From High School to College Skills Program For students who need support for executive function skills, learning disability, and/or ADHD
*Sessions are 75 minutes long.
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, 75-minute one-on-one sessions including consulting time to individualize the sessions for the student’s profile and the college to which they are matriculating
Fee: $250 optional fifth session to help student develop a balanced first semester course load.
For more information contact, Ildi Szekely.
Follow up meetings as needed during freshman year to help the student navigate questions about their college transition such as troubleshooting the accommodations request process, guiding student in talking to professors about accommodations, and finding appropriate resources and support on campus, etc.