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FACILITATOR’S MANUAL COLLEGE SUCCESS GUIDE A program of the Indiana Commission for Higher EducationOF TABLE CONTENTS INTRODUCTION: START HERE 3 LESSON 1: EXPLORING YOUR COLLEGE SUCCESS GUIDE 4 LESSON 2: COMMITTING TO COLLEGE SUCCESS 9 LESSON 3: BUDGETING FOR COLLEGE 15 LESSON 4: SETTING GOALS AND STAYING ON TRACK 22 LESSON 5: KEYS TO SUCCESS IN THE COLLEGE CLASSROOM 29 LESSON 6: MAKING GOOD LIFESTYLE CHOICES 38 LESSON 7: GETTING INVOLVED OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM 44 LESSON 8: BALANCING WORK AND SCHOOL 50 LESSON 9: RESOURCES FOR SUCCESS 59INTRODUCTION: START HERE Thank you for your commitment to ensuring that the students in your community are prepared to succeed in college and in their careers. This Facilitator’s Manual was designed as an instructional companion to the Learn More Indiana College Success Guide. Teachers, mentors and other trusted adults who work with high school seniors may use the lesson plans and activities in this manual to reinforce and expand upon the material covered in the College Success Guide. While it is recommended that these lesson plans be taught in the order they are presented, you can teach each lesson individually in any order you choose. Each lesson takes 30 to 90 minutes to complete, and specic t fi ime estimates are included in each lesson. All lessons incorporate worksheets found in the College Success Guide. Printable copies of those worksheets are included in the lesson plans so that you may provide clean print outs to students who may be working through the guide on their own. Lessons also include supplemental worksheets, forms and other resources. All of these materials may be copied or printed from LearnMoreIndiana.org/classroommaterials and distributed as needed. Be sure to read the “Introduction and learning goals” and “Items needed” sections of each lesson before you begin teaching so you will have the appropriate resources on hand. Take time to familiarize yourself with the contents of the College Success Guide to ensure you and your students get the most out of these lessons. FACILITATOR’S MANUAL COLLEGE SUCCESS GUIDELESSON ONE EXPLORING YOUR COLLEGE SUCCESS GUIDE INTRODUCTION AGENDA LEARNING GOALS Timing: approximately 30–45 minutes (will vary by class size) 1. Warmup: College anticipations The College Success Guide 2. Introductions provides information to help 3. College Success Guide scavenger hunt high school seniors prepare for college. The following ITEMS NEEDED lesson will help students: 1. A copy of the College Success Guide for each student in the class. • Identify what they’re If students don’t have copies on hand, you may download a printable looking forward to and PDF at LearnMoreIndiana.org/classr00mmaterials. what concerns they have 2. (Optional) Chalkboard, dryerase board or 11 large sheets of paper about college or poster board. Create 11 columns (or use individual sheets) labeled with the following headings: • Learn how the College • Committing to college success Success Guide can help • Tips for completing 30 credit hours each year them address questions • Budgeting for college about college • Keys to success in the college classroom • Hitting the books • Firstyear success and beyond • Making good lifestyle choices • Getting involved outside the classroom • Maximizing your college experience • Balancing work and school • Getting academic support 3. Worksheets included in this lesson (make a copy for each student in the class): • College anticipations • College Success Guide scavenger hunt FACILITATOR’S MANUAL COLLEGE SUCCESS GUIDE LESSON 1 4Activities WARMUP: COLLEGE ANTICIPATIONS (5–10 minutes) Distribute the worksheet: “College anticipations.” Give students several minutes to respond to the two warmup questions. Then, ask students to pair up with a partner, introduce themselves to each other, tell where they plan to attend college and share their responses to the warmup prompts. Provide about five minutes for partners to talk and share their responses. Then, bring the group back together for introductions. 1 INTRODUCTIONS (5–10 minutes) Ask students to take turns introducing his/her partner to the group. Each student should: 1. Tell where his/her partner plans to attend college, and 2. Share one thing his/her partner looks forward to about college and one concern his/her partner has about going to college. 2 COLLEGE SUCCESS GUIDE SCAVENGER HUNT (20–25 minutes) Read the “Dear Student” letter on the first page of the College Success Guide aloud to students, or ask for a volunteer. Reiterate for students the purpose of this guide and point out the table of contents to help them get familiar with the sections. Distribute the worksheet: “College Success Guide scavenger hunt.” Students will use the worksheet to find information in the College Success Guide that will help them answer common questions about college. Give students about 15–20 minutes to 3 complete the scavenger hunt. They can work independently or in groups of two to three. If time allows when students are finished, review the answers as a group and write them in the categories on the chalkboard, dryerase board or large sheets of paper. FACILITATOR’S MANUAL COLLEGE SUCCESS GUIDE LESSON 1 5COLLEGE ANTICIPATIONS Worksheet What are some things you look forward to about going to college What are some concerns you have about going to college FACILITATOR’S MANUAL COLLEGE SUCCESS GUIDE LESSON 1 6C OLLEGE SUCCESS GUIDE Worksheet SCAVENGER HUNT Use this worksheet to familiarize yourself with the College Success Guide. Next to each of the questions in the table below, write down the section title and page number(s) of the College Success Guide where you can find information to help answer the question. The section titles include: 1. Committing to college success 7. Making good lifestyle choices 2. Tips for completing 30 credit hours each year 8. Getting involved outside the classroom 3. Budgeting for college 9. Maximizing your college experience 4. Keys to success in the college classroom 10. Balancing work and school 5. Hitting the books 11. Getting academic support 6. Firstyear success and beyond Where can I find information about… Section title Page number(s) …r easons to get involved in activities outside the classroom during college ...deciding where to live during college …where to go for help filing my FAFSA in college …h ow an academic advisor can help me during college …h ow college classes and instructors differ from high school …where to look for oncampus jobs in college …h ow to make sure I complete enough credit hours each year FACILITATOR’S MANUAL COLLEGE SUCCESS GUIDE LESSON 1 7COLLEGE SUCCESS GUIDE Worksheet SCAVENGER HUNT (CONTINUED) Where can I find information about… Section title Page number(s) … what summer bridge programs are and how I might benefit from participating …weekend events and activities during college …how to begin creating a budget for college …w hat types of events and services might be available for firstyear students at my college … what I could gain by participating in experiential or servicelearning in college …how to develop good study habits in college ... different types of clubs and organizations for getting involved during college …what to do if I need help in a class during college FACILITATOR’S MANUAL COLLEGE SUCCESS GUIDE LESSON 1 8LESSON TWO COMMITTING TO COLLEGE SUCCESS AGENDA INTRODUCTION LEARNING GOALS Timing: approximately 65–90 minutes (will vary by class size) 1. Warmup: How to set myself up for college success Each student’s college 2. Make a commitment to college success experience will be 3. Wrapup/Ree fl ction: What I learned about succeeding in college different, but these guiding recommendations are ITEMS NEEDED useful no matter his or her 1. A copy of the College Success Guide for each student in the class. circumstances. This lesson If students don’t have copies on hand, you may download a printable will help students identify PDF at LearnMoreIndiana.org/classroommaterials. For this lesson, ways to be successful as a refer to pages 3–4. college student. 