At College Success Plan, our highly trained mentors want the best for your student. We go the extra mile to help students create an individualized plan for each week and to provide the tools, resources and support necessary to help all students perform to the best of their ability. If a realistic goal is making Dean’s List, passing 4 classes, lowering anxiety, or getting more organized, we have the steps to make that happen.
Right now, College Success Plan Mentors are busy making sure our students are asking the right questions and taking the necessary steps to prepare for final exams. This requires answering the following questions:
Struggling in a class?
Study in 50 minute chunks: Consider a scenario where you have 5 hours of reading on your plate. Looking at the massive pile of books on your desk can seem daunting and insurmountable. How can anyone fully focus on chapter 1 when there are so many to read? Science and research tells us that breaking tasks into 50 minute chunks, with short breaks in between, improves memory retention and concentration. Perhaps the 5 hours of work looks more enticing if you schedule 3 blocks before dinner and 2 blocks after dinner. Voila! The impossible now seems possible.
Schedule your free time: Free time is both a blessing and a curse. Too little free time makes you stressed, and too much free time makes you irresponsible. The best way to unwind and relax during the day is to strategically plan your free time. Pick blocks of the day where you are explicitly relaxing. Pick blocks of the day where you are explicitly working. This helps eliminate excess worry because you always know what you should be doing at any given moment. Chances are you’ll work a little harder just before a scheduled reprieve and get even more done.
Inspired by: Newport, C.. How to win at college: Surprising secrets for success from the country’s top students. New York: Broadway Books.
The weeks around midterms are very stressful for students. Midterm exams and projects consume copious amounts of time and energy, and official midterm grades can be disappointing and even shocking. For students who are not where they would like to be at the mid-semester mark, College Success Plan wants to remind you that there is still plenty of time to turn things around!
Steps for getting back on track:
College Success Plan is constantly reminding our students that there is a solution to every problem. No matter how desperate or dire a situation may feel, there are always opportunities for improvement and growth. Our Mentors empower students with this knowledge and guide them to identify these opportunities and take action. By focusing on the things you can control and releasing control of those you cannot, you minimize anxiety and are better able to identify a path forward. If your student would benefit from College Success Plan’s proven approach to helping students overcome their obstacles and achieve their goals, let us help!
Skim the Chapter Reading
You don’t have to read it all, but you can make it seem like you did!
Before you start reading:
Read the Syllabus
Read the Introduction and Conclusion carefully
Before the Exam:
With the ever changing academic environment, our goal is always to provide structure, consistency and accountability. We do this by modeling optimism, resilience and flexibility. That being said, we are stressing to students that this semester is going to move quickly. For many schools, the weeks are condensed and will require attention to detail, strong time management skills and diligence. A typical semester is 16-17 weeks and many now will be 12 weeks. There is less time to make up work, and assignments will be closer together. Students also need to be aware of changing expectations. We want to stay on track!
Below are a few questions to consider for students and families:
For most students, this summer looks and feels very different from previous summers. College Success Plan is nonetheless committed to helping students find new and creative ways to maximize their time off! This summer, our mentors are providing:
Many students have had their summer plans disrupted due to internship cuts and remote-only work opportunities this year. Some students have been fortunate enough to move forward with jobs, some have elected to take additional coursework and others are looking for unique ways to maximize their summer. College Success Plan encourages students to take the time to review their degree plans, update their job application materials, take an online class, pursue a new credential, create a portfolio, clean up their social media accounts, set up informational interviews, and refine their executive function skills.
While the summer can be a much-needed break from students’ hectic and demanding school schedules, it does not have to be a break from the effective habits they created on campus. Along with the change of environment, routine and expectations, students often disregard the habits they created on campus. We encourage you to view the summer as a time to help your students correct bad habits, replacing them with new, better and healthier choices.
While your students are home for the summer, encourage them to implement positive habits such as:
The summer can be the perfect time for a student to implement a new, healthier and more effective routine. At College Success Plan, one of the most important contributions we make to our students’ lives is the creation and maintenance of balance. We help our students achieve balance in their academic, personal, professional and social lives. Such balance is a key component of a stable and happy lifestyle. Please encourage your students to view the summer as an important opportunity to create better habits and patterns that will set them up for success during the 2020-21 school year!
The summer before your freshman year is an integral and overwhelming time for students and families. Preparing to move away from home, plan out an entire semester and start a new chapter poses countless challenges that leave many students and parents alike feeling overwhelmed. We help students consider their strengths, weaknesses and goals as they map out a plan for a successful semester. There are many things that are out of our control in today’s world - planning for college doesn’t have to be one of them!
College Success Plan knows how to set students up for success by helping them enroll in the right classes, create a sustainable schedule, find the best advisor and get organized for move-in day. We help students research professors, navigate ways to get involved on campus, ask for the appropriate accommodations, create a budget, and so much more.
We know what steps and decisions cause families the most stress, and we have a data-driven program to address and accomplish each of them. Students who work with us over the summer head into their school year feeling confident and prepared. Parents can rest assured that all deadlines are met and all paperwork is submitted on time. The emotional stress associated with such a major transition is more than enough for your family to tackle - let College Success Plan handle the rest.
Do you know students struggling to pick their major or questioning
their current educational path?
Starting this summer, College Success Plan students will have the opportunity to take the Greenwood System career assessment which helps students focus their education on a future career direction. The Greenwood System career assessment is a comprehensive report and exploration process that takes into account a student's unique abilities, interests, personality and values to create an action plan for the future. With the support of a trained College Success Plan mentor, your student will navigate the self and career exploration process to help him/her make decisions about course work, majors, internships and ultimately a career after college. Students who go through this process are more confident in their educational decisions and have a focused and concrete Action Plan to achieve their personal, educational and professional goals. Call us to learn more!
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College Success Plan’s work doesn’t begin and end with academics. We also help students explore their major and career options, specify a desired professional path, brainstorm avenues for further learning, identify opportunities for development and create a plan for overcoming obstacles. We assist our students in researching majors, minors and careers. We provide individualized direction for resume, cover letter and LinkedIn profile creation and refinement. We help students create an action plan to achieve their goals and provide support and reminders along the way. While many students are facing the summer with uncertainty and disappointment, we encourage them to maximize their time to advance and reflect upon their long-term plan!
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