All college students are welcome to take this class. However, it is designed with particular groups of students in mind. My classes, which start with this orientation, have changed people's lives in addition to educating them on a particular topic when they are in one of these situations:
- Are you at a crossroads in your life, trying to get on a positive path toward your goals? This course will help you.
- Have you been surviving in life with little to no positive mentoring, trying to figure things out as you go, but still struggling to find your way? This course will help you.
- Are you fresh out of high school thinking you know everything you need to know to succeed in college? Please take this class - it will help you.
- If your life is right on track with your goals, you have a healthy and positive balance in most all aspects of your life, you are totally organized and consistently manage your time wisely, this course is probably not going to be a life changer for you, but you will likely learn a few things that will help you be even more of an Academic Rock Star! This category of student enjoys my classes because I validate what they are doing that works and they enjoy my teaching style. However, if you are in this category, your best bet may be to enroll in my other upcoming courses: Mastering A Positive Attitude, and Essential Communication Skills For Life (due out Fall 2015).
By applying these college success tips, you will be an above-average student in every class you take. Wanting good grades isn't enough. This course will teach you the consistent behaviors that will get you noticed as a positive student who adds value to the academic experience.
Develop Skills To Take You From Average Student to Academic Rock Star! Instructors and other students appreciate people who have the self-awareness and interpersonal skills required in a college environment - it's important to get your money's worth from the investment in your education. This class is based on my orientation, which has supported student achievement for more than 15 years of teaching at Butte College. Students repeatedly tell me they wish they had this orientation their first semester in college.
The 25 tips plus bonus tip sheet are organized into four sections:
- preparing before the class
- winning moves the first two weeks of class
- maintaining success throughout the class
- communicating after the class
Every section includes lectures which coincide with your learning summary.
This is the information you are expected to know when you attend college, but how can you know if you don't take this class?
You will learn how to:
-manage relationships with the people you live with so they can be supportive of your college commitment
-organize your life through tools and planning that have proven track records for creating excellence at work and at college
-interact with other students and instructors so you are a person other people actually enjoy being around
-actively participate in class so you can take ownership for outcomes, assignments, and the grades you earn
Some of the most surprising FAILs I've observed were those students who already thought of themselves as academic rock starts, so they ignored my orientation guidelines, only to find themselves struggling and earning grades below their potential. Students take my classes with the goal of transferring to University or the workplace, so you can count on these tips supporting whatever life plan you have in mind.
Enroll now, why wait? I promise you will learn something useful in this course because so many students before you have benefitted from this content.
Almost three hours of content for you - amazing value! This is your in-a-glance tool and you can also see the video times as your scroll through the course. The sections of this course are arranged according to college classes: before the class, during the class, and after the class. I've organized the sections and the lectures within the sections thinking you will watch the video lectures in the sequential order in which they are arranged. However, the material is sure to be useful even if you choose not to watch them in order. I created the attached outline with lecture times so you can easily decide at any point: should I watch one more lecture or take a break?
This ten-page learning summary is your note-taking map as you move through the course. I encourage you to print this PDF - it's yours to use as you watch the videos and listen to the lectures. It is your record of the action plans you will create as you complete each lecture. This tool makes it easy for you to share your progress and plans with the people in your life. You don't have to take notes if you don't want to: in that case, this is simply an outline of what you have learned. I think you may retain more information if you takes notes, so I took the time to create this tool for you.
Increase your chances of getting the classes you want by following the guidelines in this lecture.
Your learning style impacts which calendar style works best for you. Follow the guidelines in this lecture to get on track before class starts.
Class registration can be the deal maker or deal breaker of your plans. This lecture will help you get in front of the pack.
This lecture will give you insight into one of the most defining aspects of student failure or success.
This lecture provides discussion topics that can minimize conflict when you start class.
This lecture shares a simple action plan that my students have used repeatedly to make their lives easier and more organized.
This lecture provides options you should consider as soon as you know the text book requirements of your classes.
This lecture provides practical guidance for taking care of yourself while you are in college. Even if you had a fantastic and nurturing parent(s) who raised you, give this video a look to learn the tips students say helped them a lot!
This lecture will help you realize the value of the syllabus, study important aspects of the syllabus, and avoid embarrassing yourself by being the lazy student who doesn't take advantage of available resources.
This lecture provides honest input about the first day that most instructors may be reluctant to share.
This lecture will help you understand why success depends on a learning environment free of avoidable distractions - don't be drunk and stoned when you show up to class. It's also important you don't ACT drunk or stoned!
This lecture will teach you why your choice of seats can impact your learning, overall experience, and prepare you for your future career.
This lecture is an excerpt from Catherine's Time Management training and and organization tip many people say they never really thought about.
This lecture helps you understand the multiple benefits and styles of note taking and how this skill can build rapport with instructors and support your class achievements.
This lecture has the potential for improving every important relationship in your life.
This lecture addresses the important combination of decisions and discipline related to attendance. Learn why your attendance is about more than your failure or success in the class.
This lecture outlines the DOs and DON'Ts of appropriate class interaction. Learn how to get out of your comfort zone - even if you are shy - to be a student adding value to the class while establishing a connection with the instructor.
Especially when you are confused - or even frustrated - it's important to demonstrate collaboration skills with your instructor to can make you stand out as a student with emotional maturity. Watch this video to learn how!
When you pay college tuition, you immediately have access to the college library. Many students get so busy, they don't take time to learn all the library has to offer. Watch this video to learn about a few aspects of the library which may benefit you immediately.
Many of my students have a lot going on in their lives; so much so, I've even recommended waiting to start college. However, most students determine to stay with their college plan, and this video shares some of the tips which have helped many students along the way.
Even if you are a positive person who quickly adapts to the requirements of college, work, and personal relationships, this lecture may entertain you! This video is focused on one of the most common issues I've observed with students and employees who struggle.
This lecture outlines what tutoring is and is not, and why it's important for you to know the difference.
Watch this video! Don't be the person who waits until graduation semester to make sure everything is in order, aka: melt down planning.
Student communication after classes have ended has been a motivator for me and other instructors I know. Watch this video to learn how you might benefit from communication when you are no longer required to do so.
Catherine brings more than thirty years of private sector work experience, from the front line to corporate level sales and marketing, to her trainings and college courses. Her sales background ranges from capital goods to long-term service programs, including face-to-face and telephone sales. She has extensive experience in manufacturing environments; in addition, she has worked with county, city and non-profit organizations. Organizational development, role definition, training manual development, and work instruction creation are among the areas of expertise Catherine offers as part of her customized on-site training programs. Her trainings provide practical skills and tools that can be applied immediately and knowledge based on real-life work experience. Catherine is consistently rated by participants as a motivational and involved trainer. Her combination of humor and straight talk creates an enjoyable and valuable training experience.
·California State University, Chico, English and Communication Studies
·Butte College Golden Apple Academic Excellence Award
·Fowler Wainwright International Institute of Professional Coaching, Certified Professional Coach
·Development Dimensions International, Certified Trainer
·Achieve Global, Certified Trainer