Tips to Being Successful at CSM
Take advantage of StartSmart orientations and services.
Prepare your semester schedule carefully.
Plan for approximately six to nine hours independent study and/or project preparation time weekly for each three-credit college course. To complete a degree in approximately two years, you will need to take 15 credits a semester.
Register for one or more of the following classes as a valuable investment to your personal success:
- STU-1010 - College Success Skills
Learn skills in decision-making, goal-setting, time-planning, communication, test preparation, and more to help you succeed throughout your college career.
- STU-1030 - Study Skills Lab
Improve your study skills and develop an active approach to your education by understanding and adapting to various teaching styles and coursework.
- STU-1050 - Career Decision Making and Life Planning
Explore career options and learn decision-making, goal-setting, and planning skills to help you set and reach your career goals.
- STU-1070 - Approaching Math Positively
Learn techniques to reduce anxiety and improve your math study skills.
- STU-1090 - Transfer Preparation
Learn the information, resources, and tools necessary to select a degree or major, and successfully transition from CSM to a four-year college or univeristy.
Attend all class meeting times.
Be an active class participant and ask for appropriate help from faculty.
Utilize CSM Student Services resources.
Refer often to class syllabi and my.CSMD online services to stay informed of upcoming deadlines, responsibilities, and status.
Create a support network to include other CSM students, your family and friends, your employer, and CSM faculty and staff who will provide you personal encourageemnt, study partners, and advice.
How to Prepare for an Advising Appointment
- Is it your responsibility to be familiar with academic policies, procedures, and requirements.
- Before your appointment, review the CSM catalog for general college information, academic programs, and course descriptions.
- Catalogs are available online or a printed copy can be obtained at all Student Services offices.
- Prepare a list of questions or concerns and a tentative schedule before your meeting.
- Bring something to write on and something to write for your meeting notes.
- If you do not understand a policy or procedure, ask your advisor questions until you do understand.
- Make decisions. An advisor will present you with options, but you must make the decisions for your future.
- Know the academic calendar. Do not miss deadlines.
- Set up appointments with your advisor well in advance of registraton deadlines.
- Review your transcript. It is your responsiblity to verify that your transcript is accurate and up-to-date.
Steps for a Successful Transfer
- Start planning your first semester! Select a program of study and narrow your transfer schools before you choose your class schedule to ensure your credits transfer seamlessly!
- Maintain the highest GPA possible to allow yourself the widest range of options.
- Ask yourself "What am I looking for in college? Location? Size? Major?"
- Consider the institutional requirements, costs, and financial assistance.
- Research and visit schools that you are interested in.
- Submit your application and transcript, and check the catalog and application packet of each school for specific deadlines. Stay ahead of the applications deadlines, particularly when applying to selective programs.
Job Search Assistance
CSM Career Service staff recommend the following online sites for job searches: