Oh wait…I’m on the wait list?! (12/16/14)

The Spring 2015 semester doesn’t start until mid-January and, although there is still time to enroll into classes, the unthinkable has happened…the classes that YOU WANTED are all filled up!

So, now what?  Get your name on the wait list!

Putting your name on the wait list doesn’t mean that you are officially enrolled, but it does mean that if other students drop the course, then – depending on where you are on the list – there is a possibility that you may be added into the class.

Here is how it works…

If a class is already full, then students can place their names on the wait list if the limit hasn’t been reached.  Some wait lists allow up to 10 students to add their names and other wait lists allow up to 20 students to add their names.  (NOTE:  If a wait list is full today, that doesn’t mean that a spot won’t open up tomorrow.)  It may seem like a hassle, but it is important to log onto eServices EVERYDAY.  (If you can log onto Facebook a dozen times a day, you can certainly log onto eServices!)  You never know what can happen…in the last hour, someone may have dropped from a wait list leaving that one last spot open just for you!

Getting your name on a wait list doesn’t guarantee you a seat in the class, but, unfortunately, some students will be dropped for non-payment of fees, not meeting prerequisites, or because they simply changed their schedules.  If you are #2 on the wait list, you have a good chance of getting added into the class.  If you are #20, don’t lose hope…you still need to show up on the first day.  What if the first 10 students on the wait list don’t show up and permission numbers are being given out?  If you do not show up and your name is called from the wait list, the professor will continue onto the next student.

Wherever you are on the wait list, it is IMPORTANT that you continue to monitor your status!  If you are #2 on the wait list and three students suddenly drop, then you are in.  Once you are in, you NEED TO PAY TO STAY!  Unfortunately, no one is going to send you a text message that you have to pay…you just need to remember!

But, whether you are #2 or #20, you should still plan to attend class on the first day!  By the end of the first week, you should have a better idea whether or not you will be added into the class.   

Finals Week is finally here! (12/10/14)

Here are 10 important tips for Finals Week:

1.  Get to your final exam BEFORE IT STARTS: set your alarm clock, check the local weather and traffic, and give yourself plenty of extra time to find a parking spot.  And, if you are getting a ride from a friend, neighbor, family member, coworker, or classmate, make sure that you have communicated what time you need to be on campus.

2.  Get your backpack ready.  Now is not the time to run around your room looking for your binder, textbooks, pens, calculator, and lecture notes.  Misplacing an important item can be stressful…and you don’t want to feel frazzled on the day of your final exam.

3.  Bring the right materials.  So, your instructor told the class to bring a scantron…but which scantron?  Do you need the 815, 882, 884, or 885 scantron?  Or were you supposed to bring a small green book or a large green book?  You can buy these supplies at the College Store, but be aware that the store doesn’t open until 7:45 a.m. and closes at 6:00 p.m.  If you have a final exam at 7:30 a.m. and don’t have the right materials, it doesn’t mean that a classmate will have an extra one for you!

4.  Show up to your final exam at the right time, at the right location, and on the right day!  The final exam schedule is different than your actual class time.  For example, a class that normally meets on Tuesday/Thursday from between 1:30 p.m. to 2:55 p.m. has a final exam that will take place on Thursday at 12:45 p.m.  That is 45 minutes earlier, so don’t walk into your final exam late!

5.  Be prepared.  Know what kind of final exam you will be taking…for example, is it all essays or multiple choice?  And, no cheating!  You worked hard for 16 weeks so why jeopardize your grade?

6.  You have two hours to complete your final exam and it is NOT a competition to see who can finish the fastest.  (There’s no prize given if you finish first, so take your time!)  If you need every second of those two hours, then take it.  Don’t rush because you are the only student left.  The instructor is not going to turn off the lights, lock the door, and walk out on you.

(SIDE NOTE: Please be respectful of your instructor’s time.  You have two hours, so don’t ask for another 15 or 20 minutes because you want to revise one of your short essays.)

7.  Read all of the questions and instructions on the final exam.  You may think that you have finished your exam, but then it turns out there is a whole set of questions on the back side!  By reading all of the questions first, you can pace yourself within those two hours of time.

