Younger students who need studying and test-taking tips and older students who need college guidance can attend a free workshop Saturday, where midstate educators will share their advice.
A free session is being held from 9:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the I.E. Mack Center on Houston Avenue in Macon that will allow educators to delve into common school-related issues, such as effective study skills and career choices, as well as a parent-only session about what parents need to know.
“If as many parents would take as much interest in their child’s educational process as those who attend the sporting events, educators and students may not face all the problems they face every day in school,” said Beverly Hicks, with the Mountain Movers Ministry group that is coordinating the session.
Jerry Haywood, Fort Valley State University’s director of academic counseling, will be one of the featured speakers. He will talk to students about adjusting to college life after high school.
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He said many college freshmen are focused on scheduling classes, financial aid and the like, and that can overshadow dealing with a new environment or roommate, study skills and individual accountability.
“I’m a firm believer that a lot of students these days are unprepared,” Haywood said. “The purpose for this (workshop) is to give preparation and information to be prepared for not only college, but high school and grade school as well.”
Olethia Thomas, an assistant principal at Feagin Mill Middle School in Warner Robins, will speak to students about dealing with anger management and discipline.
She wants to tell students to learn to recognize when they are becoming upset. When that happens, they should step back and think through their actions.
“I see a lot of students who do not take the time to look at the consequences of ‘if I do this, it will do that,’ ” she said. “It’s the fast-food generation, where everything happens quickly.”
Anger problems can lead to missing school lessons because of detention or suspension, besides disrupting the classroom, she said.
The session is free, although donations are being accepted. Early registration is preferred.
Applications can be picked up at Beulahland Bible Church, 1010 Newburg Ave. in Macon and at Union Grove Baptist Church, 809 S. Davis Drive or House of Style Barber Shop, 132 Manor Court, in Warner Robins, or by calling (478) 929-5837.
To contact writer Julie Hubbard, call 744-4331.