Continuing Academic Success

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CONTINUING ACADEMIC SUCCESS Deborah Bevil GEN/201 August 11, 2014 Denise Finney CONTINUING ACADEMIC SUCCESS I find it necessary to take certain steps and use a combination of skills to be successful in continuing my education. In this essay, I will describe the steps and skills I deem important for continuing academic success. Setting a goal is an initial step towards succeeding academically. According to Morisano, Hirsh, Peterson, Pihl, and Shore (2010), failure to have clear goals has led to students dropping out of college. When I use myself as an example, I find this highly possible. For instance, if I start out on a trip and I am not sure of where I am going, I am destined to turn around and go home. With no set destination…show more content…
Possessing these skills, allows me to effectively communicate with my instructors, classmates, and employer. Being able to convey ideas effectively can lead to good grades in class or a promotion on a job. It can also lead to employment with a prospective employer. The University of Phoenix offers resources, such as the Center for Writing Excellence, with tutorials and guides that will strengthen my skills needed to write essays, term papers, and research papers. The University of Phoenix also offers student workshops in different areas of…show more content…
The information I learned from completing the Ethical Lens Inventory showed me how to make decisions that are ethically mature. These ethically mature decisions are necessary in pursuing academic integrity. Academic integrity includes being honest, not cheating, and citing properly. As stated by Aaron and Roche (2013), “Cheating related to assignments can range from copying one answer to submitting an entire assignment taken from another source.” (p. 168) By being honest, I resist the temptation to take shortcuts and steal other people’s ideas. According to my instructor, Denise Finney, cheating causes one to miss learning valuable information. (Finney, 2014) By performing my own research, I will learn about various topics in my field of study. When I complete my own assignments, I display what I have learned and am allowed the opportunity for valuable feedback. When I write my own papers, I am conveying my ideas. When I cite properly, I give credit to the author or source for information I use to support my ideas. My decision not to cheat or plagiarize shows academic

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