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Steps Toward Academic Success at Bryan

  • Attend class regularly. To do well, you need to be present when your classes meet.
  • Nurture your spiritual life. Take advantage of opportunities for growth through chapel, personal devotions, Practical Christian Involvement, and Student Life programs.
  • Organize your work. Use a calendar to track when assignments are due and tests are scheduled. Read carefully and understand the course syllabus for each class you take.
  • Practice time management. Develop a study plan that works for you. Use extra time between classes to begin homework or study for tests.
  • Learn Bryan’s policies and procedures. Information can be found on the web site, in the academic catalog, through the Registrar’s Office, and from your advisor.
  • Succeed in the classroom. Communicate with your professors, and let them know you’re motivated to do your best work in the class. Learn to adapt to the different styles and policies you will encounter. Do all assigned work (on time), sit near the front of the room, and participate in class discussions.
  • Take good notes. Listen carefully in class, and write down important information. If you have to miss a lecture, get a copy of the notes for that day.
  • Purchase required textbooks and read them carefully. It’s helpful to scan first, to get an overview. Then read the assignment, and review as needed.
  • Study with a view toward success. Find a good place to study. Plan carefully, and allow longer than you think you’ll need for assignments, tests, and papers.
  • Make good choices and decisions. Make sure your actions reflect well on your Christian testimony, the expectations of Bryan, and the College’s Honor Code (see the Student Handbook).
  • Ask for help when you need it. If you have a question or problem, talk to your instructor, your advisor, another mentor from the faculty or staff, or the Counselor (Office of Student Life). And remember, the consultants in the Academic Support Center are available to assist as well.
  • Prepare for your future. For vocational information, stop by the Career Services or speak with your advisor.
  • Try your best, always. A quality education is an investment in your future.

[Adapted from The College Planner, Woodburn Press, Dayton, Ohio. Used by permission.]