Next Stop: College

Summer One-on-One Series:
Students Grades 11-12 & Parents

The Parent/Student Guide to Everything the Orientation Won’t Tell You and How You Need to Prepare NOW!

Congratulations, you’ve been accepted!  Going to college is an exciting new chapter, one that is fast-paced and requires a new level of independence. The strategies and skills you will need to organize your class schedule, extracurricular activities and dorm life will be very different than what you used in high school. Understanding how to plan and manage the next four years will be critical to your success.  Don’t panic!  You can hit the ground running in college by beginning to prepare NOW!

Join Rhona Gordon, president and founder of Thinking Organized and award winning author of Thinking Organized for Parents and Children, in a one-one summer series that will focus on the key areas that tend to get overlooked while preparing to head off to college.

**NOTE**  This series would also benefit:

  • High school juniors beginning the college application process 
  • Transfer students beginning the year in a new school
  • Current college students who would like to start their year strong with better organizational and study skills


Topics covered include:

  • Registering for classes and what to look out for
  • The book-buying process
  • The importance of your first week on campus
  • Becoming an expert at managing time and your hectic schedule
  • How to advocate for yourself
  • Learning to perfect your own note-taking techniques regardless of how the college professor presents them
  • Handling the reading overload
  • Writing your own rules for papers
  • How to study and when to cram


This one-on-one series will take place conveniently around your student’s schedule. The two-hour sessions detailed below will be adapted to meet the individual needs of your student.

Session 1: Starting Out Right
What you need to prepare before stepping on campus and the importance of your first week.

Session 2: Getting Into It
Learn how to manage your time successfully between studying, classes and social activities.

Session 3: How to Study and When to Cram 
The “I hate studying” guide to studying, including strategies for reading, note-taking, skimming, understanding material vs. memorizing, and more.

Session 4: Writing and Self-advocacy
Learn writing techniques and strategies, including how to limit a paper or expand it. Spot signs of trouble early and know what to do. Understand the importance of self-advocacy, reducing anxiety and not getting overwhelmed.


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Topics covered include:

  • Learning how to help your child navigate the first year of school
  • Understanding signs of struggle before they become academic issues
  • Knowing when to suggest reaching out to a professor or seeking outside tutoring help


This two-hour session will take place conveniently around your schedule.


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Next Stop: College - Seminar Series Registration

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