Spring Semester 2014

Tips to starting the semester off on the right foot (if you haven’t noticed  yet, theses are the same tips we put out each semester- the lesson: if you keep doing positive things, you will have positive results, even if it takes a while.):

  • Remember to sign up for tutoring at the Academic Success Center on your campus.
  • Remember that you should be checking your student email daily.  If you don’t have access to your email, you need to see the service center on your campus as soon as possible.
  • Stay organized!  Keep a calendar of all of your due dates and homework.  Keep all of your work for different classes organized and sorted.  Remember to keep every syllabus for every class.
  • Attend every class and stay ahead of the game.  Give yourself time to get to class (and find parking) on time, and make sure that you’re making your classes and your schoolwork a priority.
  • Keep your end-goal in mind.  The things that we have to do on a daily basis to be successful in college can be difficult if we don’t remind ourselves what our main goals are.  If you have a career in mind, remind yourself that going to class/doing your schoolwork/ reviewing your notes is something you can do today to help you get closer to that career.
Published in: on January 14, 2014 at 1:48 pm  Leave a Comment  

Welcome Back!

Welcome back to a fresh, new fall semester!  That right, I said fresh and new- meaning that this could be a great new start for you.  Maybe you need to adjust some things that weren’t quite working for you last semester/last year, or maybe you just have some ideas on how to make things better, or maybe you have new and higher goals.  Anyway you look at it, this could be a great semester- if you make it so! 

Tips to starting the semester off on the right foot: 

  • Remember to sign up for tutoring at the Academic Success Center on your campus.
  • Remember that you should be checking your student email daily.  If you don’t have access to your email, you need to see the service center on your campus as soon as possible.  
  • Stay organized!  Keep a calendar of all of your due dates and homework.  Keep all of your work for different classes organized and sorted.  Remember to keep every syllabus for every class.  
  • Attend every class and stay ahead of the game.  Give yourself time to get to class (and find parking) on time, and make sure that you’re making your classes and your schoolwork a priority. 
  • Keep your end-goal in mind.  The things that we have to do on a daily basis to be successful in college can be difficult if we don’t remind ourselves what our main goals are.  If you have a career in mind, remind yourself that going to class/doing your schoolwork/ reviewing your notes is something you can do today to help you get closer to that career.  

Good luck making this your best semester yet! 

Published in: on August 22, 2013 at 4:58 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Finals Tips

  • Review notes paying special attention to handouts or final exam study guides which may offer questions that are amazingly close to those on the exam itself.
  • Try to plan your study time- give more time to those subjects or materials that you don’t yet know as well- then just plan to review things that you remember well from the semester. 
  • Teach someone else. Helping someone in your class who may not understand the material will also help you retain the information.  Sometimes teaching is the best way to learn something- just make sure you really do know what you’re talking about.  Also, remember to make sure you’re using your time wisely- only help someone else if it doesn’t hurt you or take away time that you might otherwise need to finish a paper or study.
  • On rare occasions, some professors have been known to allow students to use their notes during a final hoping that your notes will then help you to better establish your own way of answering the question; make sure your notes are in good order just in case.
  • Be sure to eat before an exam- but not too much. You don’t want to find yourself distracted by hunger during a test, but you also don’t want to over-eat which can sometimes add to fatigue or sleepiness.
  • Protect your health and your attitude. Avoid negative people who act like they don’t care how they do on their finals- negative attitudes can be contagious (even if they’re faking it about not caring). A negative attitude is not something you want to come down with right before a final.  On the same note, be sure to take care of your health; you also don’t want to come down with a cold right before finals. 
  • Don’t panic.  Remember that most exams will have questions that most students find to be harder but also questions that students find to be easier.  If you feel like you’re not finding the “easier” questions, just take a breath, try to regroup and re-read the questions.  This may jog your memory and help you recall some of the information covered.
  • If you feel yourself getting bored, anxious, or distracted, be sure to take a few breaths, count to 10 and try to refocus. 
  • Make sure that once you’ve finished a paper or exam, you go over it (possibly more than once if you have time) to make sure that you find any mistakes.  If it’s an exam with problem based questions like those often found in math, you may want to actually work the problems backward with the answer that you’ve provided to be sure that the answer is correct. 
  • If you’re answering in essay form, be sure to restate the question in the first sentence of your essay. 
  • Write neatly.  Many teachers will make an answer wrong if they are not able to distinguish your writing. 

Good Luck!

Published in: on April 30, 2013 at 12:52 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Fall Registration Open Today!

Fall Registration begins today.  If you want to be sure to get the classes you need at the times that you want, you should register as soon as possible.

How to Prepare for Registration: 

1. Research what classes you still need to take for your degree by running your Degree Evaluation in NOW on your WVNCC Student Portal.  Your degree evaluation will tell you if “Yes” you have completed a requirement, or “No” you have not yet completed that requirement and need to take the course(s).

2. If you see courses that you still need to take, you can check to be sure that you have taken the prerequisites by looking at the course description in the back of the WVNCC catalog.

3. Review the list of classes offered in the Fall Semester (click on the linked picture below) and find the ones that you still need to complete:

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4. Put together a list of classes you’d like to take including: CRN #, Department code and number, credits, time and day (see example below)- and then email or take your list to your advisor to check (its a good idea to also let them see your degree evaluation if you have it handy).  If everything looks good, your advisor will give you your alternate pin # for the Fall Semester.

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5. Go online and register through NOW on the Student Portal.

