How to Identify College Obstacles
How to Respond to College Obstacles
How to Get Into College
How to Stay in College
How to Get Out of College
How to Personalize Higher Education
How to Motivate Yourself to Graduate
How to Learn and Study in College
How to Focus Your Energy
How to Develop a Plan of Action
Here's the Problem!
The first few weeks new students are on campus, all types of policies, procedures, rules and regulations are being fired at them from different directions. Students get so caught up in the excitement of their new-found freedom and friends that they don't even remember half of what they have been told in orientation programs. And when things settle down a couple of weeks later they realize a lot of things have fallen through the cracks and it's too late to do anything about them. Before long, they are in over their heads. They get frustrated, stressed out and can't cope. Then they begin to have doubts about whether or not they even have what it takes to succeed in college. And the next thing you know, they want to call it quits. Don't let this happen to your student!
Here's the Solution!
The College Life Skills Course® is an early, comprehensive, enlightening and rigorous introduction to higher education and the college experience. This course has been evaluated and recommended for college credit by the American Council on Education, the major coordinating body for all the nation's higher education institutions. Your student will get a sneak preview of the college experience in a proactive, non-threatening, risk-free environment. The common pitfalls, hurdles, and stumbling blocks on the path to graduation will be identified. And because college is a full-time job, students will experience what it is like to work in a fast-paced, information-packed setting and survive.
Who Should Attend
The College Life Skills Course® is open to 11th and 12th grade high school students; and first time-in-college or returning adults who have a high school diploma or its equivalent. It is highly recommended for athletes, gifted and talented students, honor students, students who are first in their families to attend college and students who doubt they have what it takes to succeed.
How Students Will Benefit
Research shows that students who enroll in college success courses are less likely to stop-out, drop-out, or flunk-out of college. They experience fewer surprises, feel better prepared, and are more confident about their ability to cope with college pressures. They also take charge of their lives and accept personal responsibility for their successes and failures.
It's Early! The best time for students to learn how to manage their lives in college is before they get there. Why make students wait until they are totally immersed in the college experience to get an understanding of what is going on around them, and what they will need to do to survive? Taking this course early gives students more time to process the information and put it into practice.
It's Comprehensive! Everything students need to know about how to get in, stay in and get out of college---with a degree---is now in one place. This course covers all three phases of the college experience---admission, matriculation and graduation.
It's Enlightening! Students learn what goes on behind the scenes in higher education. The course sheds light on how colleges work and clarifies differences between what students think college is about and what it is in reality. The course also dispels the myths often perpetuated in the media about the college experience.
It's Rigorous! In the course, students are asked to respond to seven questions that apply to seven areas of their lives. Each answer builds the framework for a step-by-step plan of action for achieving their goals. Students complete written assignments, prepare a college portfolio, write a reflection paper and participate in group discussions. The course's intensive, questions-based format gives students a sneak preview of the commitment of time and energy required to successfully complete assignments that are the equivalent of a typical college-level course---all in a non-threatening, risk-free atmosphere.
What Students Will Learn
The course covers the following topics:
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to describe the characteristics of a successful lifestyle; identify their motivating drives; identify their personal preferences, skills and abilities; formulate meaningful and attainable goals; develop a detailed plan of action; predict obstacles that hinder college success; and respond to obstacles in life and college.
What Students Get
Each course registration includes a free copy of the College FAQ Book: Over 5,000 Not Frequently Asked Questions About College! by Dr. Rozalia Williams, Harvard '93, '00; a resource manual that functions as an in-class workbook and post-course reference tool, and a Certificate of Completion that is perfect for framing.
The following are just a few comments on what students say about the course:
"If you don't know any of the stuff we did today you're going to have a hard time. I really thought high school and college were the same thing. American Sr. High 12th Grader
"This course is an eye-opener. I learned so much in so little time. I feel more prepared to go to college now." Booker T. Washington Sr. High 11th Grader
"This course allowed me to look closely at all the things I need to know about to succeed in my education, career and life."
Dr. Michael Krop Sr. High 11th Grader
"I feel going into college I have a jump on the majority of the other incoming freshman. The knowledge obtained today is priceless." MAST Academy High 11th Grader
"This course gave me a whole new perspective on college life. I now realize it's a little more complicated to go to college. I highly recommend it." Miami Sr. High 11th Grader
"There were some things about myself I wasn't too pleased with hearing but now that I know it I have a whole new way of looking at things." Miami Jackson Sr. 11th Grader
"The only downside to this is that I wish I had this course two years ago when I was in my 9th grade year." Miami Jackson Sr. High
"I will always remember this as the day I woke up." Miami Northwestern Sr. High 11th Grader
"I learned numerous things about myself because I did things that I probably would not have done on my own. Dr. Williams helped me realize my weaknesses so I can improve on them. Miramar Sr. High 12th Grader
I have benefited a lot! I got very useful information regarding my learning and studying skills. It helped me put everything down in writing which is much better than it staying in your head. My expectations were over-met. I'm very glad I participated."
"I've been in college a whole year but I never really, really understood how important it was to my future until today. Seriously, this should be required of every high school senior." College Sophomore