So you want to take the assessments…again! (03/04/15)

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!

Weekly Post #7 (03/02/15)

Do you remember the first week of the semester when your adrenaline was pumping from the excitement of starting college?

You had everything planned out…you cut back on your work hours to focus on school, you organized your room to provide an ideal study environment, and you refrained (or at least gave it a good effort!) from social media until after your homework was done!

If you still feel this way, then good for you!  Keep up the great work!

If you don’t feel this way, then it’s time to get back on track.  You’ve been recruited to the 411 Motivation Boot Camp!

In this boot camp, you are your own trainer, your own coach, your own drill sergeant because, when it comes down to it, motivation has to come from WITHIN yourself.  Sure, you can have your family, friends, co-workers, counselors, professors, and classmates cheering you on, but there is only so much that others can do to build your confidence.  You have to believe in yourself first!

Boot camp starts now!

Sign up for tutoring! (02/26/15)

We are all guilty of making up excuses to avoid something that we don’t necessarily want to do.  But, the truth is, sometimes what we don’t want to do is actually really good for us!  We just don’t ever know until we try.

So, with that said, what’s really your excuse about NOT signing up for tutoring?

EXCUSE:  Tutors are expensive!  There’s no way I am going to sign up for tutoring if I have to pay for help.

REALITY: Tutoring services at Sacramento City College are FREE.  You don’t have to pay any of the tutors to assist you…and you don’t even have to tip them at the end of your study session!  A simple “thank you” is enough.

EXCUSE:  Tutoring is only for students who are failing their classes.

REALITY:  Many students who seek tutorial services are actually making great progress in their classes because they take the time to review and understand information with their tutors.

EXCUSE:  Tutoring is time consuming.  I don’t have time in my busy schedule for tutoring!

REALITY:  Did you know that meeting with a tutor takes ONLY ONE HOUR A WEEK!  At the end of the week, students spend more hours watching television, texting on their cell phones, updating their Facebook profiles, and checking their email accounts!  In one hour of tutoring, you can learn important study skills, get help understanding assignments, and review new information learned in class.  Now, that’s an hour well spent!

EXCUSE:  No one uses tutoring at the start of the semester…there’s no need for it yet.

REALITY:  It is never too early in the semester to sign up for tutoring…don’t wait until you are struggling or feeling confused to seek help.  Tutoring is available at the start of every semester all the way until finals!

EXCUSE:  My tutor is going to drop me if I don’t get a 100% on my next exam even after all the help I have received.

REALITY:  Of course not!  Tutors can be one of your biggest supporters at SCC…they definitely want you to succeed and any progress that you make is a great accomplishment.  Tutors do not put any pressure on students nor do they make any judgments on your grades.  Tutors are here to help you!

EXCUSE:  But that tutor is just a KID!

REALITY:  So what if your tutor looks 15 years younger than you!  The fact still remains that your tutor has already successfully passed the class that you need help with and knows the subject matter well.  Have you ever heard of the phrase “Don’t judge a book by its cover?”  :)

So now that you have run out of excuses, click here for a list of tutoring services available at Sacramento City College!

Go to the Library! (02/24/15)

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 until you find what you are looking for.

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

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“Cash for College” event (02/19/15)

Need help with understanding and completing the FAFSA, Dream Act, and Cal Grant applications?

If so, attend the “Cash for College” event on Saturday, February 21st, at SCC!

Apply for a scholarship! (02/10/15)

Did you know that there are hundreds of dollars that are generously donated to the SCC scholarship fund every year?

These donors include former students, current staff, faculty, and administrators, community members, and local businesses who want to see SCC students achieve their educational goals.

But, sadly, many students don’t realize that scholarships are available and that everyone is encouraged to apply!

You are eligible to apply if…
1.  You have completed 12 units by the end of Fall 2014 at SCC
2.  You are currently enrolled in 6 units at SCC

Aside from that, you will need to submit a scholarship application, get two letters of recommendations, and search for scholarships that you qualify for!

Three’s the limit! (02/05/15)

Is “3” your lucky number?  We hope not…at least for the purposes of repeating courses!

In case you didn’t know it, students are only allowed to take a class three times.  But, here’s the thing…we DON’T want you to take a class three times…we DON’T even want you to take it twice.  We want you to successfully complete each class at the very first attempt!

So, here’s what happens:  Every time you receive a “W”, “D”, “F”, or “NP” for the same course within any Los Rios college, those will count towards your three attempts.

If you still need to take that course because it is absolutely required for general education or your major, you will have to take the equivalent of that course at another college OUTSIDE OF LOS RIOS, such as Sierra College in Rocklin, San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, or Woodland College in Woodland.  Unfortunately, you will not be able to enroll into that course for the fourth time at ARC, CRC, FLC, or SCC.

For this reason, it will be important to create a schedule that you can manage and commit to for the next 16 weeks.  Also, you will want to familiarize yourself with FREE services to help you succeed – such as the Math Lab, Writing Center, or Tutoring Center.  Lastly, always be aware of the deadline to drop classes (if needed) before receiving a “W” on your transcript.

Hey, stop messing around! (02/03/15)

Imagine that you are in class trying to listen to an important lecture and all you hear is gum-smacking, soda-slurping, and pencil-tapping from other students around you.

Annoying, isn’t it?

Unfortunately, turning around in your seat to give your classmates a dirty look won’t help – especially when they’re too busy to look up from texting!

As a college student, there are expectations from your professors and fellow classmates that you will behave in (and out!) of the classroom.  It’s not just about raising your hand or arriving to class on time; it’s also about being respectful, polite, and taking your education seriously.  No one wants to sit next to the person who is constantly falling asleep in class or taking selfies.

So, what exactly are unacceptable classroom behaviors?  Click on the box below to read more…

Where’s your syllabus?! (01/29/15)

If you’ve already lost your syllabus (and it’s only the SECOND week of the semester!), then you better find it…like now! 

At the start of the semester, all of your professors handed out a syllabus that was specific to each class.  The syllabus is an important document that will guide you through the semester; it will tell you which chapters to read, what homework assignments are due, and when exams will be given. 

Each syllabus will also contain details such as your professor’s contact information, class website or D2L, and office hours. 

While your professors are supportive of your success, losing your syllabus is NOT a reason for you to skip class, to miss an exam, or to stop reading your textbook.  (That excuse pretty much falls under the same category as “the dog ate my homework.”)  So, once you find your syllabus, smooth out the crinkles, and place it neatly into your binder.

And…don’t lose that binder!  :)