ON COURSE

choices
The quality of our lives is determined by the quality of______ we make on a daily basis.
success
When we choose positive beliefs, these lead to positive behaviors. Positive behaviors often lead to positive results that reinforce our positive beliefs, and the cycle begins anew. This sequence is described as the cycle of _______.
journal
A time-tested tool for designing the life you want to lead is a ________, a written record of your thoughts and feelings about your past, present, and future.
True
People who are strong in the eight qualities shown in the On Course self-assessment tend to make wiser choices at forks in the road than do people who are weak in these qualities. TRUE FALSE
dive deep
Five suggestions to help you create a meaningful journal are (1) be spontaneous; (2) write for yourself; (3) be honest; (4) be creative; and (5) ________.
True
To excel as a learner, you need to create as many strong neural networks (connections) in your brain as possible. TRUE FALSE
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A. participate actively in
In order to create strong neural networks (connections) in your brain, you’ve got to __________ the learning process.
A. participate actively in
B. read about
C. remember
D. listen to a lecture about
False
Brain research reveals that when you connect what you are learning now to previously stored information (e.g., already formed neural networks), you learn the information or skill more slowly
and less deeply. TRUE FALSE
D. frequent sessions distributed over time using a variety of deep processing strategies
The human brain learns best when learning efforts are done in…
A. one long marathon session, using one method of deep processing
B. frequent sessions distributed over time using one method of deep processing
C. one long marathon session using a variety of deep processing strategies
D. frequent sessions distributed over time using a variety of deep processing strategies
Evaluate
The four components of the CORE Learning System are Collect, Organize, Rehearse, and
__________.
True
The soft skills you’ll learn in On Course are ideal for succeeding in both college and your career.
TRUE FALSE
True
Soft skills may be the skills that determine whether you will keep a job or lose it. TRUE FALSE
False
According to the SCANS report, hard skills are enough to help you get the job of your dreams and
keep it. TRUE FALSE
B. 25
About what percent of workers today are in jobs that did not exist a few decades ago?
A. 10
B. 25
C. 50
D. 75
A. essential for work world success
According to the SCANS report, employers consider soft skills, like those taught in On Course, to be
_________________.
A. essential for work world success
B.. a nice complement to the truly important hard skills
C.. unnecessary for continued job success
D. a thing of the past—no one worries about those any longer
False (reputation with ourselves)
Self-esteem is the reputation we have with others. TRUE FALSE
True
Self-esteem is strengthened by increased self-acceptance. TRUE FALSE
B. we can now begin to strengthen the things about ourselves that can be changed
Accepting our weaknesses means ________.
A. we are content to stay as we are
B. we can now begin to strengthen the things about ourselves that can be changed
C. we are weak
F. do all of the above
Successful people are usually willing to ________.
A. admit their personal weaknesses
B. set a goal to change
C. manage their actions to bring about change
D. look at feedback about their efforts to change
E. have the courage to change
F. do all of the above
False (We can learn higher self-esteem just as we learned lower self-esteem.)
We are born with a certain level of self-esteem, and it remains that way throughout our life.
TRUE FALSE
True
The college catalog, available in the Registrar’s office, is your best source of information about your
college’s general education requirements. TRUE FALSE
False
Your college course load is determined by your GPA at the end of the semester. TRUE FALSE
True
The course syllabus given to you by your instructor is a contract for that class. TRUE FALSE
B. The college catalogue
As you prepare to cross the border into college, you can use resources to assist you with your
journey. Even before you begin classes, you can check out the lay of the land. Which of these sources provides the most reliable information about your college prior to the first day of classes?

A. Your brother’s girlfriend
B. The college catalogue
C. Your college roommate, who has attended four other institutions
D. The members of your college social networking site

D. All of the above
You are taking 15 credit hours in the spring semester at your college. Last semester, you successfully completed nine credit hours with two “C’s” and a “B.” However, you stopped
attending six hours (two 3-credit courses) and did not officially withdraw. Which of the following
statements is true of you?

