Kostic's View on MOTIVATION and Success

* Motivational Quotations * Problem Solving * Teaching & Learning PHILOSOPHY

Tips for Learning and Academic Skills Improvement * Some Suggestions for Problem Solving

(!) "I do not want to give you a fish, I want to teach you how to fish!"

It is much more beneficial to understand general concept (theory) than to memorize particular problems. Solving problems should help you better understand theory so that you can then solve any other problem. If we can not solve a problem that "proves" we do not fully understand "theory." The key is UNDERSTANDING, NOT REMEMBERING!

If you think theory is boring, that means you are not truly interested in understanding.

Excitement is a sign of your motivation. The best way to spread excitement to the learners is by the teacher being excited about the subject himself or herself. : "Always try to be the very best that you can be. Learn from others, yes. But don't just try to be better than they are. You have no control over that. Instead try, and try very hard, to be the best that you can be. That you have control over. Maybe you'll be better than someone else and maybe you won't. That part of it will take care of itself." ... “It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.” Coach John Wooden

[A student's comment; Dan, Vince] The best instructor's teaching portfolio and a state-of-the-art laboratory (sometimes gather dust and rust) will mean a little per se for students' learning, if they are not motivated. Having the best exercise book and video DOES NOT mean at all that one will succeed, exercise properly and regularly. What is needed for a success is the MOTIVATION, the conscious and, very importantly, subconscious feel for a need and purpose. Usually an enthusiastic instructor is a better motivator than other learning aids. Wisely using all available resources is the best: in the right proportion/amount, at the right time and place, to the right people, for the right purpose… The magic word is RIGHT and nobody knows what it is, we have to try-and-see, to experiment, and do our best.

The motivation begins with curiosity, self-esteem, being aware of reality, and trust:

To be motivated a student needs answers to the following questions:

The following comments may help in answering the above questions:

* Nothing is as important as we think it is. *

Some motivational Quotations:

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