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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/classroom-materials 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. Warm-up: 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/classr00m-materials. what concerns they have 2. (Optional) Chalkboard, dry-erase 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 • First-year 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 WARM-UP: COLLEGE ANTICIPATIONS (5–10 minutes) Distribute the worksheet: “College anticipations.” Give students several minutes to respond to the two warm-up 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 warm-up 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, dry-erase 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. First-year 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 on-campus 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 first-year students at my college? … what I could gain by participating in experiential- or service-learning 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. Warm-up: How to set myself up for college success Each student’s college 2. Make a commitment to college success experience will be 3. Wrap-up/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/classroom-materials. For this lesson, ways to be successful as a refer to pages 3–4. college student. 2. Chalkboard or dry-erase 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 WARM-UP: 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 dry-erase 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 crime-free 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 WRAP-UP/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 dry-erase 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 full-time enrollment? …I’m struggling with a 15-credit 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 crime-free … 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. Warm-up: 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. Wrap-up/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/classroom-materials. 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. Dry-erase 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 per-semester and per-month totals. FACILITATOR’S MANUAL COLLEGE SUCCESS GUIDE LESSON 3 16Activities WRAP-UP/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 dry-erase 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 20