Tips from a Fellow Student

It is very important that you attend the first day of class. You will meet your professor, who will outline the course and present the requirements of the class. Some professors may use the first day for introductions, while others may start teaching course material right away. Either way, it is important that you are there to get the information.

What to bring on the first day of class:

  1. Something to write with
  2. A notebook/tablet of paper to write on
  3. Your textbook (if you’ve already bought it)
  4. Your printed class schedule

A TIP: CHECK TO MAKE SURE YOUR ARE ON YOU INSTRUCTORS ROSTER. Ask your instrcutor to make sure you are listed on the roster for their class. If you are not, it will be important to check with Admissions on your class status.

During the first meeting of the class, the professor will hand out a syllabus. A syllabus is a written agreement between you and your professor on what is expected from you, and how you will be evaluated for a grade in the course. It’s important to keep the syllabus and refer to it often for assignment deadlines and information. The first day of class is not too early to start studying. Manage your time wisely.

Tips for Success

Now that you’re about to begin classes at New Mexico State University- Alamogordo, here are some tips to help your experience at NMSU-A become a successful one.

  1. Go to Class

    Stick to the basics for college success: Attend every class session. Every time a class meets, something important happens. Material is taught, new assignments are given, the upcoming test is reviewed, updates are announced, etc… Though many think skipping a class here and there may seem like no big deal, you’ll be glad you didn’t when your grades are posted. Remember, you are responsible for your learning.

  2. Manage your time

    You should plan to spend about two hours doing homework for every credit hour spent in class. For example, if you are taking 12 credits (12 hours per week in class) this semester, plan to spend about 24 hours a week on homework outside of class. Of course, you may need to spend more, or possibly less, time than this on individual classes, but “two hours of homework for every one hour in class” is a commonly accepted rule for college success.

  3. Participate in class discussions

    Students who are actively involved in the classroom are often more successful at NMSU-A than those who aren’t. Speak up and share your thoughts. Ask questions. Getting involved in the class stimulates your mind and helps you remember important concepts.

  4. Visit with your instructors

    Take advantage of “office hours” or set up appointments to meet with your instructors. Let them know how the class is going. Getting to know them and allowing them to get to know you always helps the learning process. One of the biggest differences between high school and college is that in college you need to approach your instructor to ask for help.

  5. Register for classes early

    Early registration is the key to getting the classes you need! Many classes fill up early, and there’s no guarantee that once a class is full you will be able to get in. Also, some classes may be offered only once a year, so register at the earliest possible date.

  6. Make your drops official

    If you are registered for a class, but are unable to attend it, you must officially drop the class from your schedule. Failure to drop classes may result in a failing grade or may negatively impact your financial aid.

  7. Make an academic plan

    We strongly encourage you to create a long-range academic plan in partnership with your academic advisor. After you make your plan, be sure to study it and understand it. Your academic plan is your road map to success. Without it you won’t know which direction you need to follow, so make sure that you hold onto it and bring it with you each time you meet with an advisor.

  8. See your academic advisor often

    Degree requirements at NMSU-A can change, so keep in touch with your academic advisor who is the expert in guiding students through your program. Ask the Academic Advising Center, in Student Services, if you are unsure who your academic advisor is.

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