The Strategies for College Success Program
This is a 3-credit course that introduces effective study skills and time management strategies while providing priority access to tutoring and review sessions. The course is designed for students of all levels, to provide a structured, supervised environment in which to learn and apply proven methods for college success to their immediate situation.
The class meets twice a week, for an hour and fifteen minutes each meeting. Students spend the class working with a Peer Mentor, who actively monitors the Student’s other courses, tracking those courses’ deadlines, major objectives, and the Student’s progress towards completing each assigned task. The Mentor also serves as a role model and a sounding board for implementing effective time-management and other academic skills.
We’ve had great success with the Strategies for College Success program. For example, since we instituted the mandatory course, the number of Probation and Provisional students who achieve Good Standing has nearly doubled:
- In Spring 2009, 33% achieved Good Standing (before SCS)
- In Spring 2010, 61% achieved Good Standing (with SCS)
- In Fall 2011, 68% achieved Good Standing(with SCS)Please contact Henry Conover for more information
WHAT THE COURSE DOES FOR YOU
STRUCTURED, FOCUSED STUDY TIME
You will spend the majority of the class time in a Study Hall-type environment, focused on completing assignments from your current classes.
This is consistently rated as the most helpful element of the program.
TIME MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTABILITY
Peer Mentors check on your progress in your other classes and help you prepare for—and meet—deadlines.
Grades in the 3-credit SCS course are based on attendance and active participation, so your GPA could get a boost!
BASIC SKILLS TRAINING AND REVIEW
The class features basic training for:
- Web technology like Moodle™ and our email and printer systems;
- Using our library;
- Citing your research;
- Giving presentations;And more.
SCHEDULED GROUP TUTORING
Group and individual tutoring sessions for other courses are arranged during class time, so that you can focus on learning instead of logistics.
Review sessions for major exams are often conducted by the subject’s instructor.
INTEGRATED INSTRUCTOR FEEDBACK
We have established close communication with other instructors on campus, so we can help intervene or advocate for you.
We know from experience what other instructors expect and how to help students succeed.