What you need to know before students go … off to college

For parents, students, and educators

You’re here because you already understand how important college is. You want your child/student to do as well as possible. You’ve come to the right place. I can help you do that.

Your expectations

You want college to help young people “grow:” expand their minds; find a direction in life; become seriously involved in their special area of study; and mature into self-sufficient people who enter the workforce with confidence and credentials.

You worry: Will your student be “okay?”

A word that covers everything from be able to take care of themselves, to choosing the right kind of friends, to getting up when the alarm goes off.

Parents worry less about their child being able to do college work. So many parents expect their child to continue to earn the same A’s and B’s that got these students “into” college in the first place.

Unfortunately, if parents knew more about college graduation rates, they would be wise to worry a whole lot more. It’s one thing to get into college. It’s quite another to graduate. And I’m talking about students with great grades and test scores.

“On their own” for the first time

I’ve listened to two-and-a-half generations of college students sitting on the other side of my desk—about 12,000 students. My experience confirms the national statistics, which you’ve probably never seen.

  • 25% of college freshmen don’t return to campus sophomore year. (That’s huge.)
  • Only about 1 out of 3 students graduate in 4 years. (Surprised?)
  • 26% take 5-6 years to graduate. (A 25-50% cost increase.)
  • Nearly 40% take more than 6 years or NEVER graduate! (Debt but no degree.)

What’s more, these poor numbers describe ALL students. Don’t stop reading because you think, “He’s not talking about my kid.”

What’s wrong? Here’s the critical factor: College is not high school away from home.

On their own for the first time, the MAJORITY of college students share a common set of self-defeating behaviors when faced with—

  • managing their time—time gets away from them.
  • keeping up with readings and getting work done with no one to tell them to stop procrastinating.
  • knowing how to learn and absorb material outside of class—where most college learning takes place.
  • studying productively & regularly. Cramming at the last-minute worked well in high school; it won’t in college.
  • getting organized about their coursework and their course calendars — they don’t plan ahead.

Think of your teen right now. Research says teen habits intensify in college.
Student’s don’t suddenly “adjust” to a college workload.

Educators call these behaviors and their offshoots “un-readiness.” Students have not developed the competencies they need to handle themselves when faced with new-found independence.

Anyone who is college-bound really needs my book even if you don’t think so at the moment.


I can personally coach your child in developing the all-important competencies needed for college

  1. High school becomes the practice field. Using my book, your student will become skilled at these competencies. You can help. Together, we’ll get the job done.
  2. Remember: Succeeding in college is not just about “being smart” or” gifted.” College success is about being on your own and overcoming un-readiness. The dismal graduation numbers prove this.

A few of the topics the book covers

  • How to balance work and play, control time, courses, and sleep
  • Why being independent is hard, not easy — how to manage it
  • 8 must-do’s during the first two weeks of a semester
  • How to make learning “work”
  • A proven technique to use before you go to class: Do it right and save study time.
  • 4 ways that successful students make learning more productive.
  • How students recognize when they’re in trouble in a course—before it’s too late. Then what?

The BIG Benefits of following the 12 strategies

  • Families save many thousands of dollars in “extra” semesters; students can graduate on-time.
  • Students build a solid high-school knowledge to use in college (missing in most college students) (See P.S. below.)
  • Student who graduate from college on-time feel confident about themselves

Who can use the book: Students, parents, teachers, middle or high school orientation courses, advisory classes, development courses, principals, or district administrators.

You’ve just gotten really valuable information from a university insider. Don’t send your child to college “blind” about what lies ahead. You want your child to feel good about him/herself and celebrate their accomplishments. Buy the book that can change your students’ and your family’s life! 

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A huge bonus: More.Young students who use my book will learn more in high school, remember this information, and “use” it to succeed in college. This solves another big un-readiness problem: When students get to college, they’ve forgotten what they’ve “learned” (crammed) earlier. They’re already in trouble the first week of classes.


Practicing workplace skills More.

My coaching develops competencies valued in high school, college, the workplace, and life. Young people who follow my strategies will be organized, in-control-of-themselves, and goal setters who look ahead. They will thrive in college. They will enter the workplace with the confidence. Life in the 21st century will be all about initiative, innovation, using new technologies, and fast-paced change.

Their future. So very different than yours. Why?

Many jobs that today’s students will hold do not yet exist. Young people will need to constantly learn and adapt throughout their lives. As competencies, the 12 strategies show teens how to do that. Think of them as an engine to success.