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GetREAL Strengths Assessment

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The Strengths Assessment will help you to make a plan for your success here at BCC by getting you to think a bit more deeply about the how you approach the challenges of being a college student. Below you will find 10 categories that relate to student success. You will rate yourself on each category by choosing the statement that best matches your circumstances. Please be honest with yourself on these items. Each area matches with specific college success skill or information. You and your GetREAL Advisor will use these results and other information to develop a Plan for Success.

Directions:

  Read the definition for each category and choose the statement in each that best matches your current situation.  Check on the option next to statement you choose.  When you have completed the questionnaire, enter the corresponding number of points from each question in the STRENGTHS ASSESSMENT SCORE grid at the end of this assessment.  Finally, calculate your score and discuss with your advisor.

 

 

1.  Support from Others

The ability to count on others for encouragement or support, when needed, to help me to succeed in college.  This support could be in the form of housing, childcare when in school, childcare when studying for exams and/or verbal encouragement.  This may come from parents, friends, significant others or colleagues. 

 

5.

I have excellent support from others. I have reliable friends and/or family I can always rely on when needed to assist me as I attend college.

 

4.

I generally have good support from others. I have friends and/or family that are sometimes available for me when I need them.

 

3.

I have friends and/or family, but I am unsure of whether or not they can assist me while I attend college.

 

2.

I do not get much support from my friends and/or family regarding school and I need to be successful when I'm here.

 

1.

My friends and/or family do not support my decision to go to college. I have little or no support from family or friends regarding my decision to attend college.

 

2.  Study Habits:

Definition: Good study habits include short, frequent review of any course material (not cramming), good course attendance, attending study groups as needed, setting aside particular dates and times for studying in a quiet, relaxed atmosphere (without distraction or interruption), and allowing enough time to study.

 

5.

I have excellent study habits. I review my course material regularly in an environment that is quiet and relaxing. I set aside particular dates and times to study each week.

 

4.

I have good study habits. I review course material regularly, but could probably do it more often. I set aside particular dates and times for review, but could benefit from a quieter setting

 

3.

I am not sure of my study habits. Sometimes I do well with regular review in a quiet environment, but other times it gets away from me.

 

2.

I do not have very good study habits. I could use some assistance in planning the dates and times for study, and in choosing the appropriate environment.

 

1.

My study habits are poor. I do not review my course material regularly. I do not have a suitable environment available to me.


3.  Test-taking Skills:

Definition: the ability to prepare for and do well on exams, regardless of the type of test (essay, multiple choice, short answer, etc). Good test-taking skills include the ability to use good study habits, and remember what was studied for the exam. It also includes the ability to choose the study material wisely and anticipate what is going to be on the exam.

 

 

5.

I have excellent test-taking skills. I am able to anticipate what is going to b on the exam, and remember what I've studies. I almost always get good grades on tests.

 

4.

 I have good test-taking skills. I get good grades on tests. I can usually guess what's going to be on an exam.

 

3.

I sometimes test well. I tend to guess what is going to be on the test, but I am not always on target. Every once in a while a test will surprise me, and I won't do so well.

 

2.

I do not always test well. I sometimes find myself unprepared for an exam either because I haven't studied or because I studied the wrong material.

 

1.

I have poor test-taking skills. Sometimes I feel like it doesn't matter how long I study for an exam, because what I study never seems to be on the test. I almost always get bad grades on my tests.

       

4.  Time Management:

Definition: the ability to balance the responsibility of work, school and personal life. This also includes the ability to say "no" to offers that would require too much commitment.

 

5.

I manage my time very well. I balance the responsibilities of work, school and family life very well, and am able to say no to a commitment that would be more than I can handle. I can recognize over-commitment before it happens.

 

4.

I manage my time well. I can usually balance work, school and family life and often say no to commitments that would be more than I can handle

 

3.

I have good time management skills sometimes. I sometime find conflicts between work, family life and school and sometimes have difficulty saying no when asked for another commitment. I sometimes have difficulty choosing between all I have to do.

 

2.

I usually do not manage my time well. I often find myself in conflict, wishing I didn't have to choose between all my commitments. I tend to get overwhelmed by all I have to do.

 

1.

 I often do not manage my time well. I am always in conflict and it feels like never choose the right thing top concentrate on. I am

overwhelmed all the time. I find myself trying to catch up at the last minute all the time.

5.  Note-Taking Skills:

Definition: the ability to understand the material presented in class and be able to write down key points to prepare for exams or class.

 

5.

I take excellent notes. I easily understand what is presented to me in class, and can take down notes that make sense to me later when I am preparing for an exam.

 

4.

I take good notes. I understand what I need to write down and do it well. I use my notes for studying for exams and for course review, but they could always use improvement.

 

3.

I am not sure if my notes are good. I do the best I can to capture what is presented in class, and am usually able to write down what I remember. I use my notes to prep for exams, but do not always feel like I capture all that is important in class.

 

2.

I do not take good notes all the time. Sometimes I look at my notes and wonder what they mean. I often feel like I missed the key points of the class that day, but do my best to capture what I can.

 

1.

