The Path to Student Success

  1. Do the Basics:  Go to class.
    College is your new full time job:  plan to spend two hours outside of class for every hour in class.  15 semester hours = 45 hours per week
    Go to ALL classes, be on time, and stay until the end.
    Ask questions when in doubt.Know the realities—you have 10 minutes to get to class and don’t have time to go back to your dorm.
    Take everything you need when you leave your dorm.
    Check your Mary Baldwin e-mail account daily.
  2. Understand and follow professional academic etiquette in the classroom.
    Do not talk when others are speaking, because you would like the same courtesy.
    Turn off all cell phones, pagers, or anything else that makes noise.Stay tuned in:  no e-mail, web surfing, texting, work or reading for other classes, sleeping, or eating.
    Be self reflective: know how you come across and how your behavior affects others.
    Also—see number 1 above.  
  3. Be prepared.
    Check the syllabus.  Mark the assignment due dates on your calendar.
    Do the reading and be ready to discuss.
    Have your assignments ready.The purpose of lectures is to cover what is most fundamental, most difficult, and make cool the coolest ideas — not to read the book to you.

    Make your reading active.  Write in your books.  Skim the reading, then return to read for detail. Underline main points.

    Break down complex assignments into steps—research, notes, outline, draft, edit, revise, edit.

    Turn in something for every assignment, on time.  Don’t let wanting to make it better keep you from turning it in on time.

  4. Be engaged in class.
    Find connections—between pieces of an assignment, between different assignments, between other classes.
    Ask questions about your reading, your assignments.
  5. Follow up after class.
    Review your notes within 24 hours.  Rewrite notes so they will be clear later.
    Tackle assignments early.   They are easier when the information is fresh.
    Again, check the syllabus and plan ahead.
  6. Use all available resources.
    Check the syllabus regularly.  Expectations vary from class to class.The professor.  Check office hours listed on the syllabus. Ask how best to contact him/her. They are willing to help, but don’t ask them to repeat a class you didn’t attend.
    The Teaching Assistant if there is one.
    Tutors.  They are paid by the Learning Skills Center and are free for you.

    Learning Skills Center. The Center can  help with time management, reading, note taking, and testing as well as finding tutors.
    Writing Center. Staff will help on writing for any class.
    Also library staff, classmates, etc.

  7. Be responsible.
    Don’t procrastinate.
    Follow good practices to stay healthy.Use your RA, Student Life Staff, the Health Center and/or Counseling Center if you need help.