that I am in the right place at the right time of my life, and being in college is exactly where I should be.

True
False

61. I know what major I want in college and feel happy with that choice.

True
False

62. I am mostly driven by my internal desires for school, not just by external factors like should do's that others set for me.

True
False

63. I have study routines that I've created, like going to the library to work, and would do these regardless of what everyone else was doing.

True
False

64. I am in an environment that makes me feel motivated to achieve and do well in school.

True
False

65. I have been able to get to know Professors, and they recognize me and know my name.

True
False

66. I have made friends on campus and have a good relationship with my classmates.

True
False

67. I like earning good grades and see it as a friendly competition between me, the Professor, and my classmates.

True
False

68. I can earn good grades just working on my own, and don't need constant attention from Professors to work up to my true ability.

True
False

69. I like being prepared for class so that the Professor and my classmates think the best of me.

True
False

70. I believe that if I work hard now that I will reap the benefits later in life.

True
False

71. For good grades I believe that hard work can be even more important than natural intelligence.

True
False

72. I believe that earning a college degree is very important to my future.

True
False

73. I like being around other students, but not at the expense of my course work.

True
False

74. I don't waste time on trivial things, I prefer to read and study instead.

True
False

75. I try my best in all of my classes, regardless of whether I like the Professor or not.

True
False

76. School always comes first with me, not my friends, recreational time, or other things.

True
False

77. I like learning a variety of new skills that I can use in my current and future classes.

True
False

78. I like being a good student and enjoy being in school.

True
False

79. I have a natural intellectual curiosity and enjoy learning, solving complex problems, analyzing ideas, and thinking about theories and concepts.

True
False

80. I always go to class, whether I feel like it or not, and never make excuses to skip class.

True
False

81. I look forward to going to class, learning, participating, and feel that my studies are worthwhile.

True
False

82. I never find myself procrastinating then panicking about work that is not done.

True
False

83. When the pressure is on I don't panic, cave in, avoid work, or give up easily.

True
False

84. I'm not a forgetful, unprepared, disorganized type of person.

True
False

85. If I'm five minutes late for class I will still attend, even if I feel a bit embarrassed walking in late.

True
False

86. Even if I am doing poorly in a class I would not avoid speaking with the Professor because I'm so embarrassed about my grade.

True
False

87. I normally don't find myself doing so poorly in a class that I don't even want to go back, or talk with the Professor about what I can do to improve.

True
False

88. I get myself out of bed on time so I can make it to class without someone having to make sure that I'm up.

True
False

89. I finish the assigned work even if I know that the Professor will not be checking to see if it's done.

True
False

90. I can work independently and never need to be constantly monitored just to get things done.

True
False

91. I can do well in any environment, including those where I don't really know many people.

True
False