Later this month, my latest book – College Success Guaranteed 2.0 – 5 Rules for Parents – will be released by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. As the title suggests, the book is offered as a sequel to my 2011 book on the subject of college readiness, also published by Rowman & Littlefield. Whereas Book #1 is directed at high school seniors, Book #2 is offered as a resource for their parents. (And yeah, I indulge in enough tweaking of all concerned to keep both groups… uhm… happy.)
Both books are structured around five rules specifically designed for each audience. Here are the five rules for college bound students:
1) Go to CLASS;
2) STUDY: 3 Hours X 5 Days (per week);
3) COMMIT to something;
4) Get a MENTOR;
5) PROCRASTINATION Kills.
(As a personal gift to our graduates, all Hyde seniors receive a key chain emblazoned with the five rules.) Here are the five rules for parents:
1) MAKE THEM PAY… for Something;
2) WAIT for their CALL;
3) STEP ASIDE and Make Way for New Mentors;
4) MANTRA: Is this my issue?;
5) Get CURIOUS.
As you can see, it’s not rocket science. While the rules themselves are arguably preachy, the approach is to offer scores of anonymous anecdotes and stories from college students, alums, and parents (representing over 50 colleges and universities) who have all generously shared their experiences for the reader’s benefit.
As I have done for the past few springs, I am about to begin a series of talks to high school seniors and their parents in hopes of giving both groups something to think about. This week finds me at St. Johns Prep (Danvers, MA) and I will be at York Prep in Manhattan next week. (I will be hitting both Hyde Spring Family Weekends near the end of the month.) Later this spring, I am scheduled to speak in Darien, CT as well as here in Maine at Cape Elizabeth and Yarmouth.
If you are interested in bringing a College Success Guaranteed talk to your school or community, contact Ann Peden at Hyde-Bath (firstname.lastname@example.org OR 207-443-5584). later this month, College Success Guaranteed 2.0 will be available on Amazon and iBooks.
Onward, Malcolm Gauld