Testimonials along with blog posts and chat sessions and the forming of bonds with students who have had positive experiences will be the sum of the whole for our program!
Another way of creating and strengthening self-beliefs of efficacy is through the vicarious experiences provided by social models. Seeing people similar to oneself succeed by sustained effort raises observers’ beliefs that they too possess the capabilities master comparable activities to succeed.
The impact of modeling on perceived self-efficacy is strongly influenced by perceived similarity to the models. The greater the assumed similarity the more persuasive are the models’ successes and failures. If people see the models as very
different from themselves their perceived self-efficacy is not much influenced by
the models’ behavior and the results its produces.
Modeling influences do more than provide a social standard against which to judge one’s own capabilities. People seek proficient models who possess the competencies to which they aspire. Through their behavior and expressed ways of thinking, competent models transmit knowledge and teach observers effective skills and strategies for managing environmental demands. Acquisition of better means raises perceived self-efficacy.
Social persuasion is a third way of strengthening people’s beliefs that they have what it takes to succeed.
People who are persuaded verbally that they possess the capabilities to master given activities are likely to mobilize greater effort and sustain it than if they harbor self-doubts and dwell on personal deficiencies when problems arise.
To the extent that persuasive boosts in perceived self-efficacy lead people to try hard enough to succeed, they promote development of skills and a sense of personal efficacy.
It is more difficult to instill high beliefs of personal efficacy by social persuasion alone than to undermine it. Unrealistic boosts in efficacy are quickly disconfirmed by disappointing results of one’s efforts.
But people who have been persuaded that they lack capabilities tend to avoid challenging activities that cultivate potentialities and give up quickly in the face of difficulties. By constricting activities and undermining motivation, disbelief in one’s capabilities creates its own behavioral validation.
Testimonials are an important part of the role of self-efficacy discussed and maintained throughout this program. It is the modeling of behavior that B.F. Skinner, Albert Bandura, and many other accredited Psychologists of our era profess to be of high value.
Students that have participated in the Worldwide Education prior Audio tape outreach program are encouraged to write a testimonial concerning their experience with the product.
Student/Members will have an opportunity to submit testimonials on the website and will receive points toward award levels for doing so.
Those chosen by the Studying Me Board of Directors will receive additional points. Students are encouraged to track grade results demonstrating improved performance from using the program.
“Testimonial Provider” designation shows up in their label and as ‘taggable’ item in keywords for chat sessions or populating member groups for contact among members to share experiences with one another and aide in improved performance.
This allows groups to be formed to assist one another with overcoming certain obstacles by sharing practices that did and or those that did not prove to be successful.
The beauty of this portion of the website is that it this is a manner in which positive behavior can be modeled. Knowing that others are able to improve their test taking ability by using the Audio Recordings improves ones self-efficacy. It allows student members to see that others are making this work for themselves and may conclude that this will be able to work for them as well.
Motivation based on goals or personal standards is governed by three types of self influences. They include self-satisfying and self-dissatisfying reactions to one’s performance, perceived self-efficacy for goal attainment, and readjustment of personal goals based on one’s progress.
Self-efficacy beliefs contribute to motivation in several ways: They determine the goals people set for themselves; how much effort they expend; how long they persevere in the face of difficulties; and their resilience to failures.
When faced with obstacles and failures people who harbor self-doubts about their capabilities slacken their efforts or give up quickly. Those who have a strong belief in their capabilities exert greater effort when they fail to master the challenge.
Strong perseverance contributes to performance accomplishments.
By making self- satisfaction conditional on matching adopted goals, people give direction to their behavior and create incentives to persist in their efforts until they fulfill their goals.