Teens and Time Management #CampusChat January 6
Jan04

Teens and Time Management #CampusChat January 6

Leslie Josel, author of “What’s the Deal with Teens and Time Management” joins us for #CampusChat Wednesday January 6 at 1pm. Parents will love this!

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College Application Organizing Tips for Tackling Senior Year
Nov02

College Application Organizing Tips for Tackling Senior Year

by Leslie Josel, Principal, Order out of Chaos When you are a senior your time is managed pretty well—by everyone else!  Here are some great tips for staying organized during your senior year. Use an academic planner. Whether you use a paper planner or electronic calendar set it up as a grid system so you see your week at a glance.  Record all your college visits, activities, assignments and application due dates.  Include a row in the planner for “College” so that you can plan your essay writing, SAT studying, etc. Set achievable goals. You’re more likely to complete your tasks if they are broken down into manageable parts. It’s much easier to write one paragraph for your essay in an afternoon than it is to complete the entire Common Application. Check your planner for available pockets of time and schedule accordingly. Set up a special organizing system especially for your college search. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the college paper work that takes over your life.  Use a rolling file cart, milk crate or desk top system so it is easily accessible and visual. Create a file for each school so you can easily drop in any brochures, supplements, etc. specific to each school. Check it off. Staple a checklist for each college with name of school, application due dates, requirements for references, essays, portfolio, financial aid, etc. to the front of each folder. Transfer all important dates to your master calendar or planner so you stay on track. Organize your college visits.  My daughter, Madelyn, a college freshman, offers this advice.  “Create an evaluation sheet to use as a “brain dump” after each visit.  It will help you differentiate the information you receive from each info session and campus tour.  It also helped to organize my notes so they would be useable when writing my supplemental essays.”  And bring a notebook and the school’s file folder.  Place any handouts that you receive directly into your folder so that nothing gets lost between the visit and home. You can easily transfer the folder back into the file cabinet when you get home. Parents – Want more tips? Don’t miss the Parent College Coach Tips...

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Takeaway Tweets & Transcript: #CampusChat with Leslie Josel
Sep27

Takeaway Tweets & Transcript: #CampusChat with Leslie Josel

#CampusChat guest Leslie Joel, a professional organizer and founder of Order Out of Chaos, offered up some fantastic tips for getting teens organized for the college application process and for staying organized throughout college. Checkout the takeaway tweets below and for more great tips, download the full transcript in PDF format (see link below).  Q1: What should a student do to be organized when filling out college applications? #campuschat Make “colllege” a subject in your planner. Record due dates, essay writing, entrance exams. Will keep you on track! #campuschat Set achievable goals. Easier to write one paragraph at a sitting then the whole essay! #campuschat Make one folder for each college and staple a checklist due dates to each one. #campuschat — leslie josel (@orderoochaos) September 27, 2012 Our weekly Twitter chat, #CampusChat, for parents, teens, and college students, covers all things college and takes place Wednesday nights at 9PM ET.  Download Getting Teens Organized #CampusChat Transcript...

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Dorm Room Space Savers with Leslie Josel

Leslie was our guest on #CampusChat 09/26/12. She shared fabulous tips for teens about getting organized to apply to college. Below is a video packed with tips and ideas to maximize the space and keep your dorm room organized! Leslie Josel is the founder of Order Out of...

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