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1B: Choose the correct major, a legit school & the right degree

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School may not be your thing, so you may want to start your own business, click here to learn how to BECOME YOUR OWN BOSS! However, being an Entrepreneur does not mean that you do not need an education.

After choosing a 21st century career field, it is time to choose a college major related to that career field, and the proper college degree. Speak to an academic adviser, and let them know the career field that you are interested in, and then ask her, or him, these 4 questions:

  • Do I need a college degree for this career field. If the answer is yes, then ask…
  • “If I need a degree, what major, and which type of degree do I need, an Associate’s or Bachelors? If you need a degree, then you must also ask,
  • Is this school strong in the major that I need? How do you know if a school is “strong,” in your major? The career services staff has plenty of connections for internships, and jobs, in your field. So logically, the next step is to?
  • Ask your adviser to connect you with their career services staff immediately, get experience NOW, not later. 
  • Next, ask the career services staff, “Can you help me obtain internships so that I can gain experience while I am in school, and what is your employment rate?” Why? Because you are in school for one reason, a career.  

Do not choose a worthless major: 

Always choose a major connected to growing career fields. Why? Because as Catherine Conlan of explains, there are several college majors that are practically worthless, and here is a list of 7 of them: 7 Most underemployed majors. Here are 17 more college majors that according to Forbes 2017, may not be worth the time and money invested by students, (17 Majors that may cause you to struggle!)

  • Physical Education Teaching
  • Human Services
  • Illustration
  • Criminal Justice
  • Project Management
  • Radion/TV & Film Production
  • Studio Art
  • Healthcare Administration
  • Education
  • Human Development and Family Services
  • Creative Writing
  • Animal Science
  • Exercise Science
  • Health Sciences
  • Paralegal Studies
  • Theatre/Drama
  • Art History

This type of information is even more important for immigrants, and students of color. 

Words of caution for Students of Color, and Immigrants:

In this Washington Post article, Danielle Douglas-Gabriel describes how economic disparities are growing for both immigrants, and students of color. Why? Because both immigrants, and students of color often choose low-paying majors. Why? Because no one is telling them the truth: Racial economic disparities due to college majors. The result has been as Blake Ellis of CNN points out, increased poverty in many communities, and many college grads being forced to live at home with their parents after graduation: Half of college grads living off parents. By choosing a growing career field,  a major related to that growing field, and the proper degree, many social problems caused by our educational system can be solved. But, be careful, some colleges are scams.

Do not choose a school that will scam you: 

In this article by CNN Money in 2014, a degree from some colleges, and universities are worthless: Worthless college degrees. Be careful and choose a college with a reputation for success as documented by Roberto A. Ferdman: Colleges with highest paying starting salaries. If you are not sure, here is another article  about colleges who produce highly successful graduates: College starting salaries, Full list.


If you choose the correct career field, can you make as much as 4-year college graduates? Yes. I have had many students land $60,000 per year jobs with their Associate’s Degrees, and so can you. Associates Degree are the future as Lydia Dishman explained in an article for High paying community college degrees. Here is more information: Community College degrees are valuable. Always keep in mind that a 4 year degree can be worthless, and that you can get a high starting salary with an Associates Degree in a 21st century career field.

What if you cannot afford college? Look for FREE COLLEGES

Yes, there are FREE COLLEGES, contact them and ask them what you need to do in order to get admitted. Here is a list of free colleges: Free Colleges. As you will notice, there are no elite schools like the University of Chicago on that list, however, here is a link to the U of Chicago FREE college program called the, NO BARRIERS program: University of Chicago, No Barriers program. Lastly, here is a link for FREE TEXTBOOKS: FREE TEXTBOOKS.

