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    Throughout this course your task will be to assume the role of an adviser with the responsibility of overseeing, coaching, counseling, and mentoring about 50 college students. This quarter you will specifically be meeting with one student e.g. international ot who is just getting started in higher education and always appears to have questions about college classes, careers, finances, management time, life, and many other issues. You will have four phases to analyze, assess, advise, guide, direct, suggest, recommend, and advocate for this student and then one other phase to make recommendations about yourself based on what you have learned while mentoring.


    Read articles and visit websites on time management, study skills, and test-taking anxiety. Then complete the following assignments:

    * Identify five of Chris's greatest challenges as his classes begin.
    * Devise a five step plan for Chris to better manage his time.
    * Research different learning styles, and based on what you know about Chris, make a recommendation to Chris on what may work best from these options: three senses (auditory, visual, and kinesthetic), two reasoning types (deductive and inductive), and two environments (intrapersonal and interpersonal).
    * Identify three ways that Chris's thinking can be improved.
    * Recommend the top five priorities for this weekend's activities giving Chris an opportunity to do all that has to be done while still having some fun as well.

    Please provide references.

    All help will be appreciated. Thank you.

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    Please see response attached, which is also presented below. I hope this helps and take care.

    1. Read articles and visit websites on time management (see http://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newHTE_00.htm), study skills, and test-taking anxiety. Then complete the following assignments:

    A. Identify five of Chris's greatest challenges as his classes begin.

    This is purely hypothetical, because in order to determine Chris's specific challenges, you would need to interview him. The scenario tells us nothing of his challenges he has in school, e.g., test anxiety. For example, he may not have test anxiety. However, time management and study skills are skills all students need to learn, especially when entering higher education, with no parental controls in place as perhaps was the case in high school.

    For example, if Chris were an International student the following challenges would need to be faced:

    · Integration into university life - social, cultural and classroom.
    · Adjustment to a new culture.
    · There are also issues of loneliness, isolation and homesickness. International students often require help with immigration documents and can benefit from orientation sessions to newly admitted students housing workshops, work permit and tax workshops.

    Some of the same challenges apply for students in their home country:

    · Integration into university life - social, cultural and classroom.
    · There are also issues of loneliness, isolation and homesickness.
    · Learning how to manage time and classes schedules effectively (e.g., study skills, etc.)

    In addition, there are other reported common problems facing first year students. Students often have difficulties in their first year of University on a wide range of issues. Many of these problems are shared by other students and might also be experienced by Chris, which you would discuss with Chris to help him avoid common problems and pitfalls:
    · Can't find a particular room?
    · Having trouble keeping on top of your University workload because of difficult life issues?
    · Having trouble finding a car park or unsure where you can park?
    · Unsure if you will be able to make new friends at University?
    · Looking for past exam papers?
    · Not sure which subjects to choose?
    · Struggling with computers?
    · Having difficulties with referencing and avoiding plagiarism?
    · Experiencing problems with study skills or time management?
    · Not sure how or when to enroll in tutorial/practical/lab classes? http://www.uow.edu.au/student/services/fye/common.html

    a. Devise a five-step plan for Chris to better manage his time.

    Example 1: Time Management Tools

    The tools that you could consider for Chris are as follows, which will help Chris identify potential barriers (e.g., time wasted, procrastination, and the likes) and help him in managing his time better. Based on the results you might help Chris make a plan.

    · Manage time. Get things done - Beating Procrastination
    · Finding out how you really spend your time - Activity Logs
    · Small scale planning - Action Plans
    · Tackling the right tasks first - Prioritized To Do Lists
    · Deciding what your personal priorities should be - Personal Goal Setting
    · Planning to make the best use of your time - Effective Scheduling

    By the end of this plan, Chris should have a much clearer understanding of how to use time to its greatest effect. http://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newHTE_00.htm

    Example 2: Time Management Skills

    Another source suggests the following time management skills that might help you make a plan for Chris:

    · Finding the time
    Things you know: the day has 24 hours. You sleep for 8 (+/-) of them. That leaves 16 waking hours for classes, traveling time, other commitments, socializing, and studying. Out of these 16, you need to find 2 or 3 hours to sit and study (stop laughing). This time should become as automatic as possible, so as to avoid wasting time procrastinating. Set aside study time as part of your routine: before class, between classes, before or after dinner, before bed. Just like anything, it requires discipline at first, but you'll find that it is easy to maintain, once you get going.

    · Plan, Plan, Plan, and then Plan some more
    Determine which hours of the day you are most productive and set them aside for schoolwork. Begin by strictly scheduling your days and weeks. Add in each commitment as you make it (including social ones). As you schedule each obligation, you are transferring it out of your mind and into a controlled spot on paper. Once you get accustomed to this routine, you can be less strict about it - the point is to establish habits whereby you use your free time instead of just sort of ending up in front of the WWF Wrestling, or passing hours on the phone. If you want to watch TV, that's fine; just decide when and for how long, before you turn on the tube. Schedule all of your time - including time between classes, as those ten minutes can be useful for reviewing notes or running errands. Try to avoid marathon study sessions by using shorter lengths of time, and you might stay sane, while retaining more information. We know it sounds incredibly anal, but it's the only way to do well in school, have a part-time job, be on the Volleyball team, help organize the school fashion show, pursue your photography hobby, take a ballroom dance class, see your friends, and party on the weekends. Sounds like a lot? You would be surprised as to how many people do it. You can too.

    · The Big One
    Treat a large assignment as you would a large chunk of time: divide it into smaller pieces, separated by breaks and meals and other commitments. Estimate the time needed for each block and construct your schedule around these estimates. Just as a day must go on, the assignment must also. Therefore, do it as soon as possible - postponing it only makes it a more daunting task, and harder (and more depressing) to actually sit ...

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