Success Tips Attend all classes
- Arrive on time
- Do not leave early
- Read and process text before class; ask questions for clarification
- Review notes
- Practice problems, brainstorming, outlines
Sit close to the front
- Listen actively
- Take notes
- Ask questions
- Visit instructor during office hours with questions, concerns
- Get peer tutoring assistance
- Have a study buddy
- Go to the learning centers (reading, writing, or math)
Hand in work on time and do not miss exams
- Have college-level work ready to hand in on due date
- Do not use excuses to rationalize lack of preparation
Use a calendar, schedule time realistically, and follow course syllabi
- Write down assignments, tests, projects in your calendar
- Schedule study time 2 hours of study for each hour in class
- Account time for family, social life, work, class, study, and transportation
- Remember a 15-unit semester load = a full-time job
Student Education Course Schedule Planner
Step 1: Identify and/or Clarify Your Educational Goal
See a counselor if you need help clarifying your educational goal.
Step 2: Review General Education Requirements for your educational goal.
General Education for Associates Degreesfound in the General Catalog and
Schedule of Classes
IGETC for transfer to UC and Cal State University campuses
CSU Certified Plan for Cal State campuses only
Individual, specific pattern for independent (private) or out-of-state campuses
Step 3: Identify General Education Courses You Still Need to Complete
Mark requirements still needed
Pay special attention to the "Basic Four"(see below)
- Oral Communication (for CSU only)
- Written Composition
- Critical Thinking
- Math/Quantitative Reasoning
Note courses with prerequisites that involve multi-semester sequences such as
math, chemistry, physics and English
Courses must be completed with C grades or better
Step 4: Identify Major Preparation Courses | use the General Catalog or
Make a list of the major preparation courses noting which may also satisfy
General Education requirements
If you have a transfer major such as engineering, computer science or liberal
studies for elementary teaching, note that there are different General Education
requirements. See a counselor.
Step 5: Prepare Your Schedule
Make math, English, critical thinking and speech classes a priority (use the
charts in the Schedule of Classes). Take the next level of math and/or English
if you have not yet reached the levels required for your educational goal.
Fill these in first.
Identify any prerequisites needed for classes in future semesters. Fill
these in next.
Identify the courses required as preparation for your major. Add these.
Identify General Education courses from Step 3 which remain. Add
Step 6: Choose Your Classes
Calculating Your Grade Point Average
Step 1 List courses taken for letter grades, record the letter grades you received, and the course units. Do not list courses recorded as Credit/No Credit, Incomplete, or Withdrawal.
Step 2 For each course, multiply the units by the grade points (A = 4 pts; B = 3 pts; C = 2 pts; D = 1 pts; F = 0 pts). This will give you the total grade points for each course.
Step 3 Add the total number of units you have taken.
Step 4 Add the total grade points.
Step 5 Divide your total grade points by the total units.
||Grade Points (GP)
If you divide 44 GP by 14 units your GPA will be 3.14.
CAUTION:In the computation, do not mix quarter units with semester units. First, convert to either semester or quarter units.
Quarter units = 1.5 times semester units
Semester units = Quarter units divided by 1.5
Online GPA Calculator http://www.foothill.edu/counseling/gpacalc.php
Academic ProbationWhat is Probation ?
Students placed on academic probation achieved less than a cumulative 2.0 GPA when attempting 12 or more units.
Students placed on progress probation attempted 12 or more cumulative units and "W", "I" and "NC" units reach or exceed half the cumulative units
attempted. Students may be removed from progress probation status when the cumulative number of "W", "I" and "NC" units recorded is less than half the
cumulative units attempted.
- Continuous probation could result in dismissal from Pierce College and the district
- Suspension of Financial Aid
- Classes with substandard grades may need to be repeated
- Expenses for repeating classes to raise GPA
- Graduation and/or transfer delays or complications
Students may be dismissed from LACCD if academic or progress probation continue for more than three consecutive semesters.
Petition for Reinstatement After Dismissal
A dismissed student may petition for readmission after a lapse of one academic year. The student must present positive evidence of a serious intent to
succeed and have a realistic academic goal identified. If the petition is granted, the student will be admitted with enrollment limitations.
Plan time for reading, studying, and preparing for classes. You are expected to be ready for each class before the class begins. No time is given "in
class" for study.
A college unit is a measure of time involved in class instruction.
For a 16-week semester:
A three-unit class typically requires three (3) hours of classroom time per week.
A one-unit (1) lab typically requires three (3) hours and 20 minutes of lab-time per week.
Schedule two (2) hours per unit per week for studying
Example for a 12-unit course load:
In-Class Time = 12 Hours Per Week
Study Time = 24 Hours Per Week
(2 Hours Per Unit x 12 Units = 24 Hours)
Total Time = 36 Hours Per Week (That's why 12 units is considered full-time student status.)
Avoid Overloading Your Schedule
Recommended combinations for managing work and school obligations:
Tips for Managing Study Time
When to Study
- Plan two hours of study time for every hour you spend in class.
- Study difficult subjects first.
- Avoid scheduling marathon study sessions. Take breaks when needed.
- Be aware of your best time of day. Experiment studying at different times of the day.
- Use time between classes, lunch breaks or time waiting for appointments for study.
Top 10 Taking Strategies
1. Dump your brain. When you first get your test, write down any information that is difficult to remember such as formulas, dates,
keywords, etc. on the back of the test. Then, you can reference it while you're taking the test without worrying if you'll remember it correctly.
2. Skim through the entire test. When you first get your test, skim through the entire test and mark the questions you know that
you can answer or questions that you don't know right off the bat. Sometimes professors like to put easy questions at the end of the test.
3. Skip the questions you don't know. Don't waste time on questions you're unsure of. Mark them with question marks and move on.
You can go back to it later.
4. Double check your work. If you have extra time after you've finished the exam, take a few minutes to double check your answers,
make sure you've followed all the directions, and haven't skipped any pages.
5. Look elsewhere on the test for answers. Sometimes the answer to one question may be found on another section of the test worded
6. Pace yourself. Being able to take a test quickly yet carefully is essential. If necessary, wear a watch or periodically keep
your eye on the clock so you are aware of your time left. Also, don't get anxious if you hear other students finishing their tests early.
7. Ask questions. If you're confused about the wording or meaning of a question, ask your professor. Don't risk getting a question
wrong because you misunderstood it.
8. Carefully read all of the directions. Most students get a lot of points taken off because they were careless and didn't fully
read all of the directions.
9. Follow your gut instinct. Most of the times when students second guess themselves, they choose the wrong answer.
10. Relax. It is important to keep your head during a test. There can be a lot of pressure on you to succeed, but remember that
stressing out works against you. You risk panicking and/or forgetting information you've studied
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