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Tips for Success

  • Find out about course requirements before enrolling in a class, if possible.
  • Make a preliminary survey of courses between semesters and other breaks.
  • If you require books in electronic format, check with the instructor or campus store for a book list in advance to allow sufficient time to order or for the DRC to produce an e-text book.
  • Balance your course load; know your strengths and weaknesses.
  • If you have a learning disability related to reading, take into consideration the reading load for each individual class and plan accordingly.
  • Be aware of deadlines and mark your calendar with the last day to add, drop, or withdraw from classes.
  • Assess how you are doing in each course and meet with your instructors if you have concerns.
  • If you are taking a lighter load (less than 12 credit hours) to perform at the best of your ability and you are concerned about graduating on time, you may want to consider taking some summer courses.
  • Be aware of classes/workshops provided through The Academic Success Center. The Success Center can be reached at 49-45569. (Suggest additional topics for workshops that are not currently offered.)
  • Ask your Accommodation Specialist to go over your syllabi and show you how to lay out a time schedule for test taking and assignments.
  • If you have a mobility impairment and you have a class that requires an internship or field experience off campus, make sure the site is accessible.
  • When scheduling your classes, make sure to schedule sufficient time for personal needs (i.e., preparing for the day, rest periods, extended testing time, etc.). 
  • Don’t wait until a small issue becomes a large problem before consulting with the DRC or discussing it with your instructor. Be proactive!
  • Remember for successful advising with your advisor, you must be involved in your own planning and self-management.