Non-Traditional Students

College Success Strategies

Manage Your Time

  • For every credit you register for, you should plan for 3 hours of your time per week:  1 hour in class and the other 2 hours spent outside of class studying.
  • Make a daily schedule with class attendance as the top priority.  Give yourself enough study time for homework, research, and projects.
  • Use an academic planner, such as The Link, to keep track of assignment deadlines and test dates.

Study Smart

  • Having trouble finding notes for class?  Create your own personal system to stay organized.  College life is much easier when you know where things are.
  • Know how, when, and where to study.  The campus offers many places to study, whether it is your residence hall, the library, student centers, or a coffee shop.  Find a place where you are relaxed, focused, and motivated.

Get To Know Your Professors

  • Ask for help when you need it.  Professors are more than willing to help you when they can.  They, too, want you to succeed.
  • Professors are required to have weekly office hours that are noted on the course syllabus.

Use Your Campus Resources

  • Tutoring services are available to students who need academic support.  Please see the Academic Learning Center website at:  www.stcloudstate.edu/alc

Stay Healthy

  • Keep yourself active.  Whether it is working out or playing intramural sports, remember to have fun!
  • Eat healthy.
  • Get enough sleep.  If you can’t get enough sleep at night, schedule a nap during the day.