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Tips for Success

What are some tips for success in college English courses?

Take English composition courses early in your program of study.

It is best to take your required English courses early in your academic career and in consecutive semesters. By taking English composition in the first 15-30 semester hours of study, you'll be able to apply your learning to writing assignments in other courses. If your course of study requires 2 semesters of composition, taking classes in successive semesters will help ensure that you retain what you've learned. Meeting with an advisor will help you select the required and elective English courses that are right for you.

Be an active learner.

Learn, practice, and apply strategies of problem solving for a wide range of questions. Develop and employ strong research and evaluative skills when interpreting and analyzing materials. Reading and writing are central to college success; take rigorous classes that incorporate reading and writing. Use a range of reading strategies and view writing as a process that includes brainstorming, drafting, and revision. Be prepared to apply what you learn in your English classes to all other disciplines. Success in college requires strong self-management behaviors; monitor your learning and seek help early. Finally, improve your "college knowledge" by taking advantage of available student support services, like advising, counseling, and tutoring opportunities.

Visit the Writing Center for extra help.

The Writing Center is located in the Learning Resource Center (library) on the Grayslake campus. The Writing Center provides free tutoring in reading and writing by trained professionals as well as by fellow students. Tutoring is available on a drop-in basis and by appointment.