1. ATTEND every class. Be on time and have all the supplies you need.
2. USE the syllabus. Understand what is expected of you and what you can expect of your instructor. Check the course outline every day and pay attention to due dates and test dates.
3. KEEP a planner/calendar. Transfer all important due dates to ONE MAIN planner/calendar. Check in daily and make changes as necessary.
4. PARTICIPATE in class. Take notes, ask questions, listen respectfully to your instructor and classmates, and write down any oral instructions your instructor gives. (HINT: Instructions are often given at the end of class--when many students are already packing up to leave!)
5. TRY the two-hour formula. You should SCHEDULE two hours of study time out of class for every one hour you spend in class. If you are taking 12 hours, you should budget 24 hours for study.
6. KNOW the names of your instructors and your academic advisor. More importantly, get to know them so that you will feel comfortable if you need to ask for help.
7. CHECK your UA-PTC email daily. You can add the college email to your phone to make this easier for you. You also need to check in Blackboard and anywhere else your instructor posts information or assignments on a regular basis.
8. LEARN how to use the library and other college resources. Your tuition paid for these resources, so know what is available to make going to college easier for you.
9. CONSIDER the impact your academic decisions may have on your ability to reach your long-term goals. Putting off taking a required course, dropping a course, or cheating or plagiarizing can hurt you in the long run.
10. USE your financial aid wisely. Do not take out loans that you do not need. Realize that there is a life-time limit on loans and PELL grants. Apply for as many scholarships as you think you can get. Try to graduate debt-free.
Ultimately, YOU are responsible for your success at UA-PTC. However, every employee at this college is here to help—you just need to take the first step and ask for assistance!
For additional reading, visit Student Tools for a Successful Semester