My words of advice...Being a full-time college student is equivalent to having a full-time job. To be successful it requires the same amount of time, effort, and dedication as one would put into a full-time job.
College takes a commitment and desire to succeed. Students must make college a priority and must sacrifice time from work and social activities to succeed in college.
Too often, students enter college unwilling to take responsibility for their own education, and too often parents enable this behavior. To be successful in college, students must stand up and hold themselves accountable, and parents must step back and allow them to grow.
Computer Information Systems Technology Instructor
Show up every day and do your work. These are basic concepts, but it seems that today's secondary school environment has not properly prepared the students to actually work toward their goals.
Parents need to take an active role in their children's education, even at this level. Make them get out of bed and go to class. If parents can't help them with their homework, make sure that homework gets done. Be nosy about grades: the best time to correct a problem is early in the process.
Students need three things to be good at school:
Unfortunately, only one of these comes built-in. The other two are acquired skills. Parents need to make sure that their children acquire them.
Math is a skill subject, which means you have to practice it to master it.
UACCM Math Department
“Math, as a college-level course, is almost two to three times as difficult as high school-level math courses. There are many reasons for the increased difficulty: course class time allowance, the amount of material covered in a course, the length of a course, and the college grading system.”
Paul D. Nolting. (2005).
Math Study Skills Workbook, 2nd ed.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co.