1 0 T i p s f o r C o l l e g e S t u d e n t S u c c e s s
1. G e t M a t r i c u l a t e d.
Did you ever wonder why your registration date seems so late? Becoming matriculated allows you to register early. Visit the counseling website for more details.
2. C l a r i f y y o u r g o a l s.
Know why you are here. Students who have clear goals in mind are more motivated and focused to complete their course work. If you are unsure of your future career, see a counselor and visit the CA Career Cafe.
3. T a k e A C D V B 5 5
ACDV B55 is a First Year Student Success Class (Fall only). Learn important skills that will help you achieve success in college. Click here to view this semester's schedule.
4. E n r o l l i n a S t u d e n t
6. B e a n a c t i v e l e a r n e r.
Take notes (during class). Participate (in discussions). Annotate your text. Form study groups.
7. G e t t o k n o w y o u r p r o f e s s o r.
Take advantage of your professors' office hours. Get help with homework and discuss ideas about class papers and projects. Additionally, you never know when you might need a letter of recommendation, and it helps when your professor knows who you are.
8. I m p r o v e y o u r s k i l l s.
Take classes to develop effective reading and writing skills. Take a study skills class. Make use of the Student Success Lab, Peer Tutoring Center, and Writing Center.
9. F i n d a S t u d y S p o t.
Find the ideal place for you to study. It may be a cozy corner of the library or your local coffee shop, but find a place that works best for you to get your work done. Avoid distractions and sharpen your focus.
10. G e t O r g a n i z e d.
In high school, the teachers would lead you through all the homework and the due dates. In college, the professors post your assignments -- often for the entire semester -- and expect you to arrive prepared. Buy an organizer, a PDA, a big wall calendar -- whatever helps you to know when assignments are due.
Borrowed from Professor Janet Duenas-Clifft, Bakersfield College (2012).