Answering Questions From Professors About Success Coaching – Part 3

Answering Questions From Professors About Success Coaching – Part 3

Question #3:  What’s the difference between a student having a success coach and working with professors during office hours? A success coach’s job is not to help students with their classwork (though we’ve been known to read a chapter or two with a student or spend a session digging into some material with which he or she is particularly struggling), but to make sure they can successfully access the resources on campus that provide help. This includes seeing professors during…

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Answering Questions From Professors About Success Coaching – Part 2

Answering Questions From Professors About Success Coaching – Part 2

Question #2:  What are the main reasons so many first year students do poorly and end up on academic warning or probation after the fall semester? From the perspective of the success coaches who end up with these students, there are two issues that we see most often: 1. A student misses a class, then misses another one and then before they know it, they find themselves in trouble in the course.  Why do they decide not to go to…

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Answering Questions From Professors About Success Coaching

Answering Questions From Professors About Success Coaching

Question 1: (Actual question from a real professor) What do you success coaches do anyway? Your student is failing my English 152 class. Answer: When we know a student is failing a class, we first try to see if it because the student is A) not attending class, B) not taking notes or reading the material, C) not turning in assignments on time (or not turning in assignments period), or D) unprepared for this level of class. To find out…

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Boys to Men – Success Coaching Young Men

Boys to Men – Success Coaching Young Men

It has been well documented in recent years that women’s college graduation rates have started to outpace those of their male counterparts. In addition, more women than men are now going on to earn masters and post-doctoral degrees. There is a lot of debate about why this is and what we can do to close the disparity, but part of the solution certainly involves giving extra aid to struggling male undergraduates, especially in their first years of college. Of the…

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Success Coaching – Willpower

Success Coaching – Willpower

All of us have, at one time or another, struggled with that unfortunate necessity: willpower. At times we have succeeded in avoiding temptation (I ordered the side salad instead of the fries!) or doing the thing we hate the most (Hello, TurboTax!). At other times, however, we have fallen short (I’m just going to open up TurboTax here and…wait…did my sister just post new, adorable pics of my nephew on facebook? I’m gonna check those out for just a sec…)…

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Be Bad At Something…Until You’re Not

Be Bad At Something…Until You’re Not

Recently, I’ve been reading the book Nine Things Successful People Do Differently by Social Psychologist and Associate Director of Columbia Business School’s Motivation and Science Center Heidi Grant Halvorson. The book is full of interesting thoughts and sage advice, but I’ve been focusing on one chapter in particular as it relates to my current crop of second semester students. The chapter is titled, “Focus on Getting Better, Rather Than Being Good,” and it speaks to the thoroughly debunked yet pervasive…

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Overcoming Setbacks

Overcoming Setbacks

For all of us, setbacks are a natural, unavoidable part the process of achievement and success. For most of us, this fact is as difficult to remember as it is true. When we find ourselves smack in the middle of a failure, disappointment, or delay, we fear that this is it. All of our hard work and all of our best efforts have led us here- and “here” is exactly where we did not want to be. Of course, that’s…

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Success Coaching- 4 Traits of a Second Semester Freshman

Success Coaching- 4 Traits of a Second Semester Freshman

As 2013 comes to a close, many of us are thinking about the New Year: our goals, our resolutions, the ways in which we plan do better this time around.  Whether we want to finally lose those 20lbs., follow through on career ambitions, or simply take the time to enjoy more of life and those we love- this is the moment when we take a moment, ask ourselves what we really want in life, and re-commit to doing our best…

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The Path to Self-Sufficiency

The Path to Self-Sufficiency

“My mom used to take care of everything, and now it’s just me.” – Kiera A lot has been made as of late about this generation of college students’ lack of self-sufficiency. We talk of over-structured childhoods and helicopter parents, and we lament that we have seemingly produced an entire generation of young adults who have never had to structure their time or take care of their responsibilities on their own. I think this cultural phenomenon is far from universal,…

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Facilitating The Relationship Between Students and Professors

Facilitating The Relationship Between Students and Professors

Maintaining a good relationship with a professor can have a huge impact on a student’s level of comprehension, performance, and eventual grade in a particular course. This can be especially true in large classes, where a professor may not have the ability to notice when one student out of a hundred is struggling, but in general, maintaining good communication with a professor is one of the best and easiest ways for students to guarantee positive results. Unfortunately, not all students…

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