Time is on Your Side

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Compiled by Kathy Kelley
Time is on Your Side
How to be Successful in College
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All students have potential and learning is valuable.
Exams are important events.
Students should study at least two hours for every hour spent in class or in a lab.
Read before you go to class and use the SQ4R Method of Study.
Take notes from what you read and in class. Use the Cornell Method of Notes.
It is rude to arrive at class late or leave early.
Cell phones should be turned off during class, seminars, or labs.
Purchase a dictionary and use it or use http://www.merriam-webster.com/
Plagiarism – know what it is and do not do it. You can forfeit your grade at the very
least and risk being expelled from college.
Proofread your work before you hand it in.
Use the syllabus for each class to help you manage your time.
Get to know your instructors. Meet them during his/her office time. Know his/her
name. Ask questions and let your teacher know when you need to be out of class.
Use the Internet to search for scholarly information. If you need to learn more about
computers, do so.
Take advantage of learning opportunities outside the college within the community
and places you travel.
Apply for financial aid or scholarships early and in a timely manner. Be sure to
submit all paperwork required with your application.
Create a schedule and stick to it. It is your job as a college student to take your
education seriously. (Time Mgt. Plan)
Identify a study partner or a small group for each class you take.
Grades are earned, even F’s.
If you need to withdraw from a class, it is your responsibility to follow through with
the paperwork.
Be organized. Keep all your HCC papers in a folder. Have a folder with a pocket for
each of your courses. Invest in a file cabinet or a file box to store your papers. Buy
your scantran sheets at the beginning of the semester. Obtain a book bag. Keep extra
pens and pencils in it. Pack it the might before you go to school to ensure that your do
not forget important papers or projects.
Always attend class. Arrive on time.
Complete TSI / THEA requirements early.
Obtain a degree plan so you know what you need to take to get you where you wish
to go. This is your road map for reaching your educational goal.
Identify your short and long term goals. Make a plan to accomplish them. Rework
your plan as your life unfolds.
Register early. Use the online catalog to make sure you have met pre-requisites.
If you experience challenges beyond your control, seek assistance early.
The 6 “P”s
Prior planning prevents pretty poor performance.
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