life is a new beginning. Now is the time to redefine yourself as a student.
At the same time, you need to be realistic.
quick learning assessments to see how you stand in relation to college
success. Also refer to the ASC Learning
you know about where you are, the better you can adopt the behaviors that
help you reach your academic goals.
Basic College Vocabulary
Sorter II A self-test to assess your personality (AdvisorTeam)
language used in the college catalog, class schedule, and by counselors
and faculty is important. Here are some references to help you. While
most of the vocabulary is universal, you may encounter some terms not
used at SWC.
you know, the easier it is!
to Choose Your Classes
Survival Vocabulary (Bellevue Community
To learn the terms that are the most meaningful to you, follow suggestions given in the following handouts:
Effective Vocabulary and Dictionary Strategies
Links for Improving Your Vocabulary
there are many options for scheduling classes, it is important to understand
how and when you best learn. Pay attention to what works for you!
to read the college catalog and class schedules. When you have questions,
go to Admissions (or appropriate office), see a counselor, or meet with
Format: Traditional classes versus those offered online,
day versus evening, weekdays or weekendseach has advantages and
disadvantages. Match your learning styles and most effective learning
times with the class delivery options.
of Classes: Spacing of classes is also important. Keep
breaks between each course. This is your most effective learning
threshold as it allows you time to review the information immediately
after the class you completed and prepare for the one that comes next.
Use this time and you
will see your memory and recall of class lectures and discussions increase
- Choosing College
Classes: Here's advice on how
to schedule your first year classes and increase your success. Choosing
College Classes (College Board)
- Choosing Professors:
What should you consider when you select the instructors for your classes?
This handout has several points to consider. Choosing
Learning Skills That Will Help You Succeed
- Choosing Your College
Major: Here are some reasons
for choosing your major carefully.
- You are about to invest several
years of your life in studying a subject in great detail. You'll
be most successful in your major, and subsequent career, if you're
College can be a big investment
of your time and money, so to maximize your psychological and financial
payback make sure the major you choose points you in the right direction.
There are many careers that favor
or even require one degree over another. If you're interested in
a particular career find out which majors are required or recommended
before you choose one.
Choosing a major is not a decision
that should be made in two hours, two days, or even two weeks. Research
all your options and keep an open mind. Once you've narrowed the
list of majors and careers that seem interesting, take classes in
the major and talk to your professors about the possibilities. Pursue
internships and jobs where you can get hands-on experience and talk
to people working in the field. If you are not excited by the subject
matter or can't see yourself in that type of career, then move on
to others. (Originally posted on the CollegeBoard
Check out the SWC
extensive information about college learning skills, click on other study
skills listed on the Learning
Links content page. Bookmark this site and refer to it often.
below will give you a good overview.
College Study Cycle This short handout give you a clear idea of the study process that works for learning the material in your college courses. (Louisiana State University)
to Take on College Studying (College
Your Own Study Behavior (University of Victoria)
SWC Student Resources
Study Traps (ASC/DSEA)
is a community of learners of which you are a part. As with any community,
there are support systems available.
SWC links that will be helpful are the following:
Learning Links and OWL
Two additional links may also be of value:
College Resources Get help meeting college demands (College
Card Smarts Take charge of your cards (College