four-scenario table
four-scenario table

Test: are you a short-term thinker?

Do the following test to gain insight in the differences between the long term and short term, when it comes to studying. The test will also give you a rough indication of your own tendencies. First make a table like the picture above, and then read the following instructions.

Have a look at the four scenarios below. For every situation we would like you to state how (un)happy you would be if you were in this situation. The happiness scale goes from 0 (I couldn’t be sadder) to 10 (I couldn’t be more content!).

Scenario 1:

After the exams you take a look at your results. For the last month you have been working really hard, so you think you deserve a pass. And indeed: you passed three out of three exams! How happy would you be?

Write the number down in the top-left box of your table.

Scenario 2:

You’ve been out (to the pub, cinema or a concert) last night and had a great time, although you should have been studying, according to you long term planning. How content would you be with this situation?

Write the number down in the bottom-right box of your table.

Scenario 3:

Over the phone a friend invites you for a tempting evening out (to the pub, cinema or a concert). You decide to stay home to study (following your study planning). That night you are really studying hard! How content would you be about that night?

Write the number down in the bottom-left box of your table.

Scenario 4:

Last semester you’ve had a lot of fun, doing anything but studying… When you take a look at your exam results, it shows: You failed three out of three exams. How happy would you be in this situation?

Write the number down in the top-right box of your table.

Watch the video in the next step for the explanation. Make sure you have the table with your personal results at hand.

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