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Be a Student Success

A group of CNM faculty members decided to figure out what made a student an "A" student. This is what they found.

Ask yourself, Do you want to be an "A" student? Here's a start:

  • Identify which of these behaviors you're not currently exhibiting and think about how you can adapt.
  • If you have trouble staying focused in class, sit closer to the board.
  • If you do not understand everything you're reading, start your assignments earlier in order to allow time to re-read and ask questions.

"A" Students

  • Turn in all work, including when absent. These students did not skip more than one daily assignment and turned in rough drafts for every paper.
  • Attend class. On average, "A" students do not miss more than two classes a semester. Most miss none.
  • Read thoroughly and repeatedly. To get an "A," you'll need to use the assigned questions as a guide for deeper engagement with the text, not as a chore to get through.
  • Look up answers to their questions. "A" students are intellectually curious and see assignments as opportunities to know more about a subject.
  • Talk with instructors during office hours. Last semester, 80% of "A" students met with the instructor at some point out of class, vs. about 15% of non-"A" students.
  • Are always prepared. They are familiar and comfortable with the course syllabus. They preview course material before the instructor goes over it in class. When they have a question, they ask the instructor and other students. They never come to class and say, "Yeah, I didn't understand so I didn't do it."
  • Focus in class. None of these students was ever asked to stop talking or texting. They take notes and ask questions.
  • Are responsible for their own work; they take ownership of their actions and are independent adults.
  • Are self motivated. They want do well for their own satisfaction.
  • Use all available resources to succeed such as tutoring services, study groups, supplemental review materials and Achievement Coaches. They seek help sooner than later.

Earning the grade you want is a challenge, so set your goals accordingly.