Summary: Student Self-Assessment For Academic Underperformance®


Student Self-Assessment For Academic Underperformance®

  • 115 True/False Questions, 15-20 minute online administration. Provides answer explanations and a downloadable PDF that students can keep and share with Advisors, Instructors of Study Skills classes, Counselors, or others.
  • Quickly identifies both common and unexpected issues contributing to why a student is working below their potential in college academics.
  • Includes common issues such as study habits, time management, disorganization, seeking help, inconsistent attendance, over-involvement in extracurricular activities, and others.
  • Covers real-life hidden issues such as feeling anxious about grades, low motivation due to choice not having a major, underestimating how much time to study, avoiding Professors due to feeling embarrassed about grades, and others.
  • Gives answer explanations about how High Performing (high achieving) students and Underperforming students handle a specific topic.
  • Questions were reviewed by real-life students (and their input incorporated for question topics).

Professionals:  How To Use The Self-Assessment

  • Assessment asks “are you acting like a High Performing student?” to match the student’s current actions and perspectives against the positive ones used by top students to do well in college academics.  All answers are keyed “true” toward positive factors.
  • Correct answers suggest strengths, while incorrect answers suggest potential problems to be discussed with them.  An item-analysis of incorrect questions can be used by Advisors, Retention Specialists, Therapists, Psychologists or others to quickly identify problem areas.

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Incorrect Answers Can Signal Problem Areas

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  • Asks questions across six major domains regarding academic skills, their approach to their academic studies, their personal tendencies, motivation, as well as issues that are specific to academically “Underperforming” students. Meant to identify the presence of common problems, less common ones, and unexpected issues that are unique to Underperforming students:

Common Issues:

  • Inconsistent class attendance

  • Falls behind in the assigned work

  • Procrastination

  • Being reluctant to ask for help

  • Ineffective time usage

  • Being disorganized

  • Not avoiding distractions

  • Over-involvement in extracurricular activities

  • Poor study efforts

  • Poor time management

  • Many more

Hidden Issues:

  • Feeling anxious or worried about grades

  • Being secretive about grades, concealing them from parents and friends

  • Studying only course notes for exams and ignoring assigned texts or readings

  • Having problems with writing assignments in general

  • Not knowing how many hours of work they should be doing outside of class

  • Motivation affected by being unsure of a major or other factors

  • No clear goals or being unsure of why they are in college

  • Low level or no rapport with their Professors

  • Not approaching Professors for help due to feeling intimated by them

  • Many more

Issues Specific To Underperforming Students:

  • Being unable to formulate questions when they do want to ask for help.

  • Poor scores on writing assignments because they didn’t answer the question

  • Having difficulty dealing with open-ended assignments

  • Finishing homework or an assignment but not turning it in because feel they self-conscious about it

  • Needing to be constantly monitored in order to work up to their academic ability

  • Can’t keep up when taking notes in class

  • Not knowing “how to learn” on their own

  • Feeling so self-conscious they won’t raise hand to speak during lecture.

  • Won’t speak with or avoids a Professor because they feel embarrassed about their bad class grade.

  • Being in a “downward spiral” with classes

  • Feeling constantly stressed out and unhappy because of their grades

  • Many more