2. Chalkboard or dryerase board. 3. Computers with Internet access. 4. Worksheets included in this lesson (make a copy for each student in the class): • My ideas for college success • Five steps to succeeding in college FACILITATOR’S MANUAL COLLEGE SUCCESS GUIDE LESSON 2 9Activities WARMUP: HOW TO SET MYSELF UP FOR COLLEGE SUCCESS (15–20 minutes) Distribute the worksheet: “My ideas for college success.” This worksheet provides space for students to jot down their thoughts about how they can be successful in college. Give students about 5–7 minutes to record their ideas. Ask students to share their ideas with the group, and write them down on the chalkboard or dryerase board. 1 MAKE A COMMITMENT TO COLLEGE SUCCESS (35–50 minutes) Distribute the worksheet: “Five steps to succeeding in college.” Explain that completing certain steps will help students succeed no matter where they go to college or what they choose to major in. Divide students into five groups and assign each group to one of the following: 1. Enroll in college full time 4. Complete and file the FAFSA each year by March 10 2. Complete 30 credit hours each year 5. Remain drug and crimefree 3. Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards set by your college Direct students to pages 3–4 of the College Success Guide. Give them about 10 minutes to come up with a brief presentation for their assigned tip. In the 2 presentation, each group should explain their tip and provide guidance for where students may find support or resources for help. As the groups are giving presentations, ask students to write down what they learned in the chart on the worksheet. FACILITATOR’S MANUAL COLLEGE SUCCESS GUIDE LESSON 2 10Activities WRAPUP/REFLECTION: WHAT I LEARNED ABOUT SUCCEEDING IN COLLEGE (15–20 minutes) Discuss how the ideas they wrote down at the beginning of the lesson compare to what they learned during the presentations. Jot down their comments on the chalkboard or dryerase board. 3 FACILITATOR’S MANUAL COLLEGE SUCCESS GUIDE LESSON 2 11MY IDEAS FOR COLLEGE SUCCESS Worksheet Using the space to the right, write down some ideas about what you can do to be successful in college. FACILITATOR’S MANUAL COLLEGE SUCCESS GUIDE LESSON 2 12FIVE STEPS TO SUCCEEDING Worksheet IN COLLEGE The chart below outlines five steps that can help you succeed no matter where you go to college or what you choose to study. Refer to pages 3–4 of the College Success Guide to fill in the information below. Steps to What should I do and/or what resources success might I seek out if… …I’m considering dropping a class Enroll in college full time …I have issues or concerns during college about fulltime enrollment …I’m struggling with a 15credit hour course load Complete 30 credit hours each year …I’m interested in earning some credits over the summer …I’m experiencing difficulty in one or more of my classes Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards set by your college …I want to make sure I stay on top of my academics FACILITATOR’S MANUAL COLLEGE SUCCESS GUIDE LESSON 2 13FIVE STEPS TO SUCCEEDING Worksheet IN COLLEGE (CONTINUED) Steps to What should I do and/or what resources success might I seek out if… …I need assistance completing and filing my FAFSA during college Complete and file a FAFSA each year by March 10 … I have any questions, concerns or issues regarding my financial aid awards …I violate my college’s alcohol and/or drug policy Remain drug and crimefree … I want to learn how I can get involved in the community in a positive way (volunteering, etc.) FACILITATOR’S MANUAL COLLEGE SUCCESS GUIDE LESSON 2 14LESSON THREE BUDGETING FOR COLLEGE INTRODUCTION AGENDA LEARNING GOALS Timing: approximately 55–80 minutes (will vary by class size) 1. Warmup: What college expenses do I need to plan for It is important for students 2. How to create a budget to consider the kinds of 3. Wrapup/Ree fl ction: Ways to save for college expenses expenses they may need to be prepared to cover during ITEMS NEEDED college. This lesson will help 1. A copy of the College Success Guide for each student in the class. students: If students don’t have copies on hand, you may download a printable • Learn how to plan and PDF at LearnMoreIndiana.org/classroommaterials. For this lesson, refer to pages 5–7. budget for the costs associated with college 2. Computers with Internet access. Depending on computer availability, students can work in pairs or small groups to conduct online research. • Explore ways to save for 3. A basic calculator for each student (or make sure there’s college expenses a calculator available on each computer). 4. Dryerase board, chalkboard or large sheet of paper. 5. Worksheets included in this lesson (make a copy for each student in the class): • Planning for college expenses • Budgeting for college (also on pages 6–7 in the College Success Guide) FACILITATOR’S MANUAL COLLEGE SUCCESS GUIDE LESSON 3 15Activities WHAT COLLEGE EXPENSES DO I NEED TO PLAN FOR (20–25 minutes) Distribute the worksheet: “Planning for college expenses.” Give students about 10 minutes to brainstorm a list of expenses that they may need to cover during college. Have them jot down their ideas on the worksheet. Then, have students share some of their answers with the group. Briefly discuss what types of financial aid students might be eligible for and the importance of searching for scholarships and other additional sources of funding (loans, savings, income, etc.). 1 HOW TO CREATE A BUDGET (25–35 minutes) Distribute the worksheet: “Budgeting for College.” This worksheet is also included on pages 6–7 of the College Success Guide. Provide clean copies to students who have already completed the worksheet in their College Success Guide. Use the worksheet to walk through the following steps for creating a budget: a. Calculate income. Account for any financial aid being paid directly to the student, but not any financial aid being paid to the college. If students aren’t sure what financial aid they may be receiving, tell them to leave it blank. Allow students 5–10 minutes to complete this section of the worksheet. b. Estimate expenses. Allow students to use the computer to research the cost of the college they plan to attend. This information usually lives on the admissions or financial aid page 2 of a college’s website. Students should account only for costs not being covered by grants or scholarships paid directly to the college. Give students 15–20 minutes to research and complete this part of the worksheet. c. Subtract total expenses from total income. Allow students about 5 minutes to calculate their persemester and permonth totals. FACILITATOR’S MANUAL COLLEGE SUCCESS GUIDE LESSON 3 16Activities WRAPUP/REFLECTION: WAYS TO SAVE FOR COLLEGE EXPENSES (10–20 minutes) Ask students to individually complete the last column of the “Budgeting for College” worksheet (page 7 in the College Success Guide). Give them about 10 minutes. Then, invite students to share their answers to the last question — “What are some other ways you plan to save money and cut down on your