How to be a Successful Student...
- Take responsibility for your learning. Responsibility
is recognition that in order to succeed you must make
decisions about your priorities, your time, and your resources.
- Ask Questions….if you don’t
A.S.K. you don’t G.E.T. Simple as that. Don’t be afraid to
ask for clarification and direction. And even if you are afraid…ask
anyway! It’s the only way. And every time you ask, you get
better at it and your confidence increases.
- Read Section 2 in your student
handbook for advice from previous online students…you’ll
find helpful information from those who have “been there and
- Attend weekly study support sessions.
This is an opportunity to ask questions, meet fellow students,
be challenged by other ideas and view points. Your study leader
and classmates can help you with understanding assignments or
how to use the online system.
- Have a plan. You’ll need to make a commitment
to keeping a regular schedule for coursework in order to keep
up. Think of it as “reserved time”. When are you fresh and
attentive? Staying focused on your courses is vital. Select
this link and complete the 24 hour, weekly & long
range scheduling forms to
help you with this task. You have to make time for success!
- Keep at it….even when it’s hard. Very
little that’s worthwhile is easy. Use resources whether they
are on line or in person. And don’t delay…when it’s hard, it’s
easier to catch up or get clarification if you get assistance
early. The gap is smaller then than if you wait too long.
- Use resources. This is one that’s sometimes
easier said than done. First you have to know what
the resources are; and sometimes you have to set aside
any feelings of inadequacy; remember all successful people know
how to get the assistance they need; and then follow through
with action to use them. The rewards are worth it!
- Never assume. If you aren’t sure about something
don’t assume. Double check those dates, make sure there have
been no changes, reread your syllabus for the information, talk
to others to make sure. Relying on a vague memory or an assumption
can get you into unnecessary trouble.
Grays Harbor College
Toll free: 1-800-562-4830 ext. 4090
Reservation-Based Degree Coordinator
Toll free: 1-800-562-4830 ext. 4209
The Evergreen State College