The Challenge: Be Independent & Accountable. Most Students are Not.
Being smart is not enough. The books show students how to —
- make smart choices daily
- take charge of themselves – be self-sufficient
- manage their days and still have fun
- know how to study maturely
- stay organized – in and out of class
- work independently
- talk well to handle campus matters on their own
- succeed and go places!
Students become achiever$. Even in the toughest courses. The 12 strategies form a system that guides students in how to succeed.
As teens, achiever$ have what it takes to compete for college grants and scholarships (money that doesn’t have to be paid back).
As college students, they not only handle their courses, they also find a major early, and explore career possibilities. Later, achiever$ succeed in the workplace.
Students learn to manage themselves, their work, and their time. On their own, students don’t know how to begin. My books show students how. The result? They lower their stress (widespread in college) — and earn great grades.
Students without these personal qualities add semesters and lots of costs.
When to start?
As early as possible — ideally in middle school. Certainly in high school. Starting to learn the strategies in college is more difficult because students are already learning so many new things. But they need this information! Then college students should move on to Start College Smart.
Students will see improvements as soon as they begin using the Strategies.
A big advantage for younger students. They will remember what they learn. Does that sound silly? It’s a major un-readiness problem.
By the time students get to college they’ve forgotten what they used “to know.” Why? In middle and high school, they crammed for tests at the last-minute. That information is long gone. It evaporates within days.
Yet profs assume a certain level of proficiency. Students have met the course requirements. The course begins to roll the first day of class. No reviews. Crammers are already in trouble the first week of class.
Too many people think students will automatically adjust to a college workload “when they get there.” Not so. There’s nothing magic about a campus. Students are supposed to arrive “ready” to do the work.
I’ll tell you what you should know about college: preparing for it, admissions, succeeding, and starting a career. You need to know the facts.
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