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Your College Partner Program

Starting in August 2020

Your child has made it out of high school - congratulations! But it seems like as soon as the celebrations are over, the worry begins. You’ve picked out and purchased all of the dorm supplies, but can’t help wonder if your child is prepared for the demands of college. You wonder:


“Are they actually ready to handle COLLEGE?!?” 


Maybe you’re worried your child will fall behind or become overwhelmed, and the semester will end up being a waste of time and money. 


These worries are valid. Nationally, 30% of college students drop out during or after their first year*. These fails are costly - costs in the form of thousands of wasted tuition dollars and crushed hopes. 


Starting well is crucial to ongoing college success.


A strong start sets students up to take on increasingly difficult challenges. On the other hand, a student who struggles in the beginning has a much harder time catching up and staying on track to graduate in four years. 


To achieve that strong start, it is crucial to have the right supports in place from Day 1. As a college professor, I witness the need for this support first-hand each year as some students flounder and fall, while others thrive. 


College is different


College is different - in so many ways - from anything your student has experienced before, no matter how well they did in high school. For some students, this results in overwhelm, a top complaint among college students. Overwhelm snowballs quickly into missed work, an inability to complete courses, and failure. 

I can help!


That is why for more than 20 years I have worked to support students as they start college. I teach tried-and-true methods for school success - helping students build the habits and mindsets, along with the confidence and capability they need to thrive during their first year of college. And beyond. 


Many students have already benefited from their time with me! Meet two of them and hear how working with me helped them achieve a strong first year of college:

Matt's story

Matt was a generally good high-school student who entered college with a mix of effective and ineffective study habits. He left California for a selective private university in Texas. He followed my program in his fall semester and avoided the common pitfalls of new freshmen:

overwhelm and procrastination.

Here’s how his mom describes the outcome of the program:



“I’m just so impressed by you in every possible way. Your kindness, thoughtfulness, caring touches, combined with your brilliant coaching expertise is simply magnificent. With your help, our son is not only getting by, but THRIVING. He has found new academic confidence and has developed, with your help, a toolkit for goal-setting and time management. I feel so lucky to have found you...It’s wonderful to know that someone like you is caring for him during this transitional time.”

Julia's story

After dropping out of two colleges in two consecutive years, she began a new college with my program at her side. She took on a new major of Art & Design at an intensive school in downtown Minneapolis. Through hard work and a changed outlook on her academic abilities, she ended the first semester with a high GPA, top of her cohort. She says:



“Tina showed me that I am fully capable of doing well. I just had to hold myself accountable and set goals in new ways. I learned how to break things down into little milestones that made my schoolwork much less overwhelming. I started college unsure of myself. I wanted to do well, but I didn’t know if I could. Now I am much more in control of my learning.”

Your student can benefit from these strategies and support through my online program, Your College Partner: Foundations for Success.


Through participation in this program, students gain:

  • Specific tools for time management, organization, and motivation

  • Insights about effective engagement with faculty and campus staff

  • Structured practice for study habits that work

  • Perspectives on college-level assignments, including massive reading and writing assignments

  • A supportive partner when the going gets tough (and it always does)


What is included in the program:

  • 8 weekly modules specifically designed to address the key problems faced by first-semester college students

  • Each module includes:

    • a short, engaging video about the topic

    • a planning guidebook for designing personalized action

    • a live group discussion

    • an interactive chat with me to ensure progress


This program runs from Aug. 24 to October 19, 2020. Don’t worry, the program start and college start date do not need to be aligned for it to be effective.


Due to the interactive nature of this program, enrollment is limited. Book your student’s spot now for Fall 2020 and feel assured that you have a partner in the new semester!

$249 by July 31

$299 starting August 1

BONUS: If you book your spot before August 1, your student will get access to my Finals Week prep series in November and December. They include small group webinar-style meetings to help students plan out their finals’ strategies and calendar. During a follow-up meeting, each student can then tweak or update their plan. These sessions give the boost and structure most students need to get over the finish line well.

Learn more at Your College Partner

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