Thriving in High School and Beyond: Strategies for Academic Success & Personal Development

Author(s): Joseph B Cuseo, Aaron Thompson, Shane Shope, John Roush

Edition: 1

Copyright: 2018


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Thriving in High School and Beyond: Strategies for Academic Success & Personal Development supplies students with the resources to make a smooth transition from middle school to high school and equips them with skills for success in high school, college and career. This book enables students to demonstrate career readiness and develop work-ethic competencies, including problem-solving, teamwork, time management, and money management. The content is aligned with the National Association of Colleges and Employer Competencies and the Council for Economic Education’s National Standards for Financial Literacy.

Thriving in High School and Beyond offers a model (R.A.D.) for success that centers on three key components:

  1. Career READINESS
  3. Cultural DIVERSITY

This model is designed to promote success, both academically and personally, and identify a career pathway that best matches interests and talents.

Chapter 1 High School Knowledge

Top Tips for Academic Success

Transitioning from Middle School to High School

Your First Year in High School

High School Attendance

Effective Classroom Behavior: The Fundamentals

How to E-mail (or not) your Teacher

An example of what not to do

An example of an appropriate e-mail

Career Paths

High School and Beyond

Chapter Summary and Highlights

Chapter 1 Exercises

Chapter 2 Making Connections: Four Steps to Your Success

Four Steps to High School Success

First Step to High School Success: Active Involvement (Engagement)

Active Involvement in the Learning Process

Active Listening and Note Taking in Class

Active Class Participation

Active Reading

Second Step to High School Success: Capitalizing on School Resources (Resourcefulness)

Disability Services

Media Center Library

Guidance Counseling

Student Development Opportunities

Seek Advice

Third Step to High School Success: Interpersonal Interaction and Collaboration (Social Integration)

Interacting with High School Teachers

Interacting with Your Guidance Counselor

Interaction with Peers (Student–Student Interaction)

Collaborative Learning

Fourth Step of High School Success: Reflection and Self-Awareness (Mindfulness)




Chapter Summary and Highlights

Chapter 2 Exercises

Chapter 3 Preparing for High School

Start Planning Your Career Transition

Transition to High School—the Work and Experience

Outside-of-School Choices

Manage Your Time

Organizational Tips—Being Ready Everyday Requires You to Manage the Work

Tips to Transitioning to High School

The Relationship Between Goal Setting and Success

Characteristics of a Well-Designed Goal

Strategies for Maintaining Motivation and Progress Toward Your Goals

Characteristics of Successful People

Internal Locus of Control



Growth Mindset

Chapter Summary and Highlights

Chapter 3 Exercises

Chapter 4 Time Management

The Importance of Time Management

Strategies for Managing Time and Tasks

Creating a Time-Management Plan

Dealing with Procrastination

Myths That Promote Procrastination

Psychological Causes of Procrastination

Strategies for Preventing and Overcoming Procrastination

Chapter Summary and Highlights

Chapter 4 Exercises

Chapter 5 Deep Learning

What Is Deep Learning?

Effective Class-Listening and Note-Taking Strategies

Pre-Class Strategies: What to Do Before Class

Listening and Note-Taking Strategies: What to Do During Class

Post-Class Strategies: What to Do After Class

Strategic Reading

Pre-Reading Strategies: What to Do Before Reading

Strategies to Use During the Reading Process

Post-Reading Strategies: What to Do After Reading

Strategic Studying: Learning Deeply and Remembering Longer

Give Studying Your Undivided Attention

Make Meaningful Associations

Integrate Information from Classes and Readings

Distribute Study Time across Separate Study Sessions

Use the “Part-to-Whole” Study Method

Capitalize on the Power of Visual Learning

Build Variety into the Study Process

Learning Styles: Identifying Your Learning Preferences

Learn with Emotion

Self-Monitor: Reflect on What You’re Learning and Assess Whether You’re Learning it Deeply

Chapter Summary and Highlights

Chapter 5 Exercises

Chapter 6 Higher-Level Thinking

Defining and Describing the Major Forms of Higher-Level Thinking

Analysis (Analytical Thinking)

Synthesis (Integrative Thinking)

Application (Applied Thinking)

Multidimensional Thinking

Balanced Thinking

Critical Thinking (Evaluation)

Creative Thinking

Using Higher-Level Thinking Skills to Improve Academic Performance

Strategies for Increasing Creativity

Chapter Summary and Highlights

Chapter 6 Exercises

Chapter 7 Test-Taking Skills and Strategies

Pre-Test Strategies: What to Do in Advance of Tests


Creating Retrieval Cues

Strategies to Use Immediately Before a Test

Strategies to Use During Tests

Strategies for Answering Multiple-Choice Test Questions

Strategies for Answering Essay Questions

Strategies for Online Tests

Post-Test Strategies: What to Do After Receiving Your Test Results

Strategies for Reducing Test Anxiety

Chapter Summary and Highlights

Chapter 7 Exercises

Chapter 8 Financial Literacy

Sources of Income for Financing a College Education

Student Loans

Student Loans and Credit Scores



Planning on joining the Armed Services?

Developing a Money Management Plan

Gain Financial Self-Awareness

Track Your Cash Flow

Developing a Plan for Managing Money and Minimizing Debt

Chapter Summary and Highlights

Chapter 8 Exercises

Chapter 9 Diversity and the High School Experience

What Is Diversity?

What Is Racial Diversity?

What Is an Ethnic Group?

The Relationship between Diversity and Humanity

What Is Individuality?

