Get Off to a Great Start

5 Tips for a Successful Semester

Read your syllabus

This is the guide to your course. It is the contract between you and your instructor. The syllabus outlines  the course content, assignments, grading and attendance policies. Read each syllabus thoroughly and refer to it often. Ask questions if anything is unclear to you.

Engage with instructors and classmates.

A classroom is a community. Active participation and collaboration allows you to consider other points of view, learn how to deal with various personalities, as well as compare what your classmates learned from lectures and readings that you may have missed.

Identify and utilize support services on campus

Know what services are available. If you need help ask someone on campus for guidance. Seek help early to avoid falling behind or feeling overwhelmed. A few services available to you are:

    • Tutorial Services
    • Library Services
    • Academic Advising/Counseling Services
    • Student Affairs

Practice time management

    • Make a weekly time schedule – include classroom time, homework, work, and all other time responsibilities.
    • Set daily, weekly, and long term goals.
    • Concentrate on one thing at a time – multitasking does not work for activities involving brainpower.
    • Do not skip class. When you skip class you fall behind and will have to play catch up.  Be aware of healthful activities that help you relax and unwind and carve out time for these on a regular basis.

Take time to de-stress

Be aware of healthful activities that help you relax and unwind and carve out time for these on a regular basis.

Submitted by Denise Shipp, Advisor, West Campus

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