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Strategies For Success

Strategies for Success

1. Steps to be taken in order to be successful in college

  1. The reason you are at school is to get the best education you can to be the best person possible.
  2. Do the reading. Practice the ideas and concepts enough to know them not just for the test but for future classes, your career, and your life.
  3. Talk in class. You’ll be amazed at how much you learn by putting your ideas into words.
  4. Get organized. Don’t let a deadline sneak up on you because you didn’t read the syllabus.

2. Forge good relationships with professors

  1. Monitor your student email account and SIRS account, especially your DegreeWorks to track your progress in completing requirements for graduation.
  2. They want to help students who want to learn. Students who want to learn don’t  text in class; they  show up on time, ask questions, and always submit their best work.
  3. When you write them an email, write formally. Start with ”Dear Professor X.” Sign with a proper closing such as “Best,” “Regards,” or “Sincerely.”  You’ll be noticed for your good manners and professionalism.
  4. Go to office hours. They are set times professors are in their offices, waiting to talk to you. Stop by early in the semester with a question and introduce yourself. Some good ones are: “What is the best way to approach the reading assignments?” or “Can I discuss a possible paper topic with you?

3. Be proactive about asking for help

  1. If you have had disabilities accommodations in the past make sure you understand the process for using those at MVCC.  Contact the Disability Services office.
  2. You might not always know the answer but there is guaranteed to be an advisor, counsellor, tutor, or mentor who can answer it for you, so take advantage of the many college staff.
  3. Know how to use the Learning Center for help with writing, math, and all of your other subjects.

4. Expand your horizons

  1. Find organizations you’re interested in and get involved. These will be the important ways for you to connect social and academic interests, and development leadership skills.
  2. Attend cultural events, take a class, or attend a workshop to experience something new.

5. Plan for your future

  1. Use the Career and Transfer Services offices for information about resume writing, internships and job searching.
  2. Get to know your faculty adviser. Come prepared to advising meetings with questions so you can make the most of his/her knowledge.
  3. Use financial aid wisely; think about how you might manage any loans you’re taking on once you graduate.