Major Forms or Types of Diversity in Today’s World

Ethnic and Racial Diversity

Socioeconomic Diversity

Generational Diversity

Sexual Diversity

The Benefits of Experiencing Diversity

Diversity Increases Self-Awareness and Self-Knowledge

Diversity Deepens Learning

Diversity Promotes Critical Thinking

Diversity Stimulates Creative Thinking

Diversity Enhances Career Preparation and Career Success

Overcoming Barriers to Diversity




Strategies for Overcoming Stereotypes and Prejudices

Chapter Summary and Highlights

Chapter 9 Exercises


The Importance of Career Planning

Strategies for Career Exploration and Preparation

Step 1. Awareness of Self

Multiple Intelligences

Step 2. Awareness of Career Options

Step 3. Awareness of Career Options that Provide the Best “Fit” for You

Step 4. Awareness of the Major Steps Needed to Reach Your Career Goal

Personal Resume

Chapter Summary and Highlights

Chapter 10 Exercises


Joseph B Cuseo

Joe Cuseo holds a doctoral degree in Educational Psychology and Assessment from the University of Iowa and is Professor Emeritus of Psychology. For more than 25 years, he directed the first-year seminar—a core college success course required of all new students.
He’s a 14-time recipient of the “faculty member of the year award” on his home campus—a student-driven award based on effective teaching and academic advising; a recipient of the “Outstanding First-Year Student Advocate Award” from the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition; and a recipient of the “Diamond Honoree Award” from the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) for contributions made to student development and the Student Affairs profession.
+++__Currently, Joe serves as an educational advisor and consultant for AVID—a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote the college access and college success of underserved student populations. He has delivered hundreds of campus workshops and conference presentations across North America, as well as Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Middle East.

Aaron Thompson

Aaron Thompson is a nationally recognized leader in higher education with a focus on policy, student success and organizational leadership and design. He serves as President of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education and as professor of sociology in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Eastern Kentucky University. He recently served as interim president of Kentucky State University. Thompson holds a doctorate in sociology in areas of organizational behavior and race and gender relations.

His leadership experience spans 27 years across higher education, business and numerous non-profit boards. Thompson has researched, taught and consulted in areas of diversity, leadership, ethics, multicultural families, race and ethnic relations, student success, first-year students, retention, cultural competence and organizational design throughout his career.

As a highly sought after national speaker, Thompson has presented more than 800 workshops, seminars and invited lectures in areas of race and gender diversity, living an unbiased life, overcoming obstacles to gain success, creating a school environment for academic success, cultural competence, workplace interaction, leadership, organizational goal setting, building relationships, the first-year seminar, and a variety of other topics. He continues to serve as a consultant to educational institutions (elementary, secondary and postsecondary), corporations, non-profit organizations, police departments and other governmental agencies.

Thompson has published more than 30 publications and numerous research and peer reviewed presentations. He has authored or co-authored the following books: Changing Student Culture from the Ground Up, The Sociological Outlook, Infusing Diversity and Cultural Competence into Teacher Education, Peer to Peer Leadership: Changing Student Culture from the Ground Up. He also co-authored Thriving in College and Beyond: Research-Based Strategies for Academic Success, Thriving in the Community College and Beyond: Research-Based Strategies for Academic Success and Personal Development, Diversity and the College Experience, Focus on Success and Black Men and Divorce.

Shane Shope

Shane Shope is Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership Program at Morehead State University. Shope earned his doctorate in Educational Leadership from Ohio University and a Master’s Degree in Curriculum from Miami University. Dr. Shope has over 25 years of experience in K-12 and Higher Education settings, including serving as a high school teacher and district level administrator. Shope has worked as an educational consultant nationally and in the Middle East. His research has focused on College and Career Readiness, school transitions, rural leadership models, social justice issues and community capacity building. He has numerous peer reviewed publications and presentations, including Career Ready: Are You, Addressing Challenges to Postsecondary Transitions K12/Higher Education Collaboration, Toward a Responsive Model for Educational Leadership in Rural Appalachia: Merging theory and practice, and Rural Specific Concerns and Strategies in the Budgeting Process. Shope has traveled extensively throughout the United States, delivering numerous presentations and workshops on community asset mapping and career readiness initiatives. Dr. Shope worked in coordination with the Public Education Evaluation Commission for the Ministry of Education for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and served as a researcher for the Regional Education Lab for Appalachia.

John Roush

John R. “J.R.” Roush is an Assistant Professor of Education at Shawnee State University; Chief Consultant for The JD & R Group, LLC; Independent Contractor/Representative for Southern State Community College’s College Credit Plus (Early College); Owner/Operator of Roush Cattle, Hay and Straw and former; Dean of Core Studies/ Campus Director with Southern State Community College, Ohio; Professor of Educational Leadership at Morehead State University and PK-12 teacher and principal. Over the last 26 years, nearly 23 involved leadership roles in both K-12 and higher education. Roush holds a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from Ohio University. Dr. Roush recently co-authored a career and college ready book, “Thriving in High School and Beyond: Strategies for Academic Success and Beyond,” and has published several peer-reviewed articles involving capacity building and successful higher education – high school transition programs. Implementation of the "Collaborating on Economic Success in Appalachia" High School-Higher Education Alignment Project, Educational Assets, Resources, Barriers and Social Capital in a Semi- Isolated Community of Appalachia, Toward a responsive model for educational leadership in rural Appalachia: Merging theory and practice.   His areas of academic interest and research include educational leadership, social capital, rural education, capacity building, college access and career readiness. He has presented at numerous state, regional and national conferences and consulted/researched nationally and internationally; including an invitation to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to assist in evaluating and making recommendations to their public school system.

“The content of the book is an outstanding resource that can be easily used by students in junior high and high school. I firmly believe the workbook has provided an edge for our group of students.”

-Alison Bach-Oliver

Bright Local School Counselor

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