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    Ten Tips to Succeed in College

    Entering a post-secondary, career-focused program that awards a degree or diploma is one of the best ways to gain entry into some of today's most challenging and exciting fields.

    But staying the course can be a real challenge, especially if you have family to take care of and a job to keep.

    Here are ten steps to keep in mind throughout the program:

    1. Plan for everything.   Get everything in down in writing, whether it's on your smart phone or one of those planning calendars that opens like a book. Write in your classes, along with other important things like your kids' birthday parties, dates, even your “me time!”
    2. Let your employer know your decision. Believe it or not, most employers are happy to hear that an employee is motivated to go back to school! So tell your supervisor. This can also help if you need to adjust your schedule to accommodate a class. And, some employers provide tuition assistance to their employees.
    3. Get to class and get there on time. You must attend each of your classes. Career colleges teach at a fast pace and missing classes is not an option.  It is very hard to play “catch-up” if you have missed classes.
    4. Talk to your instructors. Florida Career College instructors teach because they like to. It's ok if you're shy; they probably were at one time, too. They can help you with any special needs you have, and many have been known to arrange for Saturday labs and otherwise go the extra mile for students.
    5. Find “Study Buddies.” Talk to your fellow students, and ask for their emails and phone numbers to arrange for study groups. Studying with a group is a great way to review and discuss course material. The Education team at your Florida Career College campus can assist with providing tutors as well if you find you need a little more help.
    6. Think about your professional development. By letting your instructors know who you are—by attending class, being on time, and participating—you are doing a lot to let your instructors and fellow classmates notice you! Think about whether they would want to be job references. If you are an excellent student, chances are you would make for a great employee, too.
    7. Make sure you have reliable daycare. If you have children, make sure that any daycare you set up is reliable. If you go to school at night, remember that few childcare facilities are open at night. But some are open on weekends.
    8. Take care of yourself. Going to school is another job in itself. So take care of yourself. Get enough sleep and eat healthy food so that you stay healthy, too. Cut down on foods with lots of carbohydrates in them because they will make you sleepy.
    9. Budget for extra school expenses. Think about the other costs of going to school, such as gas or bus fare, snacks, calculators, etc.
    10. Keep your eyes on the prize! Your goal is to improve the quality of your life and your family's, too. Think about the rewards you will get when you graduate. Not only will you become a competitor the field you want, but you will have succeeded in gaining this diploma or degree through your own hard work. You'll be a real role model people can relate to. Think about all this whenever you're tempted to go out or watch TV instead of completing a class assignment.
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