Six Keys to Succeeding in College

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Worried about college? Don’t be. Here are six tried-and-true tips to college success.

Start early. Perhaps the best way to prepare for success in college is to get started as early as possible with processes such as applying for aid and selecting the right courses.

Plan ahead. To avoid stress and manage your workload, plan ahead for all of your assignments. Get a course syllabus (or outline) for each course, and read it carefully. There you will find the instructor’s expectations as well as a schedule for major assignments.

Connect with other students. Find a buddy in each class. Team up with this student to share email, phone in emergencies and just to study with each other.

Choose classes carefully. Nothing can cause you more problems than getting overwhelmed by a class for which you are not
prepared. Pay close attention to course descriptions, and consult a counselor or faculty advisor before registering each term.

Seek help. If you need advice with academic or personal matters, take time to talk with the support professionals who are available at every CCAC location to help students. If you have trouble with a class, go to your professor. Also check out tutoring services or computerized study aids.

Do the work. It may sound simple, but an essential factor in college success is completing all assignments.

Unfortunately, too many students try to get by without reading everything that has been assigned or otherwise scrimping on coursework. If you do everything that is asked of you, the odds of success will be in your favor.

Transferring from a two-year to a four-year school can save you money. For example, CCAC students save $19,000 over public and $54,000 over private colleges and universities by spending their first two years at CCAC. It also increases your chances of getting into a ‘reach’ school, as transferring is typically less competitive than applying as a high school senior.

Another benefit is two-year colleges provide solid preparation for succeeding at the next level.

With smaller classes taught by highly qualified professors, students have the opportunity to meet general education requirements while strengthening skills in key areas such as writing and math. A real advantage is that students can proceed at their own pace. While students typically choose to graduate before transferring to a four-year college, that’s not the only option.

Others earn associate degrees and then take full-time jobs, pursuing bachelor’s degrees on a part-time basis. Since many employers will pay for their employees to take college classes, the part-time option can be especially cost-effective.

At CCAC, there are so many options available to you. By working with an academic advisor, you can craft an educational path designed just for you and your career goals. To learn more, visit or call 412.237.3100.

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