I do not have good note-taking skills. The entire process seems overwhelming to me. When I look at what I have written down, none of it seems to make any sense. I don't bother to use my notes to prep for exams because they aren't any use to me once the class is over.

6.  Taking Initiative

Definition: the ability to recognize the need for assistance in a particular area and to take action by using the resources available to allow more success in those areas.

 

5.

I easily recognize when I am in need of assistance, and do so  before that becomes a barrier to success.  When I see a need I am quick to find and use the resources I need to be more successful.  If  I am unsure of where to find these resources, I can easily approach someone who knows the answer.

 

4.

I can recognize when I am in need of assistance, but sometimes wish I could see those needs sooner.  When I see an issue, I am quick to find the resources I need to be more successful.  If I am unsure of where to find those resources I can easily approach some who know the answer.

 

3.

 I can usually tell when I am in need of assistance. Sometimes I wait too long or am hesitant to ask for help. Once I ask for the assistance, I follow through.  If I don't know who to approach, sometimes I feel lost.

 

2.

I sometimes do not realize when I am in need of assistance.  I usually wait too long to ask for help.  When I ask for help, sometimes I don't follow through with referrals or resources available to me.

 

1.

I do not take the initiative to ask for assistance when needed, and I do not recognize when that need is there. I am unaware of the resources available to me, and am not interested in hearing about them. I do not follow through with referrals, even when I need them.

 7.  Financial Support:

 Definition: the ability to support oneself while in school. This financial support may come from working, from others as a means of support (housing, paying bills, etc.), or from financial aid while enrolled.

 

5.

I have excellent financial support. I either have a job that allows me to support myself while in school, or have financial aid that assists me while in school. I may also have friends/family that helps me with housing or my bills while I am enrolled. I am confident that this support will remain available to me throughout my enrollment in college.

 

4.

I have good financial support. I either have a job that allows me to support myself or have financial aid that assists me while in school. I may also have friends or family that helps me with housing or my bills.

 

3.

 Although I have some financial support, I wonder every semester if it will be available to me. For now, I have financial aid or a job that helps me pay my bills while in school.

 

2.

I struggle with financial support while in school. My job situation and/or financial aid status is often a problem. I do not always have friends/family that will support me while enrolled in college.

 

1.

I do not have financial aid support. I question whether or not I will be able to remain in college.

 

8.  Planning Skills:

Definition: The ability to establish a goal and break that goal into manageable steps that can be taken to achieve the goal.

 

5.

I have excellent planning skills. I can easily set a goal for myself, break it down into manageable chunks, and follow through with the plan

 

4.

I have good planning skills. It sometimes takes a while to set a goal, but once it is set I can divide it into manageable chunks and act on the plan I set to accomplish this goal. I have good follow through with the plan I put in place, but sometimes I wish that I could arrive at a plan more easily.

 

3.

I am not sure about my planning skills. Sometimes I have a goal in mind, but have some difficulty in breaking that goal down into an action plan. Once the plan is in place, I do follow thorough, but it takes me a while to get there.

 

2.

I struggle with my planning skills. Goals do not come easily to me, so therefore I struggle with developing a plan for completion. I have been able to accomplish goals in the past, but sometimes wonder how I was able to do that.

 

1.

I have poor planning skills. In fact I rarely have a goal in mind, so there is no plan.

9. Motivation:

Definition: the desire to act on a plan or goal or to follow through with a plan; the ability to use the end goal as encouragement to complete required tasks in order to be successful.

 

 

5.

I am extremely motivated. I will do whatever it takes to accomplish my goals. I am excited about the goals I have set for myself.  

 

4.

. I am motivated and excited about the goals I have set for myself.

 

3.

I am usually motivated and sometimes excited about the goals I have set for myself. I can sometimes get distracted from my goals and lose momentum.

 

2.

I am not always motivated. Sometimes I struggle with keeping myself on task and lose momentum easily.

 

1.

I am not motivated, and am not excited about achieving my goals. I am easily distracted, and the slightest setback t back makes me want to give up.

 
10. Transportation
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Definition: the ability to obtain a ride to and from classes on a regular basis.

 

 

5.

I have a reliable means of transportation on a daily basis that will allow me to get to class any time I need.

 

4.

I have reliable means of transportation, but not daily. Once in a while I need to make alternative arrangements, but I am easily able to do so and still be on time.

 

3.

I have adequate transportation, but t is sometimes unreliable. I find myself having to be creative in finding alternative arrangements, but I am not always successful

 

2.

I struggle with finding transportation. I often find myself having to ask or a ride, which doesn't always get me to where I need to be on time. I am often late or unable to attend class.

 

1.

I do not have a reliable means of transportation. If I do find a ride somewhere I am almost always late, or sometimes do not get to where I need to be at all. This is affecting my class attendance (and grades) greatly.


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Please copy your number choices from above next to each category:

 

1. Support from Others

 

 
2. Study Habits

 

 
3. Test taking skills

 

 
4. Time Management

 

 
5. Note-taking

 

 
6. Taking Initiative

 

 
7. Financial Support

 

 
8. Planning Skills

 

 
9. Motivation

 

 
10. Transportation

 

 

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