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Academic Success in College

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So you failed a CUNY Placement Test
To take classes at any CUNY college, you need to take the CUNY placement tests in math, reading and writing. Maybe you breezed through all three. But if you failed one - or even all three - of the placement tests, you're not alone.  More th...
If you failed a placement test
To take classes at any most colleges, you need to take placement tests in math, reading and writing. Maybe you breezed through all three. But if you failed one - or even all three - of the placement tests, you're not alone.  According to t...
 Making the Grades: Campus Resources to Help You Win at College
With just a few hours of class a week, college may seem easier than high school, but professors have a completely different set of expectations about the kind of work you do, and they will expect you to do most of it outside of class, without t...
 Office Hours: Why You Should Go and What to Talk About
You know it's important to go to office hours, but what do you say when you get there?  If you're not sure, check out these conversation tips from UC Berkeley on how to get started with office hours.   And if you're still not ...
Can Bad Grades Affect Your Financial Aid?
Satisfactory Academic Progress  Some students in college have found out the hard way that getting good grades literally pays. In the world of higher education, academics and financial aid go hand-in-hand. One must keep their grades satisfact...
 Office Hours: The Video
Why is it important to go to office hours in college?  Watch the short video below to hear from an academic advisor.   If the video is slow to load, click here . Your browser does not support HTML5 video. ...
EOP Summer Enrichment Programs
Background: Educational Opportunity Programs (EOP) aim to improve college access and retention for students from first-generation or low-income backgrounds. Students accepted into post-secondary institutions through EOP show potential to persist an...
 Academic Probation (and what you can do about it)
No one goes to college with a goal of getting on academic warning, probation, or dismissal.  But the reality is that many students struggle to the point where they put themselves in danger of losing their financial aid, or being dismissed from ...
 Talking about Grades with Your Mentee
It's not easy to ask someone about their grades.  But as a mentor, it's important to ask, especially in a way that shows your mentee that you care, that it's normal to struggle in college, and that you are there for them.   I...
 Studying for Exams
Exam week can be the most stressful time of the semester, whether you're in high school, college or graduate school. Make sure you're prepared with these study tips.   Start early, create a study schedule, and follow your schedule ...
 Make a "Home Stretch" Schedule for Exam Week
Get prepared to ace your exams with a schedule so you don't get overwhelmed!  To make a schedule:   Find out when and where your exams are, and how your exams will be structured (multiple choice vs. essay vs. short answer) .   ...
Save Money on Books
Every student knows the high price of books in college. Getting those books is essential, but you don't have to break the bank to get what you need.  The campus bookstore is almost always the most expensive option. Instead, check out compar...
Choosing a Major
Many students feel that choosing a major is  the most important decision they will make in college, especially because it can affect career choices after graduation. This kind of pressure can make choosing a major a particularly stressful d...
Reflecting on the semester with your mentee
The semester just ended, and mentees can view their first semester grades and exam results. This is a great opportunity for them to reflect on how well they're doing, and if they earned the grades they were expecting.  Sometimes, students...
How was your semester?
The semester is over, and next semester will be a fresh start.  But before everything starts up again, take the time to reflect on last semester. If everything (or even anything) went well, make sure to celebrate - after all, celebrating yo...
Participating in class discussion
Adapted from Propeller Collective CSO Steve Chang   The thought of having an entire class devoted to “discussion” can seem daunting, especially if you didn’t have elaborate class discussions during high school. Participa...
Getting interested in your classes
Bored with your classes? Don't give up! Instead, watch the video below and learn how to get interested in anything you have to study.  For more great advice, check out Thomas Frank's other videos at CollegeInfoGeek.com .  ...