costs during college” — with the group and record 3 students’ answers on the dryerase board, chalkboard or large paper. Encourage students to also jot down the responses that are shared with the class, so they may save these ideas for their own financial planning. FACILITATOR’S MANUAL COLLEGE SUCCESS GUIDE LESSON 3 17P LANNING FOR COLLEGE EXPENSES Worksheet Use the following worksheet to list what kinds of expenses you think you may need to cover during college, as well as the types of financial aid you expect to receive. College expenses I should prepare to cover Financial aid I plan to receive (grants, loans, scholarships) FACILITATOR’S MANUAL COLLEGE SUCCESS GUIDE LESSON 3 18BUDGETING FOR COLLEGE Worksheet You may not yet know exactly what your financial aid package looks like, what wages you will earn or what expenses you will incur during college. But, you can start thinking now about how you will budget your money. Use these worksheets to estimate your budget. Visit your college’s website to find out how much it costs to attend their school. You may also need to do some online research to find typical costs for books, supplies, meals and other expenses. Income Per semester Per month Financial aid paid directly to you (grants, scholarships or student loans) Work wages (after taxes) Savings Other income TOTAL INCOME FACILITATOR’S MANUAL COLLEGE SUCCESS GUIDE LESSON 3 19BUDGETING FOR COLLEGE Worksheet Expenses Per semester Per month Tuition ( not covered by grants and/or scholarships) Room/housing (rent, plus utilities if living off campus) Food (meal plan, groceries, coffee, dining out, etc.) Books School supplies Phone Insurance Clothes Entertainment Transportation Other TOTAL EXPENSES FACILITATOR’S MANUAL COLLEGE SUCCESS GUIDE LESSON 3 20BUDGETING FOR COLLEGE Worksheet Use your estimates from the previous pages to determine if your income will be enough to cover your expenses. You may need to consider another source of income or identify what expenses you can possibly cut. Income vs. expenses Subtract your total expenses from your total income (per semester) Subtract your total expenses from your total income (per month) Do your expenses total more than your income If so, what expenses might you consider cutting What ideas do you have for additional sources of income What are some other ways you plan to save money and cut down on your costs during college FACILITATOR’S MANUAL COLLEGE SUCCESS GUIDE LESSON 3 21LESSON FOUR SETTING GOALS AND STAYING ON TRACK INTRODUCTION AGENDA LEARNING GOALS Timing: approximately 50–65 minutes (will vary by class size) 1. Warmup: Preparing for your college transition Research shows that entering 2. Setting life and career goals college with clearly defined 3. Setting college degree goals degree and career goals, plus 4. Creating a degree map a commitment to achieving 5. Wrapup/Ree fl ction: Why backwards planning is important those goals, is a strong predictor of college success. This lesson will help students: ITEMS NEEDED 1. A copy of the College Success Guide for each student in the class. • Define degree, career and If students don’t have copies on hand, you may download a printable life goals PDF at LearnMoreIndiana.org/classroommaterials. For this lesson, refer to pages 9–10. • Explore requirements for 2. Computers with Internet access. degree programs/majors 3. Worksheets included in this lesson (make a copy for each student • Identify specific steps in the class): they can take to • Warmup: Preparing for your college transition achieve success • Longterm goals: Career path (also on page 9 of the College Success Guide) • Shortterm goals: College plan (also on page 10 of the College Success Guide) • Sample degree map FACILITATOR’S MANUAL COLLEGE SUCCESS GUIDE LESSON 4 22Activities WARMUP: PREPARING FOR YOUR COLLEGE TRANSITION (5–10 minutes) Distribute the worksheet: “Warmup: Preparing for your college transition.” Give students several minutes to respond to the two warmup questions, and then invite students to share their responses. Explain that students will be doing “backwards planning”: planning that begins by defining life and career goals so students can then identify the steps they’ll need to take in college to achieve those goals. Then, ask, “When it comes to college, why 1 is backwards planning important Can you think of other areas of your life where you use backwards planning” Invite students to share their ideas with the whole group. SETTING LIFE AND CAREER GOALS (10 minutes) Distribute the worksheet: “Longterm goals: Career path.” This worksheet is also included on page 9 of the College Success Guide. Give students about 10 minutes to complete the worksheet. Students will explore how their interests and skills may line up with different careers. They’ll also begin to consider what type of education they’ll need to achieve their career and lifestyle goals. 2 SETTING COLLEGE DEGREE GOALS (10–15 minutes) Distribute the worksheet: “Shortterm goals: College plan.” This worksheet is also included on page 10 of the College Success Guide. Students will use the longterm goals established in the previous lesson to help set a degree goal for college. Give students about 10–15 minutes to complete the questions on the worksheet. Provide access to computers with Internet so they can refer to their college’s website. 3 FACILITATOR’S MANUAL COLLEGE SUCCESS GUIDE LESSON 4 23Activities CREATING A DEGREE MAP (20–25 minutes) Distribute the worksheet: “Sample degree map.” Point out that students have already completed the first two steps in backwards planning: defining the end goal and the degree goal that will help them get there. Give students a moment to fill in the “Degree goal” section. Discuss the importance of developing a detailed degree map and revisiting it every semester during college. Explain that students will meet with an academic advisor before classes begin to plan their course schedule. To begin research for their sample degree maps, students should go to their college’s website and explore the undergraduate degree programs and majors offered. Give them 20–25 4 minutes to complete their degree maps. WRAPUP/REFLECTION: WHY BACKWARDS PLANNING IS IMPORTANT (5 minutes) Bring the group together and spend a few minutes ree fl cting on the importance of backwards planning. Reinforce that students should first decide what kind of lifestyle and career they want, and then determine what college degree will help them achieve those goals. From there, they can make a decision about where to attend college. 