How to Help Your College Freshman Excel During Their First Year of College ... Despite COVID Uncertainties and Disruptions...
Your child is starting college in the fall … congrats! To them and to you.
Because let’s face it, it’s often a team effort. Parents nowadays are in a more hands-on role than ever before.
You’ve probably spent years texting and emailing with teachers, reviewing real-time reports of your child’s academic progress, and attending orientations and parent-teacher conferences.
In many ways, parents and children today travel through school together. (And that’s really a good thing. Studies show that your involvement had a positive effect on their grades.)
But what may surprise you is that parental oversight can be helpful at the college level, as well. In moderation, of course.
For instance, parents today are more likely to urge their freshman to seek out resources for managing stress, anxiety, and depression. And that’s exercising the right kind of parental oversight: giving them the resources to solve a problem, without solving it for them.
And this new class of freshman need that kind of help more than any other.
Struggles unique to freshmen in 2020
Given all the stressors of modern-day college life, rates of anxiety and depression among college students have reached record highs. And this was before the pandemic! That means that in addition to the “normal” stressors, this new class of freshmen are also facing uncertainty, social isolation, and the 24/7 news cycle, which is often full of bad news.
Then there’s the homesickness, for freshmen who are away at school. Homesickness is a very common problem freshman year. Students miss their old friends and their family. But imagine how much harder that adjustment will be when they can’t socialize normally with new classmates. And even students who are staying home must copy with social isolation from peers.
Another common struggle for freshmen is time management. Even the most confident and mature teen can still find herself a little off-course when she’s adjusting to more freedom over her time.
The importance of freshmen year grades
As a result of these struggles, it’s very common for fall semester grades to suffer.
And sometimes, poor grades for even just one semester can throw a student off track. For example, it’s one of the causes of STEM Drop-Out. STEM Drop-Out is what happens when kids go to college, major in a STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) subject, and start getting bad grades. They perceive this as failure and quit — transferring their hopes and dreams to a less numerically challenging field like sociology or graphic design.
Shockingly, this happens to as many as 60% of freshmen studying a STEM subject.
And here’s something even more surprising: STEM Drop-Out rates are even higher at the most selective colleges — like the Ivy Leagues. Places where kids need killer AP scores and grades just to get in!
How to help
College freshmen are up against a lot right now. But there’s something you can do to help your freshman navigate
this year while also letting them solve their problems themselves:
Bring in a third party to help them. Think of this person as a coach.
A coach for swim or baseball makes sure your child is progressing on all fronts, right? Conditioning, specific skills, sportsmanship, etc. They show your child how to manage stress and anxiety. They hold them accountable for showing up to practice and bringing the equipment they need.
Basically, the coach makes sure your kid succeeds at something.
Now imagine if your freshman had a coach like that for freshman year…
- The coach would help them navigate and succeed in ALL of their classes. This isn’t tutoring in one subject, it’s about having the bird’s eye view of how they’re doing, along with helping them build an impressive transcript…
- The coach would offer consistency. No matter what changes are in store this school year — at-home learning, in-person, a mix of the two — a coach would be a constant in their freshman year…
- The coach would take a whole-person approach to academic success, meaning they could teach your kid skills for coping with stress and anxiety… leading to greater success overall…
- Finally, along with stress management skills, a coach would help your freshman learn time management skills and how to focus on school, even with new freedom, constant distractions, and pandemic-related stressors…
Freshman year is a notoriously tough adjustment, even in a normal year. This year’s freshmen are up against so much more.
But imagine if this was the year your freshman learned they could succeed, even when life is extraordinarily difficult…
Imagine if this was the year they learned time management skills. Skills that will set them up for success in college … and for the rest of their lives. (Lots of adults haven’t even mastered this!)
Well, I can tell you what learning those very same success habits did for me…
From Med School to Shark Tank
Hi, I’m Dr. Shaan Patel. And skills like perseverance, stress management, and time management completely changed my life…
I grew up in Las Vegas, in a budget motel that my parents owned. I attended inner-city public schools in the worst school district in the nation. (The dropout rate was 40%.)
And when it came time to take the SAT, well, let’s just say I was clueless about standardized tests. So when my score came back, it was too low to get admitted to any of my dream schools.
Determined to score higher, I locked myself in a library and studied all summer. I spent hundreds of hours studying for the test. I took it again and waited for my results.
Finally, my score was in: I improved my score by 640 points! And not only that, I got a 1600 … a perfect score. That’s something that only 0.02% of high school students achieve.
That perfect score changed my life. I was admitted into prestigious universities, received $250,000 dollars in scholarships, and even got to meet the President.
I went on to get my Bachelor of Arts in biology, an MBA from Yale, and I’m currently completing a medical residency to specialize in dermatology.
But while I was in college, I also founded a company. After seeing firsthand how good study habits changed my life, I wanted to help others do the same. So I also founded Prep Expert to help students achieve their own dreams.
Not too long after, I appeared on ABC’s Shark Tank and closed a deal with billionaire Mark Cuban for an investment in the company.
Today, over 50,000 Prep Expert students have improved their test scores, gotten into top universities, and won over $100 million in college scholarships.
I’ve also published books on test prep, entrepreneurship, and self-improvement.
People often ask me if I ever sleep. Well, the answer is yes, I do. The real secret to my success comes down to study skills, time management skills, and productivity strategies.
