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Advisor Tips

  1. The most commonly stated reason for poor academic performance is an unbalanced division between work and school commitments. If you need to work fulltime (35+ hours), do not take more than 6-8 credit hours at school.
    • If you plan to go to school fulltime (12+ credits), do not work more than 20 hours per week.
    • You can get Financial Aid for full time, 3/4 time and 1/2 time status.
  2. Remember to balance the styles of courses you choose each semester. Pair difficult and time-consuming courses with lighter ones.
  3. Even if you're undecided or want to change majors see an advisor each semester!
  4. Most likely it will take more than 4 years to complete your degree.
  5. It is not OK to just stop attending classes!
  6. A general rule-of-thumb is to plan on a minimum of 2-3 hours of homework for every one hour of class time.
    • 12 credits = 12 hours in class a week + 24-36 hours of homework = 36-48 hours needed for school.
    • Some weeks will require more time than others.
  7. Even if your instructor doesn't take roll, you should go to class every time it meets!!
  8. Just because you can stay up 'til dawn and sleep 'til dusk, don't!!
  9. Schedule study time like it is a required class. TAKE BREAKS!! Avoid marathon studying!
  10. Sit in the front of the class and be attentive to the teacher.
  11. Make sure you are aware of Satisfactory Progress Requirements so you are not dismissed or denied Financial Aid Assistance.
  12. Pick a few extracurricular activities and get involved!
  13. Talk to your teachers, make sure they know who you are!
  14. Study alone - then study with other students!
  15. Take control of your time and learn to say "NO" when necessary!
  16. Get a daily planner, carry it, and use it! Write down due dates for assignments and daily and weekly goals.