Welcome to your one-stop-shop for college success strategies. Listed here are some tried and true strategies that will help you to be more successful. Please share this page with as many friends as you can - even if they are still in high school or going to another college! These strategies can help anyone who is in college or about to go to college. Take a look at the following helpful hints and try to put them into practice. You'll be glad you did.
Build Your Team
Success does not happen alone - like in team sports! Putting together a team can help everyone in the group. Having people around you who are serious about their studies is one of the top success strategies that can pay off big. No doubt, everyone in the group has strong and weak points. In a group, each one fills in the other's gaps in knowledge and perspective.
How do you form your team? Look around in your classes. Select the people who ask questions, help others, and take their studies seriously. You can also join a school club. Are you studying engineering? Join the engineering club. You can also talk to your professors, Peer Mentors, Student Ambassadors, and ASUCC officers for team ideas and more.
Also, your team can be made up of those who simply support you in your college journey. These can be your spouse, significant other, kids, relatives, professors, advisors, or anyone who makes your college journey a little easier. Keep them close and don't forget to thank them!
Tutoring is a key strategy to success when you don't understand your course materials. Tutors are generally masters of the course that you need help in. Of course, your professors are a great resource but the next best thing is signing up for tutoring. You can always lookup a YouTube video and a video might just do the trick but you can't ask a video a question. Take advantage of tutoring. It's a great resource.
Ready? Just drop by the Success Center in the Library and you can get set up with a tutoring appointment. It's free and easy.
See Your Academic Advisor
Wondering what classes you need to complete your degree and graduate? You are not alone. When you see your academic advisor, you'll get a class planner that will help you to stay on track. Is life getting in the way of your studies? It happens. See your advisor whenever you need to change things. Planning is part of being successful.
Advising is free and accessible. Just visit during walk-in hours or make an appointment.
Go to a Workshop
The UCC Research Librarian plans a number of workshops every term. Topics covered include making citations on research papers and reports, using open education resources (OER), and searching academic content. What's great is that these workshops are FREE and only 15 minutes long! So, there are very few reasons not to go.
In addition, you may need to build your reading, time management, and/or study skills. For that, you can take learning skills classes. If you think that you might need to build some learning skills, talk to your academic advisor.
Use a Computer Lab
UCC has a number of computer labs with open lab times. That means you can just stop in during open lab hours, simply sit down, and use one of the lab computers. Many lab computers are set up with applications that are required for particular classes around campus. For example, students taking drafting classes can use UCC computers to complete drafting assignments. Additionally, the computer labs are also equipped with printers for added convenience.
Take a look at the Open Computer Labs web page for the latest info on available computer labs. Ask the computer lab aides about the applications installed on the computers in the lab.