A. You have two “F’s” on your transcript from the last semester.
B. You are currently enrolled in a “full class load.”
C. Your GPA is below a 2.0.
D. All of the above

A. creators
When people create the best life possible given their circumstances, they are acting as ________.
A. creators
B. victims
C. students
D. All of the above
B. victims
When people allow life to happen to them, they are acting as ________.
A. creators
B. victims
C. students
D. None of the above
D. All of the above
When we respond to a stimulus as a Creator we are most likely to ___________.
A. seek solutions
B. take an action
C. try something new
D. All of the above
D. All of the above
When we respond to a stimulus as a Victim, we are most likely to _______.
A. blame
B. complain
C. excuse
D. All of the above
True
The key ingredient of personal responsibility is choice. TRUE FALSE
B. Defender
“I failed because my instructor is terrible” is something that would probably be said by your Inner
________.
A. Critic
B. Defender
C. Guide
D. Creator
A. Critic
“I’m so stupid, it’s no surprise I failed math” is something that would probably be said by your Inner
________.
A. Critic
B. Defender
C. Guide
D. Creator
False (Creator)
When you hear Ownership and an Action Plan, you know you are talking to a Victim. TRUE
FALSE
C. Guide
“I was late because I chose to sleep thirty minutes later this morning” is something that would
probably be said by your Inner ________.
A. Critic
B. Defender
C. Guide
D. Victim
A. Critic
“I don’t think I’m smart enough to make it in college” is something that would probably be said by
your Inner ________.
A. Critic
B. Defender
C. Guide
D. Creator
True
What we will experience in five or ten years is greatly affected by the choices we make from here on. TRUE FALSE
FALSE (Your Inner Guide will best help you define your present
situation.)
Your Inner Defender will be of great help as you take the first step of the Wise-Choice Process, which is objectively identifying “What’s my situation?” TRUE FALSE
D. As many as possible
In Step 4 of the Wise-Choice Process, the ideal is to come up with how many possible choices?
A. One
B. Two
C. Three
D. As many as possible
True
If you can’t predict the outcome of one of your possible choices, you should stop and gather more
information before making any decisions. TRUE FALSE
True
After implementing your plan, the final step of the Wise-Choice Process is to evaluate the success of
your plan. One good way to do this is to compare your new situation with how you would like it to
be (as you defined in Step 2). TRUE FALSE
True
As long as I believe my career success belongs to someone else (like “lousy” bosses), I’m being a
Victim, and my success is unlikely. TRUE FALSE
True
Creators know that the foundation of success at work (as in college) is accepting this truth: By our
choices, we are each the primary creators of the outcomes and experiences of our lives. TRUE
FALSE
True
Victims usually don’t explore their career options thoroughly or match career requirements with their
own talents and interests, and they make uninformed choices. TRUE FALSE
D. All of the above
What are the advantages of being a Creator in the workplace?
A. Creators bring a positive and productive attitude to the workplace.
B. Absenteeism and poor working habits are not problems for Creators.
C. These employees get the job and then excel at the job.
D. All of the above
E. None of the above
A. planning your career path to keep your options open and your progress unobstructed
Taking responsibility for your work life means _________________________.
A. planning your career path to keep your options open and your progress unobstructed
B. reacting emotionally to disappointments on the job
C. placing responsibility for obstacles on those who are creating them (bosses, coworkers, “the man”)
D. running with the immediate opportunities that face you, so you won’t miss out on them
B. Beliefs
According to psychologist Albert Ellis, the following formula explains why people respond
differently to the same event: A + B = C. In this formula, “A” stands for the Activating event, and
“C” stands for the Consequence (how we feel about the activating event). What does “B” stand for?
A. Behaviors
B. Beliefs
C. Brains
D. Brawn
Critic
“I’m stupid” is a typical comment made by an Inner ________.
Defender
“He’s stupid” is a typical comment made by an Inner ________.
C. Inner Guide
Disputing irrational beliefs is best done by the ________.
A. Inner Critic
B. Inner Defender
C. Inner Guide
D. Inner Tube
True
Being able to dispute irrational beliefs will help your self-esteem to grow. TRUE FALSE
True
Reading is one of the most important ways of Collecting knowledge; Collecting knowledge is the
first step in the CORE Learning System. TRUE FALSE
True
Active reading is characterized by intense mental engagement that leads to significant neural activity
in the brain, assists deep and lasting learning, and leads to high grades. TRUE FALSE
False
When reading actively, the most significant information in the reading is in the Supporting Details.
TRUE FALSE
True
Good readers don’t read words; they read ideas, and ideas are found in chunks (groups of words).
TRUE FALSE
False
Effective highlighting will result in 40 to 50% of a paragraph being marked for review. TRUE
FALSE
motivation
In two major surveys, college and university educators identified lack of ____________ as the
number one barrier to student success.
C. 33
