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College Survival Skills for the First Semester Student
After a student has been accepted for admission into Capital, certain college survival skills need to be developed to ease the transition into this new academic experience. This knowledge allows the student to understand the college procedures and expectations of Faculty who teach the courses that students register for during the semester.

1. Every student should understand the categories of classes that are required as part of their particular major. When a student has constructed a schedule with their Faculty Advisor or Counselor, they should devise a schedule that reflects work and family obligations. Four full-time classes require 15-20 hours of concentrated study and review each week as a student prepares assignments and takes course examinations. An individual who works more than 35 hours per week should plan to register for 2 courses during the first semester.

2. A student must obtain the required course textbooks from the first day of class as well as notebooks and writing implements in order to participate fully in the class.

3. The syllabus is the written guide to the course requirements and instructor expectations for the class. A full-time Faculty member usually lists a telephone contact number, e-mail address, office location and hours in the syllabus. Class assignments, examination dates, courses rules and regulations including behavior and absenteeism expectations are commonly listed in this document. A student should review the course outline at the beginning of the semester to discuss and review any information that is unclear or unfamiliar.

4.. Every student should visit the Arthur Banks College Library located on the fifth floor of the building and plan to utilize the fourth floor Math and Learning Centers for tutorial assistance with homework. A tutor can reinforce concepts that are discussed in class as well as review completed class assignments submitted by the student. A student should develop the practice of asking for tutorial help before a crisis develops in the class. A successful student seeks assistance as they progress through class assignments to enhance understanding of complex reading assignments.

5. A student should review the Academic Calendar for the semester that is available in the course schedule or college catalog. A student needs to be aware of planned holidays that require the college to be closed. An awareness of radio or television stations that list college closings due to inclement weather or emergencies is necessary information for every student.

6. A student should be aware of parking regulations in the college garage(Morgan Street garage) and be familiar with the bus routes in order to plan their schedules and arrive in class on time. Chronic tardiness is disruptive to others in the class, disrupts the learning process, and can affect an individual’s grade for the semester.

7. If a student encounters a personal problem that may affect class work performance, the Counseling Department is available to advise students about strategies that may solve or lessen the severity of a problem that may arise for an individual.
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