TRANSITIONING INTO BCC. [Adjusting to College]
Transitioning into college is exciting and also, at times, nerve-wracking. Here's some insider info to help you.
Did you know that ...
- The structure of your classes will vary? Some may be lecture based, some may contain labs, and some may even involve the use of computers. Be prepared to be flexible and adapt to each new setting.
- Attending class and being on time are exceptionally important? Sounds obvious, right? Plan to arrive to your classes before they start so that you may settle in and be prepared for the lecture. Timeliness connects with responsibility - it is up to you to obtain materials from sessions you may have missed.
- Learning doesn't occur just in the classroom? Yes, your learning will occur within theclassroom setting, but you must also spend time outside of the classroom learning. For every hour in class, expect to spend 2 - 3 hours reading, studying, writing papers, etc. (Hint: Keep a planner and write everything down. Get one for free in the Commonwealth College Center (G Bldg) on the Fall River Campus or in the Enrollment Center at the Attleboro Center and New Bedford Campus.)
- BCC is home to many, many amazing resources? Avail yourself of the services provided (many of which are listed throughout this virtual orientation). Our faculty and staff are trained specifically to help you succeed, but it is up to you to take that first step and make contact with them.
- Grading policies vary? Just as you will need to manage your time well and be an active, engaged student, you are also responsible for the outcome of your efforts - your grades. Familiarize yourself with the grading policies for each of your classes. Often they are contained within the syllabus the instructor provides you.
As you prepare to embark on your journey at BCC, here are some supplies you may want to have as you start your classes.
What Do I Need? ...
- Computer. Many students ask about the type of computer they will need, Windows or Mac? Laptop or Desktop? Generally speaking, this decision may be based on your personal preference. BCC has many computer labs available for student use, too.
- Textbooks. Once you have selected your classes, it is time to head to the bookstore. It is recommended that you purchase books prior to the beginning of the semester. Check out the BCC Bookstore for additional information.
- Notebooks. Students find that having a notebook is helpful for keeping track of their notes. It is recommended that you have a notebook for each class so that you can remain organized.
- Folders/Binder. Your instructor will likely, at some point in the semester, give you handouts that you will need to reference. Having folders or three ring binders for each class will allow you to file these handouts.
- Calendar. A planning calendar is a useful tool for managing all of your student and personal responsibilities. The Office of Student Engagement makes a planner available, within the Student Handbook. Hard copies are available in the Commonwealth College Center (G Bldg) on the Fall River Campus or in the Enrollment Center at the Attleboro Center and New Bedford Campus. They are also available online in PDF format - for all students, at no cost.
- Pens, Pencils, Highlighters, Calculator, etc. An important part of being a college student is coming to class prepared and that includes the simplest of items such as pens, pencils and highlighters. If you are in a math or science class, you may want to consider purchasing a calculator (though waiting until the first day of class is a good idea, as there may be a specific type of calculator that you will need).