CCS College Preparation Summer Program 2021

Collegiate Coaching Services is thrilled to announce that we are offering our College Preparation Program both virtually and in-person for the Summer of 2021. For eight weeks, students will engage in either an in-person or live-streamed college classroom that exposes them to real experiences and challenges that they will likely face in higher education regarding both virtual and in-person classroom learning. The summer course will be an introduction to psychology course that will cover the objectives needed for a student to earn 3 credits for this course if the student chooses (see below for CLEP information).

The instructor of this course, Daniel Hipp, PhD, has previously taught at several universities, including University of Denver, in both graduate and undergraduate psychology. Professor Hipp has completed a doctorate degree in Developmental and Cognitive Neuroscience. He is currently a research consultant for both CCS and our sister company, Digital Media Treatment and Education Center (dTEC®).

Benefits Include, But Are Not Limited To:

Be an Effective Online Learner Pre-Course Lesson 

Led by Dr. Nicole Hipp, Collegiate Coaching Services Academic Director, students will meet online for the first time with their classmates to go over key technical areas of the program and help begin to support online learning:

  • Learn important tips & strategies to help support online learning and participation in the CCS Summer Program course:
    • Basic Technical Skills 
    • How to use the online learning platform prior to class beginning
    • Effective Time Management Online
    • Online Test Taking Strategies
    • Strategies for Focus & Attention (especially during lectures & other virtual platform meetings)
    • Etiquette/Tips & Tricks for online meetings and lectures

Building Social Capital; Student Social & Collaboration Opportunities: Our program provides more hands-on instruction, collaboration and socialization with the professor and other students. Each class time will provide time for social collaboration.

  • Group break-out sessions; most lecture periods, students will engage in virtual ‘break-out’ sessions to discuss course material, work on group projects and/or complete in-class assignments.
  • Participation in online discussions with same-aged peers.
  • A group project will be assigned to teach and prepare students to develop an awareness and the necessary communication and organization skills required to work with other students to complete a project.
  • Students are encouraged and supported to develop study groups that they engage in outside of class time.

Executive Function Coaching: Students will engage in individual meetings with their executive function coach two hours a week to learn about and improve broader executive function skills & life management skills. With the support of their executive function (EF) coach, students will develop skills and strategies to respond to these challenges, including, but not limited to:

  • How to evaluate an academic syllabus and determine assignments, expectations, and communication policies.
  • How to determine the most effective note taking methods for student’s learning style and instructor’s presentation style.
  • How to study and engage with class material to help with memory.
  • How to communicate with college faculty in-person and via email.
  • How to develop self-advocacy skills and explore resources and support services.
  • How to prepare for tests with and without a study guide.

Additional Student Opportunities

Writing Lab; Students will meet individually with the writing tutor weekly to work on preparing for and successfully completing relevant papers and writing assignments.

Office Hours; Professor Hipp will offer office hours weekly to students seeking one-to-one collaboration with the professor. This is also an opportunity to work on self-advocacy abilities and develop confidence when talking to a professor.

Earning 3 Credits for Psychology 101: Students who desire to and are prepared to receive credits for this course have the opportunity to engage in the CLEP (College-Level Examination Program). CLEP offers exams that a student can take to bypass a college course. Please Note: Not all universities and colleges recognize the CLEP or have different parameters to pass the exam, such as required score. 

Parent Opportunities 

Parent Coaching 

  • The executive function coach will schedule 3, one-to-one in person meetings, zoom or phone calls with parent(s) over the course of the 8-week program.
  • A final meeting with the student, parents, coach and professor at the conclusion of the course to discuss successes, recommendations and future goals.

Parent Informational Sessions

  • Introduction to Executive Function Skills and Mindset; June 16th at 6pm
  • Digital Media Overuse and Responsible Technology Use in College; June 30th at 6pm
    • Guest Speaker: Tracy Markle, MA, LPC
  • How to Support Your Young Adult’s Executive Functioning; What to Do and Not Do; July 14th at 6pm
  • “What Comes Next?” Empowering Your Young Adult to Succeed in Higher Education; July 28th at 6pm

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