Kingsborough Community College
The City University of New York
SD 10: Introduction to College Planning - 1 credit, 1 hour
Course Coordinators: Ms. Marisa Joseph and Mr. Ted Timmins
Catalog Description: This course is designed to help junior and senior high school students who are participating
in the College Now program make a smooth transition from high school to college and
the "real" world. The course helps students realistically assess options upon graduating
from high school. Topics include applying and adjusting to college, study habits,
time management, financial planning, career exploration and decision making.
College Now Description: This course helps students realistically assess their academic and career options
upon graduating from high school. Topics include applying and adjusting to college,
selecting a major, study habits, time management and financial planning. This class
meets at a number of high schools throughout the year and at Kingsborough in the summer.
SD 10 Core Competencies:
- Decision Making
- Communication Skills
- Goal Setting
- Cultural Competence
- College Resources
- Learning Styles
- Study Skills
- Time Management
- Research Skills
- Utilization of Technology
- Each student will feel ready to adjust to the college experience through a supportive
environment where students develop and carry out college admissions plans, examine
common academic and personal transitional concerns, and explore differences between
high school and college by having questions and concerns addressed on a regular classroom
- To provide students with college survival information by examining common academic
and personal transitional concerns and advising on effective resources available.
- To help students understand potential obstacles to success by surveying current study
habits and scholastic motivation, and planning appropriate corrective measures for
- To help each student develop effective study skills by exploring effective methods
for reading textbook assignments, taking lecture notes, writing themes and reports,
applying time management, and passing examinations.
- To introduce students to the development of meaningful and realistic educational and
career goals while examining the roles and responsibilities of college students.
Topical Course Outline: The above core competencies and objectives will be achieved by addressing the following
content areas: Overview of the course, self-assessment, decision making and goal setting,
planning for college, and important skills for college success. These topics, described
below under course outline, are seen as essential to the SD 10 curriculum and thus
coverage of these areas is required. In addition to the required topics, optional
topics to be considered, as time permits, based on needs and interest of the particular
group of students, may include:
Session I: Introduction to SD 10/Self Assessment
- Course expectations and procedures are outlined.
- Exploration of reasons for participating in College Now.
- Introductory ice-breaking exercise.
- Self-Assessment: interests, skills, values, strengths, challenges.
- Differences between high school and college.
Session II: Decision Making and Goal Setting
- Researching of potential colleges.
- Decision-making and college choice: What does college mean to me?
- Influence of family, friends and others on the decision-making process and choosing
- How to choose a major in college.
- How college majors relate to career choices.
- Setting short and long-term goals.
Session III: Planning for College
- Financial Aid/Scholarships.
- SAT vs. ACT.
- Admissions Processes - Applications, Essays, Interviews.
- College Vocabulary.
- Living arrangements, family and home responsibilities.
Session IV: Important Skills for College Success
- Time Management.
- Study Skills and Test-Taking.
- Listening Skills.
- Note-taking Skills.
- Writing reports.
Session V: Additional College Survival Skills
- Learning styles and styles of teaching.
- Managing test anxiety.
- Acceptance of personal responsibility for success in college.
- Utilizing college resources (e.g., tutoring, library, counseling).
- Personal transition from high school to college.
- College Life/Roommates/Friends.
- Becoming a confident student.
Session VI: Evaluation and Final Examination
- Integration of the course concepts, discussion of current plans for college, and reactions
- Final exam.
- College Now exit survey.
Methods of Teaching: These sessions will be conducted in small groups led by a counselor utilizing exercises,
assignments, experiential activities, role-playing and discussion. When appropriate,
the instructor will utilize lecture mode.
Method of Evaluation: Students will be evaluated in terms of class work, written work, and a final examination.
Attendance is crucial.
Textbook: Fraser, L. Making Your Mark. LDF Publishing, 9th Ed., 2009 (Canada) ISBN: 978-097352298-3-8
Resource Materials: Instructors' resource manual is the SD 10 College Now Teaching Guide prepared by Dr. Estelle Miller, Department of Student Development, 2000. This manual
provides suggested teaching materials and sample assignments.
Required Reading: (available in KCC library)
- Effective Study and Test-Taking Techniques (select 1 or more)
Gerow, Joshua R. and R. Douglas Lying. How to Succeed in College; a Student Guidebook. New York: Scribner, 1985, LB2395.G45.
Johnson, Marcia K. How to Succeed in College. Los Altos, Ca.: W. Kaufman, 1982, LB3605.J54.
Norman, Maxwell H., and Enid S. Kass Norman. How to Read and Study for Success in College. New York: Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1981, LB2395.N59.
Pauk, Walter. How to Study in College. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1983, LB2395.P3.
Semones, James K. Effective Study Skills: A Step-By-Step System for Achieving Student Success. Fort Worth, Tx: Harcourt & Brace Jovanovich, 1991, LB1049.546
- College Guides
Lovejoy's College Guide, Edited by Straughn II & Straughn NY: MacMillan, 1995, Ref. LA226-L6
Cass & Birnbaum's Guide to American Colleges. NY: Haprer Perennial, 1994, Ref. L901.C819
The College Handbook. NY: CEEB, 1990, Ref. LB2351.A1C6.
- http://www.collegenet.comB-Financial Aid