How To Set Up And Use A Relevant Planner

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True or False: High School students need to be organized because there's a lot going on and it gets to be too difficult to remember it all.

Counselors and Parents often suggest using a traditional planner to keep track of important assignments and dates. They may suggest using a snazzy, multi-section planner with places to write down goals, dreams, and study strategies. If high school students consistently use these planners it really helps them keep track of their busy lives, or points out they have time to get busy. How big of an "if" is it for your high school student?

What if the high school student in your life doesn't use a planner? They must be trying to remember it all, or they aren't even aware of the activities, academics, responsibilities, and opportunities that are passing right by them.

What are some reasons high school students don't use things like planners (really useful tools, right?) "I don't like it, It's not how I think, It's too hard, I don't want to be told what to do..." These are relevant concerns.

It's challenging to encourage a teenager to use a tool you know will be helpful when they're in the middle of being a teenager. So, let's not make it about whether they should do it. Instead let's focus on the bottom line and how to make getting there easier.




Your Instructor


Genevieve Price-Griffin
Genevieve Price-Griffin

My name Genevieve, and it's great to meet you.

When I was a first generation college student I dealt daily with challenges that were new and unexpected to my family and me. I was a good high school student with a solid work ethic but it was tough to be successful without having a clear idea of what going to college meant in the classroom, in the dorm, and on campus. That's my motivation for creating Option Play Conquer College.

I continued to learn about the first year of college, from the inside of the dorm room out as a Resident Director on two State University of New York campuses.

My clients taught me how essential it is for young adults to be actively involved in the creation and use of tools when I developed an HIV prevention program at The Door. A Center for Alternatives.

I have experience as a student, and working with students. We believe when you know where you are right now, and have a direction or goal you'd like to move forward, the next step becomes clear. That's where Small Steps Go Places comes in.

  • High school students need to develop communication skills and an organizational plan that really works to do well while they're in high school and beyond.
  • We've learned from working with both first gen and students whose families have gone to college that having a clear idea about the differences between high school and college, and knowing how to successfully navigate the gap is key to getting the most out of going to college.

We'll collaborate so your teen will get the most out of high school, and be prepared for college.



Frequently Asked Questions


Can I work with Genevieve to make my planner more relevant after I watch the course?
Of course! Send Genevieve an email ([email protected]) to set up your 20 minute free chat, and learn about how you can work together to make using a planner more relevant for you.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I don't already use a planner?
Watch this course first. At the end you'll know what makes sense for you, or email Genevieve ([email protected]) to set up a free 20 minute chat to figure out your next steps.

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