What You Should Know About College

College Preparation, Admissions, College Success – Emerge as a Grad-In-Demand*

I’m not being overly dramatic when I say that the platform that students build for themselves in college will determine the course of their adult lives. Scary, isn’t it? But you’re here because you already understand how important college is. You’ve come to the right place. I can help you succeed.

My background: I’ve worked with 12,000 + students

I’m one of the nation’s foremost experts on college performance. I know students inside and out. I know what they need to succeed.

Parent Concerns: Will their child be “okay”?

“Okay” covers everything from adjusting to campus, to choosing the right kind of friends, to getting up when the alarm goes off. Yet parents worry far less about their child being able to do college work. They expect the usual A’s and B’s that got these students “into” college. This rarely happens. Why?

Student Expectations: Pretty much like high school, only away from home

They’re already confident because of great high school grades. After a few weeks on campus, surveys show that nearly 40% describe themselves as overwhelmed.

The overarching problem? On their own on their own for the first time, they can’t manage.

And they don’t know what’s wrong: even A and B students. Look at the numbers below. I’ve listened to two-and-a-half generations of college students sitting on the other side of my desk. My experience explains the national statistics. I know why this happens.

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  • 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.)
* The same behaviors that cause these numbers also create disappointing job candidates and employees. The books add a competitive edge in landing a first job, too.

The dismal numbers are rooted in students’ daily decision-making.

The MAJORITY of college students defeat themselves when faced with—

  • starting the semester on Day One — not “easing” into it — semesters cover twice the work of high school in half the time. Without a really strong start, students fall hopelessly behind by week 3.
  • using and organizing their time — it gets away from them
  • being a daily independent learner outside of class — where most learning takes place
  • knowing how to study maturely and productively — college study in no way resembles high school
  • staying on-track and organized in each course — know what’s happening in the weeks to come
  • planning ahead for tests and due-dates  — procrastination is a killer
  • studying regularly, daily — no cramming for tests at the last-minute — it worked great in high school, but it cannot work in college
  • And the list goes on…

Higher Education professionals call these behaviors and their many offshoots: “un-readiness.”

On their own for the first time, students haven’t learned how to handle themselves yet. The hard truth — these behaviors cannot be turned on like a faucet. They must be learned, practiced, and sharpened. Students don’t know where to start or how to start.



Who can use these books:
students, parents and parent organizations, middle or high school orientation courses, teachers, guidance counselors, principals or district administrators, college advisers, college students and anyone who is college-bound.

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I’m like an athletic coach. In my books, I coach teens and young college students how to be “ready”:  academically and personally.

No matter how “gifted” a student might be, college success is also about overcoming un-readiness. Students don’t naturally adjust just because they’re in college. The dismal graduation numbers prove this. The un-readiness problem has been going on for quite awhile. I’m trying to do something about it. Essentially, I coach the “moves and plays” students need to

  1. to grow into self-reliant students — being independent is hard, not easy
    •    the many parts of self-sufficiency
    •    using initiative
    •    managing themselves, their days, and their courses
  2. to develop mature learning techniques — most study techniques haven’t matured
    •    to learn independently and efficiently
    •    to retain information long-term, not just for finals but for life

I coach students in 12 proven Strategies (with a capital S because they’re so important). Both College Smart and Start College Smart talk about them in different ways.

In the Parents Practical Tips guide, parents will learn valuable, everyday ways to help their students “get ready,” learn what they need to know. Some of this wisdom parents already have. They just need to know how to use it.

The HUGE Benefits of learning to be College Smart

  • Families save tens of thousands of dollars in extra college semesters.
  • Students succeed and develop qualities that serve them for the rest of their lives. (See P.S. below.)
  • Students graduate from college on time as confident young adults. (Too many years in college can make young people feel defeated.)

Take action!
You’ve just gotten really valuable information from a university insider. My books can make all the difference. Buy the books that can change lives!  To learn more about “what goes wrong” in college, please spend some time on this website. I’ve worked hard to keep these web pages brief. You need to know this info.

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A huge bonus for teens.

Students who use my book will learn more in middle and high school, remember this information, and “use” it to succeed in college. This solves a major 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.

A huge bonus for life.

Students who follow my coaching and develop my Strategies will be valued in school, college, the workplace, and life. They’re in control of themselves: goal setters who look ahead. They will enjoy the college experience and thrive. They’ll enter the workplace prepared for life in the 21st century.

What lies in their future.

This new century will be all about initiative, innovation, using new technologies, solving problems, meeting deadlines — and fast-paced change in the face of global competition. It’s already begun. Many jobs that today’s students will hold do not yet exist. Young people will need to learn and adapt throughout their lives. My Strategies show how to do that. They are proficiencies and attitudes that will serve young people well.


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