Learn About Yourself


From Strategy 1 in the book College Smart


Okay. Use three words to complete this phrase: My mind is like a ___________________.

  1. __________________________
  2. __________________________
  3. __________________________

When I ask students to do this, the words students usually give me tend to fit into these two categories:


• Box
• Suitcase
• Closet


• Computer
• Tree
• Engine

Do you see that Group A thinks of their minds simply as containers? Group B sees their minds in a more complex way, working and dynamic, and in the case of the tree: a growing thing. You want to be in Group B.