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Don't Drop the Ball (Procrastination, Goal Setting, Grades)

Presentation Outline

  • Introductions
    • Ice Breaker Activity- Presenter’s choice
  • Procrastination
    • Define Subject Matter
    • Poll the class- What are the top college distractors?
    • Active Practice (Choose 1 of the active practice activities)
      • Academic Balance Worksheet
      • Online Activity
  • Goal Setting
    • Define subject matter
    • Presenter will facilitate discussion on goal setting.
      • Ask class: How many of you have set goals? 
      • Get a few students to share their goals for the semester.
      • How many of you have heard of SMART goals?
    • Hand out SMART goals work sheet
      • SMART goals allow us to be to the point with our goals.  The SMARTer they are, the more likely we are to obtain them.  This worksheet helps you work through the SMART strategy. (You can have some of them come to the board and write)
        • S – Specific! – Can someone give me an example of a specific goal?  Discuss.
        • M – Measurable! – With our specific goal, how can we measure it?  Discuss.
        • A – Attainable! – With our goal, what makes it attainable?  Discuss.
        • R –Realistic! – What makes our goal realistic?  Discuss.
        • T – Tangible! – What makes our goal tangible?  Discuss.
    • Grades
      • Define subject matter
        • One of the biggest goals most people have in college are related to grades, we are going to introduce you to the GPA calculator so that you can track your grades/goals throughout the semester.”
    • GPA Calculator
      • The presenter will pull up the USC GPA calculator for the class to see and use some examples from students in the class.
  • Time Management
    • Define subject matter
    • Presenter will facilitate discussion on time management.
      • How has your time management style changed since high school? Or How will your time management style change in high school? 
      • What else are you balancing beside class?  Discuss.
      • Define: Tools or techniques for planning and scheduling time.
    • Ball Exercise activity
      • Discussion Questions: How was this experience? What was difficult about it? How was this experience the second time? How can we relate this to our everyday lives? i.e need people/resources to help you balance, having structure, knowing when the balls are coming, talking it out, etc.
    • The presenter will then facilitate a conversation on ways students can improve their time management skills using the Time Management Principles sheet.
      • The discussion will focus on reminding students that while some of these might be common sense, it is important to understand how they spend their time and what works well for some might not work well for others.
      • The presenter will then pass out the Homework Organizer worksheet.
  • Review
    • Stop/Start/Continue
      • What are some things that you want to stop, start and continue doing related to time management?

Presentation Length
50 minutes