In college, you need to write your own success story. While everyone’s story is different, there are themes present in all of them. Here are some themes that have helped students on their journey to success.
Know yourself It is important to know yourself. This may sound silly, but it is important to reflect on who you are and what you want. Students who come in to the college environment knowing more about their learning style, study skills, intended major and future goals are more likely to succeed. Lincoln Land Community College (LLCC) has staff to help you on your journey to find yourself. It is not going to happen overnight and will require work, but we can help you get there. Our academic success professionals, advisors, counselors, and career development specialists can all help you with this journey. For instance, we can do a learning style inventory to assess whether you are a visual, auditory, or kinesthetic learner. Students can also “career cruise” to learn information about careers and the job market. We are here to help as you discover the future you.
Register early At LLCC, we take great pride in offering a wide variety of registration opportunities. We just started our spring 2015 registration cycle with our RKO: Registration Kick-off event.
We also have New Student Orientation (NSO) designed especially to help students acclimate to being a college student. Before an NSO, students meet with an academic advisor to discuss course options for the upcoming semester. At the NSO, students have an opportunity to tour the campus, meet fellow students, learn about services and register for classes. For returning students, LLCC offers online registration.
Be invested Being invested in your college experience begins by attending every class. Every semester, I see students struggling and many times those struggles arise from students missing class. Imagine trying to get to Mars. Now imagine getting to Mars if you never get in the rocket ship. By going to class, you are setting yourself up for success.
You should also prepare for every class. The rule of thumb is that for every hour you are in class, you should study two hours outside of class. This means reading your textbook, completing homework assignments, working on projects or papers, and reviewing for future tests. This may sound time consuming, but in the long run it really pays off.
It is not enough to be physically there, but you should also be mentally there. This means participating in class by listening and taking notes on the lecture, asking questions and sharing feedback. Participating will contribute to your learning experience and that of your fellow students.
Know resources The transition to college-level coursework can seem intimidating. At LLCC, we do not expect you to make this transition alone. In fact, there are many people to support you. I encourage you to talk to your professors. Your professor is the best resource to help you understand your class. If you have questions about an assignment, make sure to contact your professor as soon as possible.
You should also pair up with another classmate. This way you can share lecture notes, form a study group, and hold each other accountable. LLCC’s Center for Academic Success supports students by offering free tutoring and reviewing study techniques with students.
Get involved LLCC wants you to succeed both inside and outside of the classroom. We have numerous opportunities for you to participate in activities that develop teambuilding, problem solving, networking and leadership. I encourage you to be a part of these events that will provide life-long benefits, especially as you job search.
LLCC is here for you, however you write your success story. Please contact us if you are interested in finding the future of you.