And when I thought about how I’ve spent my life honing these success skills, I realized that I could really help right now. So many freshmen need a lifeline. So to build that lifeline, I created…
Prep Expert Academic Coaching for College Freshmen
Prep Expert Academic Coaching is a mentorship program designed to help your college freshman succeed academically.
How? By giving them the right tools, strategies, and skills … along with a dedicated coach who has been successful at the highest levels of academics.
Our coaches are all experienced Prep Expert-qualified instructors. That means they scored in the 99th percentile on the SAT, ACT, or both. It also means they have a track record of success in the most prestigious universities.
And from among our group of high-achieving coaches, we’ll hand-pick the coach who is the best fit to help your child have an incredibly successful school year.
How it works
Once paired with their coach, your freshman will:
- Learn time management strategies, study skills, and other insider tips for academic success in college, via live and personal instruction in a small group setting…
- Have direct access to their coach, who will answer any questions they have about their classes, career possibilities, mindset strategies, and more…
- Get access to a suite of learning-management and academic development tools…tools that can help them stay on track, plan their time, and reduce overwhelm FAR better than relying on a calendar alone.
These are tools I developed alongside a group of top students. The tools include:
- How to create an academic, career, and personal roadmap … so that your child can see how their freshman year is part of the big picture…
- A template for building a study schedule they’ll actually stick to…
- A guide for effective time management … so many students struggle with this, yet no one talks about practical solutions! This guide is that solution…
- A personal Learning Journal for even greater success. How? Well, a Stanford study found that students who reflected on their school experience scored significantly higher grades than those who didn’t. And that’s just one study of many about the power of journaling.
- A digital copy of my book, Self-Made Success. This book contains my top strategies for success, happiness, and wealth, and I highly recommend it for college freshmen.
In short, we’re giving your child everything they could possibly need for a successful freshman year.
The pressures and high stakes of college academics are real. Seize the opportunity to provide your child with the tools, knowledge, and habits they need while they are still in their first year.
By now you might be thinking, “This sounds great, but how much is it going to cost?”
And I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised…
Especially when you compare the monthly fee to the countless benefits of academic success, such as:
- Building an impressive college resume and transcript, so they’ll have an edge when they enter the workforce (or apply for grad school)…
- Earning potentially hundreds of thousands of dollars in eventual scholarships…
- Creating the habits and getting the tools NOW that will set them up for a lifetime of high achievement and wealth…
So considering all of that, our Prep Expert Academic Success Coaching program is a pretty amazing deal: just $129 per month.
That’s it. Just $129 per month. No contracts or “catches.” You must be 100% happy with the results your child is getting, or you can cancel. That’s how confident we are that we can help your child successfully navigate their freshman year.
Once you click the button to get started, my hope is that you’ll feel a sense of relief. Relief that your freshman will have the extra support they need to make this year a success. We’ll be in their corner.
We’ll help them navigate the normal ups and downs of freshman year, along with the unusual circumstances we’re in right now.
And in the process, they’ll learn critical time management and success skills. Skills that will help them succeed now, and for the rest of their lives.
I know that right now, we’re dealing with a reality that none of us want. Especially not parents, who worry about their children even in normal times. But I also know that your child can still have a successful freshman year.
All you have to do is click the button below to get started.
What is Academic Coaching?
Prep Expert Academic Coaching is a mentorship program designed to help your child succeed academically.
We do that by giving them the right tools, strategies, and skills to succeed … along with a dedicated coach who has personally been successful at the highest levels of academics.
Who will be my child’s coach?
Your freshman’s coach will be hand-picked from our group of experienced Prep Expert instructors. That means they scored in the 99th percentile on the SAT, ACT, or both. It also means they have a track record of success in the most prestigious universities.
We’ll match your child with one of our coaches based on who is the best fit to help your child have an incredibly successful first year of college.
What exactly will my child get?
As a Prep Expert Academic Coaching student, your freshman will learn time management strategies, study skills, and other insider tips for academic success, via live and personal instruction in a small group setting.
They’ll also have direct access to their coach, who will answer any questions they have about their classes, academics, career opportunities, or grad school admissions.
Plus, they’ll get access to a suite of learning-management and academic development tools … tools that can help them stay on track, plan their time, and reduce overwhelm FAR better than relying on a calendar alone.
It’s everything they need to create the keystone habits for lifetime success.
Will this help my child with time management skills?
Absolutely. In fact, two of the tools they’ll receive are my guide for effective time management and a template for building a study schedule they’ll actually stick to.
Plus, they’ll have their coach to help them implement these tools
Does this work if my freshman is learning remotely?
Yes. Because they will meet with their coach virtually, the Prep Expert Academic Success Coaching will absolutely work for a student who is learning remotely this year.
In fact, remote learners could especially use the time management and study schedule, since they have to overcome distractions at home (screens, games, etc.) this year … while also adjusting to the notorious difficulties freshman year brings.
Does this work if my freshman is physically in school this year?
Yes. The Prep Expert Academic Success Coaching is about being a successful student. The strategies and tools apply whether someone is physically in a lecture hall, learning virtually, or doing a hybrid.
Another benefit: If there is learning disruption this year similar to what happened in the spring of 2020, your child would have a coach to help them navigate the change.
Our goal is to give your freshman an academic mentor who will be a constant for them this year, whatever it may bring.
How much does it cost?
The Prep Expert Academic Success Coaching program is just $129 per month. You must be 100% happy with the results your child is getting, or you can cancel anytime.
So why not try it out for a month or two? Then you can really decide if this is right for you and your child.
I’m confident that what you see a month or two from now will exceed your expectations.