Keys to Academic Success
Office of Career Services: The focus of this office is to support students throughout all stages of their career development and planning process. The staff is available to help you make decisions about your academic major, help you better understand career choices, and provide opportunities to learn skills needed to be successful in the job search process. If you would like to schedule an appointment with a staff member, need your resume reviewed, or would like to discuss internship opportunities, please visit the Office of Career Services website or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Academic Support Programs: The primary focus of Academic Support Programs is to assist you in improving your academic performance. Academic Support offers a wide range of free services and job opportunities.
Student Support Services: This federally funded TRIO program is designed to assist students who show potential for success in college but who need individual help and encouragement. Student Support Services facilitates adjustment to and success in college for the students it serves. You are eligible to apply to Student Support Services if you meet at least one of the following criteria:
- You have a documented physical or learning disability
- Neither of your parents has a four-year college degree (First Generation College Student)
- Neither of your parents has a four-year degree and are economically disadvantaged.
New Student Orientation: New Student Orientation (NSO) is an interactive experience which commences your educational journey at Indiana University East.
- Learn who you really are. The foundation for success is knowing who you are, what you stand for, and why you are the way you are. What are your values, your goals, your plans? Success is difficult if you don’t know the person with whom you are most intimate-yourself.
- Find and get to know one person on campus who really cares about your survival. One person is all it takes! That person might be your academic advisor, a professor, a mentor, or someone else who cares.
- Understand why you are in college. Why have you chosen to pursue an education at Indiana University East? Is it your decision or someone else’s? Why do you do the things you do in life?
- Set up a schedule and stick to it. Your time is precious. It’s up to you to decide how you’re going to divide your time among the academic, employment, family, and social aspects of your life.
- Don’t overdo it. There are only 24 hours in a day and 168 hours in a week. Strive for balance. All aspects of life often suffer if you try to be a full-time employee, a full-time student, and a full-time significant other and parent all at once.
- Assess and improve your study skills and habits. An integral part of success involves knowing your optimum learning style, taking good notes, being an efficient reader, doing well on tests, and developing top-notch writing skills.
- Select classes and professors that involve you in the learning process. Go for the opportuni- ties that allow you to actively participate because you will get more out of the classes and enjoy them more. Amazingly, this applies to making career choices too.
- Develop critical thinking skills. Challenge. Ask why. Look for unusual solutions to ordinary problems and ordinary solutions to unusual problems. Few answers are absolutely right or wrong in life, although some come closer to being “truthful” than others.
- Visit the Office of Career Planning and Placement early and often. This is a great campus resource to help you decide what types of careers interest you and answer the question , “What type of job do I really want?”
- Make one or two close friends among your peers. Few people can succeed without friends. Choose your friends for their own merit and not for what they can do for you. Remember, you become like those with whom you associate.
- Be assertive. Stand up for your rights in a way that respects the rights of others.
- Get involved in campus activities. There are many organizations for the enjoyment and benefit of students. Many of them can lead to the development of life-long vocational interests.
- Attendance, attendance, attendance. Show up for class. Show up for work. Show up for life. The old adage says that 95 percent of success is simply showing up.
These suggestions for success in college- and in life- are adapted from Your College Experience-Strategies for Success, edited by John Gardner and Jerome Jewler.