- Obtain a college catalog and class schedule to use and reference throughout your entire college career.
- Balance your schedule:
Attend all of your class meetings. In college, missing one class meeting can put you behind for an entire week. If you must be absent, ask a classmate if you can copy his/her notes and talk to your instructor about any missed work. Refer to your class syllabi for more information regarding your instructors’ late policy.
- Plan a study schedule. 1 hour in class = 2 to 3 hours of study time outside of class.
- If you are employed, make sure you have enough hours to balance both work and study time.
- Do not overload your schedule with too many classes. Remember, if you are taking 12 units you are considered a full-time student.
- Plan your classes with an academic counselor. It is important to have a written plan of the classes you are going to take in the coming semesters.
- It is important to take classes you are interested in as well as classes you are required to take. For example, you may want to take an Art class along with your Math and English courses so that you have a balanced schedule. Bring this up when you are planning your classes with an academic counselor.
Maintain academic progress: a “C” average or a 2.0 grade point average. Students who have GPA’s lower than a 2.0 can be placed on academic probation, disqualified, or may not be eligible for certain scholarships, financial aid, transferring and/or graduation.
Use the tutoring centers and take advantage of specialized classes and workshops.
Keep a calendar of all appointments, exams and assignment due dates. DO NOT SCHEDULE APPOINTMENTS DURING CLASS.
Use campus resources and student services.