Are you …
- Concerned about your academic progress?
- Having difficulty in any of your classes?
- In need of assistance with study skills (note taking, memory, reading, test taking)?
- Facing personal issues that are affecting your academics?
- Finding it hard to balance school, work and personal life?
- Struggling with getting it all done (time management)?
- Unsure of what to major in?
If the answer is yes to any of these questions, then, come visit the MxCC Student Retention Services office! I am here to help all MxCC students start and continue their college career on the right path … and to offer support along the way. Students who have used my services say…
“I was having personal issues that were affecting my academics. The Retention Specialist provided me with some referrals in my community that helped get my life back on track. Now I’m doing much better in college.” – returning MxCC student
“The Retention Specialist provided me with tools that helped improve my time management skills. Being a single mom, working and going to school doesn’t seem as overwhelming.” – returning adult MxCC student
“As a new college student and the first in my family to go to college I felt nervous. Someone recommended I meet with the Retention Specialist. They helped me with my transition into college by teaching me study skill techniques and ways to be successful in college. This helped calm my nerves.” – new first generation MxCC student
“She cares; I appreciate that she checks up on me” – an advisee
“I remember you said that at Orientation; I wish I had listened….” – a continuing student
“Thank you so much for all your help, your kind words and encouragement, and most of all, for listening.”
“Thank you for all your help this semester and believing in me.”
“Thanks so much for helping me with this process. You were of great help and made this whole process a lot easier to understand and go through. I can’t thank you enough.” – an MxCC graduate
To make an appointment, please contact:
Office Location: Founders Hall, Room 121 (Career Development and Counseling Center) & Meriden Center, Room 104
- Check out the CollegeInfoGeek.com website. Thomas Frank has amazing videos, podcasts, blog posts, tools and resources to help college students! Read his free book, “10 Steps To Earning Awesome Grades (while studying less).” The CIG knows the best apps to use too!
- For helpful study guides and tips, click here and here.
- For Subject Specific Study Sites, click here.
- For College Success Tips Video Library, click here.
- collegelife.about.com – A broad set of college life categories of short articles. For example: “Should I Be Withdrawing from a class?” Article topics you can’t easily find elsewhere. Categories include: Handling the workload, Choosing Your Academic Path, Interacting with Professors, Overcoming Challenges Along the Way, Finding Balance….
- Not being as productive as you can be? Give yourself a tune-up. Assess your Study Skills: www.studyingforcollege.com
A great tool! Easy to Use. Extremely useful.
- The Eisenhower Matrix – Important/ Urgent Time Management tool www.eisenhower-matrix.com
- BUSINESS STUDENTS: Business Degree Guide & College Resource – has study resources with video instruction, over 80 video lectures on leadership, fundraising, sales & more, (very cool) business books for students and an updated ranking of online business schools. An in-depth resource!
- Mindtools: Essential skills for an excellent career
- www.intelligent.com: Expert Guides on how to study for college
- GOOD TO KNOW
- MONEY QUESTIONS
- MAKING THE GRADE
- MAKING FRIENDS
- https://www.umassd.edu/fycm/goalsetting/resources/smartgoals/ Info and template for college students
Calculating your GPA
The grade point average is a numeric representation of your cumulative performance at MxCC. To calculate your GPA, multiply the grade point for each course, add up all the resulting grade point totals and divide by the total number of credits. For example, in one semester you take five 3-credits courses and receive an A, B+, B, C+, and C. To calculate your semester GPA, multiply each grade point by the number of credits: (A) 4.0 x 3 = 12.0 (B+) 3.3 x 3 = 9.9 (B) 3.0 x 3 = 9.0 (C+) 2.3 x 3 = 6.9 (C) 2.0 x 3 = 6.0 Total = 43.8 Divide the total 43.8 by 15 credits (total credits for the semester) = 2.92 semester GPA.
- Raise your GPA calculator: http://back2college.com/raisegpa.htm
Your Syllabus: Learn to Love It
The Grade Tracker tool allows you to keep track of your grades so you know exactly how you are doing in your classes. It is also a way to help you be proactive and reach out for help when you receive a poor grade. There are many ways to reach out for help at MxCC a few would be setting up a meeting with your professor, using our free tutoring or meeting with our retention specialist.
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Sample Grade Tracker
Semester @ A Glance Calendar
This time management tool allows you to see the whole semester. Students input their syllabus/work assignments for each class and record due dates of all assignments. This allows you to see the big picture and plan ahead.
