Welcome to the Transitional Year Program Guide!
The Transitional Year Program is all about learning, growing, and succeeding. As you advance through the semester, you will find the information in this Guide extremely helpful in completing your assignments. Your professors will expect that you use this Guide often.
There are many other support resources at MxCC, including faculty and staff, the Library and Learning Center, and more. This Introduction page outlines some of those resources, as well as provides links to online tip sheets and tutorials dedicated to ensuring a successful start to your academic journey and beyond.
Top 12 MxCC Resources
(no particular order)
1. Your MxCC Catalog (rules, policies, degree requirements, overview of courses)
2. Online: my.commnet.edu (transcripts, college info)
3. Your Academic Advisor (know who that is)
4. Free Tutoring Services - Learning Ctr (Chapman Hall), http://www.etutoring.org (online), Meriden Center
5. Students with Disabilities Service (Founders Hall)
6. Financial Aid Office (Founders Hall)
7. Business Office (Founders Hall)
8. Bookstore (Founders Hall)
9. Career Counseling Center (Founders Hall)
10. Library (Chapman Hall)
11. Instructors and Staff!
12. Other Students!
Compiled by Deborah Kleckowski, Adjunct Instructor, MxCC
Success Hints and How-tos
1. Decide: "Are You In"? Really.
2. Commit to your education.
3. Commit to success.
4. Know the name of your professor.
5. Be prepared for the FIRST class - have your book!
6. Attend EVERY class.
7. Email the professor if you will be absent.
8. Take notes. Re-write your notes.
9. Review your notes every day.
10. Keep a "toolkit" or resources book. (A notebook separated by subject-study skills, college resources, suggested readings, how to cite your resources.)
11. Learn how to use the computer to write papers. (Apart from credit classes, many public libraries have free workshops.)
12. Never, never write in IM texting format. (e.g., UR, emoticons)
13. Take advantage of the resources offered by the college. (see 'MxCC Resources' tab)
14. Never just stop attending class - talk to someone!
15. Set up an email account for college communication and make the address professional-sounding.
16. Plan every day. Schedule study time, free time, family time, and work time.
17. Be thoughtful and diligent when completing assignments.
18. Be prepared to sacrifice.
19. Be prepared to be successful!
20. Commit to yourself and your education.
Bits and Clips
Student Orientation Presentation (Spring 2009)
- Academic Success Center:, GWU Making a To Do List and Study Efficiently
- Clemson University: College Survival Skills incl. general study habits, time management, taking notes & reading, and more.
- Email Etiquette from Purdue's OWL
- Virginia Tech's Online Study Skills Self-Help
- College at Home: 57 Time Management Hacks for College Students
- LifeHack's Advice for Students: Use a Wiki for Better Note-Taking
- QuickStudy's Keys to College Success
- College Board Resources:
o Note-taking Strategies
o Power of Study Groups
o EduChoice: 20 Websites that Focus on 'College Life and Academic Productivity'
- Psychology Today: The Art of Now - Six Steps to Living in the Moment, by Jay Dixit, Dec 2008
- Carey, Benedict. "Forget What You Know About Good Study Habits." New York Times 7 Sept. 2010: D1(L). General OneFile. Web. 13 Sept. 2010.
What's Your Learning Style?
Everyone has a learning style; for example, some of us prefer lectures, others prefer hands-on group activities. Understanding your style will help you adjust your classroom and individual study habits to become a more effective learner. Take this 44-question inventory to learn more about your style.