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Tips for Success

Now that you're about to begin classes at Dona Ana Community College, here are some tips to help your experience at DACC become a successful one.

1. Go to Class

Stick to the basics for college success: Attend every class session. Every time a class meets, something important happens. Material is taught, new assignments are given, the upcoming test is reviewed, updates are announced, etc... Though many think skipping a class here and there may seem like no big deal, you'll be glad you didn't when your grades are posted. Remember, you are responsible for your learning.

2. Manage your time

You should plan to spend about two hours doing homework for every credit hour spent in class. For example, if you are taking 12 credits (12 hours per week in class) this semester, plan to spend about 24 hours a week on homework outside of class. Of course, you may need to spend more, or possibly less, time than this on individual classes, but "two hours of homework for every one hour in class" is a commonly accepted rule for college success.

3. Participate in class discussions

Students who are actively involved in the classroom are often more successful at DACC than those who aren't. Speak up and share your thoughts. Ask questions. Getting involved in the class stimulates your mind and helps you remember important concepts.

4. Visit with your instructors

Take advantage of "office hours" or set up appointments to meet with your instructors. Let them know how the class is going. Getting to know them and allowing them to get to know you always helps the learning process. One of the biggest differences between high school and college is that in college you need to approach your instructor to ask for help.

5. Register for classes early

Early registration is the key to getting the classes you need! Many classes fill up early, and there's no guarantee that once a class is full you will be able to get in. Also, some classes may be offered only once a year, so register at the earliest possible date.

6. Make your drops official

If you are registered for a class, but are unable to attend it, you must officially drop the class from your schedule. Failure to drop classes may result in a failing grade or may negatively impact your financial aid.

7. Make an academic plan

We strongly encourage you to create a long-range academic plan in partnership with your academic advisor. After you make your plan, be sure to study it and understand it. Your academic plan is your road map to success. Without it you won't know which direction you need to follow, so make sure that you hold onto it and bring it with you each time you meet with an advisor.

8. See your academic advisor often

Degree requirements at DACC can change, so keep in touch with your academic advisor who is the expert in guiding students through your program. Consult the Academic Advising Directory or ask the Academic Advising Center, East Mesa Student Resources Building Room 103, if you are unsure who your academic advisor is.


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