Happy Registering!

Published in: on April 9, 2013 at 9:04 am  Leave a Comment  

Did you register for your Summer classes?

Registration for the Summer Term Classes at WVNCC has been open since mid-November.

How to Prepare for Registration: 

1. Research what classes you still need to take for your degree by running your Degree Evaluation in NOW on your WVNCC Student Portal.  Your degree evaluation will tell you if “Yes” you have completed a requirement, or “No” you have not yet completed that requirement and need to take the course(s).

2. If you see courses that you still need to take, you can check to be sure that you have taken the prerequisites by looking at the course description in the back of the WVNCC catalog.

3. Review the list of classes offered in the Summer Term (click on the linked picture below) and find the ones that you still need to complete:

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4. Put together a list of classes you’d like to take including: CRN #, Department code and number, credits, time and day (see example below)- and then email or take your list to your advisor to check (its a good idea to also let them see your degree evaluation if you have it handy).  If everything looks good, your advisor will give you your alternate pin # for the Summer Term.

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5. Go online and register through NOW on the Student Portal.

Published in: on March 29, 2013 at 3:55 pm  Leave a Comment  

Money Management

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Today is Valentine’s Day, but at WVNCC it is also federal financial aid refund disbursement day.  If you have grants or loans in excess of the cost of tuition and fees for WVNCC, and all of your financial aid paperwork/requirements have been met, you may receive a refund to your HigherOne card.

For many of our students, this means going from broke to having a substantial stack of cash.   But now what?  Chances are high that you’ve already thought of some ways to spend that money (some of you may have even spent it before you had it- which can be dangerous).  Remember that you can easily go through a large amount of money quickly without realizing it and on things that you may be able to do without.

Learn to recognize wants versus needs.   Separate things that you need first, and make sure your needs are met prior to spending on your wants.  Remember that children often think the words “want” and “need” mean the same thing; as adults, college students should recognize the difference.

You should also consider saving some money away in an emergency fund, so that when you have a surprise need, you can handle it.

Frugal Living Tips:

  • buy coffee or drinks at a grocery store and bring them to school with you rather than buying them from vending machines or the bookstore (where you’ll spend almost twice as much).
  • shop for clothes at thrift stores- you can find clothes to fit your style that cost much less than a store (think of it as clothes recycling!)
  • cut down on or quit smoking and drinking- not only will your health improve, but you’ll save a lot of money by quitting costly bad habits.
  • learn to cook your favorite foods so that you don’t have to eat out as often
  • walk or ride the bus instead of driving or taking a taxi (then you won’t have to worry about parking tickets!)
  • pay all of your bills on time so that you don’t get charged late fees
  • clip coupons
  • rent movies at the Redbox or Blockbuster $1 rental machines instead of spending close to $10 per ticket at the movie theater (where a popcorn and 2 drinks will cost more than $15)
  • bring your lunch to school with you instead of buying snacks in the bookstore/vending machine
  • be very careful when lending money to people (even friends and family)
Published in: on February 14, 2013 at 4:19 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Use your Resources

Be sure to visit the Student Success Center (Wheeling- on the 2nd floor of the B&O building/ New Martinsville- near the library/ Weirton- across from vending machines in the back lobby) for tutoring help with most classes.

Also, be sure to check out our Student Success Workshop series (some teachers may give extra credit for attendance). Click on the picture below for schedule details.

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To Withdraw or Not To Withdraw?

Did you know that if you withdraw from courses, you could potentially be risking your financial aid? Or worse, you could possibly have to pay a balance.  

If you are a financial aid student and you withdraw from classes, not only could your financial aid be partially forfeited, but you might also have a balance that you’d have to pay before being able to take classes again.  

Also, if you withdraw from or fail too many classes, your financial aid could be at risk due to a required 67% successful completion rate requirement. That means, if you are taking 4 classes, and you withdraw from or fail more than one, your completion rate may be under 50%. If you are a returning student, your completion rates actually started whenever you started college- even if it was years ago.  

We understand that sometimes, you must withdraw from a class- sometimes its your best option- but the only way for you to know if its the best thing for you to do is to talk to your advisor and the financial aid office prior to filling out the required withdraw forms or dropping classes in N.O.W.

(Please note that in order for you to officially “withdraw” from a class, telling your teacher, financial aid, or advisor is not enough- you must complete the official paperwork/requirements in N.O.W.) 

Published in: on January 25, 2013 at 9:12 am  Leave a Comment  
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Welcome to Spring Semester 2013!

Campus is buzzing this first week of the spring semester.  Please be sure to attend all of your current classes with books/supplies in hand.  If you have last minute questions regarding your schedule or financial aid, please be sure to stop by your campus service center today!

Remember that all WVNCC campuses will be closed Monday, January 21st and no classes will be held due to the federal holiday for the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Make sure that you’re continually checking your student email throughout the semester: https://student.mail.wvncc.edu/

Published in: on January 18, 2013 at 10:16 am  Leave a Comment  
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Bookstore Vouchers

Starting at noon today, registered spring semester students who have a financial aid overage will be able to use a book voucher in the WVNCC bookstores.  Students must have their WVNCC ID to purchase books/supplies.  If you do not yet have a WVNCC ID, be sure to bring a photo ID to your service center on your campus and have your picture taken for your WVNCC ID.  Students may use their temporary ID in the bookstore.

 

 

Published in: on January 9, 2013 at 11:14 am  Leave a Comment  
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