Tips for Success


Academic Success 

  • Always attend your first class. The first class provides you with an understanding of how the course is organized and what is expected from you. Purchase your textbooks the first week of class. Learn your professors' names. 
  • Attend all of your classes. The classroom provides the opportunity to expand material from a textbook and supplement the text with different materials and points of view. 
  • Always arrive to class a few minutes early in order to review your notes and reading assignments. As such, you will be mentally alert and well prepared to participate in the class. The better prepared you are for class, the better your notes! The less prepared you are, the less chance you have for taking good notes. 
  • Respect yourself, others and your professors. Do not try to intimidate/humiliate/embarrass/harass others or the professors. You will only hurt yourself in the end! 
  • Sit close to the front of the room, especially in a large classroom. You will be able to hear clearly, copy off the board and eliminate distractions between you and the professor. The closer you are, the better your ability to concentrate. 

Personal & Social Success 

  • Choose your friends carefully. 
  • Respect others and respect your roommates’ belongings. They are not yours. 
  • Settle conflicts peacefully. College staff is available for assistance in resolving conflicts. 
  • Respect others' rights to read, study and sleep . Unreasonable noise and other distractions inhibit the exercise of this right. 
  • Respect the privacy of others. Stay out of other persons' affairs and take good care of your own. 
  • No one has the right to intimidate or cause physical or emotional harm to another. 
  • It is everyone's responsibility to keep buildings clean, even yours. Do not throw waste down anywhere. 
  • Remember that telephones in the dormitories need to be shared. 
  • While the college provides a staff to teach you how to solve your problems, it is your responsibility to solve them. 
  • Keep your room key in your possession and your door locked at all times, even when you go to the bathroom. 
  • Friends and members of the family are often significant personal resources available to students and working adults. Enlist their support in developing the learning skills necessary to succeed in the classroom and on the job. 
  • Make it a habit of not using profanity. It is said that a person who uses profanity, has a limited vocabulary!