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Episode 29: How to Hit the Ground Running This Fall with Guest Elizabeth Pyle

September 15, 2020


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Keeping up with the academic challenges of college is demanding and requires organization, time management, and effort. Elizabeth Pyle, an education expert, and mother, is with us today to discuss how to be successful in college, particularly for students who have trouble with executive functioning skills. Elizabeth and her service, College Success Plan, helps instill valuable skills such as goal setting, decision-making, and time management, and she is invited to the College Scoops Podcast today to discuss her methods and advice for students who struggle with executive functioning.

Key Takeaways:

  • Executive function skills necessary to succeed in college
  • Summer prep before Freshman year
  • Mentor Program
  • Identifying goals and defining requirements to meet those goals at college
  • Semester outline and benchmarks
  • Importance of extracurricular activities and finding a part-time job
  • Utilizing school resources (TA’s and college tutors)
  • Impact of virtual learning on the school calendar
  • Tips for students and parents this fall
  • Importance of modeling good behavior
  • Partnership with parents

Important Resources and Links:


IG: @collegesuccessplan

FB: @collegesuccessplan

Twitter: @collegesuccessplan

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Summer Prep for Incoming Freshman


Meet Elizabeth Pyle

College Success Plan

Elizabeth Pyle. M.Ed is a well-respected leader helping college students succeed. Her nationwide, research-based, results-oriented program keeps students accountable and on track while learning life long skills. In general, students perform better in school, feel less stress, gain more confidence, and have a clearer path to independence. When she is not working or collaborating with the CSP team, she is spending time with her husband, four children, staying active outside, reading, traveling, and volunteering.

Many thanks to Elizabeth for joining me today. I really enjoyed our conversation and all the helpful information Elizabeth shared with us today. How can students hit the ground running at the start of the semester? Clean out your computer, make separate folders for all classes, activities, get the semester calendar so it is accessible, and create a central hub. Getting organized, setting realistic goals, and focusing on time management will help students thrive at college from all aspects of college life. ul and you and your student are better prepared for the career search. Resumes are an essential part of applying to any job or internship and a great way to showcase your skills and accomplishments.

Episode 29 Full Transcript

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