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Student Learning Success Toolbox: Getting Started

A guide to library resources and student services at Austin Community College

How do I get started?

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Getting Started: the 10 Minute Rule

Having trouble getting started? 

  • Divide your work into small steps
  • Make yourself work for 10 full minutes

You will find yourself working for longer than 10 minutes before you know it!

Motivation

You don't have to feel motivated - you can start anyway!

Waiting 

You spend lots of  time waiting in line, waiting for your friends, waiting for your family!

  • Carry around a book or some  readings
  • Listen to recorded lectures 
  • Record notes on your phone while you study and listen to them while you are waiting

Commuting

You probably spend 5 to 10 hours a week in a car or bus.

Use that time :

  • Read on the bus. Even 5 minutes and a couple of pages work out to hours and books.
  • Listen to recorded notes or lectures 

Between Classes

What are you doing with the blocks of time between classes? Find a quiet spot on campus where you can work comfortably.

Great places to study on any ACC Campus:

  • Library
  • Library Group Study Rooms
  • Learning Lab Group Study Rooms
  • Learning Lab 
  • Outdoors when the weather is nice
  • Seating areas all over campus
  • Empty classroom

Procrastination

40% of college students say procrastination is a problem. Do you cram before tests or deadlines?

Why do we procrastinate? Procrastination may how you cope with stress. 

Try these tips:

  • If your to-do list is too long, try making a "one-item list": re-write the top item from your list at the top of a blank page and work the task to completion, then repeat
  • Do something everyday on your homework or readings - don't save it all to do over the weekend
  • Write your deadlines on a calendar and tape it to your bathroom mirror

 

Back to School Tips for Adults

The Road to Success is Committment

Key Resources

Tips for Making it Through the Semester

Oprah Winfrey Motivational Speech

Motivation


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