Top college majors for 2016 and 2017

Conversely, here is a list of the best majors for people with either an Associate’s or Bachelors degree from 2016: (2016 Most Valuable Majors).  Here are some additional majors that Forbes recommends for those entering college in 2017:

  • General and Operations Managers, median pay $97,000
  • Data Scientist, median pay $128,000
  • Registered Nurse, median pay $67,000
  • Software Engineer, median pay $100,000
  • Medical Services Manager, median pay $94,000
  • Information Security Analyst, Median pay $90,000
  • Financial Advisor, median pay $89,000
  • Physical Therapist, median pay $84,000
  • Home Health Aide, median pay $21,000

Complete p. 29 of your Plan for Your Success workbook, then proceed to Step 2How to succeed academically

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2B-Time management is the key success

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As discussed on p. 32 of the workbook, time management is the key to success in school, work, at home….everywhere in life. If you mismanage your time, then you are limiting your success. Here are the time management strategies that we recommend:


If you can, plan out the entire semester using your, “Class Syllabus.” If you are not a student, having a planner will help with project management. Having a planner can virtually guarantee that you always know what is going on. What should be in your planner?

Weekly Planner Page
Weekly Planner Page
  1. Outside of family, DUE DATES FOR ASSIGNMENTS, BIG & SMALL EVENTS, and projects for work are your #1 priority.
    • Wake up time; let it be the same time every day
    • Give yourself plenty of time in the morning
    • Plan on having breakfast every day,
    • Work out if you prefer working out in the AM
    • 15 minutes, to 1 hour to review notes in the morning, before dinner, and before bed
    • Create or review your to do list
    • Commute time, time to get to school or work without rushing
    • Lunch time
    • If you are an athlete, what time is practice if you have it. If you plan to work out, write down that specific time
    • Use a different color highlighter to clearly mark all of your due dates for school work, or work projects. Use the same color for one class, not two classes
    • Exercise time
    • Home work time
    • Sleep time, a regular sleep schedule

How much HOMEWORK TIME should you schedule?

In addition to the 15/15/15, you will need to schedule at least 1 to 2 hours of homework time every day.


Study during daylight hours. Why? Because since birth we are all conditioned to sleep when it is dark. So getting an early start. Limiting study time to daylight hours leads to better grades.


I personally do not like to sit for an hour, I like to move around. So what worked for me was to look at my schedule, and used both the 15/15/15 strategy, and the 1/1/1 depending upon the topic. A combination of both strategies worked for me, but sitting for an hour or two may work for you, you decide.


p. 33 of your workbook. The Gold rule is, “Study what you do not know.” Do not waste time going over what you know. How do you know when you know it? The Silver rule, “If you can teach it to someone without your notes, then you know it and it is time to move on.” The Bronze rule is, “the more you learn in class, the less you will have to do outside of class.” Be an active listener while in class, or else you will have to relearn it after class. Class time is similar to work time, it is important to be active and alert, be a professional.


Physical exercise is important for mental health. Therefore I recommend 10,000 steps per day as proscribed by doctors on WebMD: WebMD, 10,000 steps per day. I personally find walking more soothing than running.


How much sleep should you schedule? 6 to 8 hours at a minimum each and every night. Modern research has proven that lack of sleep can cause a 20-50% drop in brain function. As a student, or working professional, the last thing you need is a drop in brain function, so get some sleep. If you have a problem sleeping because you things on your mind, creating a “to do list” before bed may help.


A “To be done,” or “to do list,” is a tiny list of 3-4 things that you want to get done that day. Completing this list daily will make you feel good about yourself every day. More importantly, numerous students say that it helps them to sleep by getting those things out of their heads, and onto a piece of paper.

Purchase a Weekly/Monthly planner, complete it, then proceed to: Know your learning style

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2C-Know your learning style(s)

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Nobody learns the way you do. Our individual learning styles, or how we learn, varies from person to person. Knowing your learning style is vital to both your academic, and professional success. Below is an introduction to the 5 learning styles followed by a video. Watch the video, take notes and figure out which learning style(s) best describes you:

  1. Reader and Writers – they learn better when the material is presented in writing.
  2. Visual learners – they learn better when the material is presented in a video, graph, or chart.
  3. Auditory learners – they learn better from listening in class or to recordings.
  4. Tactile/Kinesthetic learners – they learn better from being engaged with the subject matter, and using their hands.
  5. Environmental learners – these types of learners benefit from studying in a certain type of environment.

