A. How Much Should You Study?
This is really important! Study habits determine your success in college, so your success begins with you. One of the greatest challenges of a student entering college for the first time is realizing how much study time is needed to achieve their academic goals.
If you are a first-time freshman, wouldn't you agree that college will be more challenging than high school and require a greater personal commitment? The total commitment for in-class instruction and homework in high school is about 35 hours per week. In college you will be in class approximately 15 hours a week. Successful NSM students study at least two hours per unit per week, or 25-35 hours per week for a student taking 12-17 units. Your total time commitment for school would be 40-50 hours per week, very similar to the time required for a full-time job.
If you are a first-year transfer student you might already be aware of the academic challenges set forth by the college environment, nevertheless we encourage you to refine your academic success plan to meet the academic expectations of upper-division courses at CSUF.
Sometimes taking the first step towards formulating an academic success plan can be difficult. Learn how to develop a plan and study 25-35 hours per week with the Empowerment Immersion Training. This training calls for filling out the Academic Tracking sheet and the Time Dominance Sheet.
B. The Study 25-35 Empowerment Campaign-Themes
Taking the first step towards creating and/or refining an academic success plan is half of the battle. You must then incorporate strategies and set forth a tactical plan for academic success in order to efficiently incorporate 25-35 hours of studying/homework at week.
Follow the study 25-35 Sping 2014 phase dates and slogans and look for on line empowerment exercises as the semester progress to enhance and maintain your plan for academic success.
Be patient. Focus. Believe in yourself. You are the most important factor in your academic success. We believe you can do it!
The end of the semester is approaching! Are you ready for finals?
PHASE IV: Reinforce and Finish Strong
During the months of April and May, it's time to recharge and give it all you got. Refer to the Empowerment Exercises below for tips on how you can achieve success in the last weeks of the semester.
Calculate your current semester GPA before going into finals week. Click on the following link to access the Academic Advisement Center's GPA Calculator: http://www.fullerton.edu/aac/resources/gpa_calculator.php.
The GPA calculator is easy to use and will show you where you stand before going into finals. Simply add up the points you have earned so far for each class and divide them by the points you could have earned at this time in the semester. Once you have calculated what grade you have so far in each class, input these grades into the GPA calculator and it will calculate what your GPA would be if the semester were over today. Many students are surprised by what they see!
Set up a finals study schedule that works for you. Plan what you have to do and designate an appropriate amount of time to study for each final exam. Print and fill out the Time Dominance Tracker for assistance!
Think about what conditions allow you to study best. Do you work better in the morning? Does working with others help you learn the material better? Do you study more effectively if you switch up your surroundings? Remember that different methods work better for different students. It's important to find the approach that works best for you.
Here are some useful study techniques:
- Review the book.
- Review your notes and handouts.
- Compare your notes with classmates to see if you missed anything.
- If you skipped a class, ask a classmate, T.A., or professor what you missed.
- Review homework, quizzes, and tests. If you can't figure out why you got something wrong, go to your professor's office hours and ask.
- Go to final exam review sessions.
- Visit tutors one last time. Tutors at the Math Tutoring Center (MH-553) and those at the Opportunity Center (MH-488) will continue their free tutoring services until finals week. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS!
- Make flashcards.
- PAY CLOSE ATTENTION to what the professor says will be on the test... they are the only ones that know.
- It's very important to keep your health in check. Take time away from studying to move around. Make sure you bring healthy snacks to study sessions to keep your brain energized. Get an appropriate amount of sleep. It doesn't matter how much you study, if you ignore your body's health you won't perform your best come finals day.
A. First Time Freshmen, please contact the following person for more information on how to enhance your academic plan for success.
NSM Graduate Assistant
Opportunity Center, MH 488
First year transfer students, please contact the following person for more information on services for NSM transfer students.
Coordinator, STEM Transfer Student Services
Office: McCarthy Hall, 175
B. NSM Transfer Peer Advisor Program:
All NSM first-year transfer students are invited to meet with an NSM Transfer Student Peer Advisor. Peer mentors are experienced students majoring in math, science, engineering or computer science who provide valuable perspectives on how to efficiently transition to CSUF. Peer advisors are available for 1:1 meetings and facilitate various workshops on notetaking, test preparation and time management. They also plan various social events and provide a safe space for fellow transfer students to network.
If you are a first-year NSM transfer student in math or science and you are interested in meeting with a peer advisor, please call 657-278-2164 or stop by McCarthy Hall 175.