Meet with your professor! (10/22/14)

Imagine this scenario…

Your College Success professor has assigned a presentation and your topic is “utilizing support services on campus.”  As you gather information, you have questions about how to organize your presentation and whether or not you are following the instructions correctly.  Unfortunately, your class doesn’t meet again until next week and you want to finish your outline this weekend.

Question:  What do you do?

Answer:  Meet with your professor during office hours!

Earlier this semester when your professors extended an invitation for you and your classmates to meet during office hours, they weren’t kidding!  Your professors set aside this time every week so that you can ask questions about homework, get feedback on assignments, or get information that you may have missed during a lecture.

Unfortunately, many students pass up the opportunity to meet with their professors because they are embarrassed about discussing their progress, think that their professors are too busy, or are too nervous to ask questions.  But, in reality, your professors are there to help you succeed.  They want you to ask questions so that you understand the topics that are discussed in your classes.

Weekly Post #9 (10/20/14)

MYTH BUSTER: So, tell the truth…how did you imagine your first college professor to be?  Were you expecting someone intimidating and unapproachable?

You were proven wrong, weren’t you?!?!

As you may have experienced already, your SCC professors are down-to-earth, personable, outgoing, and enthusiastic individuals who are eager to share their knowledge and expertise with students.  You might even think that they are C-O-O-L!

Believe it or not, many of your professors have friends on Facebook, have followers on Twitter, and have posted “selfies” on Instagram.  They even use emojis when they send out text messages!

(NOTE:  Even if your professors are active members of social media, it does NOT mean that you should search their names to “friend” or “follow” them!)

THE REAL DEAL: Your professors at Sacramento City College care about your learning experiences and want you to do your best. They strive to keep their classrooms as a positive environment where students and professors are able to engage in insightful, challenging, and meaningful discussions.  And, get this, many professors are actually former SCC students who have been down your same path and have chosen to return to their former campus to inspire students!

Whether you are a new or continuing student, there are certain behaviors, mannerisms, and actions that your professors expect from you in college. Some things are quite obvious – like do all your homework and attend class on time – but, surprisingly, many forget that college is a place where maturity, respect, and courtesy are expected from each student.

The four pages below include strategies and tips directly from your professors at Sacramento City College. Each comment that was forwarded was thoughtfully written with the best intentions to help students succeed in the classroom!

As one professor stated “College is a gift to yourself. Immerse yourself in learning, take it all in, and appreciate the time you have to come to school. It’s one of the only activities in life that is all about you.”

Thank you to all the faculty that participated in this activity!

Professors’ Tips #1      Professors’ Tips #2      Professors’ Tips #3      Professors’ Tips #4

Get an INTERNSHIP! (10/15/14)

Are you getting ready to complete a certificate or earn an AA/AS degree this academic year?

If so, it’s time for you to start thinking about an INTERNSHIP!

As a college student, one of the best ways to prepare yourself for the job market is to gain hands-on training within your major.  By getting involved in an INTERNSHIP, you are learning what it takes and what it’s like to work in a particular career.

Regardless of what you’ve heard, interns are highly valued in the workplace.  You are NOT going to be asked to pick up coffee for the entire office, you will NOT be asked to pick up your supervisor’s children from school, and you will NOT be scheduled to work 10-hour days!  The staff and faculty in the Work Experience and Internship Office at SCC will make sure of that!

By starting the internship process NOW, you will have plenty of time to work on your resume and cover letter.

Visit the Work Experience and Internship Office inside the Counseling Department in Rodda North.

So you want to take the assessments…again! (10/08/14)

The assessment process helps to identify your current skills in the areas of Math, English, and/or English as a Second Language.

So, even though you may have taken Calculus in high school and passed with an “A+++++” grade, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you qualify for Calculus in college today…especially if you had taken that Calculus course 7 years ago. (Well, unless Calculus is part of your everyday life or you solve derivatives and hyperbolic functions for fun, then there is a chance that you could qualify for Math 400!)

Here are some tips to remember when taking the assessments:

Review the study guides available online. It is helpful to know ahead of time the type of questions or problems you will be asked to solve. While the study guides may not be the exact replica of the assessments, it will give you pretty good idea of what to expect. Also, don’t review the study guide 10 minutes before you take the assessments. Give yourself some time to actually answer the questions and to solve the math problems.