Learning styles video:, please keep in mind that you may have more than one learning style, and that is normal.

Stay on p. 33 and click here: How to learn more while in class

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2D- The BIG 3, How to learn more while in class

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In the Plan for Your Success: What Century Do You Live In? workbook, and in section 3C, there are three Ivy Tech academic success rules, the Gold, Silver, and Bronze. This section is about the bronze rule, “The more you learn in class, the less time you have to use for studying after class.” So how do you learn more while in class? Focus on the BIG 3:

  1. What is the TOPIC of the Day? What is the teacher talking about?
  2. Example(s) or problem(s) to be solved.
  3. Instructions, rules, steps, or solution for the problem to be solved. Knowing the steps is how you SHOW YOUR WORK! Show the steps you took to get to the answer.

That is it. Those are the BIG 3. Leave every class knowing what the main topic was, the examples that were used/problems to be solved, and the instructions for solving those problems.


Do the problems in section 3 of the workbook. In addition, go to Kahn Academy and watch the video about how to Divide Fractions and write them as mixed numbers. Use the video to practice this note taking format: Kahn Academy, how to divide fractions. Likewise, here is a video about Conjunctive Adverbs, follow the same process: Conjunctive Adverbs. YOUTUBE has video’s for virtually any topic.


  1. Topic of the Day

  2. Examples given, problems to be solved, formulas, diagrams, etc…

  3. Instructions/Rules/Steps related to the example/topic. What are all of the steps?

    • Then write down every step and make them as easy as possible for you to understand

  4. Repeat this process for every topic and lastly, handwrite and transfer the BIG 3 onto 3X5 flashcards.

Stay on p. 33 and click here: How to remember more of what you learned in class

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2E-How to remember more of what you learned in class, BIG 3

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How to remember more of what you learn in class, focus on the Big 3. Topic, examples and instructions/steps/rules.

  • Make sure that you have the BIG 3 in your notes, and then transfer them to your 3×5 flashcards. Ste 3 is vital, remember these words, SHOW YOUR WORK, show the teacher how you got the answer.
  • Create all flashcards within 24 hours of reading something, or within 24 hours of class, and read them out loud as often as possible.
  • After creating the flashcards, read them out loud in order to make sure that you clearly understand the materials.
  • How do you know when you know it and can stop studying it? Remember the Silver Rule: “If you can teach it to someone else, then you  know it.”
  • Apply the 15/15/15 strategy. Review your flashcards for 15 minutes as soon as you wake up, 15 minutes before dinner, and again, 15 minutes before bed, 6 or 7 days per week.
  • In your weekly schedule, dedicate one full hour, one day per week to homework. Homework time is IN ADDITION to the 15/15/15 strategy.
  • Lastly, ALWAYS supplement your learning. If you can, watch YOUTUBE videos, or listen to recordings of the subjects that you need to know for an exam. The smart kids always get extra help.

This practice will help you remember more of what you read and learned in class.

Stay on p. 33 of the workbook and click here: How to read faster

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2F-How to read faster & remember it, use the BIG 3

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Reading fast is helpful. However, it is only helpful if you can remember what you read. When I was in graduate school in Chicago, I studied Arabic, Greek, and Hebrew, while studying both the Bible, and Qur’an. As a result, I had to learn how to read fast. What helped me was the fact that both Arabic, and Hebrew were written from right to left.

My brain had to relearn how to read. I had to break the reading assignments down into small chunks of words. Then I had to use my pointer finger on my right hand, and point directly at the words. Why my right hand? It allowed me to see all the words as a whole, and did not block my vision. However, when I read the Bible in Greek, I would point to the words with my left pointer finger. Yes, I was reading in both directions, and taking notes with both my right, and left hands.

