Category Archive for: Transition

Dr. Crawford Is a Double Dad

Raising three boys under age 11 at home is challenging enough for Dr. Simon Crawford and his wife, Tracy. Crawford embraces that challenge and also takes on being “Dad” to 50 students at NorthBridge College Success Program. Dr. Crawford is a role model Dad both at home and at work. During weekdays he teaches, mentors…

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Top Five Predictors for Student Success

How will we know if a student will be successful? In a recent article written by Tim Elmore, he outlined the “5 Greatest Predictors of Student Success”. In the past, our society has looked to the numbers associated with student intelligence – test scores, grade point averages, class rank, IQ, etc – to predict a…

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3D Success Tools Support NorthBridge Students to Achieve Their Goals

What are the 3D Success Tools and how do they support NorthBridge students? The 3D Success Tools are designed to empower students to manage their time, energy and emotions so they can achieve their goals and experience success. Students are introduced to the tools by their Life Coach. They gain an understanding of the tools…

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What’s the Difference Between Knowing Something and Understanding it?

The other week I had multiple meetings where I spoke to a large group of people, several small groups and had numerous one on one conversations. At each encounter, I explained that 1 in 5 youth in Metro Phoenix are unengaged, and that the organization I lead conversely keeps youth engaged.  I thought I spoke…

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Kaela’s Story

Hi everyone, my name is Kaela and I’m a 22 year old student at Scottsdale Community College.  When I’m not at school, I’m slaving away as a barista at Starbucks.  I’m a Zumba enthusiast who is an aspiring Zumba instructor.  I’m a devoted One Direction fan and the Phoenix Suns are my team.  Oh, and…

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Tips on how to Improve Your Executive Function Skills While in College

Executive function skills, or also known as “self-regulation skills,” are the mental abilities that allow you to manage your time, memorize facts, understand what you are reading and problem-solve. Executive function impacts key components in our lives such as: Impulse control Working memory Flexibility Prioritizing Self-monitoring Organization Task initiation Many individuals with learning differences have…

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How to Get the Most out of Your Meeting With the Disability Services Office

Self-advocacy plays a vital role in being a successful college student. This is an important life skill that becomes a necessity when a student begins college. Students are now required to speak up for themselves and not rely on their parents as they once did in the educational setting. When a student needs clarification on…

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Study Tips for Students with Learning Differences

The transition from high school to college marks an important milestone in your life. However, excitement and opportunity may be coupled with intimidation and stress. For the first time ever, you will be required to navigate your own educational path. For students with learning differences this can be a difficult transition; but with the right…

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The Importance of Social Connection in College Success

All students to varying degrees are likely to face challenging social situations when they transition to college and adulthood. If you are a student with a learning disability, you may find yourself working even harder to navigate these social situations. Many students with learning differences experience difficulty socializing, particularly students on the autism spectrum. For…

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How Getting Support Can Improve Your Relationship With Your College-Aged Child

Being a parent of a child with learning disabilities, at times, may be overwhelming and can cause tension in the parent-child relationship. Unfortunately, the potential stressors do not necessarily change when the student graduates from high school. Additionally, the level of support students receive when they move onto postsecondary education decreases substantially, which invariably can…

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