Cycle your way to Academic Success
With the Tour de France in the “not too distant” past, let’s take a moment to align characteristics of a strong cyclist to those of a strong student.
It’s all about doing today what will prepare you for a better life tomorrow.
The first part to being a successful rider is to get on the bike.
There are no real shortcuts to becoming a better cyclist—you simply have to get on your bike.
The first part to being a successful student is is to take a seat in the class.
Material presented and explored in class is not a duplication of what you’ll read online or in your text book. If you miss the class, you miss essential information… plus you’ll miss the opportunity to work with and learn from your classmates. Attend all classes and use this time as optimal learning moments.
The second part to being a successful student is is to be engaged.
A cyclist will get nowhere if they are just sitting on their seat, they have to spin their peddles. The same holds true for students. Simply sitting in class for 12-18 hours a week isn’t enough…you must be an attentive, engaged and keen participant.
Try this today:
- Lead by reading the chapter of the day and outline before going to class, this aids in understanding and enhances classroom participation. This is a neat twist to simply coming to class, waiting for info to be imparted upon you. Instead come with a bank of knowledge that you can build upon in class.
- Think about key ideas, formulas and scenarios that will be presented.
- Come with a curious mind and a penchant for exploratory/discovery learning.
- Take abbreviated notes. Free yourself from the burden of taking down every word in class. Record essential points, signal words and essential concepts. To get more info and tools for effective Note taking, visit our ASC page.
- Summarize your notes in a different format within 24 hours. Think of connections & applications to promote your learning.
- Focus 100%. If you are mindful in class, you won’t have to relearn the info on your own. Use class time as a type of study opportunity.
- Talk with your instructors, EA’s or peers if you have questions or ideas, over-exposure yourself to great info.
- Never leave the class thinking the exact same way you entered.
There is so much more to attending class than just finding your seat. Try the above strategies and see how your academic life is enhanced, challenged & enjoyable. And, after class, take your bike out for a spin during these warm fall days!
Sumitted by Dayna Graham, Adult Learning Facilitator at the Academic Success Centre
Paths to Success is a student success initiative targeted to helping first year students connect with supports and services that will help them succeed and excel in their studies. The initiative is now in it’s ninth year and it is expected to engage almost 2,000 students this year.
Use Academic Supports
The College offers many academic resources for students, though the most valuable ones are often your instructors and fellow students. The College has an Academic Success Centre which offers individual and group tutoring to help students with their studies as well as Online Resources.
The Library also has a lot of great online research guides for specific programs – you should see if they have one for your program.
Participate in Student Events and Meet Friends
The Red River College Students’ Association hosts many events to get to know other students. The Aboriginal Student Centre and the Diversity and Immigrant Student Support Department also host regular events for students at the College. The College also has a LGBTT Initiative that you might be interested in learning more about.
Be Active, Reduce Stress
Many students find College to be overwhelming and stressful. Staying physically active and eating well are two common ways that people use to manage stress. Find out what recreational services are available at the College. The College also provides Health Services to students, with some valuable information on ways to reduce stress and be healthy.
If you need Help, Talk to Someone
Personal Counselling Services are available to College students at no charge. Counsellors can help students manage concerns such as stress, anxiety, depression, abuse, and family or relationship problems. Counsellors also help students with a disability access a range of educational support services. The College also has two Elders-in-Residence who are available to speak with both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students, as well as a counsellor to speak with Aboriginal students who need someone to talk to.
Preparing for a Career
The College offers Employment Services to current students and recent graduates, such as job postings targeted specifically to RRC students. The College hosts a Career Fair in the spring to connect students with employers. There are also opportunities for students to work as a tutor. The Student Awards and Financial Aid office has information on Student Loans and awards.
Good luck discovering your own Path to Success!
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Good luck with your studies!