Because retention is about making sure that students have an excellent College experience, preparing students for that experience is the first step in the retention process. As advisors and success coaches, we focus a lot on time management. It has long been established that good time management leads to student success.
Are we covering everything that we should when we talk about time management?
Most successful coaches or seminars and orientations will cover the essential topics concerning time management.
- Scheduling time
- Reading the syllabi to understand the time required to complete assignments ahead of time
- Making sure study time is uninterrupted time
- Not using electronic devices while studying
These areas are good but are there other areas that would be beneficial to learners. It is not just about making sure the students spend time on task but spending it as effectively as possible. This will mitigate the feeling of being ineffectual and allow the student to accomplish more in less time.
Here are some areas that you should consider.
- Being an effective reader
Many students lose gumptions when reading the material and find that they are not retaining the information they are reading. Working with students to understand that reading faster or reading to get a specific endpoint can lead to ineffective readers. Introducing students to readying techniques or directing them to reading workshops can increase their effectiveness as a learner.
- Strategies of effective readers
- Read for a set amount of time, not to an endpoint.
- Take frequent scheduled short breaks
- Pause at regular intervals to review what you have just read
- Ask a question of the material you are reading as you read
- Stress the importance of Prewriting
With time being at a premium, especially for online learners, effective Prewriting saves time. Having the conversation in and of itself stresses the importance of this concept. Often you will find that students do not have prewriting skills.
- Strategies for effective Prewriting
- Talk to students about their prewriting strategies
- Stress the utility of using outlines
- Identify techniques for taking notes to support writing
- Direct students to resources and workshops for Prewriting
Taking these steps to help maximize student success will show up in overall retention.