Placing into a transfer-level class, such as English Writing 300, does NOT mean that you have completed your writing requirement or that you are exempt from taking a writing course! In order to meet graduation and/or transfer requirements, you still have to successfully complete the required Math, English, and/or ESL courses.

Remember this: you will NOT fail! You will not fail because the assessments are not based on “pass” or “fail” scoring. Your score will simply determine the appropriate level that you are ready for. (NOTE: There is absolutely NOTHING wrong with placement into the first level. SCC has many resources – such as the Math Lab and Writing Center – to support your success in these subjects.)

Last thing to remember:  Your assessment results do NOT determine your success at SCC.  Your motivation, hard work, and focus will be important to your success.  Just because you do not place at the level that you want to be or think that you should be at, this doesn’t mean that you will not achieve your goals.  Be patient with your learning process, plan ahead, and ask for help!

It’s LIBRARY quiz time! (10/01/14)

How well do you know about the AWESOME services offered by the SCC LIBRARY?  Let’s find out…

Question 1: You are assigned your first research paper in EngWr 300 and you need help with citing sources. You want to do this correctly because you are NOT about to get yourself in trouble for plagiarism! Who can you talk to?

a. A Financial Aid staff member.
b. A nurse from Health Services.
c. A librarian at the Reference Desk on the 2nd floor of the LRC.

Question 2: You forgot your College Success textbook at home and you were planning to review two chapters before your quiz in an hour. What can you do?

a. Wait in the quad until you see one of your classmates and then ask to borrow the book.
b. Check out the book on reserve at the Circulation Desk on the 2nd floor of the LRC.
c. Drive back home and grab the book…and hope that there is enough time to find a parking spot and make it to class on time.

Question 3: This is your first semester at Sacramento City College and you want to learn how to use the Library. How can you do this?

a. Attend a 50-minute Library Orientation where you can take a tour, learn about how to locate books, and get information on the various databases.
b. Go to the College Store and buy a 50-page manual on how to use the Library.
c. Walk up and down every aisle and memorize each book on the shelf.

(Here are the correct answers: Question 1: C, Question 2: B, and Question 3: A)

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Your counselor is waiting for YOU! (9/24/14)

Remember the end of last semester when you stood in line outside the Counseling Office only to discover that all of the “quick question” slots were filled and that the next appointment wasn’t until 2 weeks away?

You vowed that you would never put yourself in that situation again…EVER!

So, where have you been?!?!  Your counselor is waiting for you!

If you haven’t met with a counselor, this is the BEST TIME to do so!  In a couple of months, the Spring 2015 schedule will be available and you will find yourself in the same situation that you were trying to avoid in the first place.

SCC counselors are here to assist you with understanding the path you will take to reach your educational goal.  They want you to take the right classes, in the right sequence, and at the right time!

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New Students: Do NOT lose your priority registration! (09/09/14)

Did you know that all new students are required to complete the “Steps to Success?”  The three steps include: 1) Orientation, 2) Assessment, and 3) iSEP.  If you do NOT complete these three steps, you will lose your Priority 1 enrollment.  This means that you will be placed in “open enrollment” AFTER all students have enrolled in classes.

In order to keep Priority 1 enrollment, you must complete all three steps BEFORE NOVEMBER 1, 2014:

Orientation:  Complete the Los Rios online orientation to learn information about student support services, college terms, rights and responsibilities, academic expectations, and enrollment fees.

Assessment:  Complete the Math and English or ESL (English as a Second Language) assessments.  Visit the Assessment Center website for the test schedule, study guides, and instructions.

iSEP:  Meet with a counselor for help with selecting the right classes and to complete an iSEP.  An iSEP (student education plan) is your “roadmap” to keep you on track toward your goals.

These three steps are tracked on your eServices account, so log in to check if you are missing any of the requirements.  Click on the tab that says “Steps to Success” and look for this box at the top of the page:

As you complete each requirement, a checkmark will be placed in the box.


1.  If you do not complete these requirements by November 1, 2014, you can still attend any of the Los Rios colleges; however, you will lost your Priority 1 enrollment.

2.  These requirements are for NEW STUDENTS only.  Students who were enrolled in Los Rios before February 1, 2014 do NOT have to complete the “Steps to Success.”  (But, of course, it’s helpful to do them anyways!)