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By Tim Callahan
Student Mentor, College of Business
At WGU, each student is assigned a personal faculty member to work with them as a mentor throughout their time at WGU. Additionally, each course has its own course mentors, subject-matter experts who are available to help students get through course material. Advice from your mentors is invaluable as you make your way through your online degree program. But we also want you to benefit from the wisdom of mentors not necessarily assigned to you, so occasionally, The Night Owl features advice from WGU mentors in colleges throughout the university.
My name is Tim Callahan, and I have been a Student Mentor in the College of Business for 3½ years. I have been working in the education field for over 10 years. I have been at an online and physical-campus student, and believe me: I understand how hard it is to work and attend college at the same time. I work here at WGU because I believe it is truly one of the best online universities and has the student's best interest at heart.
As mentors, we have been where you are now. We were students once and had the same trials and challenges you experience as a student. This is why we can relate and help guide you through your program. To start, I want to say congratulations to all of you for taking that step to further your education by earning your bachelor's or master's degree. As you now know, this is not an easy undertaking. But embrace this challenge because it will empower you when you are done.
One of the great things about WGU is that you have the ability to spend more time on a more difficult course and less time on a course when you are already familiar with the material. The question is what you can do to increase your scholastic performance. It comes down to positive core student behaviors.
What are the behaviors that high-performing students tend to have in common?
I know these can sound like generalizations and simplistic, kind of like saying, "You can lose weight by eating better and exercise! It's that easy!" The reality is it is a little harder than that.
Ask yourself if you follow these basic behaviors. If you don't, do you feel like you are behind progress or are you doing fine? What is "doing fine" to you? Do you complete your 12 competency units and more?
Try talking to your mentor about these behaviors on your next call. This can open up a great discussion and shed some light on ways for you to improve your studies here.
Remember we are here to help and support you, and sometimes that means we will point out where you can improve. Accept that advice when it is given because it is not given lightly.
Good luck, and see you at graduation!
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