5 FACILITATOR’S MANUAL COLLEGE SUCCESS GUIDE LESSON 4 24PREPARING FOR YOUR Worksheet COLLEGE TRANSITION In what ways are you feeling prepared to make the transition to college What are some steps you know you still need to take to be better prepared FACILITATOR’S MANUAL COLLEGE SUCCESS GUIDE LESSON 4 25LONGTERM GOALS: CAREER PATH Worksheet Thinking about your longterm goals — the type of career and lifestyle you eventually want for yourself — will help you decide what to study in college and what college to attend. What are your interests What are your strengths What are your career interests What kind of life and career would you like to have Where do you see yourself in five years Where do you see yourself in 10 years What type of education do you think you will need to achieve your life and career goals (Examples: oneyear workforce certificate, twoyear associate degree, fouryear bachelor’s degree, etc.) FACILITATOR’S MANUAL COLLEGE SUCCESS GUIDE LESSON 4 26SHORTTERM GOALS: COLLEGE PLAN Worksheet It’s important to start college with clear goals and a plan to graduate on time. Use the questions below to determine your college goals and the steps you’ll need to take to achieve the longterm career path you established in the previous lesson. Based on your career path, what are your goals for college (Example: Graduate in four years with a bachelor’s degree in computer science and a professional internship on my résumé.) What steps do you need to take to complete college and prepare for your future career (Example: Visit my college’s website to find out how many credit hours I must complete and any other requirements I must meet to earn the degree I’m planning to pursue.) FACILITATOR’S MANUAL COLLEGE SUCCESS GUIDE LESSON 4 27SAMPLE DEGREE MAP Worksheet Before your college classes begin, you should meet with your academic advisor to develop a degree map, outlining courses you will need to take each term to complete your degree and graduate on time. For now, create a practice degree map using the chart below. Visit your college’s website to explore the undergraduate degree programs and majors that are oe ff red. Choose one that interests you, then list some of the courses you will have to take to complete a degree in this program or major. If you completed the “Shortterm goals: College plan” worksheet, you can use those answers to fill in the “Degree goal” section below. Degree goal Institution: Degree program and major: Degree completion date: Courses I must take to reach my goal: Term 1 Term 2 Term 3/Summer 1st Year 2nd Year 3rd Year 4th Year FACILITATOR’S MANUAL COLLEGE SUCCESS GUIDE LESSON 4 28LESSON FIVE KEYS TO SUCCESS IN THE COLLEGE CLASSROOM INTRODUCTION AGENDA LEARNING GOALS Timing: approximately 55–80 minutes (will vary by class size) 1. Warmup: Changing expectations — high school vs. college classes College classes require 2. Start college on the right academic track students to think, read and 3. What should studying in college look like write at a higher level, and to 4. Create a weekly schedule and study routine be much more independent. 5. Wrapup/Ree fl ction: Key ideas to remember It is up to students to attend class, complete assignments, study and learn course ITEMS NEEDED materials. This lesson will 1. A copy of the College Success Guide for each student in the class. If students don’t have copies on hand, you may download a printable help students: PDF at LearnMoreIndiana.org/classroommaterials. For this lesson, refer to pages 8 and 11–12. • Prepare for academic expectations in college 2. Colored pencils (7–8 colors for each student). 3. Sample course schedule cards A, B and C, and parttime work schedule • Learn tips and study cards 1, 2 and 3 (found in this lesson), trimmed and separated into two strategies to be successful stacks. Each student should receive one card from each category. in college 4. Worksheets included in this lesson (make a copy for each student in the class): • Practice creating a weekly • Changing expectations — high school vs. college classes schedule that includes • Start college on the right academic track sample courses, a parttime • Hitting the books (also on page 12 of the College Success Guide) job, a study routine and • Weekly schedule and study routine time for social activities • Key ideas to remember FACILITATOR’S MANUAL COLLEGE SUCCESS GUIDE LESSON 5 29Activities WARMUP: CHANGING EXPECTATIONS — HIGH SCHOOL VS. COLLEGE CLASSES (5–10 minutes) Distribute the worksheet: “Changing expectations — high school vs. college classes.” Give students about five minutes to respond to the warmup prompts, which ask them to think about how college will differ from high school in a number of key academic areas. Then, talk through the key points on page 11 of the College Success Guide: 1 1. Why study 2. When to study 3. Where to study Briefly discuss how the demands of college studying are different from those of high school. START COLLEGE ON THE RIGHT ACADEMIC TRACK (15–20 minutes) Ask students to share some of their responses to the warmup questions. Emphasize that in college, it is a student’s responsibility to go to class, complete assignments, study, learn course materials and seek help if needed. Distribute the worksheet: “Start college on the right academic track.” Assign each student or small group of students one of the “tips” listed in bold on page 8 of the 2 College Success Guide. Have each student or small group present on why this tip is important for college students to remember. As students are presenting, ask the class to jot down notes on their worksheets. WHAT SHOULD STUDYING IN COLLEGE LOOK LIKE (15–20 minutes) As a group, briefly discuss why studying consistently and daily is so important in college and how much time students should set aside for studying each week. Talk about what good study skills and habits look like for college students. Refer to the “Hitting the books” section on page 11 of the College Success Guide to facilitate this discussion. Distribute the worksheet: “Hitting the books.” 3 Give students 5–10 minutes to complete the worksheet. This worksheet is also included on page 12 of the College Success Guide. If time allows, have students share what they wrote with a partner or as a whole group so they can learn from one another. FACILITATOR’S MANUAL COLLEGE SUCCESS GUIDE LESSON 5 30Activities CREATE A WEEKLY SCHEDULE AND STUDY ROUTINE (20–25 minutes) Distribute the worksheet: “Weekly schedule and study routine.” In this activity, students will create a weekly schedule using sample courses and a parttime job that will be assigned to them. Distribute a sample college class schedule card and a part time work schedule card (included in this lesson) to each student. If students are working in pairs for this activity, distribute a set of cards to each pair of students. Distribute colored pencils. Before students begin filling in their schedules, encourage them to come up with a color code, using a different color for each of the following: 1. Class schedule 5. Extracurricular activities 2. Work schedule 6. Exercise 4 3. Blocks of study time 7. Free time 4. Meals Students should first enter their class and work times into their schedules. Next, students should build in meals and plenty of time for studying, and then fill in time for extracurricular activities, exercise and free time. Remind students that a good rule of thumb to follow for studying is to budget two hours of study time for every hour spent in class each week. Students can refer to page 11 of the College Success Guide for an example of a weekly schedule. WRAPUP/REFLECTION: KEY IDEAS TO REMEMBER (5 minutes) Distribute the worksheet: “Key ideas to remember.” Bring the group back together. Invite students to ree fl ct on what they learned about the academic expectations of being a college student and the strategies that will help them succeed in the college classroom. 