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Preparing Students for College: Academic Life


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This is the 2nd webinar in our 3 part webinar series on preparing college freshmen. Presenters Cyndy McDonald and Ferah Aziz share their many years of professional experience on the topic of preparing …

This is the 2nd webinar in our 3 part webinar series on preparing college freshmen. Presenters Cyndy McDonald and Ferah Aziz share their many years of professional experience on the topic of preparing high school students for the differences between high school and college academics.

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  • 1. June 19, 2013Cyndy McDonaldFerah AzizPreparing Students forCollege: Academic Life1
  • 2. Guest Presenter: Ferah Aziz•  College Coach at launchphase2•  Instructor at IBMC since 1995•  Courses•  Student Success•  Career Marketing•  Accounting & BusinessText/Source: Ellis, D. (2013) Becoming a Master Student, Boston, MA : Cengage Learning2
  • 3. Today’s Webinar§  College is Different§  Setting Goals§  Time Management§  Being Resourceful§  Study Habits & Skills3
  • 4. The DifferenceHigh School CollegeDay is filled with classes back-back Day can have gaps/classes days/times varyClass attendance is mandatory Attendance policies varyCourse grades include homework, performance& test gradesTest grades are primary source of course gradesOutside study time is little-none Generally expected to spend 2-3 hours of study foreach 1 hour in classTeachers give LOTS of guidance/reminders Instructors EXPECT students to manage their ownlearningTeachers are accessible in classroom Instructors are available based on posted office hoursTest/Quizzes frequently: covering smallamounts of materialTests are infrequent; covering large amounts ofmaterialTeachers/parents give reminders ofassignment due datesInstructors expect students to follow the sylabus anddon’t remind students of due dates
  • 5. Building Student AwarenessKeys to Success§  Understandingdifferences§  Preparing for differences§  Making a Plan forSuccess
  • 6. Student Portal Empowers Students§  Following a projectmanagement system incollege planning§  Build on experience§  Use MyCCA forpreparation§  Students can transferskills
  • 7. Self Awareness§  Learning Styles§  Personality Type§  Vision & Goals§  Values7
  • 8. Preparation: Create GoalsIdentify Different Areas of Life for GoalSetting:§  Academic Life§  Extra-Curricular Life§  Family Life§  Social Life§  Spiritual Life§  Responsibilities§  “Me Time”8
  • 9. Specific GoalsAcademic Goals: GPA of 3.5, Study for 3 hrs. dailySports Goals: Shave 12 seconds from best timeFamily Goal: Spend 1 hr. with sister each weekMe-time: Spend 2 hrs. reading, gaming orlong-boarding every weekend.9
  • 10. Goals by Time PeriodsShort Term Goals i.e This Semester§  Join Environmental ClubMedium Term Goals i.e. One Year§  Run for Leadership Position in ClubLong Term Goals i.e. Four Years§  Get into College with Environmental Science10
  • 11. Time Management111. Use a Planner2. Code Areas i.e. academics, family life,spirituality by color or by priorityH – high priority or urgentM- importantL- least important or negotiable
  • 12. Time Management Tips§  Track time to discovertime wasters§  Learn to say “no”§  Avoid perfectionism§  Complete most difficulttasks first12
  • 13. Student Success Tips§  Start Day One!§  Set up for success:- study time- location- eliminate distractions§  Do not miss class!§  Keep focused & engaged13
  • 14. Student Success Tips: Be Resourceful§  Complete assignments on or ahead of time§  The top students•  Visit professors early on, and regularly•  Seek help from tutors§  Form Study Groups•  Ideal number in group is four•  Pre-plan, agenda, assign roles14
  • 15. Memorization Tips§  Association§  Acrostics, or acronyms§  Rhymes or jingles§  Continuum§  Mnemonics§  Engage as many senses as possible15
  • 16. MemorizationRRRRR’s!§  Repeat§  Recite§  Rewrite§  Review§  Reread ….and repeat again!16
  • 17. Reading TipsReading loads in college significantlygreater:§  Preview/scan§  Question§  Outline§  Highlight less than 10%17
  • 18. Efficient Reading§  Need not read every word (depends)§  Charts, Diagrams, Fonts, Headings§  Practice Speed Reading Techniques18
  • 19. Effective Reading§  When reading material is tough:- Take a break, read out loud- Pretend you understand, and try to explain it- Refer to other sources, including professor, class-mates, or study groups- RRRR’s (Re-Read, Review, Repeat, Re-Write)
  • 20. Note Taking Tips§  Cornell Method§  Mind Mapping, Outlining§  Suspend judgment§  Listen for transitions, repetition§  Written Material (on board or power points)§  Watch instructor’s eyes20
  • 21. Cornell Method- Use 2 columns- Take notes on left- Write headings/questions on right- Use bottom forreflection
  • 22. Note Taking Tips22•  Color Code•  Notes in Margins, Cross Referencing•  Rewrite, re-type, re-read, recite notes(RRRR’s)
  • 23. Test Preparation§  Start Day One (office hours, tutors as needed)§  Daily, weekly, major reviews§  Make Practice Tests§  Open Book Tests (not easier, - prepare material)§  Study Groups (different learning styles)§  RRRR’s including old quizzes, tests§  Don’t Cram! If you must, then prioritize & RRRR23
  • 24. Test Taking Tips§  Scan test. Plan and prioritize allotted time§  Read questions/directions carefully§  Start with Easy Questions§  Notice the Devil in the Details!§  True/False: Absolute Qualifiers (never, always)Written in negative?24
  • 25. Answering Essay Questions§  Answer what is asked (understand prompt)§  Make outline§  Repeat stem (question being asked) in answer§  Get to the point in the beginning (answer orthesis)§  Write legibly (ask about scrap paper inbeginning)§  KISS rule (be succinct)!25
  • 26. Ways to Test Reduce Anxiety§  Take care of Self (Sleep, Exercise, Diet)§  Keep perspective: Test grade is how you did onthe test, not a predictor of success/intelligence§  Acknowledge Feelings§  Practice Detachment§  Practice Positive Self-Talk§  Professional Help May Be Needed26
  • 27. Critical Thinking§  Open Thinking§  See Many Points of View§  Watch for “Hot Spots”§  Discern Fact vs. Opinion§  Consider the Source (credible, agenda, bias)§  Be Willing to Change View27
  • 28. Student Success Summary§  Know Self: Stick to Goals and Priorities§  Time Management is Key§  Start Day One!§  RRRRR’s§  Celebrate Mistakes§  Struggle is Good (how we learn)§  Do the Best You Can28
  • 29. Start Students Now!§  Use Student Portal§  Set goals at beginning§  Follow up with goals§  Use Find My Spark§  Communicate!
  • 30. 3 Next steps!§  Sign-up for a free preview of GuidedPath™••  We will send you information later this summer withinformation on how get started§  Join a live demo to learn more about featuresand get your questions answered•  June 18th @ 10a.m. PDT§  Send your questions to
  • 31. Questions?Contact Ferah Aziz at- 720-340-8111- ferah_aziz@launchphase2.comYou may also outsource student successcoaching for your students. Ferah is availablevia Skype for student success coaching.31