What is/are your goal(s)? What is the source(s) of motivation for you to achieve each goal? Is the motivation intrinsic, extrinsic, or both? (See the lecture about motivation for definitions of intrinsic and extrinsic.) How will your attitude toward the learning process help or hinder the achievement of each goal? Do you need to make some adjustments? Why or why not? Remember the following when writing your goals:
Is your goal clear? Is it measurable? Is it realistic? After you have drafted your goal paragraphs in the last paragraph of this assignment, you will do the following:
For Online Students: Go to the My Contacts section of the Campus Common to locate the members of your Grad Team. This may include an Admissions Representative, Academic Counselor, and Financial Aid Counselor. Describe the role of each member of your Grad Team and how that person can help you achieve your academic goal. Type your goal statement paragraphs and your Grad Team/Advisor description in an MS Word document. (If you do not have MS Word, write your goal statement in an MS WordPad or Mac TextEdit .rtf file.) Academic Counselor Help Kimberly Martinez Get Academic Information Student Finance Counselor Help Tiffany Maldonado Get Account Information Admissions Representative Help Susan Allen Save your document as M1_A3_Lastname_Firstinitial.doc (or M1_A3_Lastname_Firstinitial.rtf)
2.In this assignment, you will develop a calendar to highlight key dates, deadlines, and nonnegotiable blocks of time—your work and coursework schedule. For inclusion in your calendar, consider the following activities and appointments:
Nonnegotiable dates, such as when your rent or mortgage is due Healthcare appointments Pressing deadlines for work projects Deadlines for class assignments Deadlines for your FAFSA application, if you need financial aid. Refer to Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). (2010). Retrieved from http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/ Dates connected with your income such as paydays at work Family events and appointments Time for sleep, personal hygiene, and relaxation It may take some revisions to come up with the calendar that works best for you, but once completed, it becomes an effective time management tool. In turn, this becomes a vital part of your learning plan.
This assignment has two parts. Complete both parts.
Part I: Develop Calendar for Four Days
The first step in time management is to find out how you actually use your time. This Time Management exercise will help you discover exactly that.
Here’s how the Time Management exercise works. You will track your time for four days using this Microsoft Word template. You will plan each day in advance based on how you think it will turn out. Then you will track what actually happens in your calendar.
Using your notes, itemize your calendar with the events from the four-day period that you were tracking. Please make sure to appropriately label each item. Save this calendar as LastnameFirstInitial_M2_A2_Part1.doc. Part II: Review and Reflection
Refer to the calendar that you completed in Part I. If you have not yet completed this exercise, please do so before continuing with the questions below.
What did you learn about how you actually use time compared to how you planned to use your time? Did you find places where you tend to ineffectively or inefficiently use your time? Did you find some pockets of time that you could use for high priority tasks? What can you do to improve the way you manage your daily tasks? How do you plan to manage your schoolwork along with your other key priorities? After a few days, review the calendar and the goals you developed in Part I of this assignment and respond to the following questions:
Were your daily goals realistic considering the amount of time you gave yourself to fulfill them? Explain your response. If you have revised your initial goals after your review, explain why you think this revision is necessary and how your plans have changed as a result. If you have not revised your goals, consider what factors you may have failed to identify in your initial goal setting activity. Summarize your review in a one- to two-page paper in MS Word format and save it as LastnameFirstInitial_M2_A2_Part2.doc.
3.In addition to time, another resource that demands good management in order to succeed is money. How can you best manage your finances in tough economic times? What do you need to do financially to succeed in school? The bottom line is to be wise when borrowing money. This module will help you develop skills to manage your time and money.
Read the scenario and respond to the following questions:
Jenny has a part-time job and her net take-home income is $2000 per month. She needs to allocate her funds to reflect a balanced monthly budget. Jenny’s main expense categories include rent, utilities, and groceries.
How would Jenny best allocate her income for the month? What categories and in what amounts should Jenny allocate her funds to reflect a balanced monthly budget? Include the main categories as well as examples of other categories. Considering your own monthly budget, what specific behaviors or actions can you take to be more financially responsible and healthy? Do you have good or bad financial habits? You need not provide any specific personal information. Perhaps you could buy fewer pairs of shoes or limit your entertainment budget, or perhaps you’ve devised clever ways to save money that you can share.
Write your initial response in one to two paragraphs