Manage College Life
- Differences between High School and College
- Manage Your College Career
- Increasing College Motivation
Study Skills and Learning Strategies
- Classroom Learning Tips | Note Taking, Listening, Participation
- Distance Learning Tips
- Reading and Memorization Techniques for College
- Study Tips for Specific Subjects
- How to Study Links, by Subject (scroll webpage to find)
- Study Tips for Your Learning Style, Optimize Your Study Environment, Improve Motivation
- Study Tips for Your Personality (based on Carl Jung theory and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator®)
- Estimate Your Personality Type (based on Carl Jung theory)
- Study Strategies for Learning Styles (from Felder and Soloman)
- Assess Your Learning Style – 44 Question Assessment
- Increasing Motivation to Study
- Test Anxiety and Test Taking Tips
- Writing and Research Tips
Managing Money, Procrastination, Stress, and Time
- Money Management for College Students
- Procrastination Management
- Stress Management
- Time Management
Ask for Help at MCC
- Communicating with Assertiveness
- Communication Skills in College
- Help at MCC
- Talk to your instructor. Ask about ideas for improvement or about on-campus free or fee-based tutoring options. If you need an adjunct faculty member’s contact information, call (815) 455-3700 and ask for the secretary for your class’ subject area.
- Enroll in a College Experience: MCC 102 – College Success Seminar (3 hr.) to improve your college reading and study skills.
- Sage Learning Center – free tutoring available in a group setting for specific subjects.
- Special Needs Support Services – free one-on-one tutoring and other accommodations are available for students who meet eligibility requirements.
- Academic Counseling – Discuss attitudes, lack of motivation or life issues preventing you from succeeding in your classes, and develop strategies for academic success.
- Attend a Student Success Workshop
- Find additional MCC Student Services
Mega Links for College Success
- Academic Center for Excellence from University of Illinois at Chicago
- Academic Success from Penn State
- How to Study.org
- Learning Strategies and Self-Assessments from Dartmouth College
- Test Taking Tips.com
- Khan Academy
- College Tech: 101 Indispensable Apps, Websites, Services and Resources for Students
Develop a good reputation among faculty and peers
The most effective job search method is networking. Networking means finding out about jobs through people you know and being recommended by others for a job. Your college days are a perfect time to get to know your instructors and others who could be working in the same career field as you some day. Try these ideas to develop a good reputation to help you with networking in the future:
- Meet with your instructors and ask them about the job market in your field, or ask them how you can do better in your class if you are struggling.
- Go to your classes and arrive on time. strive to do all of your coursework and complete it on time.
- Do your part when working with classmates on a group project, show an interest in other students and get to know them.
- Get involved in campus activities, join a student organization, volunteer in the community or participate in the campus Lead Program. Go to the Student Life office for more information.
- If you have a job while going to college, even if it’s not the kind of job you ultimately want, arrive on time, keep communication open with your employer, do the best work that you can while you’re on the job.
The people you get to know in college are often those who you can list as a reference when you're job hunting, so developing a good reputation will go far to help you in your career.
Gain relevant experience while going to college
Did you know that some employers say they would rather hire a person with a “B average” who has work experience than an “A student” who has no work experience? Having work experience is very valuable when looking for a new job. You can gain skills in the workplace that are different than the skills used in the classroom. Work experience helps you connect with people who can serve as a reference for you when you are searching for a job in the future. Experience related to your career field also helps you to confirm whether you like that career field. Remember work experience can involve paid employment, volunteer experience or even responsibilities in a student organization. Learn more about how you can gain valuable experience though:
- Work Study employment (on campus employment for those qualifying through financial aid)
- On or off campus employment.
- An internship. Visit Career Services, or if you are working on a career program at MCC, ask your program coordinator if an internship is available for your program.
- Volunteerism: talk to our Volunteer Coordinator about the type of experience you would like to do as a volunteer and get help finding volunteer opportunities.
- Involvement in a campus club or organization, or participate in MCC’s Leadership Education and Development LEAD Program
- Is working abroad or with people from other countries a consideration? MCC's Study Abroad program may give you valuable career-related experiences too. Link to:
Develop effective job search skills
Preparing for a job not only involves learning your coursework, gaining experience, and developing skills such as time management and interpersonal skills; preparing for a job after college also involves developing higher level job search skills. Job search skills involve knowing what kind of job to look for, preparing a résumé that will get an employer’s attention, knowing how to write cover letters, making a good impression during the job interview, learning how to find job openings, and planning a job search strategy.
Visit Career Services for more information.