Back-to-school is a hard time for many people, whether they’re younger kids going back to grade school, and the same if they’re adults heading back to college. If you’re heading back to a community college, and haven’t been to school in a while, it can be hard to fall back into the swing of things. You don’t remember everything about school, and if you only have a high school diploma you may not know much about college. These are some great tips you’ll need to succeed going back to a community college.
Number One: Register for classes as early as you can.
So many people are going back to school, that classes get filled up really quickly. If you want to get all of the classes that you need, it is really important to register early. Do it online, and the process is very quick and easy. Professors will let you email them for spots as well, you can always ask for an override. Whether or not you get into a full class often depends on the instructor. However, you should always register as quickly as you can.
Number Two: Instructors feel for you, come to them for help and advice.
The college professors understand that many people come from a family and a full time job, and they can be flexible about assignments when you have something important to do. Keeping open lines of communication can be crucial, if you have to miss a test or something, explain the situation. I have seen instructors give retests and make-up assignments. Just let them know what is going on early. They are people with lives just like yours.
Number Three: Be very familiar with the college website.
Many older people have difficulty with using computers, and may have difficulties with the college website. The website has tons of extremely important information, and it is crucial that you know how to navigate it. There are computer classes you can take, and school orientations that can help you out. Also, there is often a computer lab at the school with people to help you out. The website will tell you if your class has been canceled, moved to another room or time, or if the college campus is closed for some reason. This is all very important.
Number Four: Hook up with people in your classes.
This is also really important, get to know some of the people in your classes. Make sure that they are people who know what they’re doing, and they can tell you homework assignments if you’ve missed them, email you papers you need, and help with studying. Get an email address or phone number of somebody in your class, and get to know them. It doesn’t matter if the person is younger or older, but that they are good in the class.
Number Five: Stay organized!
Being organized may seem like a no-brainer, but so many people end up doing badly in their classes because they have forgotten something or lost something important. Keep a binder and keep it organized. Or, depending on the class, keep an organized computer folder with copies of important files. You never want to fail a class because you lost something.
Number Six: Read the syllabus regularly.
Don’t let the class take you by surprise. Read the syllabus, remember what is going to happen. Get a calendar or something to write down important dates in. Take down all of the important dates from the syllabus. Make sure to reread the syllabus occasionally to make sure you haven’t forgotten something. Is there a project due at the end of the semester? Schedule times all throughout the semester to work on it, because you might not get reminded by anybody.
Number seven: Watch for good sales.
College can sure get expensive, buy your books online if you can. If they aren’t online, and you have to buy them from the school bookstore, make sure you watch for sales. Often they send these to your student email. Sometimes you can do well if you watch the sales, and buy as much as you can used. Also, find other people who took the class before you did, and see if you can strike a good deal for the books. Sometimes college websites provide a place for people to post things like this.
Number Eight: Utilize the school library.
Sometimes things can be crazy around the house. The school library can be a great place to get assignments done with no distractions, and use of computers and school materials. It’s also a great place to meet up with classmates to get things done. Many school libraries will give you a private room to study, and will let you borrow many materials you may need to get things done.
Number Nine: Use the school tutors.
Think you’re having trouble with math, or not sure if your essay is up to par? Many colleges offer free tutoring for all kinds of subjects, many of which you can just walk into. Take advantage of these services, as they can be extremely helpful. They will help you with your homework, fix your essays for grammar, and give you help with whatever you need.
These are all tips to help you get started at a community college and heading toward the dream job you’ve always wanted.