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• Read everything.

• Start all assignments early.

• Check everything you write twice, spell check it then read it again to make sure it makes sense.

• Check everything you post twice.

• If your writing is not that strong, finish a rough draft early.  After a few hours or a day review it.  You will be surprised what ‘pops’ out at you.

• Set a regular time each day to do your homework and read everything that’s been posted in your class(es).

• Read everything.  I mean everything.  All Announcements.  Check out the Calendar so you will now when something is due.  EVERYTHING~

• Always assume that everything will take longer than you think it will.

• Ask every question you think of, even if you think it’s ‘silly.  Asking never hurts.  Most students have the same questions.  I’ve seen it all and don’t think there are any bad questions.

• Throughout a school experience you will have some instructors whom you like and those whom you don’t.  You’ll have ones that are great, good, fair and awful.  Ultimately, though, it’s not up to your teachers whether you do well or not.  It’s up to you!

• The more responsibility you take for your own learning, the more successful you will be.  Figure out how to get the most you can from the great teachers and learn in spite of the not-so-great ones.

• That does NOT mean you don’t ask questions.  It means you ask questions early and often.

• It may seem to you that we, as instructors, can’t really tell when you’re doing your work and when you’re not, but most of us are experienced and we know.  If you feel like you’re doing a lot of work and it’s not showing up in your grades then you’re really not doing enough.

• Unfortunately, how much work each person has to do to get good grades is not equal.  Some people have to work a huge amount and some people hardly have to do anything.  Life is really not fair. Everyone has different talents and skills.  You’ll need to do whatever is necessary for YOU to do well.  Don’t compare yourself to others.

• School is a ton of hard work, not quite as hard as raising children, but much harder than a job.  Treat it with respect and put much more work into it than you want to.

• There really are NO excuses.  I’ve had students who’ve completed their work, or made prior arrangements through deployment to Iraq, giving birth, children sick in the hospital, deaths, etc.  Take responsibility for what’s going on in your life and contact your instructor and/or your Academic Advisor immediately if you have a problem.

• Really, I mean Read everything, everything.

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