Sample of a Student Tool ADD ARROWS (Art is scanned page I sent)
The Weekly Calendar
Teens are asked to complete a Weekly Activity Map. This tool is used as one of the first steps to help teens understand all the things they do each week—when they are out of school. Here’s some background on the tool.
Some teens can use this tool on their own. Most will benefit from talking things through with an adult in working with the Map.
- It is the first step in helping teens understand that a day or week contains only so many hours. Therefore, they can fit only so many things into it.
- The Map helps them “‘see” where their time goes right now. This is very important. It’s a bird’s-eye view of what they do — or don’t do. Everything is recorded on the map: from phone time, to taking care of their little brother, to “practices.” It helps them get on the road to weighing how they use their time when there is only so much time to be had.
- According to the way they spend their time now (looking at their map), what do they value most? What should they value most? How can they “spend” their time to their best advantage? What can they rearrange? As it stands now, do school priorities get the time they deserve?
- Are they doing too many things? If so what should they do about it?
- Are they spending too much time on certain things? Can they be more efficient? Or is the answer to not spend so much time in these areas? Or must they drop a few things from an overloaded day/week so they can rearrange and make more time for more important things?
- Are they doing unnecessary things? If they recognize them, they can let them go.
Before teens can learn to manage their time, they have to understand what happens to it everyday.
View the Book’s Weekly activity map
Table of Contents
Take a look at the strategies and get a feel for the conversational tone of the book. http://www.areyoureallyreadyforcollege.com/downloads/toc_and_letter.pdf
A Sample Chapter: The First Two Weeks
This is a complete chapter and it shows how the chapters in the book are designed.
- A very short paragraph introduces each chapter, telling readers how to think about this strategy
- A Learn About Yourself Survey asks students to respond to questions about how they do things now
- Each chapter is broken into many sections 1) to keep readers on track and 2) to make retrieving information easy 3) to keep the reader moving through the chapter in bite-size “pieces”
- Interactive sections ask readers to evaluate themselves now
- Numbered lists of “to do” actions specifically guide readers on how to put the strategy into action
- Be College Smart paragraphs are sprinkled throughout the chapter and give students truths about student behavior
- Listen to Dr. Bob sections give readers straight-talk about “why you need to practice this strategy for college”
- Student stories then illustrate the Listen to Dr. Bob.
- The Commentary analyzes what happened in the Student Story and why
- Pre-underlined Chapters enable students to quickly review the chapter by scanning the important points.
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