Welcome back! Whether you started classes last week or are
getting ready to start classes next week, I wish all of you the best of luck
In fact, for this month’s blog post, I want to share with you
some helpful tips for making the most of your time at CCAC, both in and out of
the classroom. I hope this information serves as a useful guide for all of the
first-time students out there—and for those close to graduation as well!
time for classes, club meetings, homework assignments and anything
else that has a deadline. Your instructors may not always notice if you’re
early, but they’ll definitely notice if you’re late! And on that note…
your deadlines. Don’t let big projects and quizzes sneak up on
you! At the start of the semester, read your class syllabi from cover to cover and
record the due dates for important assignments and tests in your favorite
Helpful hint: MyCCAC has a very useful
calendar tool that will also help you keep track of important CCAC deadlines
and upcoming campus events. You can even download
the app for easy, on-the-go access.
active participant in all of your classes. Immersion and repetition
are the key to learning new things, so the more effort you put into your classes
and class assignments, the faster and more completely you’ll learn a new
homework! I’ve touched on this somewhat in the last three points, but
this is so important it gets its own mention. Doing your homework and turning
it in on time is half the battle. Don’t let your grades slip over something as
avoidable as a late midterm paper.
know your instructors. If you’re a regular reader of Bullock’s
Blog, you know how strongly I feel about
the faculty at CCAC being one of our greatest strengths and resources.
Developing a strong relationship with your instructor is a great way to deepen
your understanding of a subject and to gain a mentor and advisor.
student support services on your campus. There are so many amazing
resources available to help you find the information and assistance you need to
have your most successful semester ever that it might be easier just to list
some of them:
involved! Visit your Student Life
office and find out about upcoming campus events, clubs and organizations,
athletic teams and much more. Studies have shown that students who are more
engaged on campus tend to have greater academic success in the long run.
time to relax and recharge. Between classes, homework and day-to-day
responsibilities, it can be easy to spread yourself too thin. Pencil in some
time to relax, read a favorite book, cook up some healthy meals for the week or
do something fun.
your best habits. Find the tools and apps that are the most
helpful to you, figure out what schedules or study methods are the most
effective and learn the best way to get yourself “in the zone” when working on
assignments. The earlier you learn what works for you, the smoother college (and
future jobs) will go.
10. Build your network now. It’s
never too early to set yourself up for career success. Look into academic
excellence groups such as the CCAC
Honors Program or the Phi Alpha Theta Honor
Society, learn more about the Men
of Merit Initiative and our new Women on the Move groups at all four campuses
and visit the Job Placement &
Career Services center at your campus for valuable career advice.
The start of the semester is an exciting time, but it can
also be overwhelming. I hope these tips help to set you up for a successful
term. Good luck!
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