5 FACILITATOR’S MANUAL COLLEGE SUCCESS GUIDE LESSON 5 31CHANGING EXPECTATIONS — Worksheet HIGH SCHOOL VS. COLLEGE CLASSES How do you think college will die ff r from high school in terms of… ...the amount of time you spend in class ...the amount of time you spend studying and doing homework ...managing your time outside of class ...what “studying” and “homework” look like …your instructors …what classes are like …class attendance policies FACILITATOR’S MANUAL COLLEGE SUCCESS GUIDE LESSON 5 32START COLLEGE ON THE Worksheet RIGHT ACADEMIC TRACK Write down notes about why each of the following tips is important to remember as you begin college. Refer to page 8 of the College Success Guide. Tip Why is this so important Plan your path to graduation. Go to class. Get to know your instructors. Keep tabs on your syllabi. Seek help when you need it. Manage your time outside of class. FACILITATOR’S MANUAL COLLEGE SUCCESS GUIDE LESSON 5 33HITTING THE BOOKS Worksheet During college, you will spend less time in class than you did in high school, but you will spend a lot more time studying on your own. It will be up to you to develop good study habits. Use this worksheet to help you plan your study routine. How have your study habits been in high school At what times of day are you MOST alert and able to concentrate At what times of day are you least alert and able to concentrate Describe your ideal study environment. How do you think studying will be different in college When: Where: Your MOST productive studying in college will probably take place… When: Where: Your LEAST productive studying in college will probably take place… FACILITATOR’S MANUAL COLLEGE SUCCESS GUIDE LESSON 5 34WEEKLY SCHEDULE AND STUDY ROUTINE Worksheet Before you begin this activity, come up with a color code so that each of the following will be in a different color: 1) class schedule, 2) work schedule, 3) blocks of study time, 4) meals, 5) extracurricular activities, 6) exercise and 7) free time. Then, using the colored pencils and referring to your class and parttime work schedule cards, fill in this worksheet. Fill in class and work times first. Next, build in meals and plenty of time to study before adding extracurricular activities, exercise and free time. You can check page 11 of the College Success Guide for an example of a weekly schedule. Mon. Tue. Wed. Thu. Fri. Sat. Sun. 7 a.m. 8 a.m. 9 a.m. 10 a.m. 11 a.m. Noon 1 p.m. 2 p.m. 3 p.m. 4 p.m. 5 p.m. 6 p.m. 7 p.m. 8 p.m. 9 p.m. 10 p.m. FACILITATOR’S MANUAL COLLEGE SUCCESS GUIDE LESSON 5 35WEEKLY SCHEDULE STUDY ROUTINE Worksheet Use one sample course schedule and one sample work schedule to fill out the weekly schedule and study routine worksheet. Sample Course Schedule A Sample Parttime Work Schedule 1 (15 Credit Hrs/Week) (10 Hrs/Week) Chemistry I MWF 9–10 AM Office Assistant — Career Services Center World Civilizations W 6–8 PM T/Th 5:30–8:30 PM English Composition I T/Th 3–4:30 PM Sat 1–5 PM Calculus T/Th 1–2:30 PM Intro to Economics MWF 12–1 PM Sample Course Schedule B Sample Parttime Work Schedule 2 (15 Credit Hrs/Week) (10 Hrs/Week) Biology MWF 10–11 AM Student Ambassador/Tour Guide Public Speaking MW 12–1:30 PM T/Th 6–8 PM Statistics T/Th 8–9:30 AM Sat 9 AM–12 PM American History Survey T/Th 3:30–5 PM Sun 9 AM–12 PM Sociology I MWF 2–3 PM FirstYear Seminar Th 10–11 AM Sample Course Schedule C Sample Parttime Work Schedule 3 (15 Credit Hrs/Week) (10 Hrs/Week) Intro to Political Science MWF 9–10 AM Lifeguard — Indoor Recreation Pool English Composition I MW 12:30–2 PM M/F 4:30–7:30 PM Finite Math MWF 3–4 PM Sun 1–5 PM Spanish Level 1 T/Th 10–11:30 AM Psychology I T/Th 12–1:30 PM FirstYear Seminar F 11–12 AM FACILITATOR’S MANUAL COLLEGE SUCCESS GUIDE LESSON 5 36KEY IDEAS TO REMEMBER Worksheet What are some ideas you would like to remember from today’s activities and discussion FACILITATOR’S MANUAL COLLEGE SUCCESS GUIDE LESSON 5 37LESSON SIX MAKING GOOD LIFESTYLE CHOICES INTRODUCTION AGENDA LEARNING GOALS Timing: approximately 65–75 minutes (will vary by class size) 1. Warmup: Inventory of current habits Being successful in college 2. Establishing and maintaining healthy habits is about more than just 3. Deciding where to live: Pros and cons academics. A student’s 4. What types of housing are available at my college ability to make good lifestyle 5. Wrapup/Ree fl ction: Determining the best housing option choices, such as getting enough sleep, exercising and finding the best living ITEMS NEEDED situation, can positively 1. A copy of the College Success Guide for each student in the class. If students don’t have copies on hand, you may download a printable impact his or her college PDF at LearnMoreIndiana.org/classroommaterials. For this lesson, experience. The following refer to pages 15–17. lesson will help students: 2. Computers with Internet access. • Learn about developing 3. Worksheets included in this lesson (make a copy for each student in the class): and maintaining healthy • Maintaining healthy habits habits (also on page 16 of the College Success Guide) • Decide what type of • Deciding where to live (also on page 17 of the College Success Guide) housing option is best • Determining the best housing option for them • Understand the importance of making good lifestyle choices FACILITATOR’S MANUAL COLLEGE SUCCESS GUIDE LESSON 6 38Activities WARMUP: INVENTORY OF CURRENT HABITS (10 minutes) Distribute the worksheet: “Maintaining healthy habits.” This worksheet is also available on page 16 of the College Success Guide. Ask them to fill in the first column, describing their current habits when it comes to nutrition; exercise; sleep; and dealing with stress, anxiety and homesickness. 1 ESTABLISHING AND MAINTAINING HEALTHY HABITS (15–20 minutes) Invite students to read the “Maintain healthy habits” section of page 15 of the College Success Guide, or ask for a volunteer to read to the group. As a group, discuss why making healthy food choices and being physically active are important. Then, ask students to fill in the second column of the “Maintaining healthy habits” worksheet, focusing on how they can improve or maintain their habits during college. 2 DECIDING WHERE TO LIVE: PROS AND CONS (20 minutes) Distribute the worksheet: “Deciding where to live.” Ask students to read “Deciding where to live” on page 15 of the College Success Guide, or ask for volunteers to read to the group. Then, give students about 15 minutes to fill in the worksheet, which is also available on page 17 of the Collete Success Guide. The worksheet will help them weigh the pros and cons of different types of on and o ff campus housing while considering whether each type might be right for them. 3 FACILITATOR’S MANUAL COLLEGE SUCCESS GUIDE LESSON 6 39Activities WHAT KINDS OF HOUSING ARE AVAILABLE AT MY COLLEGE (15–20 minutes) Students should visit their college’s website and conduct research to learn what kinds of housing will be available to them as freshmen. Ask them to jot down notes about what they learn. They may want to reference page 15 of the College Success Guide for a list of the different types of oncampus housing. Students who plan to live at home can still research housing options. They may decide to move on campus later in their college careers. Or, if they’re considering renting an apartment near campus, they could begin researching apartment communities close to the college they plan to attend. Students can record their findings on their computer or a blank piece of paper. 4 WRAPUP/REFLECTION: DETERMINING THE BEST HOUSING OPTION (5 minutes) Distribute the worksheet: “Determining the best housing option.” Using the notes they jotted down in the previous activity, students should take a few minutes to write down their thoughts on which housing option is the best fit for them during their first year of college. 