8.  Get a good night’s sleep and eat healthy.   Okay, so everyone defines “healthy” differently.  For the purpose of this post, an example of NOT “healthy” is eating ice cream for breakfast and guzzling a large energy drink.  (Oh…and go to the bathroom before you arrive to class.)

9.  Do one last review before the exam if you need to.  And, when I say “review,” it doesn’t mean “study.”  (Your studying should have been done weeks ago!)  Don’t stay up all night cramming for an exam because sleep deprivation (and an excess of caffeine) is not going to help with your memory and ability to focus.

and lastly…

10.  Take a deep breath!  You have prepared for final exams for the last 16 weeks and you know that YOU GOT THIS!  At this point, there should be no surprises…you knew that this day was coming and you’re ready for it!  Good luck!

Weekly Post #16 (12/08/14)

It’s Week 16…the last week before you take your final exams and say “goodbye” to the Fall 2014 semester!

But wait… don’t throw away the contents of your backpack quite yet!

We know that you are excited for the upcoming winter break, but there a just a few more things you will want to do before you close out the semester…

1.  Hold off on throwing away your homework, exams, and class binder!  You don’t have to store these items for the next 5 years, but you may want to wait until your grades are officially posted on your transcript before you toss anything in the trash.  If, for some reason, there is a discrepancy with your grade (maybe the grade posted is not what you were expecting or you think that it may be a mistake), you will want to contact your professor to discuss this.  (Note:  Contact your professor immediately; don’t wait to discuss this a year later!)  It helps to have your previous assignments with you in case there is a question with your scores.

2. The Fall 2014 semester is almost over, but did you remember to enroll for Spring 2015?  If you haven’t enrolled for classes yet, you need to do so right now at this moment…or at least when your enrollment date comes up!  Hopefully, your new schedule will include important classes – like Math and English – along with other GE and/or major courses.  It helps if you have already met with a counselor to discuss your educational goals and your future classes.  If not, don’t hesitate any longer…but, please be patient if you find that the Counseling Office is abuzz with students.  They are probably there to do the same thing as you!

3.  Pay your tuition.  So, you’ve enrolled in classes already and you have a schedule that perfectly fits your work and family responsibilities…but, if you haven’t paid your tuition within 14 days, you will be dropped.  (If you qualify for a fee waiver, your tuition is covered.)  But, getting dropped from your classes isn’t even the bad part of it all…trying to get back into those same classes is what’s going to be tough!

4.  Before the next semester begins (you know when that is, right?), log onto eServices again.  Sometimes things may change:  there is a new location for a class, a professor has been assigned where it previously read “TBA,” or there is an orientation date for an online class that you must attend.  Check your schedule to make sure that there are no surprises or big changes.  (And, in case you didn’t know, the Spring 2015 semester officially begins on January 17, 2015.)

5.  Return your library books, pay your fines, and take care of your holds.  If you think you owe a balance or may be on dismissal status, you can log onto eServices to find out what needs to be cleared.  You will need to take care of these items in order to enroll for the Spring 2015 semester.  In some cases, like a “dismissal” hold, there are important deadlines and instructions to follow.

6.  Follow-up with financial aid if needed.  The best way to do this is to log onto “My City Aid” and to check your status.  If any questions or concerns arise, then contact or visit the Financial Aid office on campus.  Also, if there are documents or forms that you need to complete, then get this done as soon as possible.

and lastly…

7.  Give yourself a pat on the back for completing your first semester of college!  As you prepare for the next semester, think back on this experience and ask yourself what you want to do differently, what your goals are for Spring 2015, and what you have learned about yourself.  Even if the semester didn’t go as smoothly as you wanted or the transition from high school was a difficult one, be proud of yourself for making this important decision to attend college.  We want you to return to SCC with new motivation, confidence, and focus to achieve your goals!

GREAT JOB!  :)

Enrollment tips! (12/02/14)

Let’s get ready to REGISTER!  Here are some helpful tips below:

1.  Know your registration date and time…and then actually register on your date and time…or close to it!  If your registration date is on December 10th, don’t wait until December 11th to log onto eServices.  Waiting a day – even a few hours – can make a big difference with your schedule.  For example, the College Writing course that had 10 seats open this morning can easily fill up by the afternoon.

