Are there red flags of Skimpy Skills you and your teen should pay attention to?
For starters, your teen may not realize just how impactful soft skills and academic success skills actually are.
Fortunately, I have a way around it. I want your teen to understand, for example, that the grade she gets on a test depends not only on her understanding of the course material, but also on how well she prepares for and takes tests.
Even though this is true, my 20 years of experience as a professor in the college classroom convinced me that few students actually take the time to really learn how to prepare for and take tests.
Think of it like this: if your teen wants to do well on her chemistry test, she must spend time honing her note-taking skills, and her test prep and test-taking skills, in addition to studying the material that will be on the test...and of course her study skills need to be honed as well (a truth I learned by nearly flunking out of college).
Here's another sign of Skimpy Skills: Your teen may not consistently use the skills she does have.
This one can sneak up on you, but here's how to handle it: Encourage your teen to think about how to use her time management skills to complete her projects and assignments rather than procrastinating or giving up in frustration.
For example, rather than putting off writing that term paper because she doesn’t know how to start, be sure your teen uses the planning template I provide to map out the steps she needs to follow and assigns a duration and deadline to each step. Using my template will give her the ability to leverage her time management skills to get her term paper done on time.
As helpful as these tips may be, they are not the ultimate solution. However, in order to convey the amazing impact this can have on your teen, I first need to let you in on the backstory.
This is what laid the foundation that led me to discover a permanent solution to Skimpy Skills...and a path to help my clients empower their teens to succeed in high school and prepare for college that made all the difference in the world...