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The list of ideas you see below are just a few pointers for success. SCC and any college you may attend have people employed there whose entire purpose for being is your success. So, do not be afraid to ask for help, guidance and remember there is no such thing as a stupid question.

Your motivation is key. Of course you probably know that motivation has to come from within. You are responsible for motivating yourself. College is going to be tough and demanding. You may have to sacrifice some free time or not take that extra shift at work because you have a test. Yes, your grit is going to be tested. One method to keep yourself on track is recall what your educational or career goal is. When times get tough remind yourself of this goal.


Enroll in College Success Seminar (COL-101). It's required for all first-time freshmen. Learn what resources are available to you to succeed, plan for your degree, research possible careers, learn to manage your time and meet and connect with others.

Master your time. There is only so much time in a day. So, be realistic about the number of courses you take. Remember you still need to study, sleep, maybe work, and other obligations that take up time. It is much better to take fewer classes and do very well rather than taking more that you can handle and barely succeed.

For college courses, the minimum study time is two hours a week for EACH credit hour enrolled in.

Read the course syllabus. Your professor will hand out the syllabus usually on the first day of class. This document is critical to your success in the course. Due dates, expectations, assignments, grading information, the instructor’s contact information, office hours and other information can be found on the syllabus.

Keep a planner: From the syllabus, note when tests and papers are due. Schedule work, study time, sleep and any other obligations.

Divide up larger projects into smaller chunks. Quizzes and tests are studied for over the course of a week. Paper or project ideas should begin when the instructor hands out the assignment.

Do not miss class and make sure to arrive on time. College classes cover material at a much faster rate than high-school classes do, so missing classes can cause you to fall behind quickly.

Professors want you to succeed. Visit your professors during office hours if you have questions or need clarification.

Actively engage in your classes. Participate, ask questions and demonstrate interest in the subject. Turn off your cell phone.

Learn what resources SCC offers and where they are located. If you are not sure, ask an academic counselor for assistance.

Get involved with student activities and clubs. Your experience at SCC can be awesome and you will only get out of it what you put into it. So, go ahead. Join a club and meet new people, connect with others, gain leadership skills and have fun!

Maintain your health. Eat well, sleep well, and schedule some sort of regular physical activity. These activities are often the first neglected when time is limited but also the most important to help you succeed.

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Jennifer Lansdowne,
Director of Academic Advising
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