College Success Skills

Congratulations on making it to college! There are several skills that you will need to develop in order to be successful. Ultimately, you define your own success. We are here to help you along your journey. Therefore, we have compiled several resources to help you become a well-rounded college student (e.g. Time Management, Study Techniques, Stress Relief, Health Awareness).

The College Success Skills Handbook should be used as a reference tool throughout your college experience. After reviewing it once, reread the sections that will benefit you most. You can find a hard copy of the College Success Skills Handbook at any of the MiraCosta College Tutoring & Academic Support Centers.

Good luck in your college endeavors!

The following link has web resources that compliment the College Success Skills Handbook.

The College Success Skills Handbook Contains 13 Chapters:

1. Welcome

Read a message from the the Director of Retention Services on how to use the College Success Skills Handbook.

2. Introduction: Some Things to Consider Before Starting

Are you a new or returning student? Are you a parent? Do you have a learning disability or feel you may have one? Read this section first to help guide you through the rest of the sections.

3. The Connection Between Your Values and Time Management

What are your values? How do you prioritize your life? How well do you manage your time? Your values are connected to your time management skills. Read this section to help you define your priorities.

4. Learning Styles and Personality Types

There are multiple pathways to learning. What is the most effective way for you to learn? Are you Visual-Spatial? Musical? Intrapersonal? Kinesthetic? Your learning style often coincides with your personality type too. Read this section to discover your personality type and how you learn best.

5. Time Management Techniques

Proper use of time is a challenge for many students. This section will help you manage your time effectively. Make sure you know your values, your learning style, and your personality type before reading this section.

6. Principles of Memory

In college we are required to know many things and it can be overwhelming. This section helps you improve your memorization techniques, which will help you retain more information for longer periods of time.

7. Listening and Note Taking Skills

Do you know how to listen? Active listening is a crucial skill and requires practice and concentration. How efficient and effective are your notes? Note taking becomes easier if you have good listening skills. Read this section to sharpen your listening and note taking skills.

8. Reading Skills: SQ4R and Other Reading Methods

How well do you retain the information provided to you in textbooks? Do you get overwhelmed by reading book after book? Do you take notes on your readings? In this section you will learn valuable techniques to make your reading more effective, more efficient, and more pleasurable.

9. Preparing for Exams: Dealing with Test Anxiety

Do you experience anxiety when taking tests? Do you know that there are different types of exams? Examples include multiple choice, essay, and objective exams. How do you prepare for Math and Science tests? Read this section to learn how to prepare for different tests and how to deal with test anxiety.

10. Information Literacy: Guide to Library Research

Information literacy is the ability to know how to get information and how and when to use it. The retrieval of information is called research and it is an essential part of the learning process. In this section you will learn how to use the library and it's resources for research.

11. Retention Services: Tutoring & Academic Support Center

In addition to the resources provided in the College Success Skills Handbook, learn about the many free services that the Tutoring & Academic Support Center (TASC) can provide you.

12. Additional Resources

13. References

This is a list of the book resources used to compile the information in the handbook.

Credits: The information and content on the College Success Skills web pages was gathered and organized by Luke Lara, Associate Faculty.