Welcome to your one-stop-shop for college success strategies. Listed here are some tried and true strategies that will help you to be more successful. Of course, social distancing is required and many of these strategies can be applied virtually. Please share this page with as many friends as you can – even if they are still in high school or going to another college! These strategies can help anyone who is in college or about to go to college. Take a look at the following helpful hints and try to put them into practice. You’ll be glad you did.
Prepare for Placement Exams
Taking placement exams is one of the first things you do as you enroll at UCC. Placement exams help start you in the right level of classes in Reading, Writing, and Math.
Preparing for placement exams can save you valuable time. For example, if the program you choose requires Math 111 and you only place into Math 65, it could take you 6-9 months to reach Math 111. However, if you prepare for your placement exam, you may be able to place directly into Math 111 and start your program without any delays.
Save months of time by taking a few hours to prepare for your placement exam! Here are a few resources:
Become a Dual Credit Student
Dual credit (aka High School Connections) students go to UCC and high school at the same time. Don’t worry. You don’t take double the classes! Dual credit classes you take at UCC count for high school AND college credit at the same time. That saves you time because you can start prerequisites and core classes towards a UCC degree and/or certificate programs while you are still in high school. One word of caution is you have to be a serious student because the classes you take have double the importance. So passing classes becomes quite critical.
Some dual credit students finish high school with an Associate degree! Other students graduate high school with a UCC certificate or a good chunk of their UCC classes that are on the way to a degree or a certificate.
The bottom line is becoming a dual credit student can help you to save time and be more successful.
Tutoring is coordinated by the Tutoring Center. It is a key strategy to success when you don’t understand your course materials. Tutors are generally masters of the course that you need help in. Of course, your professors are a great resource but the next best thing is signing up for tutoring. You can always lookup a YouTube video and a video might just do the trick but you can’t ask a video a question. Take advantage of tutoring. It’s a great resource.
Go to a Workshop
The Admissions, Library, Tutoring Center, Career Services, and Peer Mentors departments offer workshops or drop-in help every term. Learn about enrolling, online learning, time management, financial aid, classroom technology, job seeking, research skills, citations, and enhancing your study skills.
Join a Study Group
The Tutoring Center coordinates virtual study groups. Study groups are dedicated meetings with an academic coach. A typical study group consists of one or more students and a qualified student academic coach. You get the benefit of one-to-one coaching and being able to help other students in a small group setting.