The first few weeks of class, say hi and bye to your teacher...or thanks! This makes it easier to ask a question or go to office hours if you have communicated just a little bit. And, take advantage of office hours. At College Success Plan, we encourage that and help fit it in your schedule any week since we have all your syllabi and professor contact information. We want to help you succeed and have the best possible college experience.
Do you worry about your college student’s success at school? Is your student going to be a freshman and the transition may be challenging? Do you wish your college student had a better plan?
Staying in college requires self discipline and strong time management skills. Being organized is crucial yet sometimes overwhelming. Keeping track of all assignments and the syllabus isn’t optional - it IS the class. Staying on top of studying, even though the professor does not check for completion, is critical. We know from experience that reading half a textbook the night before the first exam is impossible if you want to do well and stay in school. Students need a plan to stay accountable.
Let College Success Plan help. We teach life long executive function skills including materials and time management, goal setting, study strategies and test taking skills. Our intention is to increase confidence and decrease anxiety. Having a consistent plan makes a difference!
College Success Plan offers individualized, weekly Skype support.
Each semester package includes:
If you know a student who can benefit from College Success Plan, contact us at 630-481-6153.
I have a confession to make...every Thursday at 8am I Skype with an accountability buddy. We spend 25 minutes assessing the previous week, goals we attained, what tasks are moved to this week and what our goals will be for the upcoming week. We make a plan. Guess what? I have personally experienced an increase in productivity and efficiency. In addition, it feels good to share my accomplishments and say, “I did it!” Having someone to keep me accountable keeps me focused. It also allows one to share ideas or come up with new strategies if something isn’t working efficiently. Ironically, this is what we do with College Success Plan. Ultimately, students feel more confident, experience less anxiety and appreciate having an academic and organizational plan for each week.
According to the US Chamber of Commerce: While American employers increasingly struggle to find the talent they need to grow our economy, our youngest workers rank a disappointing 15th out of 34 industrialized countries in the percentage with a college diploma.
Don’t let your student be in this statistic.
Improved self confidence effects many areas of a student’s college life. Students are apt to make better decisions both academically and socially when they feel better about themselves and know they are working towards their goals. Knowing they can succeed inspires curiosity and a willingness to give 100% to the things that really matter.
According to researcher, Baumeister, “High self-esteem leads to better persistence in the face of failure than low self-esteem, as shown in many studies. Happiness is correlated with high self-esteem.”
One example is Sarah who joined College Success Plan 14 months ago. She was doing quite poorly in all of her classes and barely passing. Last semester she earned a 3.34 in SIX classes and has a part time job at the school bookstore at no urging from her parents. Her goal for this semester is another six classes, bookstore job, AND DEANS LIST!
From the beginning of the semester, a nursing student was in a panic. Over the first 2 weeks of College Success Plan, we organized and planned for the entire semester. It was wonderful to see her demeanor totally change. She was more confident this semester and less stressed - she knew she had a plan. Results were phenomenal and the family has a very happy student!
Thank you so much for this great information! I appreciate the support, guidance and encouragement you have given our son. I hope he will utilize the writing center to help with his paper as well as other resources that are available.
You have been such a positive influence on him and we appreciate your work so much! Thank you again!
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Is there extra credit offered? Often times you need to read the syllabus to find out. That is what we would do the first week and if there is, together we plan a way to get the extra credit early in the semester before classes get busier.
Sometimes you can see a play, attend a lecture, participate in a research project, do an extra discussion post, or watch a movie and write a paper about it. As we look together at your master calendar, when is a good time to accomplish the extra credit? The sooner the better because you have time now and can plan ahead. If you wait to the last minute you may simply be too busy!
Now is the time to confirm summer jobs if you haven’t already. Want to work at the same location as last year? Make sure they know you are interested. Looking for a new job? Now is the time to reach out to family, friends and alumni for contacts or ideas. The Internet is also a great resource as well as your campus career center. Make time to get his done.
If your schedule permits, try a summer part-time internship too. Sometimes an internship can last a few weeks or a half-day every week. You want to be thinking of future summers and areas you would be interested in interning. Meet as many people as possible and keep track of contacts. All experiences are important! They help students learn what they like and don’t like. It also gives students something to talk about and compare in interviews.
Elizabeth Pyle, M.Ed., has been working with students for over 25 years as an educator in the public/private school system, tutor and successful business owner in the educational field.