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Becoming a successful college student involves more than just studying and going to classes; it also means succeeding in the school of life. In addition to increased knowledge, you also will invariably gain greater personal self-understanding and awareness. Learning to be a college student is what this manual is all about

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  • Milwaukee School of Engineering Counseling Services

    Keys to College Success

  • www.msoe.edu

  • 1

    Persona l

    Will MSOE be difficult? Sometimes.Will it require hard work? Yes.

    Becoming a successful college student involves more than just studying and going to classes;it also means succeeding in the school of life. In addition to increased knowledge, you alsowill invariably gain greater personal self-understanding and awareness. Learning to be acollege student is what this manual is all about.

    By choosing to attend MSOE you have said something goodabout yourself. You have decided to help yourself become all youare capable of being.

    WhatsThis All About?

    TTaabbllee ooff CCoonntteennttssPersonal Keys

    A Matter of Attitude ................................................................................................................2Making the Transition ............................................................................................................3Motivation and You..................................................................................................................4Planning + Goal Setting = Success ......................................................................................5Sample Goals..............................................................................................................................6Managing Time ........................................................................................................................7Weekly Schedule ....................................................................................................................10Healthy Financial Planning ..................................................................................................11

    Academic KeysAcademic Skills for Success ..................................................................................................14Learning to Listen ..................................................................................................................15Reading is Necessary ..............................................................................................................16

    Exam KeysPreparing for Exams ..............................................................................................................17The Day of the Exam ............................................................................................................18Taking the Test ........................................................................................................................19

    Support KeysLearning from Mentors ........................................................................................................20Some Significant Extras ........................................................................................................21Another Type of Learning ....................................................................................................22On-campus Referrals ............................................................................................................23

    Now Its Up to You

  • Developing PurposeOf importance here are the tasks of

    prioritizing interests, beliefs and values;determining career goals and lifestyle;defining your skills; and buildingcompetence. Challenges involved indeveloping purpose might includelearning effective decision-making;developing skills and resources to reachcompetency in a chosen area; learninghow to make the most of your abilities;and implementing your career choice.

    Most assuredly, you will probably notrun into all of these passages duringyour freshman year. You will, however,tackle many of them throughout yourtotal college experience. Whether youcasually toss some of these lessons asideor really catch hold of them and learn

    about yourself is very much up to you.As you see some of these passagesapproach, it is our hope that you will time and time again choose to dothe latter learn about yourself andutilize some of the ideas and resourcespresented in this manual to help you do so.

    As you can see, college is going tochallenge you. MSOE is going to require that you become responsible for your own development and well-being. Students who become personallyresponsible for the successes and failuresin their own lives feel in control of their lives. Developing a healthy attitude about your new responsibilitieswill help you positively influence whathappens to you.

    I n her book, Passages, GailSheehy asserts that life is aseries of passages throughwhich we must move, and that eachpassage involves its own tasks. As anew college student, you face threemajor developmental tasks that more formally identify some of thestated responsibilities:

    Developing IdentityThis involves achieving independence,

    clarifying personal beliefs, interests andvalues, and building a sense of integrity.Challenges you might encounter herecould involve redefining yourrelationship with your parents; dealingwith your feelings involved in separationfrom your family, friends and homeenvironment; making your actionsconsistent with your beliefs; learning totrust your feelings; reducing dependencyupon others and increasing your ownindependence; learning to deal withstress, anxiety and disappointment; and developing self-confidence and self-esteem.

    Developing MeaningfulRelationshipsBuilding relationship skills, forming a

    sexual identity, and understanding andexpressing feelings and emotions are therelevant tasks in this category. Challengesyou will face might involve learning skillsto initiate, maintain and endrelationships; learning to express yourselfclearly; developing intimacy withanother; learning to give and receive in arelationship; conveying self-respect as wellas respect for others; and learning to beyourself preserving your independencewhile being close to another.

    A Matter of Attitude

    2

    Persona l Keys

  • Making th e Transition

    C ollege is an exciting time,perhaps one of the mostexciting times in your life. Italso is a time of major adjustments,however, some of which can be verytrying. As we consider some of thedifferences between high school andcollege, youll begin to understand moreabout the changes you will face in thefollowing weeks, and, we hope, feelbetter equipped to deal with them in apositive manner.

    The most immediate change you willdiscover is a new-found sense of freedom.The single greatest problem collegestudents face is freedom too muchfreedom. As an MSOE freshman, you willenjoy an enormous amount of personalfreedom, probably more than you have everhad or will ever have in life. The problemof freedom and what you make of it andhow well you use it will have an impact onall other aspects of your college career.

    Lets take a look at some of theresponsibilities you suddenly have toconsider as a result of this new-foundcollege freedom:*

    What kind of clothes you will wear Eat breakfast or skip it Attend classes or cut them Study each day or only for exams Start a paper two weeks before it isdue, or do it the night before

    Eat properly balanced meals orjunk food

    Use drugs or alcohol or not Choosing friends Join a fraternity or sorority or not Exercise Get 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 or 10 hours of sleep per night

    Keep your room clean or messy Get romantically involved Consider sexual involvement See your academic advisor See your professor for extra help Drop a course or add a course Choose a major Choose your classes for the next quarter

    Figure out how to do your laundry Figure out what to do with the rest ofyour life

    On Campus Remember how many car loads it took toget all your stuff to your dorm orapartment, because it will take more tripsto move it all out.

    Open door policy is the best way to floor unity.

    Set basic rules and agreements on dayone with your roommate(s). Itll help toalleviate the future disputes with setground rules.

    If something is broken, report it rightaway without delay so that it can bereplaced faster.

    Make sure to find out day one if yourroommate(s) drink, smoke, or do drugs,especially underage, and work out theground rules for that right away.

    Floors have quiet hours but also set atime frame when loud noise in the roomwould be unacceptable for sleep orstudying purposes.

    Find out what your roommate does for clubs and fun cause itll make thetransition into living together easier if you can at least try to enjoy similar things.

    Buy some Febreze because your roomwill smell eventually.

    Everyone shares so dont bring yourentire house thinking youre going toneed it.

    Create an atmosphere in your room thatsconducive to studying as well as chillingout with friends.

    Dont be afraid to drop by other peoplesrooms. Be sensitive and considerate (aka dont overstay your welcome), butits safe to assume that if you like havingpeople drop by to say hi, then otherpeople probably enjoy it when you return the favor.

    If youre in your room a lot, leave yourdoor open for at least an hour every day.Make an effort to get to knowyour floormates.

    Be a peacemaker on your floordonttake sides in squabbles.

    Keep the door open when in your roomwhich allows you to meet others.

    Dont be afraid to walk around and meetothers on your floor and other floors.

    Be considerate of others (aka dont have music loud at night when others are sleeping).

    Off Campus Whether or not the previous tenantscleaned their apartment, clean it againwhen you arrive just to be sure.

    Commuting When commuting, set the amount oftime you think it will take you to get toschool and give yourself an extra 15minutes or so based on how far away youare coming from.

    Get involved in a club o