Here are some suggested strategies to be successful:

  • Meet with a counselor for academic advisement prior to registering.
  • One credit equals one hour of lecture; One lab credit equals up to 3 hours labwork.  Enroll in coursework you intend to complete with consideration to working hours, personal obligations at home or to other family members, and transportation needs.  
  • Review Cost of Attendance for either at-home or off-campus expenses.  Consider financial cost to attend, including housing, books, and supplies that you will need.
  • Expect at least two hours of study outside class for every hour of class time.  A full-time (12 credit) student should allow 24+ hours of study time per week to be successful.  Be realistic about the number of courses you can devote study time.  
  • Drop within "drop without a W" deadline so there will be no record on your transcript.  That is a very short time, within 20% of the course.  Once you remain enrolled past that time, you may still drop with a W (withdrawal) which will not effect your GPA but will effect Progress Academic Standing status.  Check your myCuesta Class Schedule/Receipt for drop deadlines.
  • Test for possible learning disability
  • Visit the Student Success Centers for free drop-in Tutoring.  
  • Review Student Success Workshops on DVD.
  • Check out Student Academic Resources.
  • Visit the Student Health Services for health issues or personal counseling needs.