Building a Support Network
Studies show that people are happier when they have a solid support network in place. This includes everything from friends, family, tutors, teaching assistants, and faculty. Students that are happier are more engaged and are far more likely to succeed. New college students are thrown into a new, and unfamiliar environment where there are expected not just to learn but also have the time of their lives. So many students get lost or felt let down when things don’t turn out to be so easy. This lesson focuses on what students can do to make sure they build a solid support network at school by reaching out, trying new activities, and making good friends.
One of the biggest changes from high school to college is the change of having someone schedule your time for you to scheduling time for yourself. High school is regimented and routine with most students having the same several classes every day. College follows a much more unstructured lifestyle, and that requires increased discipline and autonomy. Many students find the change stressful and wind up not doing as well their first semester. This lesson speaks to those changes to help prepare students for the change.
Credit is one of the trickiest things to master. As a college student, you’re a target for a lot of credit card companies because you are just starting out. You will be inundated with offers from different card issuers, so it’s important to know about credit, how to build it responsibly, and the different types of credit you’ll encounter.
In this lesson, we discuss various financial vehicles for saving and investing money. Basic investing concepts such as risk, return, and liquidity are covered as well as some simple strategies for college students.
In this lesson, we pick up with an unbalanced budget and look at ways that we can cut down expenses. We also discuss additional topics on where to find savings as well as increase your income. The end result is a balanced, liveable budget.
Now that we’ve learned how to track expenses and income, we can figure out what we’re spending our money on each month and establish a budget. We’ll be re-using the Excel spreadsheet to figure out how to sum up expenses by category and create different charts.
Be sure to learn your SUMIF formula in Excel where the formula is =SUMIF(category range,reference cell,sum range).
CARVER was initially developed by the military for target selection. In this lesson, we adapt CARVER to help prioritize tasks based on six categorical evaluation criteria. The task with the largest score takes priority. This is the most in-depth method of task prioritization, but it ultimately provides a clearer picture into the tasks being prioritized.
In his book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, author Stephen Covey talks a bit about where people ought to focus their time. He categorizes all tasks into one of four quadrants called types. This lesson uses that concept to explain how to prioritize tasks by placing them into one of four categories.
Being able to prioritize your tasks takes practice and effort. In this lesson, we discuss a methodology based on Pareto’s Law also known as the 80/20 rule. This helps you prioritize tasks that give you the greatest return for your effort over those that do not.
There is no more critical skill than time management. Being able to make commitments and following through with them is all part of this skill. In this lesson, we will review some key behaviors for successful time management and review how to use Google Calendar.