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					                        H ow t o S u c c e e d
                      i n E n gl i s h C l a s s e s
                at Oakland Community College

                   H e r e ’s W h a t Yo u N e e d t o D o :

 KNOW what you’re getting into
 REALIZE the importance of English studies
 ORGANIZE your time, DO your work, and PLAN ahead
 ATTEND class and PARTICIPATE regularly
 MAINTAIN a clear focus and positive attitude
 ASK for help
 INFORM yourself! READ, WRITE, THINK and REFERENCE helpful materials.


K N O W w h a t y o u ’ re g e t t i n g i n t o

    College English classes differ from high school English classes.
    Compared to past classroom experiences, college English
     classes are often more demanding in terms of time, effort and
     level of challenge.
    Students in college English classes must make an honest
     commitment to reading, writing and thinking.

REALIZE the importance of English studies

    Students use knowledge and expertise gained through English
     studies in all college classes and throughout their
     lives. All thoughts require organization.
    Good communication skills are necessary in school,
     on the job and at home.
    Strengthening reading, writing and thinking skills improves self
     confidence.
    English studies encourage creativity.

ORGANIZE your time, DO your work and PLAN ahead

    Schedule English classes with your strengths and weakness in
        mind.
       Follow the course’s tentative schedule and come to every class
        prepared.
       Complete all work as scheduled, or even better ahead of
        schedule.
       Read all assignments in a timely manner.
       Reread!
       Start thinking and prewriting for papers early.
       Revise!
    Don’t procrastinate!

                                 Ask me to show the
                                corresponding video I
                                 made in 2006 in the
                                      classroom.
                               Hear students peers share
                                     these truths!


AT T E N D c l a s s a n d PA RT I C I PAT E e n t h u s i a s t i c a l l y

       Aim to attend every single class meeting.
       Don’t miss class unless absolutely necessary.
       Take full responsibility for catching up if absent.
       In a writing class, always write!
       Record observations and take notes every class meeting.
       Listen attentively to instructors and classmates.
       Volunteer to take part in class discussions thoughtfully and
        regularly.
       Be responsible: read and reread all handouts!
       Follow the Student Code of Conduct.



M A I N TA I N a c l e a r fo c u s a n d p o s i t i v e a t t i t u d e

    When polled in Winter 2006 about achieving success in college
        English classes, over and over Oakland Community College
        students taking Academic Literacy and Composition courses
        replied, “Keep an open mind!” and take English classes
        “seriously.”
       One student suggested not to view English as a “burden” but
        as “enjoyment.”
       Be ready to work hard throughout the semester.
       Don’t be afraid! As one student explained, “Stay optimistic!”
       Keep in mind that effort always pays off in an English class.

A S K fo r h e l p

       If you encounter problems, go to your instructor first.
       Utilize instructor’s office hours and contact information.
       Students may be able to establish a professional relationship
        with instructors during office hours, before and after class,
        over the telephone, through e-mail, via instructor websites or
        Blackboard/Educator online services. Check syllabus for
        details.
       Seek tutoring and attend Success Seminars in the ASC.
       Ask librarians for help with search terms and other research
        questions. They want to help!
       Work with classmates outside of class.
       Join or form study groups.
      Always obtain contact information from a few other reliable
       students in class.

INFORM yourself!    READ, WRITE, THINK and REFERENCE helpful
     materials

      Read newspapers. The Detroit Free Press, The Detroit News,
       The Oakland County Press, The New York Times and a world
       of newspapers are available free through the OCC Library.
      Read magazines and journals. Hundreds of titles are available
       in hardcopy and free online through the OCC Library. Spend
       time reading print and online publications to be up-to-date
       with current events.
      Read books: choose fiction and/or nonfiction; follow personal
       and professional interests.
      Write publicly: college applications, resume cover letters, letters
       to the editor, editorials, narrative essays, arts reviews, research
       articles, fiction, poetry, plays, screenplays . . .
      Write privately: family stories, diaries, journals, personal letters.
      Use the Oakland Community College Library regularly.
      Listen to news and information sources such National Public
       Radio (NPR), WDET 101.9 in the Detroit area.
      Watch PBS Public Television and other educational
       programming.
      Attend concerts, speeches, museums, talks, author readings,
       performances, debates.


                     FILL YOUR WALLET              OF

       C U LT U R A L C U R R E N C Y

       S o y o u ’ ll h av e mo re
                   to say when you
                   speak and write!

				
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