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Tips for Non-Traditional Students

Tips for Non-Traditional Students

When most students begin their college experience, it is usually somewhat nerve racking. From signing up for courses, applying for financial aid, buying books and waiting in long lines it can be frustrating.   Having said all of that what if we threw in another factor… it’s been several years since you attended school…now the experience can be downright frightening.

Here are some tips to help with your experience:

1.    Believe in yourself:  If you have the desire to go back to school and get a college education, and if you are determined to make it happen, then you are definitely college material. Your first step toward

a college degree is to believe in yourself and your ability to succeed.
2.    Build your own support system: Avoid people who are negative about your goals and surround yourself with people who are supportive of your aspirations. You need people that will encourage you and cheer lead your efforts.
3.    Ask for “HELP”!!!!: There are departments on campus that are in place to help you. Departments such as Financial Aid, Admissions, Counseling Career services and The Learning Center here at RCC that are in place to help you with your college experience. Be sure to always ask “If there is anything else I need to do?”
4.    Know Your Syllabus: They are your lifelines for each course you take. Do not just glance at it and throw it away. A good syllabus will tell you exactly how to get an A in the class. Follow it closely and refer to it often.
5.    Join a study Group: Study groups can be wonderful support networks. Just talking about a course with a group of friends can help you to internalize course concepts and prepare you to speak and write about them more articulately. A study group can also serve as proof-readers for those written assignments that should never be turned in without revisions. BOOST has developed Learning Communities to help students develop strong study habits and help with particular courses such as Chemistry 090 and Chemistry 151.

Hopefully incorporating these tips will help ease some of the anxiety of getting your education. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at 910-272-3678 or by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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