Student Success Skills
It is important to adopt certain skills and strategies to help you thrive, stay on track, and not be too overwhelmed by the other responsibilities in your daily life. In this part, you will find some tips to help you organize your schedule, as well as some outside resources to support you in and out of the classroom.
Going back to college can be an overwhelming and busy process. Setting goals for yourself is beneficial because they will motivate you to keep working throughout the semester and overall program.
Creating SMART Goals
The acronym SMART stands for specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and timely.
Juggling Your Schedule
Many adult students find themselves having to juggle schoolwork with a variety of other responsibilities, such as work, children, and family. Instead of letting these responsibilities limit your academic success, you can figure out ways to make your class and personal schedule fit with one another.
To deal with all of the busyness of the school year, it is important for you to set up a plan before the semester even begins. Once you have picked out your classes check your teacher’s syllabus and write down the due dates of important assignments on a calendar. Then, you should look ahead and put down any personal appointments or responsibilities you have. The days and times on the calendar when your personal and school responsibilities coincide, you should highlight. At the beginning of the semester, or as soon as possible, you should speak with your teachers about these future scheduling conflicts. Speaking with you teachers early on increases the likelihood of being able to resolve future problems. You should also check with your college’s administration to see if they offer any resources, such as childcare, that might help you balance all of your responsibilities.
Designated Study Hours
Establishing good study habits is extremely important. In order to build strong study habits, you need to first find a good place to do your work. Where you study has a huge influence on your academic performance. The library is a quiet place to work, but if you prefer to work at home make sure you communicate with other people living there when your study planned hours are. Then they will know not to disturb you. Communicating your needs to your family members and friends will help you plan a schedule that works with everyone.
Time Management Strategies
College requires a lot of time and energy, both in and out of the classroom. To succeed in college, it is very important to develop effective time management skills. Creating a schedule that allocates specific amounts of time you should spend on each assignment will help you make efficient use of your time. Especially in the first few weeks of school, you need to pay attention to how long assignments are taking to complete. This information will let you create a realistic plan for larger assignments, like essays and projects, that may be assigned later in the semester.
Make sure that throughout the school year you take time to reward yourself for completing any major assignments, projects, or tests. For example, after finishing a large project or paper you should reward yourself with your favorite dessert or going out to dinner.
Here is the list of the worksheets used in the various units of this website:
More Online Resources
This is a list of online resources that will help you with your transition back to college