Determine the support you will need by listing the responsibilities in your life.
Brainstorm how significant others in your life can help with any part of the items listed (even the smallest piece off your shoulders can help).
Investigate the resources that are on campus that can assist (find out the types of services, hours they are available, how to request them, etc). Develop mutual support with fellow students (find a study partner, form a study group, request a mentor).
Get contact information (name, phone number, email address) for at least two students in each class to have someone you can contact should you miss a class.
Commit to yourself to be willing to ask for support from significant others, fellow students, instructors, and campus resources.
Communicate your appreciation for the support you receive as you go along.
Manage Your Time:
Get a calendar with plenty of space to write. Before choosing classes, sit down with your calendar and do the following:
block off your work obligations block off family obligations Choose classes around these obligations and add the class times to your calendar.
Determine study times and mark them on your calendar, keeping in mind the following principles:
plan on studying 2 hours for every 1 hour you spend in a class.
plan additional study time right before exams or major projects.
the best time to learn information is immediately after a class.
Remember to always plan time for relaxation and reflection.
Studying with Kids:
Have childcare needs settled before your classes begin.
Plan tasks for your child to do during your study time.
Make studying a game (child acts as an audience or an assistant).
Find a playmate for your child and share pre-scheduled play time ‘duty’ with the other parent so that you can have study time alone.
Post your schedule/calendar where your family can see it, and communicate with your children about your college responsibilities.
The more they know about what you are doing the more they can help.
Develop a “We are all going to college” feeling.
Balance Your Schedule:
Before you sign-up for classes, look at syllabi for potential classes, so you will know the workload planned for the course. (You can get these from faculty or other students.)
Before registration, talk with other students who have had your prospective courses.
Be realistic!! Don’t ignore potential time conflicts or over-loads (e.g., consider child care, transportation, travel time, etc.). These needs won’t just go away just because you start classes unless you make plans to handle them.
Work closely with your academic advisor. Discuss your academic strengths and weaknesses as they relate to prospective courses.
Develop Study Strategies:
Be an ACTIVE LEARNER by trying a variety of learning techniques, using highlighters as you ready, asking questions in class, etc.
Form Study Groups with other students in your classes. You may need to be bold and make the original invitation to others to study with you. They will thank you.
Create a Study Zone:
Identify what you need in a study area to be successful.
Find “Your Place” where you can focus solely on study and protect your times in it.
Look for places that have the right environmental factors for your study needs:
plenty of room to spread out your work materials.
easy access to resource materials.
good lighting, seating, etc. few distracters.
Get to know your faculty (know their names, email addresses, office hours, office phone numbers, etc).
Do not be invisible in classes—sit up front, ask questions, make good eye contact, etc.
Always let your faculty know when you must miss class (leave a message or email if you can not speak with them directly). Do this before your class time!!
Plan College Costs:
Plan for the cost of books and other school expenses ahead of time (create a savings for school “stuff,” save back extra financial aid from one term to help if a future term is tight, etc.
Be aware of all deadline dates such as the FAFSA, scholarship applications, fee dates, etc. Communicate with Financial Aid and the Business Office (especially if you are struggling).
Develop a “Can-Do” Attitude:
Have the Little Engine Attitude which says, “I think I can, I think I can” in all situations.
See yourself as capable of finding solutions to problems that come along.
Find physical pictures or create ones that represent your personal educational/career goal. Keep these pictures where you can look at them regularly to renew your determination to reach your goal (put them on your refrigerator, on the bathroom mirror, etc.)
Let go of negative internal self-messages and replace them with “I can….” statements.
The Student Resource Center Wishes You Much Success!!