Maintaining effort in spite of challenges
College is not going to be easy. There will likely be many times when a course challenges you with concepts you’ve never encountered before. Managing a schedule that could include courses, work, and lots of other things will be a significant challenge. This is completely ok! Every student deals with these issues at one point or another.
What is vitally important is how you respond in those situations. Maintaining your effort and commitment to your goals will be an immense help, as will other factors discussed on this assessment (such as reaching out for help). While there are many resources that can help you in these difficult times, what’s most important is that you keep pushing forward toward your goals.
Our greatest weakness lies in giving up.
The most certain way to succeed is to always try just one more time.
How can I improve my Persistence?
Resources at Montclair State
CAST offers tutoring services, supplemental instruction, workshops (including how-to guides to navigate online platforms and courses), access to online course support (navigate online platforms, tips for succeeding in an online course, internet and hotspot access), and links to external supplemental instructional materials.
Office for Social Justice and Diversity includes centers for LGBTQ+, multicultural, women, and faith communities.
Academic Advising helps students create a personalized approach that will help them achieve their personal and academic goals.
CAPS provides free, voluntary services to all students including short term individual counseling, a variety of weekly therapy and support groups, consultations, psychiatry services and referral assistance to providers off-campus.
Career Services assist students with all aspects of their professional development from resume writing to helping students explore career paths that align with their interests, values, and goals. Career Services provide self-assessments, access to Handshake (job and internship search portal), workshops, and opportunities to network with hiring employers seeking to fill jobs and internships.
Center for Writing Excellence (CWE) offers in-person and online appointments for every type of writing, workshops, and various online resources. The CWE fosters confidence, independence, and self-efficacy with short- and long-term goals.
StudentLingo is an on-demand workshop resource for students in over 50 college-related success topics. Each workshop is 10-20 minutes long, presented by diverse professionals in the field and comes with activities and additional resources. StudentLingo will be available for free through June 2024. If you have any concerns about your study habits, reading strategies, transitioning to college, or are interested in attending a live CAST workshop, consider StudentLingo.
TutorLingo is an on-demand workshop resource focused on academic support-related topics. These presentations are 30 minutes to an hour on average. Whether you are a tutor or not, you can benefit from the content as a student.
When we run into challenges, it can be helpful to remind ourselves of our values - what’s centrally important to us as individuals. Try one of the values exercises below to create a list of your own values:
Focus-2 is a self-paced, online career and education planning tool designed to help you make decisions about career goals and education plans.