The Good Student: How to Take Control of Your College Years is written to equip every high school and college student with the insights and skills necessary to smoothly transition into and through college. Decades of research and first-hand experiences are used to help students find a fulfilling career, graduate sooner, have zero or less debt, and be healthy and happy through it all.
"In my award-winning PBS series Discovering Psychology, I cover the fundamental principles in psychology and make the subject accessible to the public. In this book, Joe Dorri has done the same for school and college success. He makes use of personal experiences, applies years of research, and his personable teaching style to help young people connect the dots from their present to a fulfilling future.
Fundamental to this work is the highlight of psychological factors that influence college success and life outcomes, which include mental health, a sense of belonging, mindset, and attributional styles. Any student who is interested in navigating college, gaining life direction, and maximizing their time in school should read this book. It also highlights self-development, civic engagement, career preparation, and other topics that make a college experience worthwhile and complete. Those who support students, such as parents and counselors, also need to read this book to gain a comprehensive look at the obstacles emerging adults face. This book addresses the distinct challenges of diverse student populations, such as first-generation college students, minorities, athletes, and women in STEM. Furthermore, school leaders will benefit from this read as they will find useful initiatives and practices to increase academic achievement, persistence, and long-term success for their pupils and institutions.
I highly recommend this book and The Good Student organization that offers the Student Success Survey, which enables students to get immediate support and streamline their journey to school and life success." –Philip Zimbardo, Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Stanford University, Past President of the American Psychological Association, and TED Speaker
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"It has the potential of creating a tailwind in college for those who read it." ―Frank Chang, USC's Head of Registrar and Professor of Education
Below you'll find our 5-day Psychology of College Success curriculum for high school and college students – using the "backwards course design" paradigm. Please feel free to use it as you like, and thank you for appropriately citing it so to help others access good material. Please consider donating for the download. Thank you!
The Good Student book is a part of this curriculum.
"The Good Student provides an outstanding resource for young people... and needs to be made widely available to teens through high schools, social media, and other venues they frequent." ―Edmund Bourne, Ph.D. Author of The Anxiety & Phobia Workbook (helping over one million readers)
PRESENTATIONs & WORKSHOPS
We conduct workshops and presentations for high school and college students. These provide an informative and engaging experience for students to address the learn about the key factors to school and life success. Currently they are only offered online, due to the pandemic and so to reach learners everywhere.
Psychology of School and College Success: covers the psychological factors relevant for a smooth transition into and through college.
The Life Journey: learn about oneself through assessments, identify promising careers, and prepare for a life of personal and professional success.
"It (the Psychology of School and College Success workshop) was fun and engaging. I liked how each lesson was paired with an activity... I honestly liked everything about it." ―Student Survey Feedback, High School Student
"As a result of the Good Student's Workshop, our students better understand how to find their place in college and bring value to it. It was obvious that the students enjoyed the workshop." ―Jameel Misbahuddin, Lead Instructor & High School STEM Supervisor