From High School to College Skills Program For students who need support for executive function skills, learning disability, and/or ADHD
Session 1: Are you ready for college: The College Readiness Interview.
Goal: assess student’s strengths, weaknesses, and executive functioning skills to establish goals for the summer to ease college entrance.
- Participate in the college readiness interview.
- Discuss goals and how to accomplish them
Session 2: Documentation guidelines and process: understanding reasonable accommodations.
Part 1: Parents are welcome to join
Goal: Understand what accommodations the student will likely receive in college and how to access them.
- Review documentation guidelines and process of soon-to be-attended university.
- Discuss reasonable college accommodations based on current evaluation and history of services.
Part 2: Student only
Goal: Understand the language of evaluation to effectively self-advocate.
- Review language of evaluation – questions, confusions, concerns.
- Review the interactive process of your college’s disability/accessibility services office.
- Practice interview skills to express learning needs during the accommodation process.
Sessions 3: Executive Functioning Skills: The Must Haves.
Goal: Explore and personalize the necessary skills needed in the post-secondary environment.
- Time management:
- Academic calendars (paper vs. electronic)
- Organizations of monthly/weekly/daily agenda
- Organization of email(s)
- Staying on top of due dates (assignments, projects, exams)
- Note taking skills:
- Review strategies of note taking
- Explore note taking technology
- Is note taking accommodation possible and/or necessary?
- Study Skills:
- Study smarter not harder – explore effective study strategies
- Creating useful study guides
Sessions 4: The unwritten rules: what you need to know as an incoming freshman.
Goal: Be prepared for what is expected of you in your first semester.
- Demystifying a current syllabus
- If student has access to canvas/blackboard:
- Navigating Canvas/Blackboard and understanding discussion boards/assignments/expectations.
- Discuss importance of office hours.
- Review etiquette of emails to professors.
Optional Session 5: Course Selection: Do I Have a Choice?
Goal: Start out freshman year with a balanced and manageable schedule.
- Explore course selections:
- Understand course load and expectations
- What a balanced schedule looks like.
- Importance of spacing out courses
- Explore introductory courses
- Electives versus core requirements
- Is underloading (reduced course load) an option?
Fee: $1800 for four one-hour sessions individualized to the student.
Fee: $300 optional fifth session to help student develop a balanced first semester course load.
For more information contact, Ildi Szekely.