According to American College Testing (ACT), in public four-year colleges in the United States
about ______ percent of students fail to return for their second year.
A. 10
B. 20
C. 33
D. 50
D. 50
According to American College Testing (ACT), in public two-year colleges in the United States
about ______ percent of students fail to return for their second year.
A. 10
B. 20
C. 33
D. 50
D. Expectation
In the formula V x E = Motivation, the letter E stands for ________.
A. Energy
B. Effort
C. Evidence
D. Expectation
B. $900,000
According to recent U.S. Census Bureau data, how much more do Americans with a four-year
college degree earn in their lifetime, on average, than people with a high school degree?
A. $400,000
B. $900,000
C. $1,600,000
D. $2,100,000
True
According to psychologist Brian Tracy, many people resist setting life goals because they don’t
know how. TRUE FALSE
time
A “life role” is an activity to which we regularly devote large amounts of ______ and energy.
goals
The DAPPS Rule is an acronym, a memory device to assist us in remembering the five qualities of
an effective ________.
Specific
The five letters in DAPPS stand for Dated, Achievable, Personal, Positive, and ________. [Capitalize
the word]
C. Achieve a grade point average of 3.5 or better this semester.
Which of the following is the most effective goal, according to the DAPPS Rule?
A. Do well academically this semester.
B. Work hard to get good grades.
C. Achieve a grade point average of 3.5 or better this semester.
D. Have more fun.
commitment
A _________ is an unbending intention, a single-mindedness of purpose that promises to overcome
all obstacles regardless of how you may feel at any particular moment.
method
When it comes to accomplishing goals and dreams, commitment creates _________.
FALSE
Because of his commitment to return to Hawaii to visit his new girl friend, the author earned money
for the trip by selling magazine subscriptions door to door. TRUE FALSE
TRUE
Cathy Turner used visualizations to help her win two Olympic gold medals in speed skating. TRUE
FALSE
E. Listening to your favorite music
Which of the following is NOT a key to effective visualizing?
A. Relaxing
B. Using present tense verbs
C. Being specific
D. Feeling your feelings
E. Listening to your favorite music
FALSE
Designing my career path has nothing to do with writing goals. TRUE FALSE
FALSE
A motivating career goal need not have the DAPPS qualities. TRUE FALSE
FALSE
To stay self-motivated, you’ll want to match your career choice and college major with your parents’
recommendations and desired income level. TRUE FALSE
A. will continue to find self-motivating strategies helpful
Once you have begun your career, you ____________________________________.
A. will continue to find self-motivating strategies helpful
B. will no longer need to use your Life Plan (you’ve arrived)
C. will never be asked to set goals or create work plans
D. All of the above
E. None of the above
C. the next logical step on the path to their career goals
Some of the most motivated students we see in college are those who view college as
______________________________.
A. an easy way to fill the time until they determine what they “really” want to do
B. the way to win the heart of someone they love
C. the next logical step on the path to their career goals
D. a way to win their parents’ approval
FALSE
As adults, we must depend on others to tell us what we should believe about
ourselves. TRUE FALSE
affirmation
A personal ________ is a statement about ourselves in which we claim our desired qualities as if we
already had them in abundance
truth
If your affirmation seems like a lie, remind yourself that when you say your affirmation, you are
prematurely telling the ___________.
B. Listen to your Inner Critic
If you want to strengthen your affirmation, which of the following would you NOT do?
A. Realize that you already possess the qualities you desire
B. Listen to your Inner Critic
C. Repeat your affirmation over and over as a reminder
D. Make choices consistent with your affirmation qualities
A. Criticize other people before they criticize you
If you want to further strengthen your affirmation, which of the following would you NOT do?
A. Criticize other people before they criticize you
B. Be careful about the words you use to describe yourself
C. Say your affirmation when life tests you and then act consistently with your affirmation qualities
D. Record your affirmation on a 3-minute loop tape and listen to it often
TRUE
In the pursuit of a 4-year degree, students spend nearly 400 hours in a formal classroom. TRUE
FALSE
FALSE
The goal of taking notes is to get down “everything that the instructor says.” TRUE FALSE
TRUE
Victims allow wandering thoughts to sabotage their learning. TRUE FALSE
B. 11 percent
In a study by Kiewra, it was found that lecture notes taken by first-year students contain, on average,
only _______________of the critical ideas presented during a class.
A. four or five
B. 11 percent
C. 75 percent
D. half
E. the first and last
D. All of the above
When taking notes in the class of a speed-talker, what can you do to be a speed-note-taker?
A. Condense: listen for a minute, note the key concept or main idea, then paraphrase in your own
words
B. Leave blank spaces for missed material—you can get with a classmate after class to fill in the
blanks
C. Create your own personal shorthand–use a system of abbreviations
D. All of the above
E. None of the above