Student Survival Skills 101

Tips to ensure that your SFSC experience is successful!

  1. Believe in yourself! Believe you can succeed, and you will.
  2. Set realistic goals that fit with your interests and abilities and put your best effort in all your work.
  3. Create win-win relationships with faculty and other College personnel. It is important to maintain positive working relationships with faculty and other college personnel.
  4. Attend class and be on time! Remember learning happens here.
  5. Pay attention to deadlines. There are deadlines to enroll, deadlines to apply to financial aid, deadlines to pay, and deadlines for graduation, etc. Missing a deadline could cause more than a few headaches.
  6. Know when to ask for help. Our instructors want to see you succeed. Don’t wait until the end of the term to get help in class. See a counselor if you are experiencing difficulties. Counselors can help you assess the situation, make the most informed decision, and help you connect with other key resources on campus.
  7. Visit the Tutoring and Learning Center if you need help in English or Math. The College offers online tutoring through Take advantage of College resources.
  8. Enjoy College life. Get involved. Not all learning happens in class. Get involved with one of many extracurricular activities. You will have an opportunity to gain leadership skills, meet new people, and have some fun while learning.
  9. Read your College Catalog. Your Catalog contains all sorts of useful information. The Catalog serves as your contract with SFSC.
  10. Remember that other students are not advisors. If you have a question regarding a College policy, transfer information, financial aid, etc., speak with someone from that office to get the most accurate answers to your questions.
  11. Take personal responsibility for your college experience. What you get out of college is largely determined by the effort you put forth. Learning is an active process; don’t just sit back and expect it to occur. Remember that you have both rights and responsibilities as a student.
  12. If you have earned 30 hours toward your degree, please meet with your academic advisor or counselor to discuss remaining degree requirements and applying for graduation.
  13. Don’t be too hard on yourself.
  14. Set standards for yourself from day one.
  15. Meet with your academic advisor on a regular basis to make sure you stay on track for graduation.