#1. Remind them:
Remind them that you are a partner in their education, helping them complete their process, and not telling them what process they have to complete. Sometimes, it’s the simple reminders that help students feel more comfortable.
#2. Track graduation requirements:
Set expectation reminders with your students of their requirements and submittable dates.
#3. List of suggestions:
Send them a list of items they will need for their dorm to help academically.
#4. Coach them:
Coach them on answering their phone and speaking during conversations like the young adults they are becoming.
#5. Give them an assignment:
Find the telephone number for the writing center, academic support office, and computer help/tech office at their college or university and have them put those numbers into their phones.
#6. Have open conversations:
Have open conversations around scenarios they may encounter in college. For example, ask them what they would do if their computer stopped working at 11pm on a Sunday night with a paper due on Monday.
Practice communicating with professionals who they don’t know. Invite 3-5 unknown adults to play “professors, financial aid staff, or public safety officers.” Give the students a role, like asking for clarification on a subject matter or for help with a pressing item, and then have them to communicate with the assigned adult. Ask the adults to give general feedback to the participants.
#8. Provide an award!
Decide who improved the most over high school, and give them an award. The effort that results in real progress is a great example of grit. Model for everyone that it’s important to recognize effort.
#9. Explore the importance of planning:
Teach them how to use a college-level planner and provide some resources on where they can get one.
#10. Encourage your school:
Encourage your school to provide Going to College 101’s program to give students the help and assistance they need to successfully navigate the gap between the structure of high school and the freedom of college.
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