These tips, as solid as they are, just are not enough to really equip your teen with the skills she needs to succeed in high school and prepare for college.
That requires one more important step.
Let me share how I came up with what has been called “The Ultimate Crash Course for College and Career Prep
” that will help your teen maximize Soft Skills Synergy.
Here's the story:
I designed my college teaching strategy to help my students leverage Soft Skills Synergy.
In addition to teaching my course content, I integrated leadership skills, soft skills, and academic success skills into my teaching and advising activities.
I had been teaching these skills in my freshman orientation and senior seminar courses, but saw a real need to include them in my agricultural and environmental science courses as well.
For example, even though I didn’t teach formal writing courses, I corrected grammatical errors on tests and assignments to help students improve their communication skills.
I also took the time to help my students develop their teamwork skills when I assigned collaborative projects.
I made sure my students understood the importance of soft skills and strongly encouraged them to develop and document these skills. I also helped them integrate evidence and examples of their employability (soft) skills and experiences into their resumes and cover letters.
Integrating Soft Skills Synergy into my teaching and advising enabled me to empower hundreds of students to improve their grades and strengthen their resumes.
My impact on student success was recognized with numerous teaching and mentoring awards.
When I became Associate Dean for Academic Programs, I was asked to speak to students in a leadership development class. I started jotting down a few ideas to share with the aspiring leaders and soon had several pages of notes.
Those notes, combined with my experience leveraging Soft Skills Synergy
in my classes, blossomed into a draft for a book that integrated leadership skills, soft skills, and academic success skills to empower teens to succeed in the classroom and on the job.
And after several rounds of refining and honing my content based on input from students, teachers, parents, and employers, I wrote "Success Skills for High School, College, and Career."