The following are comments from former students on what they wish someone had told them when they started college. Read and learn.
"Professors do not give grades, students earn grades. Do not
cram. Try not to take a math class with any class that requires
600 words of writing or term papers. Take all math calsses back
to back! Get a tutoring card from the tutoring center, just in
case you fall behind. Get a graphing calcultor and learn how to
use it. Order of operations will always work, so learn it early;
Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally. Try to review your notes
immediately after class, highlight the concepts you need help
with learning. Try to study in the same place every day,
preferably a place that simulates a classroom environment. Do
homework before you go over it in class. Make notes to yourself
next to each problem that troubles you. If you spend too much
timeon math that it begins to look like a big blur, plut it away
and start fresh the next day. Work and rework a problem you have
trouble with , not until tyou get the right answer, but until you
understand the concept. Your class time is yours, along with your
classmates, so if you have a question, ASK IT!"
- Dawn Faiello
"Do not reghister for a class of you are not able or willing to
give it your all. If you sign up for a class just to do it or to
get it out of the way and you are not committed to doing your
best, then you are going to hurt yourself. There is no rule that
says you must finish college in less than five years, do it
right. Even if you work well under pressure, the work you
complete at the last moment is never as good as it would have
been if you had time to do it right."
- John Johnson
"A mistake I made upon entering Valencia was that I thought I
could do it all 'on my own' and that I didn't need suggestions
from a counselor or other studetns. I have since found out that
had I sought guidance, I may have saved myself some time and
money. Please take one of the Student Life Skills (Student
Success) courses taht are offered, this year."
- Lisa A. Rees
"Do not be afraid to withdraw from a class, if there is no way to
pass. Getting a tutor, forming study groups, and visiting your
professor are easy ways to pass this time, not the next time."
- Glen Lancaster
"The teacher is an invalauable resource of information. Ask the
rtacher for helpful pointers on the book and it's uses. The IMC
(Bldg. 4) has videotapes, free tutoring from professors, computer
software, and sample materials to help to learn mathematics.
Tutors are great, but should not be used just to get answers and
hand assignments in on time. Like a body builder, one must
personally engage in exercising their mind and it's calculating
ability to the limit of endurance."
- Brian Briddell
"Try to get a time table as to where you want to be each
semester, prior to graduation. Therefore, you know how far behind
you get if you drop a class. Get the course you really don't
like, or don't think you might do well in out of the way early.
Accept input from other students before registering for classes.
Prioritize your work schedule with school and try to stay away
from 7 A.M. classes. Self-paced classes require lots of self-discipline, so be aware."
- Ybeth Bruzial
"Try to find a job that will help you do better in school, i.e.
close to home, flexible hours, brainless. Get a catalog from the
college or university you wish to transfer to afeter Valencia.
This will help you better select classes that will transfer. Fill
out all Financial Aild paperwork at least half a semester before
you start school to beat the stampede. Never, never, ever take a
mini-mester class, unless you really good reason for doing so."
- Roger Terwilliger
"Valencia is a great place to start, the faculty and campus are
very student friendly. You have made a wise choice, good luck."
- Jeff Eaker
"Practicing the fundamentals is an important way to study
algebra. After Elementary Algebra, Intermediate Algebra and
College Algebra come much easier."
- Moery Nicholson
"Save the courses which you will enjoy for last. It will take an
immense amount of stress away from you in your college career."
- Christina Benedict
"Stay on top of your work. Never get behind and review nightly.
Talk to a prospective instructor before you register for his or
her class. Get a copy of anold syllabus and find out about the
teacher's expectations, grading policies, and teaching style,
before you start class. Look for extra credit."
- Robin Miller