I started slowly, and over time both my reading speed, and my comprehension increased. As a matter of fact, it helped me to score in the 91st percentile on the reading comprehension section of the GRE (Graduate Records Exam.) Reading fast, and comprehending more is both helpful, and fun. Here is a video about Howard Berg, one of the fastest readers in the world. You may find it helpful: Howard Berg, how to read faster.

However, if you do not like the Berg Speed Reading method, you can use the BIG 3. How?

  • First, skim what you plan to read, and look for the BIG 3.  Start from the beginning of the section, or chapter, and find out what the TOPIC is. Remember, the topic could be a person, ex. Mr. Incredible.
  • Second, ask yourself the question, “What examples are being used here?” If it is a literature class, you ask yourself, “What did the main character do here? What actions did they take?”
  • Third, locate all of the steps, rules, and instructions. If it is a literature class, then you ask yourself, “How did the characters actions impact the story?”
  • Lastly, take notes, and write down the BIG 3 in your notebook. Do not skip steps, start by taking notes in your notebook.


  1. Transfer what you read to flashcards immediately after you finish reading and taking notes in your notebook.
  2. Next, use the 15/15/15 strategy. Review your flashcards 15 minutes in the morning, 15 minutes before dinner, and 15 minutes before bed.
  3. Lastly, always remember, tests are about the instructions that are needed to solve a problem, so part 3 of the BIG 3 will always be on your test, always. Remember when you were in high school and took those standardized tests and the teacher said, “SHOW YOUR WORK?” That is what step 3 in every problem is, showing your work.

Stay on p. 33 of the workbook then click here: How to get A’s on tests, and exams

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2H-How to get A’s, Master the BIG 3 & the Star Wars Method

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As stated previously, time management is the key to success, and exam preparation is why you are managing your time. If you want to do well on an test, always ask the teacher, or professor, what type of test, or quiz it will be. Next master the BIG 3.


    1. How? Review your flashcards every day. Use the 15/15/15 review strategy. Also, have a separate review day for all flashcards, and review them up and until the exam is placed upon your desk. Right before the exam begins, put your flashcards away as instructed by your teacher, or professor. Reviewing up and until the last minute helps keep the information fresh in your brain.
    2. Utilize YOUTUBE, watch a video, or two, on the materials prior to the test, or quiz.
    3. Once the test is on your desk. If there are things you think you might forget, then write them down immediately on the back, or on the side of the exam. If you are allowed to have scrap paper, write as much as you can about what you want to remember down on the scrap paper.

No matter what type of test or quiz it is, you must read the instructions first. Second, find the question to be answered, then read the question carefully. Make sure that you completely understand what you are being asked before writing anything, or filling in any blanks.


The first type is, the Essay exam, and there two types, Open Ended and Closed Ended. However they both require that you use the STAR WARS METHOD:

  • Open Ended. For example, if the question says, tell me what you know Coors Light? You have to tell the teacher 4-5 things about that beer, use the Star Wars Method.
  • Closed Ended. Questions that have a long, medium, or short fact pattern, with the question about the fact pattern. Always read the instructions first, and only answer the question being asked. ORGANIZE your thoughts, then write…Star Wars Method.

Find a sample test, and use your flashcards to answer those questions. Or, create true-false questions of your own and answer them using your flashcards. First, when you get the exam, read the instructions. Second, find the question mark and make sure that you understand what you are being asked.

The third type is, Matching:

Find a sample test, and use your flashcards to answer the questions. Or, create matching questions of your own and answer them using your flashcards. When you get the exam, read the instructions first. Second, find the question mark and make sure that you understand what you are being asked.

The fourth type is, Multiple-Choice:

Find a sample test, and take it using your flashcards. Or, create your own and answer the test using your flashcards. When you get the exam, read the instructions first. Second, find the question mark and make sure that you understand what you are being asked.Third, eliminate the answers that are obviously wrong.

