Tips for Success
Tips for Success
Know the specific deadlines, policies, and procedures relating to your academic status, course withdrawal, course repeats, course registration, and major program application and admission. Be sure you understand all course requirements as outlined in your syllabus.
Keep track of all grades in each course. At any point and time in the semester you should know exactly what grade you have in each course. To do this, you must understand how the professor calculates your course grade as described in the course syllabus. Also, you should keep a record of each test score, paper grade, quiz score etc. which you receive.
Go to class! It is impossible to replace the learning that occurs by attending and participating in class. “Getting the notes” is not the same as attending class.
Prioritize and organize your study and personal time into daily and weekly patterns of effectiveness. Maintain regular study hours and establish study environments in order to be productive throughout the entire semester.
Develop timelines and keep semester, monthly and weekly calendars of dates when course assignments are due. Plan effectively for exams and papers in advance by using the calendar found in the Reynolds Student Handbook available in the Enrollment Services office.
Talk with your professors. Visit professors during office hours and ask questions.
Review continuously in your courses. When you get exams and papers back discuss them thoroughly with your instructor. Studying for final examinations begins now!
Develop a network of resources. Make a list of phone numbers and email addresses of your faculty, advisors, tutors, and at least one other student from each class.
Communicate, collaborate, and correspond with your family and friends as well as your campus support network.
Utilize the appropriate campus services starting at the beginning of the semester. Reynolds has lots of support for students, including the Academic Support Center (tutoring), the Center for Career, Employment, and Transfer, open Computer Labs, the Library, and Enrollment Services. Most successful students use these services!
Identify campus resources you will use. Many people use the Academic Success Center (tutoring), the Open Computer Labs, the Library, or work with Financial Aid, Advising, Veterans Affairs or Admissions and Records through Enrollment Services. Many students also meet with Advisors in their majors and discuss academic issues or career goals with their Instructors. All of these people are here to help you, but it’s up to you to make contact!
Plan around your strengths. As you plan for the upcoming semester, ask yourself:
- How many classes can I take and maintain a high (“C” or better) average?
- Am I registering for the correct classes for my curriculum?
- Am I in the correct curriculum for my goals?
Plan for your semester. If you need to “brush up” on study skills, an excellent resource is http://ucc.vt.edu/academic_support/study_skills_information.html. If you are going to take Distance Learning courses, register for CDL 001, a free “prep” course in being a successful distance student.
If you need assistance answering these questions, your Academic Advisor is a great resource for you. You may also seek assistance through Enrollment Services, and the Center for Career, Employment and Transfer on each campus.
Keep in Mind...
Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) for Financial Aid Students
- Policy 1-6
- Tip: Students who are in poor academic standing may be in jeopardy of losing their financial aid.
- Tip: If you meet the criteria to submit a SAP appeal, be sure to complete this early. Keep in mind a student is only eligible to complete two SAP appeals while a student at Reynolds.
- Tip: Check with a financial aid specialist prior to dropping or withdrawing from classes as it may impact your financial aid.
Repeating a Course
- Students are normally limited to two enrollments in the same course. If a third attempt is needed, special approval is required from the dean.
- Tip: Only the most recent grade is used in the calculation of the student’s cumulative GPA (not necessarily the best grade).
- A student must earn a GPA of at least 2.0 in their curriculum to be eligible to graduate in a program.
- Students who re-enroll at the College after a separation of at least sixty consecutive months may qualify to have previous grades deleted from their cumulative GPA but not from your record. See this form for more details.