5 FACILITATOR’S MANUAL COLLEGE SUCCESS GUIDE LESSON 6 40MAINTAINING HEALTHY HABITS Worksheet Your health is vital to your academic success. You should be sure to take advantage of the different health and wellness services available to you on campus. Make a plan for establishing healthy habits in college for your body and mind. What do your health habits look like now Nutrition Exercise Sleep Dealing with stress and anxiety Dealing with homesickness How can you improve or maintain your health habits during college Nutrition Exercise Sleep Dealing with stress and anxiety Dealing with homesickness FACILITATOR’S MANUAL COLLEGE SUCCESS GUIDE LESSON 6 41DECIDING WHERE TO LIVE Worksheet Choosing where to live is another important step to set yourself up for success for your first year of college and beyond. Depending on the college you attend, you may have different living options available to you. Some colleges require freshmen to live on campus. Think about some of the pros and cons of each of the following on and o ff campus living options. While living on campus can be beneficial due to the proximity to classes and the ability to easily get involved, some circumstances may call for you to live off campus. On campus Consider Pros (+) Cons (–) Yes Residence hall No (single, double or suite) Maybe Learning community or Yes specialinterest/theme No housing Maybe Yes Apartment or suite No Maybe Yes Cooperative housing No Maybe Off campus Consider Pros (+) Cons (–) Yes Living at home No with family Maybe Yes Offcampus apartment No Maybe FACILITATOR’S MANUAL COLLEGE SUCCESS GUIDE LESSON 6 42DETERMINING THE BEST HOUSING OPTION Worksheet What housing option do you think is the best fit for you during your first year of college Why FACILITATOR’S MANUAL COLLEGE SUCCESS GUIDE LESSON 6 43LESSON SEVEN GETTING INVOLVED OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM INTRODUCTION AGENDA LEARNING GOALS Timing: approximately 50–60 minutes (will vary by class size) 1. Warmup: Maximizing your college experience Studies show that college 2. Independent research: How can I get involved in my future students who are engaged campus community both inside and outside the 3. Wrapup/Ree fl ction: Narrow it down classroom are more likely to succeed in college and earn a ITEMS NEEDED 1 degree . The following lesson 1. A copy of the College Success Guide for each student in the class. will help students: If students don’t have copies on hand, you may download a printable PDF at LearnMoreIndiana.org/classroommaterials. For this lesson, • Understand the refer to pages 18–20. importance of getting 2. Computers with Internet access. involved in activities 3. Worksheets included in this lesson (make a copy for each student outside the classroom in the class): • Learn about ways to get • Maxmimizing your college experience (also on page 20 of the College Success Guide) involved • How can I get involved in my campus community • Research specific • Narrow it down opportunities for getting involved on campus 1 George D. Kuh et al., “What Matters to Student Success: A Review of the Literature.” National Postsecondary Education Cooperative. July 2006. http://nces.ed.gov/npec/pdf/kuhteamreport.pdf (accessed 22 January 2015). FACILITATOR’S MANUAL COLLEGE SUCCESS GUIDE LESSON 7 44Activities WARMUP: MAZIMIZING YOUR COLLEGE EXPERIENCE (10–15 minutes) Distribute the worksheet: “Making the most of your college experience.” Ask students to read page 19 of the College Success Guide, or ask for volunteers to read to the group. Then, instruct students to complete the worksheet, which is also available on page 20 of the College Success Guide. Have them share their responses with a partner or with the class. As a group, discuss the importance and benet fi s of getting involved during college. 1 HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED IN MY FUTURE CAMPUS COMMUNITY (30 minutes) Distribute the worksheet: “How can I get involved in my future campus community” Students will conduct online research to find campus and community involvement opportunities at their college. Point out the tips provided on the worksheet to help guide students’ research. 2 WRAPUP/REFLECTION: NARROW IT DOWN (10–15 minutes) Distribute the worksheet: “Narrow it down.” Students will consider the research they’ve just conducted and choose which opportunities for involvement interest them the most. They will also record contact information and next steps for getting involved. 3 FACILITATOR’S MANUAL COLLEGE SUCCESS GUIDE LESSON 7 45MAXIMIZING YOUR Worksheet COLLEGE EXPERIENCE Students who are involved and take advantage of opportunities to engage with their college communities are more likely to graduate on time and have better grades. Answer the following questions to help you determine how you may want to get involved. What sort of extracurricular activities were you involved in during high school What opportunities would you like to get involved in during college Clubs and student organizations Recreational sports Study abroad Community service or volunteering Experiential, immersive and service learning courses Other FACILITATOR’S MANUAL COLLEGE SUCCESS GUIDE LESSON 7 46HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED IN Worksheet MY CAMPUS COMMUNITY For this activity, you will conduct research online to find out what kinds of opportunities for getting involved are available at your college. Getting started To begin your research, visit your college’s website. If you don’t yet know which college you will attend, choose the institution you’re most interested in. Research tips Browse the college’s website for campus and community involvement information. Many institutions provide sections for Students or Current Students, Campus Life or Student Life, or Student Affairs on their websites where you can find this information. If you can’t find the information, use the website’s search tool, if available. Involvement opportunities What I learned What types of CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS does your college offer What opportunities does your college offer for students to: Participate in recreational sports Take part in diversity or multicultural programming Study abroad Participate in experiential, immersive, and/or servicelearning courses (may also be called internships) FACILITATOR’S MANUAL COLLEGE SUCCESS GUIDE LESSON 7 47HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED IN Worksheet MY CAMPUS COMMUNITY (CONTINUED) Involvement opportunities What I learned Where can students at your college learn more about COMMUNITY SERVICE OR VOLUNTEER opportunities What are some SPECIAL EVENTS that your college offers for students What are some OTHER OPPORTUNITIES for involvement that your college offers FACILITATOR’S MANUAL COLLEGE SUCCESS GUIDE LESSON 7 48NARROW IT DOWN Worksheet Based on your research, what opportunities for involvement interest you most Write down three campus activities, organizations, events or other opportunities that you would like to learn more about. Next to each, jot down details about the opportunity as well as contact information and instructions for getting involved. Involvement opportunities Contact information and/ that MOST interest Details or instructions for me include: getting involved 1 2 3 FACILITATOR’S MANUAL COLLEGE SUCCESS GUIDE LESSON 7 49LESSON EIGHT BALANCING WORK AND SCHOOL INTRODUCTION AGENDA LEARNING GOALS Timing: approximately 45–60 minutes (will vary by class size) 1. Warmup: Working during college Many students will need 2. Exploring oncampus and nearby work opportunities to work during college to 3. Independent research: Connecting to work experiences help cover their expenses. 4. Wrapup/Ree fl ction: Key ideas to remember and additional resources A parttime job, such as a workstudy job, may even ITEMS NEEDED be included as part of some financial aid packages. 