2.  When you log onto eServices, is the word “HOLD” written boldly inside of a red hexagon?  If so, that means exactly what it says…you have a “hold” that must be cleared before you can enroll into classes.  Most likely, you forgot to complete the “Supplemental Enrollment Form” which must be updated every semester.  If you have already submitted that form and you still see that darn hexagon, then you have another “hold” that must be cleared.  It could be a library fine, a financial aid hold, a dismissal, or an overdue payment.  If you need assistance, please go to the Admissions and Records Office located in Rodda North or to the eServices Lab in Business Building 153.

3.  Be flexible with your schedule.  Consider taking classes in the morning, afternoon, evening, or even the weekends.  But, only enroll into classes that you know you can attend for the next 16 weeks!  For example, if you decide to take a class at 7:00 in the morning, you must be able to make it to class on time…and then stay awake!  And, as you consider all options for creating your schedule, be aware of how often a class will meet and in the format that it will be taught.  Some classes are “hybrid” classes where there is both in-class and online learning.  In this case, you will be required to use the internet to submit some assignments.

4.  SCC’s main campus is beautiful…but don’t forget about the Davis Center and West Sacramento Center!  Both centers offer a wide range of general education courses including Math and English.  If you plan to attend both the main campus and one of the outreach centers, make sure that you give yourself plenty of travel time to get from one location to another.  As you are browsing through the class schedule, you will see the words “SCC Main,” “Davis Center,” or “West Sac” to indicate the location of the class.  Don’t get lost on the first day of the semester because you can’t find the “Davis Center” on the main campus…you will have to actually drive to the city of Davis to find it.

Want more tips…

Enrollment reminders (11/18/14)

The Fall 2014 semester isn’t over yet, but it’s time to start planning for Spring 2015!  All continuing students have been assigned an enrollment date and time, so log onto your eServices account to find this information.

Also, don’t forget to clear any “holds”…including the Supplemental Enrollment Form which all students must complete.  Check for any additional “holds” – such as library fines, academic/progress dismissal, or balance due to district.

While on eServices, look up your iSEP (education plan) so that you know which classes to take for Spring 2015.  If you do not have an iSEP or have not met with a counselor to discuss your educational goal, do NOT wait any longer!

Counseling appointments for the month of November are filled, but counselors are still available for “quick-questions” (walk-ins) to help you select the right courses toward your goal.  It is best to come early in the morning to get your name on the “quick question” list because spots are limited and they fill up quickly.

Lastly, make sure to pay your enrollment fees within 14 days (unless you have a BOG fee waiver) or you will be dropped from all classes.

Priority 1 registration (11/13/14)

It’s time to start planning classes for Spring 2015 and, hopefully as a continuing student, you still have Priority 1 registration!

Priority 1 enrollment is from December 1st to December 12th and your exact enrollment date is determined on the number of units completed.  So, for example, a continuing student who has completed 54 units will have an earlier registration date than a continuing student with 9 units completed.  The Priority 1 dates are divided into four sections: Priority 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, and 1.4.

However, not all continuing students will be eligible for Priority 1 registration.  Students who are on academic/progress Probation 2 or Dismissal and students who have completed over 90 degree-applicable units will be placed in “Open Registration.”  “Open Registration” is after all continuing, newly matriculated, returning, and new transfers have registered.  This will also occur with NEW STUDENTS who did not complete the entire “Steps to Success” requirements.

If you are currently on academic/progress Probation 2 or Dismissal, it will be important to successfully complete all courses and to earn a 2.00 GPA or higher.  You will be allowed to return to Priority 1 (if you haven’t exceeded the 90 units), but you must show significant improvement with your academic and progress status.

For students who have reached 90 units or more of degree-applicable units due to high-unit majors or programs, you are able to submit a petition to the Admissions Office to appeal your loss of priority registration.  This petition can be found in the Admissions website and you must attach an iSEP with it.

All new students are required to complete the “Steps to Success” to qualify for Priority 1 registration.  The three steps include: 1) online orientation, 2) assessment, and 3) education plan.  The deadline to complete the “Steps to Success” was on November 1, 2014.

Log onto your eServices account to check your registration date and time for Spring 2015!