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Achieving Academic Success

According to the StrengthsQuest book by Donald Clifton Ph.D., Edward “Chip” Anderson Ph.D.,  and Laurie Schreiner Ph.D., they suggest the following to develop your academic strengths in college:

  1.  Define college success in terms of maximizing your talents through strengths development.  Defining your college success in terms of identifying and building upon your greatest talents  emphasizes building yourself into a person of excellence.
  2. Select classes on the basis of your talents and strengths.  By asking yourself (a) Which of my talents will I be able to apply in the class? and (b)  What strengths will this class help me create?
  3. Consider your talents when selecting extracurricular activities.  Seek opportunities to build on your talents in strengths development such as forming relationships with professors and students who share your talents.
  4. Choose your college jobs by considering the opportunities they provide to develop strengths by following your talents.  Employment during college presents opportunities to build on your talents.

For a brief description on how to apply your specific talents in careers the 34 Themes of Talent are listed here.


For more in–depth information about strategies to apply each of your talents  in various aspects of your academic life, you can go to the StrengthsQuest website, and by the  REPORTS arrow, click on Apply and then the Student Action Items and each of your talents will be listed as to General Academic Life, Class Selection and Study Techniques.