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Student Success Did you know? Afsaneh Nahavandi , Ph.D. Associate Dean, University College Applied Learning Technologies Institute Arizona State University  Last updated 08-20-07 Definition of Student Success The Basics… Good grades 

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student success

Student Success

Did you know?

Afsaneh Nahavandi, Ph.D.

Associate Dean, University College

Applied Learning Technologies Institute

Arizona State University 

Last updated 08-20-07

definition of student success
Definition of Student Success

The Basics…

  • Good grades 
  • Staying in college and graduating on time

There is more…

  • Social adjustment and connecting
  • Physical and psychological well-being
  • Balance
  • Many other elements
how is college different from high school
High School

Mandatory and usually free

Highly structured environment with many rules

Time structured by others

Teachers and parents remind you of deadlines and priorities

Some homework; limited studying outside of class

Spend a set amount of time in class; 6 hours of a day, 30 hours a week

Set curriculum and limited choices of classes


Voluntary and costs money

Unstructured environment with few rules

Students manage their own time

Students manage deadlines and priorities on their own

Homework and extensive studying outside of class

Variable class times, typically between 12 to 15 hours a week in class

Many choices for students to make up their own schedule with some advice

How Is College Different from High School?
keys points
Keys Points
  • You are responsible for your own success!
  • Take charge
  • Review your schedule
start with planning
Start with Planning
  • Study success equation:

1 hour in class = 2-3 hours outside of class

  • You need to balance studying and school with the rest of your life
  • Time management is essential

Pause narration.Use the schedule grid you have already completed and fill out Time Estimate Grid, available on the course site under Student Success.When you complete the grid, restart narration.

estimating your time
Estimating your Time
  • Review your weekly time result
  • What does the number tell you?
  • Typical excuses people use:
    • I am much more efficient than most people, I can work faster
    • I can study less than the recommended 2-3 hours and I’ll be fine
    • I did much more in high school and did just fine!
    • I don’t really need 6 hours of sleep
    • I can eat on the run….
    • Others?
tips for success
Tips for Success
  • Go to class!
  • Keep the syllabus for every class handy and review it often
  • Go to class prepared
  • Review material often
  • Listen actively in class and participate
  • Turn your assignments in on time
  • Get to know at least one other student in each of your classes
tips for success10
Tips for Success
  • Visit your instructors during their office hours
  • Find a good space to study
  • Get help when you need it, quickly
  • Ask questions if you are confused
  • Get to know the campus
  • Join a club or a group
  • Work no more that 15-20 hours; look for on-campus employment
  • Take the time to be a student!
asu resources for student success
ASU Resources for Student Success
  • Your ASU 101 instructor
  • Your academic advisor
  • The college success courses in many colleges
  • The provost web page with advice and link to resources:
  • University link with links students typically need:
tutoring at asu
Tutoring at ASU
  • On the Downtown campus
  • On the Polytechnic campus
  • On the Tempe campus
    • for general tutoring in all disciplines
    • help with writing
    • for help with math
  • On the West Campus
getting involved at asu
Getting Involved at ASU

Find out more about the many ways you can connect to other students and get involved through clubs and student organizations at ASU

  • Student Organizations:
  • Events and meetings at ASU:

  • Student Life: