5 Easy Steps to Success at West Valley College

Take the survey below and learn successful student behaviors.

 

Yes

Congratulations! Because you learned so much at the beginning of your time at West Valley College, you have a better outlook for success.

No

  • Beginning April 2014 and forward, in order to receive registration priority, you will need to complete orientation.
  • Orientation will equip you with basic survival tools for college success, including General Education (GE) requirements, major prep courses, and your transfer and graduation process.
  • Be aware that students who do not complete orientation by the end of their second semester will lose priority registration.
  • Orientation options

Yes

Great! Keep it up!

    • Research shows a strong correlation between class attendance and success. In a 2003 study conducted by University of Minnesota Biology Instructor Randy Moore, results showed “high attendance increased students’ probability of earning high grades, and low attendance increased students’ probability of earning low grades.”

Moore, R. (2003). Helping students succeed in introductory biology classes: Does improving students’ attendance also improve their grades? Bioscene, 29 (3), 17-25.

Do you come to class prepared?

Yes

Excellent! You are completing assignments on time and bringing required books, notebooks, and pens/pencils to class.

No

But you are getting to class, and that’s half the battle!

How can you be more prepared?

  • Bring a 3-ring binder, paper, pencils and pens so you’re ready to take notes.
  • Plan enough time to complete homework and reading assignments.
  • Be ready to ask questions or offer your responses to readings and homework.

No

    • How can you make attending class your top priority?
    • Research shows a strong correlation between class attendance and success. In a 2003 study conducted by University of Minnesota Biology Instructor Randy Moore, results showed “high attendance increased students’ probability of earning high grades, and low attendance increased students’ probability of earning low grades.”

Moore, R. (2003). Helping students succeed in introductory biology classes: Does improving students’ attendance also improve their grades? Bioscene, 29 (3), 17-25.

  • WVC Counselors are here to help you! A counselor can help you figure out how to balance your responsibilities, manage your time, and manage your stress.
  • Academic Counseling, including online, international, and veteran’s counseling.
  • Student Health Services offers FREE, friendly, and confidential personal counseling.

Yes

Good job! That’s important to know.

Have you been to at least one of your instructors’ office hours?

Yes

Good! You’re already establishing relationships with your instructors that will help you succeed.

Plan to meet each instructor at least one time during office hours.

No

Establishing relationships with your instructors will help you succeed. That’s what office hours are for!

Office hours and locations are listed on all course syllabi.

Plan to meet each instructor at least one time during office hours.

No

  • Find out where they are, and visit! That’s what office hours are for!
  • Establishing relationships with your instructors will help you succeed.
  • Visiting during office won’t interrupt your instructor. Office hours are scheduled so students can meet with instructors.
  • Office hours and locations are listed on all course syllabi. Plan to meet each instructor at least one time during office hours.

Not sure what to say during office hours?

That’s OK! Here are some ideas:

  • Hi, I’m _______ and I’m in your _______ class. I just wanted to drop by to introduce myself.
  • What should I do to succeed in your class?
  • What do you think is the most important thing for me to learn from your class?
  • I’d like to ask you about _______ that we discussed in class.
  • May I review these assignment guidelines with you to make sure I understand what I need to do?
  • I’m having a hard time with _______ in our class.
  • I’d like your advice about _______.

Yes

  • We’re glad to hear that! Research demonstrates that students engaged in campus activities and services spend more time on campus, devote more time to academics, and have more positive interactions with instructors and other students. National Survey of Student Engagement (2007) Annual Report.
  • Get Involved!
  • We have so many opportunities and support services to offer you!

No

  • Research demonstrates that students engaged in campus activities and services spend more time on campus, devote more time to academics, and have more positive interactions with instructors and other students. National Survey of Student Engagement (2007) Annual Report.
  • Here is a class that will help! Counseling 5 – College Success is a 3-unit, transferable, GE course designed to assist you with study strategies, educational planning and WVC Programs and Services such as the Tutorial Center, Campus Clubs, AGS Honor Society, Health Services, Financial Aid, and other special programs.
  • Get Involved!
  • We have so many opportunities and support services to offer you!
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