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Advice from Students

Advice from Students

Here are some tips on how to be a successful student at CLC.

  1. Attend all class sessions. If you have to miss a class, make arrangements to obtain assignments and copies of class notes. Contact your instructor if you have any attendance problems.
  2. Spend adequate time studying. Two hours of study time should be spent for every one class hour each week. Use a calendar to plan and organize your study time. Need help with study skills and other college success strategies? Enroll in PDS 120, Becoming a Successful Student.
  3. Get to know your teachers and the professional staff. All full-time faculty have weekly office hours during which they are available to students.
  4. Get involved on campus. Participating in activities (clubs and organizations) and learning opportunities will help you feel part of the community and attain success in the classroom.
  5. Participate actively in class. Ask questions, participate in discussions, volunteer and sit toward the front of the class. Instructors welcome this type of participation and it helps you better understand the material being studied.
  6. Reduce your course load or workload if necessary. If you don’t allow enough time for studying and self-care (sleeping, eating, exercising, etc.) you will find yourself tired on the job and doing poor work in school.
  7. Consider earning an associate degree. Students who transfer to four-year colleges with 60 or more semester hours and/or an associate degree have greater academic success. Students who pursue a career program and earn an Associate in Applied Science degree often gain a competitive edge in the job market.
  8. Familiarize yourself with college policies and procedures. Refer to the current college catalog, which is like your contract with the school. Review the academic standards policy and the student’s rights and responsibilities policy.
  9. Be assertive and take control of your own education. Create your own support systems and seek help when you may need it.
  10. Think beyond the moment. Set goals for the semester, the year and your college career!