Taking Advantage of SCC Resources

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Use the class syllabus as a resource that will clarify what is expected of you as a student, what you should expect from your instructor, and when specific tasks should be completed.  The syllabus, your course contract, should include any of the rules and grading criteria for that specific course.

Your textbook is a learning tool.  Take a tour of your text and look for summaries, chapter reviews, learning objectives, outlines, timelines, appendix information, course specific glossary, index, etc. that will help you organize and process the material to be learned.

Utilize any resources that might be available through the textbook publisher's website, such as glossaries, practice tests, summaries, outlines, timelines, charts, etc.  Sometimes there is even access to online tutorials or online support.

Take advantage of any additional online resources that might be available, such as encyclopedia sites to review or gain background information, academic journals, online dictionaries, additional articles, etc.

Utilize the Library staff and any online tools found on the library page of the college website.  The community college library staff members are experts at finding information and helping students with the research process.

Use the many resources available in the ACE Tutoring Center [2201 SSB]

  • Tutoring in mathematics, English, science, French and Spanish
  • Math coaching and review sessions may be available for specific courses
  • Specialized help for ESL students
  • First Alert Program
  • Study skills assistance
  • Booklets on a variety of college success subjects and citation formats
  • Anatomical models available for individual and group study
  • Computer lab with lab assistants
  • Mac Computer Lab

Take advantage of your instructor's office hours to clarify material or to get extra help.  These hours are usually listed on the course syllabus.  Talking with your instructors also helps to personalize the education experience.

Contact other students in your class to form study groups and to discuss the material from the class.  Compare notes to gain additional perspectives and to see note-taking strategies that may be new to you.

Hire private tutors if necessary; it is cheaper than taking a class twice.

Utilize the academic, career or mental health counseling services that are available.  Gather information and seek solutions to challenges early and often.

Take advantage of the Child Development Center for childcare if this need applies.

College Study Skills [COL 090] is offered each semester.  This course helps students with a wide range of abilities to analyze and improve their study and test taking skills.

Look into any financial aid, grants or scholarships that might be available to you.  No financial assistance is too small or insignificant.