The students completed a written feedback form (in addition to the pre and post assessments) at the conclusion of the lessons. 82% of those feedback forms were positive.
Some comments made by students at the conclusion of the lessons:
-"One positive thing about the Think Smart lesson[s], it gets your brain working and thinking."
-"They were helpful in making people think about themselves and what they are doing."
-"One positive thing about the Think Smart lessons would be that it keeps track of how you did on previous days and you can compare and see what or how one day you did well and one day you did badly..."
-"It helped me to think about what I am doing"
-"You get ideas of doing better not only in school but for outside of school too."
-"The lessons helped me see things from a different point of view."
-"[The lessons] made me more aware of my time management."
-"It helped me think before I act."
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“I have learned that having sustained attention will help you get through things very quickly. When I have a goal for the week it will motivate me to do the activities very quickly.”
“Things that don’t work for me are listening to music while working. I also don’t usually read the instructions. Also, having someone I know in class would make me fall behind because instead of doing my work I chose to chat with them.”
“The strategies I will use are to read before I proceed to the next thing and to not give up and be independent.”
“I have to be persistent with the things I do, because it might not work for the first time I do it, but it will eventually work if I try.”
“When I take my next science class I will use some of the strategies talked about since with start of the course, like focus. I have to focus in everything I do, because little mistakes in the experiment can ruin everything and I will have to redo it. Another one is planning. I have to make a plan in the things I will do in class. I have to set a goal for the day and succeed in it.”
“Sure I’m easily distracted and there are days that are better and days that aren’t where I get distracted with my phone but I learned that whatever I’m doing on my phone isn’t that important it’s not as if my texts will run away. Overall I learned to avoid any distractions around me and do what needs to be done to complete the course. I learned that it isn’t a race on who finished the class fastest.”
“I would take all the plans and strategies that I learned to do well and take it with me to other classes, so it could help me learn better. Think about the question twice before asking just in case it is not the right one. Think about a plan that I will be using every day to do my work. Maintain attention on my work to get it done.”
“I feel as that this class and the extra “think smart” challenges have helped me be a better evaluator of my work. They made me realize how strong of a weapon the mind can be. I’ve always known there was a chance of improvement if you wanted it, but I found myself more driven by the lessons learned in the class.”
“This class also helped me to be brave and not to fear any class or obstacle during my education. Each “phrase of the week” that was discussed in class helped me to become better. Many students look at that as a stupid thing, but you don’t realize how helpful it could be until you get to a point where you need those tips.”