School Counselor and You

May 02, 2015

High School can be hard but your school counselor is here to help! School counselors provide much more than counseling we provide assistance with college enrollment, scholarships, anti-bullying help, multicultural awareness, testing, we act as liaisons between the school, parents, and community and ensure all students stay on track with their academics. This newsletter is proved to provide information about the importance of GPA, information to help parents/guardians support their students as they prepare for college, assistance to help students as they prepare for college, and how to find help when stress, being bullied, etc becoming overwhelming.

Is Your GPA Really That Important?

You’ve heard the term GPA throughout your high school career, and you might even know what it stands for: Grade Point Average. But do you really know its significance and how it can even help you after high school? Yes, you’ll benefit from your GPA after high school, and I’m not just talking about it being placed on your resume. As a student attending a certified Kentucky high school you can receive money towards college, and this is based off your yearly GPA. You have to at least earn a 2.50, and as you can see in the table below that you can earn $125 towards college. The money earned increases all the way up to a 4.00 earning $500.

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Now you might be asking yourself how can I get my GPA up? Luckily, you are already taking the first step towards success by being active in your academic career. Gettinger and Seibert (2002), explained that students with low academic achievement take a passive role and often rely on others such as their parents and teachers to monitor their studying. Some other characteristics you must possess are motivation and self-efficacy. You might ask what self-efficacy is, and that is the belief in your ability to succeed. Fortunately, Zimmerman and Shunk (1994) have found a connection between positive thinking and success. So let the KEES money be your motivator and know that you can succeed!


In order to be successful, you must also have a plan. As mentioned earlier, a way to excel is to not rely on others to study. Gettinger and Seibert (2002), break studying into four different areas. These four areas are as follows: repetitive study strategies, organization based study skills, cognitive based study skills, and metacognitive based study skills. Now let’s talk about what each of these means to you.


Repetitive study strategies are just as it sounds, and requires repeated practice. However, Gettinger and Seibert (2002), suggest that this strategy is not as effective, and works the best for small amounts of information. Fortunately, Levin (1993) found that this skill could be just as effective if mnemonics or patterns/sayings are utilized. For example, remember “Please excuse my dear Aunt Sally.” to help with the order of operations: parenthesis, exponents, multiplication, addition, and division. Remember, this skill may not be applicable to every subject in school.


The next study strategy is organization based. This covers procedures for studying, time management, organization of materials, and consistent study routines (Gettinger & Nicaise,

1997). Gettinger and Nicaise (1997), have suggested tips for being successful for organization based study strategies and they are:

(a) complete difficult work at times when you are most alert and least distracted.

(b) divide long assignments into shorter, manageable units.

(c) vary the type of study tasks (e.g., intersperse reading with writing activities);

(d) be flexible in scheduling breaks and rescheduling study time if conflicts arise (as cited in Gettinger & Seibert, 2002, p. 356).

Of course, if you know this is a weakness of yours reach out to a peer that can help you get started in organizing as well as creating a study schedule.


The third skill is cognitive based study skill, and this requires the application of prior knowledge (Gettinger & Seibert, 2002). This allows for connections to be made as well as the content to become part of your long term memory. An example of cognitive based study skill is the use of semantic maps, and you can see an example below with the topic of social media.

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If you are unable to develop a semantic map, there are many resources available on the internet that have already been developed to be utilized for studying.


Metacognitive based study skills are the last skills to be discussed, but definitely not to be considered unimportant. This skill requires that you be able to adjust your studying and to deploy any skill deemed necessary to be successful when studying (Gettinger & Seibert, 2002). Winnie and Hadwon (1997), also explain that individuals who have developed this skill are able to identify what cognitive strategies work best for them when studying. So get to studying and find out what works best for you!


Implement these four study strategies and you’re on your way to earning KEES money!

Remember, be an active student, be motivated, and of course have some positive self-efficacy about yourself. As George Sheehan, physician and author, once said, “Success means having the courage, the determination, and the will to become the person you believe you were meant to be.


References


Gettinger, M., & Nicaise, M. (1997). Study skills. In G.G. Bear, K. M. Minke, & A. Thomas (Eds.), Children’s needs II: Development, problems, and alternatives (pp. 407-418). Bethesda, MD: National Association of School Psychologists.


Gettinger, M., Seibert, J. (2002) Contributions of Study Skills to Academic Competence. School Psychology Review, 31(3), 350-365.


KHEAA Adminstered Programs. (n.d.). Retrieved March 7, 2015, from https://kheaa.com/website/kheaa/kees?main=1


Levin, J. R. (1993). Mnemonic strategies and classroom learning: A twenty-year report card. Elementary School Journal, 94, 235-244.


Schunk, D. H., & Zimmerman, B. (Eds.). (1994). Self-regulation of learning and performance: ssues and educational applications. Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum.


Winne, P. H., & Hadwon, A. F. (1997). Studying as self-regulated learning. In D. J. Hacker, J. Dunlosky, & A. C. Graesser (Eds.), Metacognition in educational theory and practice (pp. 234-256). Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum.



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Counselor Corner/ Information and Support

Adolescence and early adulthood can be a very stressful and trying time. But it doesn't have to be if you have the right information or know where to find help. With problems such as bullying, cyberbullying, peer pressure, drug and alcohol abuse, teen pregnancy, and suicide being prevelant in high schools today, it is important to find not only information but support. Support can come in the form of family, friends, counseling groups, teachers, school counselors, and coaches.The important thing is having someone who you can trust and reach out to for help. Listed below you will find websites of organizations that can offer information and support. Please use the websites for information and help if you or anyone you know needs this information and support. As always, you can utilize the school counselors for support, information, and assistance about these as well as many other personal, social, or academic matters.

www.netsmartz.org Cyberbullying

www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ Suicide Prevention/help

http://teenshealth.org/teen/your_mind/friends/peer_pressure.html Peer pressure

www.drugfree.org/ Drug Abuse

http://teens.drugabuse.gov/have-a-drug-problem-nee Drug/Alcohol Abuse

http://www.standupgirl.com/index.php Pregnancy Help


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