A Review of the Top Five College Preparation DVDs (continued)
DVD #3: In Search of a College Major and a Career Direction
50 minutes, Grades 9-adult, $34.95
The focus on this DVD is choosing the right major and career paths and the importance of pursuing career while in college through the right courses. It was created by Susan Posluszny who has over 20 years of experience as a career counselor and college instructor. The video consists of self-paced program segments with exercises for determining your personal likes and dislikes in addition to personality traits that are targeted towards certain careers. The DVD also comes with a parent guide and student guide to follow along with the program. Susan has a very personable and funny style which makes it easier to follow along each segment. She encourages you not to skip around the segments but instead to follow the DVD step by step. Also, the video was field tested and improved for over 2 years with input from students, teachers and other counselors. This video is similar to having your own college career placement counselor at your fingertips. It may be more appropriate for college freshman than for high schoolers. You can view sample clips from this DVD directly from Susan's website.
DVD #4: Cracking College: 7 Secrets of Savvy Students
36 minutes, Ages 11-adults, $19.95
The creator of this DVD, Justin Baer is an NYU graduate with honors and claims from his website that this DVD has been rated #1 by Amazon.com. In the video, Baer shows students efficient, savvy ways to excel in college. "Studying smarter not harder" is one of Baer's many pieces of advice to students. Some of his strategies for students include - choosing the best teachers and courses, finding great places to study, making and homework assignments easier. According to the website, the video is being used by school counselors and students all over the country. This is a good video for a student's personal account of what strategies and techniques he used to succeed at a big name school like New York Univerisity. Justin also started and sold another successful business venture prior to this one. His website indicates that he works in finance and is a social activist and a "serial entrepreneur". This is one of the college preparation dvds that is worth looking at for shortcuts to help you come out at the top of your college class.
DVD #5: How to Become a SuperStar Student: Helping Your Child Achieve Success
30 minutes, Ages - adults, $34.95
This is the last DVD in a 12-part DVD series presented by "SuperStar Teacher" Dr. Tim McGhee. He is well known as a high school teacher at Worland High School in Wyoming who since 1988 has turned out award-winning, college-bound classes of students with superior learning skills. His students from Wyoming achieve top scores on tests, get into top schools and win full scholarships to attend them. DVDs number 1 through 10 focus on giving students concrete and memorable techniques on learning from school lectures, active reading, taking effective notes, preparing for exams, writing research papers and studying for success. Dr. McGhee's premise is that problems in student success are often not with the teacher or the student intelligence but instead stem from the fact that students have not been taught to learn properly. The last two DVDs, numbered 11 and 12 are devoted to parents. This DVD gives familiarizes parents with McGhee's innovative learning techniques taught to students and then gives them advice on preparing their children for college life. Parents are encouraged to start preparing students before the senior year in high school. This is a comprehensive series on learning and succeeding that it would be beneficial to purchase all of the DVDs as soon as children start to become concerned about doing well in school which in most cases is by grade 7 and up. Academically, this series is by far one of the best college preparation dvds on the market.