14 - College Survival Skills

14 - College Survival Skills - College Survival Skills Tips...

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Congratulations! You have decided to go to col- lege—excellent decision. A college education can increase your opportunities for success. However, you will fnd the college learning environment diFFerent From that oF high school. College is less structured and will require you to use more selF- monitoring skills than you needed in high school. There will be no teachers or parents making deci - sions for you. Be prepared to face an increased level oF academic competition and to have less contact with your professors. You will be the person respon- sible for your actions, your learning, your successes, and your failures as a college student. Are you a student who has a disability? If this is the case you will be dealing with a new and more com - plex process of external support than ever before. As reported by McGuire (1991), “Often college-bound students with learning disabilities fail to under- stand that they will Face a diFFerent set oF demands within a postsecondary setting. They soon become overwhelmed by the amount oF assigned material as well as the Fast pace oF instruction. Many lack the skills and strategies that are necessary For manag - ing and selF-monitoring their learning in a variety oF contexts.” It is vital that you arm yourselF with a well thought-out plan and strategies for success long beFore that frst day oF class. As a student with a disability, it is critical that you understand your disability and how it affects your ability to learn and participate in the college experience. Understanding your rights and, equally important, your responsibilities as a college student with a disability are also critical to your success. The oFfce oF disability support services at the college you plan to attend can help you reach these goals. This oFfce can play a key role in your success and will reFer you to other areas on campus where support services are available. Many students believe that if they are interested in college and motivated to learn, they will be success - ful—this is not enough! “No one would expect to be able to succeed as a neurosurgeon or a pro football quarterback without training, but countless thou - sands oF students assume they can succeed in college College Survival Skills even iF they are not skilled in reading, writing, listening, and other basic study activities.” (Carman, Adams, 1984) Research shows that most students have not de - veloped a systematic approach to study skills. In college, your instructors will take For granted that you have these skills, that you can read, write, listen, take notes, and work on exams and assignments eFFectively. UnsuccessFul students bumble through these activities. SuccessFul students have a system. Plan to be a successful student—start college with
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This note was uploaded on 01/28/2010 for the course CMSY 103 taught by Professor N/a during the Fall '06 term at Howard County Community College.

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