Student Success MAC

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As an ambitious student, you know that nothing is more important than making the most of your education and earning your degree.
But for many getting into college is only the first challenge. Statistics show that non-traditional and distance learning students have high drop out rates and often take much longer to finish college than other students. Isolation, lack of guidance, and lack of a community of other students like you can be overwhelming.

Student Testimonials about Student Success MACs:

“I want the support of the ‘village’. It is important to me to interact with students to ensure that I stay on the right track. I enjoyed posting each day. I can see the goals that I set for myself are realistic and I try to not go off on the deep end. The NCSS allowed me to see the goals that I wrote for myself and to know if they were achievable within the time frame I set. I looked forward to your comments. I am a people person and I believe that I need people to survive.”

- Nadirah Aasim, NCSS Student Success MAC, Spring 2014

“The program was very helpful. Not only was it additional support, but also helped me keep myself on track. Knowing that things were due and talking about them turned them into not just due dates on my calendar, but rather fast approaching deadlines that needed my attention.”

- Alexandra Monge, NCSS Student Success MAC, Georgetown University, Spring 2013

Want to try something new? If you’ve been struggling, we can help. Our program works with you to help you develop the skills that the best college students use to succeed. Because we were once non-traditional students ourselves, we know how it feels to be the only working student in your class, the only older student, the only veteran or the only student trying to support and care for a family while going to school. We can help.

Groups are forming now! Send an e-mail to [email protected] to be sure you’re included.

The Student Success MAC will help you move forward, conquer your fears and make the most of your college education

Like you, we spent a lot of time trying and not always succeeding in college. Working full-time, going to a commuter college, raising a family, returning to school after military service, and paying our own way are only a few of the challenges we faced in getting our degrees. Often, we found ourselves faced with obstacles that challenged our confidence and weakened our resolve to finish. Some schools, maybe even your school, offer special courses and workshops to help students learn the skills they need to succeed.

But what if you don’t have time to take a no-credit course or come to campus for a Saturday workshop? What if you’re balancing the needs of family, job and writing? What if you seem to have limited focus or grow discouraged while doing it on your own? You need something that will help right now, that’s available on line and that brings together other students like you with expert mentors who know how to ease the way through the process.

That’s why I created the Student Success MAC — to provide real help for busy real-life students like you who want support from others with similar issues and from an expert mentor who has already surmounted similar challenges successfully.

The Student Success MAC is an online system that helps you stay accountable for your studies on a consistent, daily basis while encouraging you to adopt the habits of the most successful students in the country. It runs in recurring, 28-day sessions. During each session, in addition to the “core” of the program — our online progress tracking system and small group mentoring — you’ll have access to additional support like group study sessions and live phone conferences.

In the Student Success MAC, you’ll have ongoing access to:

  • Guilt-free support from mentors who can help keep you motivated even if you’re trying to balance your studies against family and work obligations.
  • Extra support from other students like you so you won’t feel isolated in your ambitions.
  • An effective online progress tracking system that lets you see exactly how much you’ve accomplished (and actually makes “accountability” fun)
  • An online journal that lets you track your progress to and break through your own barriers to study consistently and productively
  • Resources to help you manage college as a non-traditional student and better negotiate your courses and relationships with professors and other students.
  • When you start using the tools in the Student Success MAC, you’ll move towards your goals more quickly, see yourself making daily progress and develop a supportive group of peers and mentors to cheer you on.

I’ve carefully designed you the program to speak to your needs — whether they involve setting priorities, scheduling, or building confidence, whether you’re a parent, the first in your family to get a degree, a student returning to school after a long break, or a veteran. No matter what your issues, this program will help you break through and complete your degree.

How can you benefit from the program?

You’ll begin with immediate support from your mentor.
Your first session will begin with your Senior Mentor — either me or one of a highly qualified group that I’ve worked with for years— welcoming you into your small group to help you feel comfortable getting started writing right away.

On Day 2, I’ll lead us in a group telephone conference session to meet each other and get inspired for the session ahead. I’ll alert you to online resources designed to help and I’ll orient you to our program. You’ll be surprised at how others in your same situation are experiencing so many of the same things you are and are eager to solve them, just like you.

Later in the session, on Day 15, we’ll have a second community-wide Mentoring Call— another opportunity to hear from your Senior Mentor, other writers, to pick up writing tips, and get your questions answered.

For your convenience, all the calls are recorded and available for download — which means that you can listen to them again if you want to be re-inspired or if you ever miss a live session.

You’ll have online resources ready at hand to help you.
On the online site, we’ve set up a number of resources to help make your writing journey easy. We’ve created a “Wiki” of tips and tricks specific to college success, to using the system, and staying inspired.

As a regular, participating member of your Student Success MAC, you’ll also have access to special rates for private sessions with your Senior Mentor if you ever want additional support with your work.

We also hold weekly group “study challenges” if you want inspiration to jump in and study with the others in your group.

And each day you can check in to track your progress and get encouragement from other writers…

In the Student Success MAC, the focus is on the process successful students use and the progress you make — never on making you feel guilty or blaming you for your difficulties. Your anonymity is always protected and your identity is revealed only if you wish to make yourself known.

Every day you’ll log in to the online site to record your work on our “progress grid.” Seeing all those green check marks right next to your name will help build your confidence in your ability to make progress, day after day after day.

The other students in your group will leave supportive comments and encouragement to help you keep facing the challenges and to celebrate the high points with you. Your Senior Mentor will be right there alongside you to help troubleshoot the sticky places that crop up along the way —like those days when you feel you simply don’t have time to study effectively or when you’re so distracted by life issues you can’t imagine focusing on difficult intellectual tasks— so you can glide past them and do your work much more easily.

Online small-group and community-wide forums and chat rooms are also available as a way to get your questions answered and to build community.

Our daily “check-in” questions will help you feel great about your study habits and encourage you to make plans for the next day . . .

For each day’s check-in, you’ll answer some simple but useful questions that not only help you track, acknowledge, and celebrate your progress (something most students forget to do!), but also reward you for your work and help you avoid procrastination and negativity.

Our check-in questions will keep you focused on what matters and get out of your own way so you can do the work you’re in college to do.

And as the month progresses, you’ll see exactly how far you’ve come . . .

Along with the progress grid filled with little green check marks, showing how you’ve logged in every day to study and build other good habits, you’ll also be able to visually graph your work to see how much cumulative study time you’ve put in during the session and to check on whether you’re implementing the daily habits we recommend, habits that will lead you to success in your courses and your program.

It’s powerful to see your progress build and build over time. You’ll visually see the power of working right rather than working more, and of working consistently and productively rather than spinning your wheels.
… and you’ll be able to repeat your success each month until you finish.

One of the key principles we use in the Student Success MAC is that you must make at least some progress every day or at least 5 out of 7 days. That progress will come with putting in actual study time, but also with developing the habits that excellent college students cultivate.

To that end, this is a recurring program that restarts every 28 days. We know that successful students use consistency to stay on track with their work, so we’ve designed this to support you session after session, month after month until you finish your course of study.

Start getting the support and accountability you need to be a successful student.

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