success strategies paper

Purpose:

Nursing requires the nurse to have knowledge, clinical reasoning, and creativity. The process of acquiring these skills starts in your nursing program and is a life-long process. Success as a nursing student is dependent on the students maximizing their strengths and improving upon their weaknesses. This assignment is designed for the student to examine his/her strengths and weaknesses and reflect on strategies employed for success. (CLO 7)

Guidelines:

1. The paper is composed of the following sections:

Title page

Introduction

Strengths, weaknesses, and study strategies reflection

Strategy analysis

Conclusion

Reference page

2. Utilize APA formatting and style throughout the paper.

3. The final paper scoring will be based on the rubric.

4. A minimum of 2 valid sources must be used. Valid and reliable sources for this assignment are journal

based literature and valid and reliable websites. A minimum of 1 source must be a journal article. Sources

such as textbooks, Wikipedia, and a dictionary are not acceptable as the 2 minimum resources.

5. The ideas expressed should be supported with the literature.

6. The paper should be 2 to 3 pages in length.

7. See the Course Schedule (Appendix A) for the due date of the paper.

8. The paper should be submitted to OWL prior to submission.

9. A librarian should be consulted with any difficulties finding or retrieving articles.

Process:

1. Review the literature related to learning styles, student success, and study strategies.

2. Evaluate yourself in the following areas:

• Test-taking

• Listening

• Memory

• Reading

• Writing

• Note-taking

• Library research

• Studying

• Problem solving

• Decision making

• Strategic planning

• Learning style(s)

• Time management

• Goal-setting

• Prioritizing

3. Based on reflection of the above listed areas, complete a SWOT analysis (strengths, weaknesses,

opportunities, and threats). The SWOT analysis can be done on the template found on the following page.

Include the SWOT table with your submission.

4. Based on reflection of the above topics, select one or three areas that you feel you feel are your areas that you most need to improve on to ensure success in the BSN program and identify strategies you may use.

to improve upon the identified areas of weakness.

5. Reflect on a new strategy that you plan to utilize this semester in your courses. Describe how you will go about implementing the strategy.

SWOT Analysis Worksheet

Strengths

• Academically, what do you do well?

• What resources can you use to be academically successful?

• What do others see as your academic strengths?

Weaknesses

• What could you do to improve your academic success?

• What resources do you feel you are lacking to be academically successful?

• What are others likely to see as academic weaknesses?

Opportunities

• What opportunities are open to you for academic success?

• What trends can you take advantage of contributed to your academic success?

• How can you turn your strengths into academic opportunity?

Threats

• What threats could harm your academic success?

• What are the barriers to your academic success?

• What threats to your weaknesses expose you to that could prevent academic success?

*The SWOT analysis is adapted from SWOT Analysis Worksheet by MindTools. Retrieved from

file:///C:/Users/lrstutte/Downloads/SWOTAnalysisWorksheet%20(2).pdf

Success Strategies Paper Grading Rubric

Ideas and ConceptsExpressed

10 pts

Ideas clearly and accurately expressed with a full explanation of all ideas and concepts of success strategies; writing commands attention

8 – 9 pts

Well-written; major ideas and concepts included; understandable and clearly expressed; information accurate

6 – 7 pts

Key ideas and concepts explained with a few areas of vagueness; writing lacks enthusiasm

4 – 5 pts

Explanation of key ideas and concepts generally lacks clarity; minimal key concepts and ideas identified

2 – 3 pts

Ideas and concepts minimally explained or not explained; minimal or no relationship to literature and or educational material

1 pts

Turned in the assignment

Organization of Paper

5pts

Well organized; logical flow of ideas and concepts, using transitions well; all components included

4pts

Organized; logical flow of ideas; lacks transitional sentences; all components included

3 pts

Organized with a few areas of non-logical flow of ideas and concepts; all components included

2pts

Organization fragmented; missing 1 component

1pts

Lack of organization; multiple components missing

Critical Thinking

10 pts

Thoughts, ideas, and opinions, as described in each section of the paper, are clearly identified, thoroughly analyzed, and supported with literature

8 – 9pts

Thoughts, ideas, and opinions, as described in each section of the paper, are identified, analyzed, and supported with literature

6 – 7 pts

Thoughts, ideas, and opinions, as described in each section of the paper, are generally stated, with limited analysis, and weakly supported by literature

4 – 5pts

Thoughts, ideas, and opinions, as described in each section of the paper, are vague and weakly supported by literature

2 – 3pts

Minimal inclusion of thoughts, ideas; opinions, as described in each section of the paper, is not supported with literature

1 pts

No inclusion of own thoughts or ideas; not supported with literature

Literature

5 pts

Minimum required sources of literature related to topic; valid and reliable website used; HON criteria used

4 pts

Minimum sources used but not all acceptable sources (for example textbooks, Wikipedia, dictionary, etc.); HON criteria used

3 pts

Minimum required sources used; but not all related to topic; HON criteria not used

2 pts

Less than minimum sources used but related to topic

1 pts

Less than minimum sources used and or not related to topic

Grammar, Spelling, Sentence Structure

5 pts

No errors

4 pts

One error in grammar, spelling, or sentence structure

3 pts

Two errors in grammar, spelling, or sentence structure

2 pts

Consistently making same error or one or two errors of different types in grammar, spelling, or sentence structure

1 pts

Consistently making multiple errors of different types in grammar, spelling, or sentence structure

APA Documentation – Citation in Body of Paper

5 pts

No errors in APA documentation

4 pts

One or two errors in APA documentation

3 pts

Consistently making same error or making 1 or 2 errors of different types

2 pts

Making multiple errors of different types

1 pts

Using APA inconsistently

APA Formatting – Margins, Spacing, Page Number, Font, Font Size, Running Head, Title Page

5 pts

No errors in APA formatting

4 pts

One or two errors in APA formatting

3 pts

Consistently making same error or making 1 or 2 errors of different types

2 pts

Making multiple errors of different types

1 pts

Using APA formatting inconsistently

Bibliography/Reference Page/Appendix Correct APA Format

5 pts

No errors in APA format

4 pts

One or two errors in APA format

3 pts

Consistently making same error or 1 or 2 errors of different types

2 pts

Consistently making multiple errors

1 pts

Using APA format inconsistently

 
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