Monthly Archives: October 2015

Class Scheduling Tips

I can’t believe we’re half way through this semester already!  Whether you’re doing well or having a bit of trouble, don’t’ worry, for many of us, this is only our first semester so there is time to improve.  But for many more of us, it means it’s time to schedule classes for next semester.  Many students have their majors selected and are already preparing for next semester classes, but some may not know what classes they need next semester, or even aren’t sure what major to pick classes for.  To help ease the stress for anyone who hasn’t scheduled for next semester, here are some tips to do so:

  1. Check out your options

It helps to review the course catalog available on the CCBC website (link at end of article).  This can help students who have a major picked out to review the required classes.  If you are a student who hasn’t picked a major yet, browsing the catalogue for something that sparks your interest is a good way to pick a direction you’d like to go.

  1. Create a schedule that works for you

A good amount of classes to have is about four to six per semester.  Make sure to spread them out enough that you have time for studying/homework and some leisure time.  Be careful of double booking yourself.  If this does happen, you can easily rearrange your classes within the first week. Also consider the times of the classes – if you can’t function before 9 a.m., don’t’ schedule an 8:30 a.m. class.

  1. Visit your advisor or counselor

At CCBC, we have a great team of advisors and counselors to help you decide what classes to take.  Before you register, come up with a quick list of questions you might have.  You can also contact the professors who teach the classes you want to take.

  1. Get prerequisites out of the way

Many majors have core requirements.  These classes can range from psychology to lab biology.  It’s important to get these classes done early so you can focus on your major in future semesters.

  1. Pick some alternate classes

Make a list of some alternate classes in case your first choices are unavailable for the semester.  It is usually harder for underclassmen to get first dibs on a class, and even harder if you schedule your classes late.

  1. Stay balanced

As an excited freshman, you might want to jump right into challenging classes, but you find out way too soon that this isn’t like high school.  College courses require much more time and dedication, so it’s a good idea to start out slow and take easier classes.

  1. Use college credits

If you have college credits that you eared from high school, whether it be from and AP or IB course, find out if those credits are transferable.  This not only saves you money, but also gives you the chance take a course that you would have had to take later on.

  1. Take a writing course

Whither your major requires writing or not, it’s always a good idea to take a writing class.  You will be able to use the skills you learn in the course to help with writing papers for other classes and in whatever career you choose in the future.

Link to course catalog: http://www.ccbc.edu/CourseSchedulesAndSearch

-Sydney, student blogger

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Balancing Work and School

Balancing college and work is something that I know about all too well! I work at the Windmill, a local ice cream shop and mini golf course in Hopewell. On a normal week, I work 5 days and have 2 days off. I am also taking 16 credits this semester, so it is easy to see how my days can get a little overwhelming when it comes to balancing my schoolwork and my job.

It took me a little bit to get adjusted to a busy schedule- in the summer, I worked but did not take any classes, so it was a lot easier. For me, school is absolutely the most important thing. So, whenever I have my day off during the week I make sure to complete all of my online assignments that way I get them out of the way and am not stressed out during the week. I also take time each day to study for upcoming exams. That way, I know that I am prepared for them so I do not have to cram it all in the night before the test when I get home from work at 10:30. My boss is also extremely understanding, so when we are not busy at the shop, I am able to study and do homework.

Time management is so extremely important; I try my best to balance school, work, and my social life. I try to keep my weekends free and get all my work done during the week that way I can relax and hangout with my friends. If you are responsible and use time management correctly, you will be able to balance all three of those things and get the most out of them, too.

-Liana, student blogger

Tips for Test Taking

Test taking can be one of the biggest challenges of college. Relax. Stay calm. It’s not the worst challenge you will face. When preparing for a test, try to set goals. Give your self time to study, and try to find the perfect or almost perfect place to study. Always use your resources. For example, you can use the library for a quiet study time, or you can go to the library to receive help from a tutor. Another resource is your teacher! Teachers are always willing to help their students. Just take some time to plan, set goals, make time to study and remember your resources they will help prepare you for your next test.

Lastly, another way to prepare for a test is to find out what type of learner you are. Everyone learns differently. Some people are visual learners, some people are auditory learners, and some people are kinesthetic learners. Visual learners should sit in the front of the room so they can focus on the teacher. Kinesthetic learners change positions frequently while studying and take frequent, short breaks involving activity. Auditory learners listen in class without taking notes, focusing on understanding what the teacher says. (From: Alfaro-LeFevre, R.,2009. Critical thinking and clinical judgement: A practical approach to outcomes-focused thinking, 4th Ed. St. Louis, MO: Saunders/Elsevier).

Overall, there are many ways to improve your test taking skills just take some time to find them, plan, and never forget to use your resources.

-Emily, student blogger