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Have you thought about showing them a formula for setting goals, such as 
this:
Goal:
Time Frame:
Strategy or Steps (1,2, 3, 4, 5,)
Outcome

I have students do this in Time Management and freshmen seminar 
workshops.  It's very concrete.
good luck.
Elisabeth

Susan Henderson wrote:

>Colleagues: I need help. I am scheduled to do a presentation tomorrow,
>and the topic has just been changed, I'm looking for ideas, resources,
>suggestions, etc.
>
>I am supposed to present for an hour and a half to a group of 50
>students who will be graduating in May. The topic is about time/life
>management after college. 
>
>Any suggestions? THANKS IN ADVANCE. Sue
>
>Sue Henderson
>
>Assistant Director, University College at the Polytechnic Campus
>7001 East Williams Field Road
>Academic Center Building room 80, Mail Code 0180
>Mesa, AZ  85212
>(480)727-1457 * fax (480)727-1714
>http://uc.asu.edu * http://east.asu.edu/learningcenter
>
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>-----Original Message-----
>From: Open Forum for Learning Assistance Professionals
>[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Wickham, Susan M.
>Sent: Friday, March 03, 2006 10:00 AM
>To: [log in to unmask]
>Subject: Re: College Reading Course Syllabi
>
>Hello, Lois--
>
>The Study Mate software was just purchased by our college. It allows us
>to input information in three formats: one-part (simple concept cards),
>two-part (suitable for flash cards), and multiple choice. We need to
>enter the information only once. It is then automatically transformed
>into as many of the review formats as we choose. Pretty nifty!
>
>A similar online service is available through Quia, costing about $45
>per year for an individual subscription. See http://www.quia.com/ for
>information on that program.
>
>Sue
>
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Open Forum for Learning Assistance Professionals
>[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Lois Martin
>Sent: Friday, March 03, 2006 9:45 AM
>To: [log in to unmask]
>Subject: Re: College Reading Course Syllabi
>
>Thank you, Sue!!!
>You have some excellent resources associated with this and with your
>study
>skills course. I am very interested in the Study Mate software.
>
>
>Lois Martin, M.S.
>Director, Academic Support Center
>Goshen College
>1700 South Main Street
>Goshen, IN 46526
>574-535-7576
>[log in to unmask]
>
>
>At 04:19 PM 3/2/2006 -0600, you wrote:
>  
>
>>The syllabus from my Speed Reading course can be accessed at
>>http://www.dmacc.edu/instructors/smwickham/spdrding.htm
>>
>>This course focuses on vocabulary, comprehension, and flexibility in
>>rate.
>>
>>Sue Wickham
>>Academic Achievement Center
>>Des Moines Area Community College
>>2006 S. Ankeny Blvd.
>>Ankeny, IA 50021
>>Office: 515-965-7000
>>FAX: 515-965-7080
>>
>>
>>-----Original Message-----
>>From: Open Forum for Learning Assistance Professionals
>>[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Ramage, Travis
>>Sent: Thursday, March 02, 2006 3:32 PM
>>To: [log in to unmask]
>>Subject: College Reading Course Syllabi
>>
>>Dear all,
>>
>>
>>
>>I forwarded the article, "What the ACT Reveals About College Readiness
>>in Reading/blurb/pdf link to 63 page report", that was posted to the
>>LISTSERV yesterday, to our faculty and staff with the following
>>comments:
>>
>>
>>
>>"I thought this data was interesting and worth sharing.  The article
>>provides strategies for what high schools can do to improve readiness
>>for reading.  Unfortunately, I didn't see any suggestions in the
>>    
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>article
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>>on what we can do for students who are not ready to read college
>>    
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>texts."
>  
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>>
>>My e-mail resulted in a meeting today with our Campus Dean, Associate
>>Campus Dean, Assistant Dean for Student Services, Developmental
>>Writing/Reading Instructor and myself to offer a course from our
>>    
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>catalog
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>>called LEA 101: Speed Reading and Efficiency in Reading.  The course
>>description reads, "The aim of this course is to help the student
>>develop the vocabulary and comprehension skills needed for studying
>>college material.  The student learns to analyze challenging materials
>>for immediate understanding and interpret it for long-term memory."
>>
>>
>>
>>Since we have never offered the course before on our campus (we are one
>>of 13 UW Colleges Freshman/Sophomore campuses in Wisconsin), I am
>>soliciting your help to provide examples for textbooks and syllabi that
>>you have used on your respective campuses for courses that match our
>>course description.  I posed a similar question back in May asking in
>>general about reading courses you offer and found that several campuses
>>teach a similar course.  However, now that we are going to teach a
>>course, I am look for specifics rather than having to start from ground
>>zero in the course development process.
>>
>>
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>>Our plan is to offer two sections of LEA 101 as a one-credit,
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>non-degree
>  
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>>course this fall.  The course will be offered the first five weeks of
>>the semester, twice a week for 75 min (i.e., T Th from 2:00 pm - 3:15
>>pm).  The target population will be our conditional admit students who
>>scored less than a 17 on their ACT and/or students who place into our
>>ENG 098: Basic Composition course based on the University of WI English
>>Placement Test scores.
>>
>>
>>
>>I would appreciate any guidance you could provide.
>>
>>
>>
>>Thanks in advance for your help!
>>
>>
>>
>>Travis Ramage
>>
>>Coordinator of Adult Student Services/
>>
>>Academic Assistance Advisor
>>
>>UW-Barron County
>>
>>1800 College Drive
>>
>>Rice Lake, WI  54868
>>
>>Phone: (715) 234-8176  #5438
>>
>>Fax: (715) 234-8024
>>
>>E-mail: [log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]>
>>
>>Website: www.barron.uwc.edu <http://www.barron.uwc.edu>
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