Successful students are:
Involved in their studies and in campus life, investing both time and effort in the college experience; Resourceful, capitalizing on their surrounding resources; Interactive, collaborating with others; Reflective, self-aware learners who assess and monitor their own performance.
and practices for students:
(Adapted from Thriving in College and Beyond, 2010, Cuseo, Fecas & Thompson, Kendall Hunt)
- Be actively involved in the classroom, purchasing books prior to class, listening actively, taking notes, and participating.
- Attend class regularly; treat class like a job.
- Read actively and take notes to increase attention and retention.
- Spend twice as much time on academic work outside of the classroom than in class. For a full-time student, college is a 40-hour academic workweek including occasional overtime.
Successful students interact and
collaborate with others including:
- Peers, joining student clubs and campus organizations
- Faculty members, by connecting with Professors and other faculty members after class, via email, schedule time during their office hours
- Academic advisors, seeing an advisor to discuss current progress and seek advice for courses, majors and personal issues that may affect academic performance
- Mentors, seeking out trusted mentors and role models. The Student Success Center maintains a list of available upper classmen, faculty and staff willing to mentor incoming students.
- Forming learning teams, organizing or joining learning teams that collaborate on course assignments, studying for exams, or discussion.
- Participating, in learning communities—SSU has on-going learning communities.