Fall 2010 |
When it comes to being a successful college student, good habits matter.
As instructor Sandy Wiebold notes, "If you are not an effective reader when
you come to college, you are in trouble."
One of the most important tips for college students: go to
class. Keeping up attendance is key to academic success.
It turns out a good many high school graduates are not ready for
college-level courses. Only about half the students across the country who
take the ACT are ready to read at the college level, according to a 2005
MCC is helping students achieve success in college through courses
that prepare students for college-level learning. High school students from
the Masonic Eastern Star Home for Children in Fremont are among students
honing their study skills in MCC's College Success Strategies course at the
Fremont Area Center. The class focuses on "learning how to learn," as Masonic
Home Executive Director Ron Giesselmann puts it. Students practice time
management, goal setting and critical and creative thinking. They discover
their learning style and how to strengthen those styles to fit the college
Students in Wiebold's class boost their reading comprehension skills by
practicing the SQ3R reading method—skim the passage, ask questions,
read at your own pace, recite key themes and review. They also practice
active listening, note-taking and test-taking across various academic
disciplines. The goal is to prepare students to meet the demands of
college-level assignments. Prepared readers will be able to keep up with
their college workload, gain more from class and, in turn, graduate on
"To us, it is as if we are sending kids to driver's ed," Giesselmann
said. "We think it is just as important to teach youth how to be successful
in college as it is to teach them how to be good drivers."
College Success Strategies is offered at all MCC locations. In addition,
MCC is reaching out to high school students in a number of ways to help them
prepare for college. Through MCC's CollegeNOW! program, high school students
receive half-price tuition for any MCC class. Students earn credits that
transfer to Nebraska's four-year institutions while jumpstarting their
transition to college. For more information, visit