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Welcome Back Students Spring 2014


Welcome back to all our students!

Welcome to the start of spring semester! Please remember that as the Orange and Green parking lots on the south side of the Daytona Beach Campus (along International Speedway Blvd.) fill, you can also find plenty of parking on the north side of campus. Turn left at White St. and Mary McCleod Bethune Blvd. to find our north lots. Remember to look for our Campus Safety officers, who will be in the lots to assist you.

 

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Whether you’re new to the college or returning to continue your studies, it always helps to take a look at what successful students do to make the grade. We’ve asked the experts in Daytona State’s School of Student Life Skills to provide a few tips on how you can make the most of your time in college. Here’s what they had to say:

First Week of Classes

  1. Go to class – be on time.  Allow time for on-campus parking.
  2. Get to know your professor – name, office location, office hours and preferred method of communication.
  3. Go to class prepared (textbook, notebook, pens, etc.).
  4. Find out about campus resources (Academic Support Center, Writing Center, Library, Counseling, etc.) that will benefit you throughout the semester.
  5. Get a planner (calendar, phone) that you will use. The back of the Student Handbook includes a very handy, dandy day planner.
  6. Read your syllabus and understand deadlines. A syllabus is not junk mail – it is a contract.
  7. Check your FalconMail and other college online services regularly.
  8. Try to sit toward front and center of class.
  9. Get the phone number or email address of at least one student in your class who can share notes in case you are absent.
  10. Get into your “I’m ready to learn” attitude.

Study Strategies

  1. Get the correct materials for each of your classes.
  2. Learn how to manage your time (Balance academic, work, family and social life.).
  3. Make use of time-management strategies. It’s easy to fall behind, but hard to catch up. By setting priorities and creating a semester schedule with major deadlines (i.e. exams, papers, projects) you can plot an “attack strategy” to get things done.
  4. Establish a regular time to study and a regular place to study. Have an area in your home where your books “live.”  Make it your space.
  5. Partner with other students. Study with a (serious) group.
  6. Take notes in class. It will keep you focused – even if you think the class is boring. Highlight key points of emphasis from the instructor.
  7. Read and prepare before going to class, participate in class discussions, turn in assignments on time and review within 24 hours after class.
  8. When studying, review is your strongest tool.  If you read your assignments and take notes, but never revisit them (and not just a once over before a test), you haven’t built a strong foundation to remember it later.
  9. Utilize the Writing Center, Academic Support Center, Library and tutoring services. They are there to help you!
  10. Learn how to study! Cramming is not a study technique.

General Tips

  1. Take care of yourself physically, emotionally, spiritually.
  2. Eat breakfast and bring healthy “portable” foods with you. Items such as fresh fruit, trail mix, etc. You’ll get more mileage out of an apple than a bag of potato chips.
  3. Sleep an appropriate amount of hours so you are refreshed and ready for class the next day.
  4. Establish a rapport with your professors and let them know if you’re having problems that might hurt your academic success.
  5. Learn collegiate classroom etiquette. 
  6. If you have to miss class, let the professor know ahead of time.
  7. Take a study skills, computer or career class to enhance your current skills.
  8. Take responsibility for your own education. Professors can encourage and support the learning process, but they cannot make you learn.  Remember, professors don’t give good or bad grades; students earn them.

What not to do!

  1. Show up late to class and disrupt the learning process.
  2. Sleep in class.
  3. Make up excuses.
  4. Be absent, and when you return to class, ask, “Did I miss anything important?”
  5. Texting or doing other technology-related things in class, such as checking your Facebook account, Tweeting . . .  or worse.
  6. Talking to the students around you and distracting the rest of the class.
  7. Being disrespectful to the professor and/or other students.

So there you have it. We hope you have a wonderful and productive semester. And always remember, if you need help, just ask. The staff and faculty at Daytona State College are dedicated to your success!

Last Updated: 1/17/14