1. A copy of the College Success Guide for each student in the class. If students don’t have copies on hand, you may download a printable This lesson will help students: PDF at LearnMoreIndiana.org/classroommaterials. For this lesson, refer to pages 21–22. • Understand how working parttime and oncampus 2. Chalkboard, dryerase board, or several large sheets of paper or poster board. can make it easier to 3. Computers with Internet access. balance a job and school 4. Worksheets included in this lesson (make a copy for each student • Consider how to find in the class): work experiences related • Balancing work and school to academic and career (also on page 22 of the College Success Guide) interests • Exploring academic and careerrelated work opportunities • Connecting to work experiences • Learn about oncampus • Key ideas to remember job opportunities and job • Additional resources related resources FACILITATOR’S MANUAL COLLEGE SUCCESS GUIDE LESSON 8 50Activities WARMUP: WORKING DURING COLLEGE (5–10 minutes) Distribute the worksheet: “Balancing work and school.” Give students a few minutes to complete the worksheet, which is also available on page 22 of the College Success Guide. Then survey the group to find out how many hours per week students currently work and how many hours per week they plan to work during college. Together, discuss some of the expenses students anticipate having to cover with wages 1 from a job during college. EXPLORING ONCAMPUS AND NEARBY WORK OPPORTUNITIES (15–20 minutes) Ask students to return to the second column of the “Balancing work and school” worksheet. As a group, discuss the types of oncampus employment opportunities listed in that section. For each type of oncampus opportunity, brainstorm specific jobs that might be available to students and where students might inquire about those jobs. 2 Distribute the worksheet: “Exploring academic and careerrelated work opportunities.” Give students about 5 minutes to complete this worksheet. Invite students to discuss their responses with a partner. INDEPENDENT RESEARCH: CONNECTING TO WORK EXPERIENCES THROUGH THE CAMPUS CAREER CENTER (20–25 minutes) Distribute the worksheet: “Connecting to work experiences.” Have students conduct online research to find what resources and services their college’s career center can offer to help students find work. 3 WRAPUP/REFLECTION: KEY IDEAS TO REMEMBER AND ADDITIONAL RESOURCES (5 minutes) Distribute the worksheet: “Key ideas to remember.” Also distribute the “Additional resources” handout. Bring the group back together. Invite students to ree fl ct on what they learned about 4 balancing a job as a fulltime college student. Encourage them to explore the additional resources provided on the handout for job and career assistance. FACILITATOR’S MANUAL COLLEGE SUCCESS GUIDE LESSON 8 51BALANCING WORK AND SCHOOL Worksheet Many students must work while in college, and research shows that having a job benet fi s students academically, as well as financially. Students who work 10–15 hours per week tend to earn higher grades than their nonworking peers. However, students who work more than 20 hours each week typically earn lower grades and are less likely to graduate. Schoolwork must be your number one priority. How many hours per week do you currently work How many hours per week do you plan to work while attending college What are some expenses you anticipate having to cover with wages from a job during college (If you’ve already completed the budget worksheet on pages 6–7 of the College Success Guide, or if you completed it in Lesson 3, you may want to refer to it now.) Tutor/teacher assistant Food service/wait staff Computer/IT services Recreational sports Maintenance/custodial Retail/sales Among the types of oncampus jobs Research/lab assistant Departmental aide listed here, what are some that might Clerical/secretarial Libraries interest you Residence hall programs This list includes common oncampus jobs. Ask your school’s student employment office about specific opportunities at your college. Offcampus employment is also an option; however, working on campus can help you stay focused on your studies and engage in your school community. If working off campus, be sure your employer understands that you are a student first and an employee second. FACILITATOR’S MANUAL COLLEGE SUCCESS GUIDE LESSON 8 52EXPLORING ACADEMIC AND CAREER Worksheet RELATED WORK OPPORTUNITIES My interests and skills include: During college, I plan to earn my degree in: The career path I plan to pursue is: FACILITATOR’S MANUAL COLLEGE SUCCESS GUIDE LESSON 8 53EXPLORING ACADEMIC AND CAREER Worksheet RELATED WORK OPPORTUNITIES (CONTINUED) What are some types of oncampus, parttime jobs you might explore that could give you experience related to your academic and career interest areas Write down at least three ideas. What are some job opportunities and/ or internships related to your academic and career interests that you might explore off campus in the surrounding community FACILITATOR’S MANUAL COLLEGE SUCCESS GUIDE LESSON 8 54CONNECTING TO Worksheet WORK EXPERIENCES Most colleges and universities provide job and career guidance for students through a career center or career services office, or through the specific academic departments or schools. Find out how your college can help you find a parttime job or internship by exploring its website. Career center on your campus Campus address: Phone number: Resources Career counseling/coaching Career assessments Job and internship search assistance What resources and services does my campus career center provide for students Interview preparation (Check all that apply.) Résumé and cover letter writing assistance Job/career fairs Other FACILITATOR’S MANUAL COLLEGE SUCCESS GUIDE LESSON 8 55CONNECTING TO Worksheet WORK EXPERIENCES (CONTINUED) Most colleges provide an online job portal through which students can apply to job postings. Typically, students must create an account or log in with a username or student ID and a password to gain access. Student employment My college provides the following resources to help students find employment: To find student employment at my college, I will need to follow these steps: An internship is a great way to gain work experience during college. Internships may be paid, unpaid and/or give college credit. Don’t turn away an internship just because it doesn’t pay — look into completing an internship for credit hours instead. Internships My college provides the following internship information and resources: To find and apply for an internship through my college, I will need to follow these steps: FACILITATOR’S MANUAL COLLEGE SUCCESS GUIDE LESSON 8 56KEY IDEAS TO REMEMBER Worksheet What are some ideas you would like to remember from today’s activities and discussion FACILITATOR’S MANUAL COLLEGE SUCCESS GUIDE LESSON 8 57Additional resources VISIT INDIANAINTERN.NET TO EXPLORE AND APPLY FOR INTERNSHIPS. This free tool, provided by the state of Indiana, connects students with internships statewide. 1 LEARN ABOUT THE EARN INDIANA PROGRAM AND APPLY FOR A PAID INTERNSHIP. Find out if you are eligible to participate in EARN (Employment Aid Readiness Network) Indiana, a state workstudy program that connects students to résumébuilding, experiential, paid internships that help prepare them for a career. Visit IndianaINTERN.net/earninfo for more information, a list of employers and directions for how to apply. 2 GO TO LEARNMOREINDIANA.ORG. Learn More Indiana’s website offers information and tips to help you connect to work experience opportunities. Visit LearnMoreIndiana.org/career. 