The fifth type is, Fill-in the blank:

Find a sample test, and take it using your flashcards. Or, create your own and answer the test using your flashcards. When you get the exam, read the instructions first. Second, find the question mark and make sure that you understand what you are being asked.

The sixth, and last type are, Open Book exams:

Prepare for open book tests just like you would an essay exam. Know as much as you can. Make sure that you have read the book, article, or journal. These exams are not to be taken lightly. If you have not read the material, and then expect to do well, you are gambling with your grade.

NEVER cram for an exam. Make it a goal to have all flashcards done 24 hours in advance of an exam. For example, if there is a Math test in on March 15 at 10 am, then your flashcards for that class should be done by March 14 at 10 am. Get at least 6-8 hours of sleep every night. Make sleep a priority, and time management a priority, and academic success will come. Avoid the abuse of alcohol and drugs. If you have a problem, contact a counselor immediately. They are glad to help. If you need mental health, or emotional health support, call student services immediately. They will be more than happy to help you.

 Stay on p. 33 of the workbook and click here: How to write A papers

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2I-How to prepare for a speech/Prepare for a work presentation

How to prepare for and give a speech

Most students are surprised when they find out that you prepare for a speech the same way that you would prepare for writing a paper. You research the topic, know your audience, and follow the Star Wars method from 3H: How to write an A paper.

Giving a speech is just like writing, if you borrow someone else’s words then you must say something like, “Quoting Thomas Jefferson,” or, “As President Truman once said.” Never take credit for another person’s words. To be safe, always tell your own story, and use your own words to avoid plagiarism claims.


When giving a speech, always use 3X5 cards. Write down the 3-5 things that you plan to talk about on those cards. If you have followed the steps from 3H, you will be prepared. When you look down and see your flashcards, you should be able to remember what you wrote.


Practice your speech in a mirror, or to your pet, using your flashcards. Keep practicing until you feel comfortable. If you cannot remember all of your words, just write a little more on your flashcards so that you can look at them, and refresh yourself. More importantly, make eye contact with everyone in the room. Consider giving a speech as practice for a modern job interview. Most modern job interviews are group interviews, and you have to make everyone in the group feel comfortable with you. You do that by making eye contact with them, so practice making eye contact when you practice in the mirror, or with your pet.

COMPLETE P. 40-41 in the workbook then proceed to section 4, p. 41 of the workbook: Networking

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Step 3: Networking is the #1 job search strategy

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UNLESS THEY KNOW YOU, they probably will not hire you:

Networking is the #1 job search strategy, if they know you, and like you, they will hire you. Here is a true story. I was teaching a student success class at Ivy Tech. We were talking about networking and filling out their Plan for Your Success workbooks. After I instructed the students to get to know their classmates, most of the guys tried to get to know the beautiful blonde girl in the front of the class. Several of the guys wanted jobs at the steel mills, steel is huge here in Northwest Indiana. However, they ignored another attractive young lady sitting in the back corner of the room.

As it turns out, the young lady in the back of the room had power. Her father was the Vice President of one of the largest steel companies in Northwest Indiana. He had contacted me through her to tell me that he loved my workbook, Plan for Your Success. Had those guys not been so superficial, they possibly could have gotten either internships, or jobs at the place they wanted to work in the first place.

Get to know people, people like to hire who they know. Start networking with:

  • Classmates from each class/co-workers
  • Family and friends
  • Churches, Mosques, Temples, Synagogues
  • Academic advisers
  • Faculty advisers
  • Career Services Personnel
  • Someone from Human Resources
  • Your supervisor or boss
  • Those who helped you climb the ladder of success
  • Employers in your career field

After you get to know them, that is when you keep in contact via email, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or Linkedin.

COMPLETE the networking exercise on p. 43 of the workbook, then proceed to p. 44: Understand the legal environment

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