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Welcome to College Prep 101. We are so happy you are joining us this semester. 

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Course Description:

This course provides an overview of skills needed to transition to a college life and adapt strategies to achieve success in college. Students will learn many strategies to create success in academic, professional and personal growth. Topics will include; dependable strengths personal analysis, building social connections and a personal learning network, study techniques, time and stress management, communication skills, using college resources, goal setting, working in teams, writing and research techniques, APA requirements, presentation skills, managing a study/life balance and ethics.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  1. Assess individual strengths, skills, characteristics and interests, identify personal, academic and career goals and establish social connections through a personal learning network.
  2. Identify and use college resources and services to aid in personal and academic success.
  3. Utilize effective study skills to comprehend, retain and apply class content.
  4. Demonstrate productive self-monitoring habits to make sound decisions about personal, career and academic choices.
  5. Engage with peers, instructors, the college community and their social networks to build culturally diverse connections that foster personal, academic and career success.

Required Text:


Nist-Olejnik, S. L. & Holschuh, P.J. (2013). College success strategies. Toronto, ON: Longman.


Performance and Participation Expectations:

By Enrolling in this class:
  • You agree to uphold the standards of academic integrity described in the Student Handbook
  • You agree to spend an average of 6 hours per week on assignments outside of class.
  • You agree to complete all readings, activities and related assignments on time.
  • You agree to establish accounts with online applications when required to do so to complete course work.
  • You agree to follow safe and responsible practices and guidelines for your self and others when using social media, online applications, email and other digital tools that are required to take this course.
  • You agree to be available for regular activities, class related work and communication with your personal learning network and actively engage with your assigned groups in this course.
Social Media Use Guidelines:

  1. Personal Information- Students should protect any information that could lead to an observer locating the individual including: home address, phone number, full family name, etc. Sharing such information may be potentially dangerous for the student.

  2. Unacceptable Access/Hacking- Students should not seek to access the accounts of others or district technology resources. Attempting to act as someone that the individual is not in order to gain access to another’s personal files is unacceptable and is subject to disciplinary action.

  3. Unlawful Acts- Students should not participate in an act online that would be considered unlawful. This might include making threats, participating in gang activity, stealing or any other act that would be deemed prohibited by law.

  4. Inappropriate Content- In the same way that employees should not show biased, racist, threatening, harassing, sexist, bullying or derogatory language towards any individual, students should not either. It is unacceptable and is subjected to recommendation for disciplinary action. Any inappropriate content will be documented (via screenshots, printing, downloading, or other means) for further investigation in the disciplinary process.

  5. Integrity- Maintain the integrity of the online medium and the district by avoiding all forms of plagiarism and honoring copyright and intellectual property laws.

  6. Choose ‘Friends’ Wisely- Students must know how to protect themselves online. Consider the source and character of those chosen for online interaction. Knowing someone online is very different than knowing someone face-to-face.

  7. Digital Footprint- Be mindful that online persona is an extension of yourself. Be sure to be authentic and genuine in representing who you are to the online community.

  8. Report Inappropriate Behavior- If you see or hear of inappropriate behavior online report it to the appropriate source. This could range from cyberbullying to illegal acts. Contact a trusted adult if call 911 if necessary.

  9. Practice Digital Citizenship- Know the appropriate context for technology use both personally and educationally. Be able to distinguish proper behavior based on the use of technology. 

  10. Form of a PLN- Be educated and form a credible personal learning network. Use the social media and online platform to take ownership of learning.