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The Habits of Successful Students

Do you know what it takes to be a successful student? Review the list below to see if your student is doing what it takes to be a success. Ask yourself if you are doing everything you can to help and encourage the student in your life.

Adapted from Peninsula College

1. Attend classes. If you skip class you will miss out on essential information and the chance to ask questions.

2. Ask questions. Communicate in class or make an appointment with the teacher to talk to them privately.

3. Read your material. It is important to read the material that the teachers give you; they give it to you for a reason. Academic reading is different than reading for pleasure. If you need it, take a course to improve your college/academic reading skills.

4. Do your homework. It sounds easy enough, but when you get busy with life and school, homework gets pushed back when it shouldn’t. You and your family must make your studies a priority.

5. Get involved in campus life. Whether you are in a club or are participating in campus activities, involvement can help you in your classes as well because you have a sense of belonging to school and it is fun to be there. Not all learning occurs in the classroom!

6. Take advantage of campus resources. Resources, such as the Math Lab, Tutoring, Career Counseling, and other support services can be invaluable, and most of them are free or covered by your student fees.

7. Balance your home life, work and school. Take a manageable class load and create a personal schedule for yourself. Time is a finite resource! It’s up to you to use it wisely.

8. Study. Studying is different than just doing assignments and homework. There are many resources to help you develop more active approaches to studying. You can actually take a course to help you develop more effective study strategies.

9. Track your progress, know your degree requirements. You should know what classes you need to take in order to graduate. And remember ~ you have to apply to graduate!

10. Stay in touch with your advisor/counselor. Your counselor or academic advisor can help you avoid repeating or taking unnecessary courses, and answer questions you may have along the way.

How To Support your Parent or Spouse

To quote one advisor of adult students:

“While it’s certainly true that no one is going to do your homework for you, if you want to keep your marriage and family intact, you’ll need at least their buy-in if not their support during your time in school.

Why? School is going to take up A LOT of your free time. There’s no getting around it! And if your family doesn’t approve, it’s going to be very difficult for you to feel comfortable studying in your own home. It’s also going to be very difficult for them to accept your school work as a legitimate reason for spending time away from them. Another reason is because at some point during your degree program you’ll feel like throwing in the towel, and who better than to keep you encouraged than your spouse!”

How can you help?

Help out with household chores and family commitments, even more than you may do already.
Remember that your parent or spouse is going to school to make life better for your family.
Give them a quiet place and pleanty of time to study. It is recommended that for every hour a student spends in a college class that they spend two hours studying outside of class.
Encourage them by reminding them how much you care about them and how proud you are of them.
Celebrate their education successes as family accomplishments.


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