Strategies for Success

Align your purpose and your actions to be successful in College

  1. Decide what your goal is and write it down.  When you encounter challenges, remember your purpose and why your goal matters to you.
  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.
  5. Monitor your student email account and SIRS account, especially your DegreeWorks to track your progress in completing requirements for graduation.


Forge good relationships with professors

  1. Professors 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.
  2. 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.
    1. Go to office hours. There are set times professors are in their offices, waiting to talk to you.  Office hours are listed on their syllabus, posted on their office door and available on the MVCC webpage.   Stop by early in the semester to introduce yourself.  Good questions to ask are: “What is the best way to approach the reading assignments?” or “Can I discuss a possible paper topic with you?


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 Office of Accessibility Resources.
  2. You might not always know the answer but there is guaranteed to be an advisor, counselor, tutor, or mentor who can answer it for you, so take advantage of the many college staff.
  3. Know how to use the Learning Commons for help with writing, math, and all of your other subjects.  Tutoring is free.
  4. Get to know your Student Support Advisor in the Holistic Student Support Center and seek them out regularly with any questions or concerns you may have.  


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.


Plan for your future

  1. Use the Career Services Office 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.