How to Succeed Overview- Online Summer Class


Congratulations! You got yourself to college and to this class! At De Anza College we are committed to your success. If you are willing to work hard, to be a serious student, and to reach out and get help where you need it, I am confident you can succeed not only in this class, but also in your entire college career. To help you succeed, the other tabs on this menu list a range of sources of support. Please check them out. And, immediately below, I want to draw your attention to 10 College Resources that will help you succeed:

  1. Use me (and/or our class's student mentors) as a resource for success. Come meet me in office hours, write me via email, or talk to me before and after class. Take advantage of our help.
  2. Use your class TAs/Student Mentors. They have a record of being successful in this class and they can help you figure out the right path for you to being successful in this class and in other areas of your academic life. Many TAs hold HELP SESSIONS where you can get extra credit too!!! Click on this link for the schedule and directions!  Being around other students who know how to be successful and who want to help you is probably the most important thing you can do to be successful as a student. 
  3. Use your familias and class partners. In this class we have intentionally structured it so that each student will have a relationship with at least one other student in the class to help them learn-- to talk about the content of the class as well as to think through the best learning strategies. Use each other for support!!! This is probably the second most important thing you can do to be successful. 
  4. Each student learns in a different way. All students can learn. Understanding your strengths and differences as a learner is critical. If you find that the traditional classroom is not working for you, it may be that we can accomodate your learning differences. Any student who feels s/he may need an accommodation based on the impact of a learning difference should contact me privately to discuss your specific needs. In addition, you can also be given formal help by De Anza College's Disability Support Services (DSS) at 408-864-8753; TTY 408-864-8748 or De Anza's Educational Diagnostic Center (EDC) at 408-864-8839. With appropriate documentation from the EDC, you can be given more time on tests and quizzes than what I normally allow. Get help figuring out how you best learn!
  5. PLAN FOR SUCCESS-- Make the time to study; know when your work is due; schedule your study time and deadlines like you would any other part of your life in which you want to be successful.  How much time to study? And, keep in mind that this is a 4-unit college level class. Go ahead and do a google search for this question-- "How many hours should I study per credit?"  You will find that the answers vary, but generally fall in between 2 and 3 hours per credit unit. While many students can pass the class, and even do well putting in less time, it would be wise for you to plan your schedule to have at least 6 hours of time on top of attending class. For online students, please add 4 units of online "attendance" into your calculation. For summer students, please double this calculation because of the shortened 6 week term.
  6. De Anza students now get the VTA "Eco Pass" with their registration. This pass allows you to take VTA anywhere it goes for no charge! Get your Eco Pass by clicking here!
  7. FINANCIAL AID is available for many students, not just the poorest students. If you have not applied for financial aid, I STRONGLY urge to you do so. It is NEVER too late to apply for at least some aid. Extra money in your pocket means you will have the resources to buy your books, pay your fees and devote more of your time to being a student instead of working to pay for your rent, food, and gas. The financial aid folks are very helpful. Talk to me about where to go.
  8. COUNSELING SERVICES are available to help you to plan for your education, to negotiate your way through the process and to support you if and when your life gets hard. The counselors and academic advisors can be your entry-point to almost all of the many services at De Anza designed to help you succeed. Talk to me about counselors I especially like.
  9. ACADEMIC SUPPORT SERVICES such as the Student Success Center (tutoring) , the Puente Project, the Educational Diagnostic Center, EOPS, the Honors Program, and others are designed to meet the specialized needs of our diverse student body. There is help available for EVERY SINGLE STUDENT at De Anza. Look at the list towards the end of this syllabus for a sample of some of these programs. Don't be a stranger. DO ask me for help.
  10. Finally, if you are a military veteran, please also be aware that there is a Veterans Center especially set up to help you make the transition back to school.

Again, we want to help you succeed. Please ask for help!