Universidad Complutense de Madrid (SPAIN)
About this paper:
Appears in: EDULEARN12 Proceedings
Publication year: 2012
Page: 1354 (abstract only)
ISBN: 978-84-695-3491-5
ISSN: 2340-1117
Conference name: 4th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Dates: 2-4 July, 2012
Location: Barcelona, Spain
It is important that every student knows of the basics of being a good student. Moreover these skills also can be carried out to many other aspects of life. The qualities of the student are of great impact to determine the student's bright future and career. The qualities of a good student could be: the attitude: ability and willingness to learn; academic skills: ability to read comprehensively, to write effectively, to speak fluently, and to communicate clearly are the key areas in which a student must be proficient. Having a good command in all these areas will make a student shine in the class. Ability is the quality to apply the results of his or her learning in to a creative way and achieve the goals. Perceptiveness contributes to the interpretation and perception meanings from a conversation. A good student always perceives right meaning from conversations. Self-discipline, the discipline in managing the time is an important factor that every good student must possess. Understanding consists in the resolution of doubts asking about them. It is essential for a good student to understand the concepts. For getting these objectives it is important the motivation, we must discover what motivates students from one to one. You must look within yourself to discover a reason for becoming a better student. Once you discover your motivation, you will have taken the first step. In this step the concentration plays a big role in motivation. After eagerness comes concentration on studies. Someone may think that motivation is all that one requires becoming a good student, but it is not so easy. It can take a long time for some people to learn how to properly concentrate in a given environment, undisputable it will come with time and practice. The most important point to get a good concentration is the motivation. We must make an effort to find what the motivations of the students are. To keep your students motivated the teacher must try to find different ways of teaching. For example, students should have an opportunity to move around the room, work in groups, share ideas, and so on; create a positive classroom and an atmosphere of high expectations, offer incentives for completed work, class goals, etc. In the subject of toxicology in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine there are about 250 students which is a handicap to carry out these activities. We established different groups of 30 students per group in order to give the students the possibility to face with practical problems, examples related to the subject, seminaries to stimulate the participation of students and then to develop learning abilities different from the traditional method. Other strategy could be to give a frequent feedback to the students to feel self-confident. We include optional units in the course to increase the difficulty of the material which contributes to the students achieve their own goals. However, if you implement these strategies and create the sort of environment that motivates students, you will ultimately be able to look back and be amazed at what your students were indeed capable of learning.