3 FACILITATOR’S MANUAL COLLEGE SUCCESS GUIDE LESSON 8 58LESSON NINE RESOURCES FOR SUCCESS INTRODUCTION AGENDA LEARNING GOALS Timing: approximately 55–70 minutes (will vary by class size) 1. Warmup: Getting academic support Most Indiana colleges offer 2. Firstyear success and beyond a wide range of resources, 3. Wrapup/Ree fl ction: Plan ahead for success services and programs to help students achieve success ITEMS NEEDED during their first year of 1. A copy of the College Success Guide for each student in the class. college and beyond. This If students don’t have copies on hand, you may download a printable lesson will help students: PDF at LearnMoreIndiana.org/classroommaterials. For this lesson, refer to pages 13–14 and 23–24. • Understand the role of an 2. Computers with Internet access. academic advisor 3. Worksheets included in this lesson (make a copy for each student • Learn about the types of in the class): resources, services and • Getting academic support programs colleges offer to (also on page 24 of the College Success Guide) support students’ academic • Firstyear success programs at my college and firstyear success 4. Checklist included in this lesson: • Setting up for success (also on page 14 of the College Success Guide) FACILITATOR’S MANUAL COLLEGE SUCCESS GUIDE LESSON 9 59Activities WARMUP: GETTING ACADEMIC SUPPORT (25–30 minutes) Distribute the worksheet: “Getting academic support.” As a group, discuss the academic support services on page 23 of the College Success Guide. Explain the role of a college academic advisor. Then, have students complete the worksheet, which is also available on page 24 of the College Success Guide. Next, instruct students to conduct online research on their college’s website to learn more about what kinds of support will be available to them. (Students who don’t yet know what 1 college they will be attending can choose a school they’re interested in.) FIRSTYEAR SUCCESS AND BEYOND (25–30 minutes) Distribute the worksheet: “Firstyear success programs at my college.” As a group, review page 13 of the College Success Guide. Discuss the firstyear success initiatives and programs commonly available at colleges. Let students know that they may need to plan ahead to be able to participate in certain first year success initiatives, such as summer bridge, welcome week or orientation programming. Have students conduct online research on their college’s website to find information about 2 the firstyear success initiatives available on campus. Students should jot down their findings on the worksheet. WRAPUP/REFLECTION: PLAN AHEAD FOR SUCCESS (5–10 minutes) Distribute the checklist: “Setting up for success.” Bring the group back together and ask each student to share one example of an academic support service or firstyear success initiative that his/her college offers. Then, review the checklist, also on page 14 of the College Success Guide, to help students plan ahead for success during their first year of college. 3 FACILITATOR’S MANUAL COLLEGE SUCCESS GUIDE LESSON 9 60GETTING ACADEMIC SUPPORT Worksheet There are many helpful resources on campus that you can turn to for support during college. A great place to start is your academic advisor. He or she can help you stay on track to graduate on time and point you to available resources for assistance in and out of the classroom. Use this worksheet to help you identify what resources you may need during college. Search your college’s website for information about these services. Who is your academic advisor Name: Contact information: What services are available on my college’s campus Write down contact information. Academic (tutoring, study groups, writing center, etc.): Health and wellness: Career services: Financial (tuition assistance, budgeting, etc.): Student affairs (counseling, housing, etc.): Faithbased services: FACILITATOR’S MANUAL COLLEGE SUCCESS GUIDE LESSON 9 61FIRSTYEAR SUCCESS PROGRAMS Worksheet AT MY COLLEGE Visit your college’s website to learn what firstyear programs might be available to you. If you don’t know where you plan to attend college, choose one that most interests you. Program/initiative How to get involved Deadline to register FACILITATOR’S MANUAL COLLEGE SUCCESS GUIDE LESSON 9 62SETTING UP FOR SUCCESS Checklist The beginning of your college career is right around the corner. Use this checklist to start college on the right track and set yourself up for success Ask about firstyear programs, including summer bridge programs, orientation programming, firstyear seminars, learning communities, career exploration courses and mentoring programs. Find out what resources and student support services are available on your campus. Meet with your academic advisor to help you develop a class schedule and discuss your academic plan and educational goals. L earn how to access and navigate your online eStudent account, so you can stay on top of your state financial aid package. Summer Explore campus. Find out where your classes will be held and the locations of student before resources around campus, such as the library, computer labs, dining halls, health center college and academic support centers. Investigate oncampus job opportunities. Visit your school’s student employment office or website, or ask your college advisor for assistance. Make a weekly schedule for yourself. How will you best use your time before, between and after classes Make sure you set aside at least two hours of study time for each hour you spend in class each week. Attend your instructors’ office hours to ask them any questions you might have. Visit or contact your school’s financial aid office if you have any questions about the status of your financial aid package. E xplore all of your textbook options to make sure you find the best deal on your First month class books. of classes Create a budget for yourself. Sit down and map out all of your income sources and monthly expenses. Figure out exactly how much money you can spend per week and per month. Then, stick to it FACILITATOR’S MANUAL COLLEGE SUCCESS GUIDE LESSON 9 63SETTING UP FOR SUCCESS (CONTINUED) Checklist Join a club or student organization. Getting involved will help you meet new people and engage in your campus community. A ttend special events such as films, plays, presentations, athletic activities and cultural events. Many of these are free for students Reevaluate your weekly schedule and make adjustments as needed. Seek out and use your school’s academic support services. Attend free workshops, tutoring and supplemental instruction (SI) sessions. H ead to the campus career services office to explore different majors and career opportunities if you are undecided. First M aintain a healthy balance of work, sleep, exercise, eating right and having fun. Semester If you’re feeling stressed, anxious or homesick, talk to someone at the school’s counseling center. Go to class Missing class means you’re missing discussions that may be on exams. Plus, many professors have attendance policies that impact grades. Revisit your budget to see how you are managing your money and where you might be able to reduce some expenses. M eet with your academic advisor to plan your class schedule for the following semester and to make sure you are staying on track to graduate. Stay on track to reach 30 credit hours by the end of the school year. Talk to your advisor if you’re thinking about withdrawing from a course, so you can make a plan to catch up. Consider enrolling in summer classes, if needed. Keep up the good work by staying organized, going to class and sticking to a study routine. Schedule a meeting with your academic advisor to start planning for the next school year. Second Semester FACILITATOR’S MANUAL COLLEGE SUCCESS GUIDE LESSON 9 64
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