A solid and recommended read for any who want to use high school as a launch pad for life
Midwest Book Review
High School is where it really starts to matter. “Succeeding in High School: A Handbook for Teens and Parents plus a College Admissions Primer” is a guide for young adults who want to make the most out of their college educations and better prepare themselves for college and the rest of their lives. From making the most out of the first year to the importance of extracurriculars, there is no shortage of wisdom and advice within. “Succeeding in High School” is a solid and recommended read for any who want to use high school as a launch pad for life.
New “Handbook” aims to guide students to success
STAFF REPORT • mycentraljersey.com, a Gannett publication
High school can be tough — from the anxiety of social situations to the pressures of college applications, many students find themselves overwhelmed by stress.
Joseph Adegboyega-Edun is a high school counselor who is determined to help students succeed — both emotionally and academically — in the four most important and challenging years of their K-12 education… This guide also lets parents know how to advocate for their teen’s education and how to keep track of their teen’s progress. For those who are college bound, Succeeding in High School uses a step-by-step approach to mastering the college application process, from organizing the search, finding the right college, filling out the applications and obtaining financial aid. -Staff Report, myCentralJersey.com, A GANNETT COMPANY.
Succeeding in High School Reviewed by Wendy Thomas of Bookpleasures.com
Succeeding in High School is a handbook for teens and parents on how to stay the course in the often confusing halls of high school…
Each chapter thoroughly explains a skill using plenty of examples and then concludes with questions for the students to get them thinking about how they can accomplish specific goals, things to do which are action items for the students, and a parents section filled with tips and advice to support their students in school.
This book makes great use of examples (i.e., Calculating Grade Point Average) as the author explains to the students in an authoritative and yet compassionate manner how they can best help themselves to succeed. The chapters are designed to follow the students through the four years with two chapters devoted to the Junior and Senior years having specific advice for those students like taking PSATs, SATs, and Graduation Requirements.
Part 2 of the book is a College Admissions Primer which uses a step-by-step approach to explain the competitive college admissions process including:
- Organizing the college search
- Understanding the application process
- Finding the right college
- Determining where to apply
- Obtaining funds for college education
This section covers what colleges are looking for in students and how you can make sure that you have these requirements while still in high school. It also explains what you can do to make applying to colleges an easier process.
There is a thoughtful and detailed list of questions to ask yourself in the figuring out which college is for you section which may help you to decide what type of college would be best suited for your likes and dislikes. This one list alone may help you narrow down your school choices thus eliminating the need and expense in applying to colleges that are not a good fit.
Finally there is a nice summary of financial aid resources available for helping you get the funds needed to pay for college.
Using clear language that never talks down to the reader, Succeeding in High School does a great job of sorting out what needs to be done by the students and their parents in order for kids to successfully complete high school and then move on to college.
Some really great information…..NOT just for high school students
By MotherLodeBeth “MotherLodeBeth” — Amazon.com Top 100 Reviewer
This is an excellent book, but I think it should be for pre teen and even younger students’ parents because waiting until high school to get serious about your education can often be too late for many. In the book the author discusses laying a strong academic foundation in ninth grade, developing good organizational skills, study habits, selecting courses that fit college bound plans, how to handle stress, extracurricular activities, knowing what the graduation requirements are, early graduation, some myths about homework, challenging yourself, diversify your college or university search. And much more.
The importance of good information and thoughtful advice
By J. Cameron-Smith “Expect the Unexpected” — Amazon.com Top 500 Reviewer
I found this book easy to read and while it is specifically written in relation to the American education system, much of the advice provided and suggestions made would be useful to students (and their parents) in other countries. While the book is aimed at primarily high school students I think it would be useful (at least for parents) of younger children. Mr. Adegboyega-Edun is an educator who clearly has drawn on his experience(of over twenty years) in preparing and presenting this book. Each chapter begins with a student quote, and ends with “Questions for Students”, “Things to Do” and “For Parents”. This serves to both reinforce the points made as well as to make it clear that effective learning requires action by both students and their parents or carers.
A Clear Plan to College
By M. Bruner “Deltareviewer” Reviewing for Page Turners (Oklahoma!)
This handbook is written specifically for students and parents as they work through high school with plans on attending college. It provides clear and concise information on the transition from middle school to high school; how to choose your classes in relation to your goals; picking extracurricular activities to increase your edge; importance of study skills and grades; along with a timeline for college applications, admissions, and financial aid. The book completes itself by offering checklists for students and parents; points to consider; and outside resources for college admission tests, financial aid, and joining the military.
Adegboyega-Edun writes in a well organized fashion which makes it easy to understand. This is a great resource for students and parents that are unfamiliar with navigating the college admission process. It will also help students formulate goals for their future while they are still in high school. As a community college professor, I see students and parent’s everyday still wondering why they didn’t do things earlier. I will recommend this book to everyone with students in high school as many of their fears and questions will be answered in less than 140 pages.