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Preparing for College Success Certificate Course Online




12 Weeks


About the Course

Get a Preparing for College Success Certificate

Do you feel like your past educational or life experiences haven’t quite prepared you to excel in a college environment? Are you thinking of attending college, but not really sure where to start? If so, you aren’t alone. College is a big transition for many people, and this course will help you to take the next step in your education feeling prepared and confident.

With information about everything from how to study for tests, to how to build relationships with peers and mentors, this course is intended to make sure that you head to your college program excited to learn, rather than nervous about unfamiliar processes and expectations.

What to Expect

The Preparing for College Success Certificate Course is an online learning program with recommended readings from the textbook (Preparing for College Success). This course is self-directed, which means you may study and complete assignments at times that are most convenient for you from the comfort of your own home.

This part-time Preparing for College Success Certificate Course has a recommended completion date of 6 weeks from the start of the program, however, you may choose to complete the course in as little as 4 weeks or as long as 12 weeks, depending on your schedule.

The Preparing for College Success Certificate Course has been created to allow you to complete it without teaching assistance. However, if you have questions or need assistance, you can receive help from a Faculty Member throughout the 6 weeks of the course. Your Faculty Member is a valuable resource person who can provide you with personal teaching assistance to help you succeed in the course.

Course Topics

The Preparing for College Success Certificate Course has been developed to meet high academic standards, ensuring that as a graduate you can display with pride the Preparing for College Success Certificate you will earn from the USILD

Getting into College

  • What Are the Benefits of College?

  • Your Academic Journey and Personal Story

  • Finding the Right “Fit”

  • Applying for College and Making Your Decision

Transitioning to College

  • Why College??

  • The First Year of College Will Be An Experience

  • College Culture and Expectations

  • It’s All in the Mindset

Managing your Time and Priorities

  • Time Management in College

  • Procrastination: The Enemy Within

  • How to Manage Time

  • Prioritization

  • Enhanced Strategies for Time and Task Management

Reading and Note-Taking

  • The Learning Process

  • The Nature and Types of Reading

  • Effective Reading Strategies

  • Helpful Note-Taking Strategies

Studying, Memory and Test Taking

  • Deepening Your Learning

  • Memory

  • Studying

  • Test Taking

  • Developing Metacognition

Building Relationships>

  • The Benefits of Healthy Relationships?

  • Building Relationships in College

  • Working in Groups

Maintaining Your Mental Health and Managing Stress

  • Creating Your Best Self

  • Your Overall Well-Being

  • The Mind-Body Connection

  • Mental Health Basics

  • The Role of Social Media on Mental Health

  • Physical Health Basics

Understanding Financial Literacy

  • Personal Financial Planning

  • Saving, Expenses and Budgeting

  • Credit Cards

  • Paying for College

Planning Your Future

  • Setting Goals and Staying Motivated?

  • Planning Your Degree Path

  • Making a Plan

  • Using the Career Planning Cycle

Your Instructor

Kelly Parker

Kelly Parker

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