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Sample Semester Glance
- Take a snapshot of your study habits by completing this short study assessment here.
- Tips For Successful Students
- U.S. News & World Report Professors’ Guide: The 15 Habits of Top College Students
Tips For Catching Up
How To E-mail Your Professor
Support at MxCC
Academic Advising at MxCC
Get to know your advisor! All MxCC students are assigned a faculty advisor who helps students make an “Academic Plan” of the best course selections for his or her degree. This is a huge resource for students! (You can find out who your advisor is by logging on to your myCommNet account. Once logged on click on Banner Self-Service >Student Records >View student information>select the term Spring 2016 only>Scroll down to primary advisor.)
Academic Advising Week is a time for all students to schedule meetings with their advisor to discuss their progress at MxCC, career focus and transfer potential, course schedule for the following semester… and more. Sign-up sheets are posted at least one week prior to Advising Week.
Career Development and Counseling Center
The Career Development and Counseling Center provides comprehensive career, academic, transfer and guidance services for all MxCC students. Professional counselors are available to assist students with wide range of questions and concerns throughout their academic careers.
The Center is located in Founders Hall, Room 121. Click Career and Transfer Planning on the MxCC web site to learn more about our services. Students also are encouraged to stop by the office or call (860) 343-5826 to schedule an appointment. If you would like an appointment at the Meriden Center please call (203) 608-3050 or stop in the Administration Offices in Meriden.
Work-Study may be awarded as part of a student’s financial aid package. The Federal and CAP Work program provides funds for students to be employed while enrolled, at least half-time per semester, in an eligible program of study. Students may gain part-time work experience through employment opportunities at the Middletown campus, Meriden Center, or through Community Service Program (off campus). For additional information please contact the Financial Aid Office at (860)343-5741 or visit them in Founders Hall, Room 132. If you would like an appointment at the Meriden Center please call (203) 608-3050 or stop in the Administration Offices in Meriden.
MxCC Foundation Scholarships are given out each spring. Eligible students must apply to be considered. To view the scholarships applications and get more information please visit the foundation’s website. The application form lists criteria and required materials that must accompany a completed application.
Jean Burr Smith Library
Welcome to the MxCC Library
Military and Veterans Support
The Veteran’s OASIS Center is located in Chapman Hall, Room. It is open Monday-Thursday 9a.m.-8p.m., Friday 9a.m.-4:30p.m., and Saturday 9a.m.-1:30p.m. For additional information please contact, Peter Galgano at (860)343-5797 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students interested in applying for veterans’ benefits should contact the Records Office at (860)343-5724.
MxCC Academic Success Center
The Academic Success Center provides academic support including free one-on-one tutoring, or group tutoring, a library of academic and skill-building resources, and placement testing.
We also help students set up an account for free, 24-hour online tutoring in math, writing, accounting, biology, chemistry, and anatomy and physiology, through www.eTutoring.org. This service also will review student papers (usually returned within 24 hours) during the fall and spring semesters.
Our computers with various applications are available for student use during our regular office hours.
Visit us in Chapman Hall, Room 711 on the Middletown campus, (860) 343- 5770; or, in the Administration Offices on the Meriden campus, (203) 608-3050.
MxCC Computer Labs
The MxCC Computer Labs are located in Wheaton Hall, Room 305, Snow Hall, Room 412, and Jean Burr Smith Library on the Middletown campus, and in Rooms 404 and 407 on the Meriden campus. These labs are available to any student who has an active NetID and password, and provide access to current versions of software that are used in courses taught at the college including word processing, graphic design, multimedia, programming, accounting, and computer aided drafting (scanners are available in Snow Hall). Check with the Help Desk at (860) 343-5711 for current hours.
The Student Activities Office brings fun, enrichment and involvement to the MxCC campus! The office works with the Student Senate, campus clubs and organizations to assist in the administration and planning of co-curricular activities designed to enhance the classroom experience and to provide opportunities for student leadership development.
Student Retention Services
This service assists students who need one-on-one attention while enrolled at the college and those struggling with issues that could interfere with their attendance and/or progress at the college.
Support for Students with Disabilities
MxCC students who may require special accommodations should contact the Office of Disability Support Services at (860) 343-5879. Students are also encouraged to disclose their disability to the Dean of Learning and Student Development at (860) 343-5866 upon notification of admission to the college, so that our support staff is able to provide appropriate assistance.
MxCC is fortunate to be located in towns that provide exceptional community services. Please feel free to contact any service for support you may need. We are happy to make the first call for you, if necessary.