IVYT 111

Introduction to College Success

Your College, Your Success[4][5]

Welcome to this course on student success! How will you maximize your time in college for best advantage? Your first year in college will be especially important. For many students, the first year is the most challenging. Your greatest new challenge may be balancing school, your family, and a job. Consider the following:

  • An estimated 20.2 million students attended American colleges and universities in fall 2015.
  • This year, colleges and universities are expected to award 952,000 associate's degrees, 1.8 million bachelor's degrees, 802,000 master's degrees, and 179,000 doctor's degrees.
  • A college education has more return on investment for a graduate in the United States than in any other nation.


Word cloud showing the concepts that go into college success: attend class, eat nutritiously, avoid substance abuse, engage actively, define your goals, think creatively, avoid stress, be honest, appreciate diversity, etc. To help you navigate these changes and establish firm footing, you are offered this college-success learning experience. It will guide you in building upon your current talents, skills, and interests in order to gain new ones, including the following:

  • Getting acclimated to Ivy Tech Community College and college culture
  • Managing your time wisely
  • Building support networks
  • Studying effectively
  • Maintaining your health
  • Taking ownership of your actions and educational plan
  • Setting goals
  • Moving into a fulfilling and viable career


In this course, you're invited to explore all of the habits of highly successful students, including the following: Be open to learning about yourself. Be open to meeting others. Develop images of success. Define your goals. Use your time wisely. Explore career options. Find a major that fits. Build professional skills. Network. Socialize. Appreciate diversity. Relish student life. Examine your thinking. Think critically. Think creatively. Use technology. Prepare for class. Attend class. Build memory skills. Engage actively. Read abundantly. Write often. Learn test-taking skills. Interact with instructors. Learn deeply. Have high academic ethics. Be honest. Evaluate results. Eat nutritiously. Exercise. Sleep well. Avoid substance abuse. Manage stress. Support mental health. Be safe. Learn about finances. Explore employment. Budget money. 

In working through these topics, you will have opportunities to take self-assessments and conduct other activities that help you think about and apply the concepts you are learning. Many of the topics include videos and other media materials that provide a context for the information. As you build new skills and integrate them into your daily life in college, you will be rewarded with success all the more. “Success doesn’t come to you . . . you go to it,” says Dr. Marva Collins, an American educator and civil rights activist. With these words she sets the stage for your college journey. Your success, however you define it, is ever flowing.[6]

The College Rule: To be successful in a college level class it is expected that students study 2 to 4 hours outside of class for every hour they spend in class. What classes are you taking this semester?

Sample course list:

English 111 English Composition MW 8:00-9:20

Math 136 College Algebra MW 9:30-10:50

Psych 101 Introduction to Psychology TR 10:00-11:20

COMM 101 Public Speaking T 12:00-2:50

How many hours should you study per week?

___ Credit hours for easier classes x 2 = ___ hours

___ Credit hours for medium classes x 3 = ___ hours

___ Credit hours for harder classes x 4 = ___ hours

Total Study Hours per Week = ___ hours

It is easier to learn in small bits rather than big chunks. Students should schedule at least one hour every day to study.

Due dates are important. Set your short and long-term goals accordingly. Ask yourself the following:

  • What needs to get done today?
  • What needs to get done this week?
  • What needs to get done by the end the first month of the semester?
  • What needs to get done by the end the second month of the semester?
  • What needs to get done by the end of the semester?


We will dive much deeper into how we use our time, but for now this will get the ball rolling.

Enjoy this course on achieving success in college. Above all, stay motivated and celebrate your every accomplishment!



"One of the BEST Motivational Videos I’ve ever seen!" transcript

Dismissed from drama school with a note that read, “Wasting your time. She’s too shy to put her best foot forward.” Lucille Ball. Turned down by the Decker recording company who said, “We don’t like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out.” The Beatles. A failed soldier, farmer, and real estate agent, 38 years old, he went to work for his father as a handyman. Ulysses S. Grant. Cut from the high school basketball team, he went home, locked himself in his room, and cried. Michael Jordan. A teacher told him he was too stupid to learn anything and he should go into a field where he might succeed by virtue of his pleasant personality. Thomas Edison. Fired from a newspaper because he lacked imagination and had no original ideas. Walt Disney. His fiancé died, he failed in business twice, he had a nervous breakdown, and he was defeated in eight elections. Abraham Lincoln. If you’ve never failed, you’ve never lived. Life equals risk.


  1. "Degrees "Conferred by Postsecondary Institutions, by Level of Degree and Sex of Student: Selected Years, 1869-70 through 2024-25.\" Degrees Conferred by Postsecondary Institutions, by Level of Degree and Sex of Student: Selected Years, 1869-70 through 2024-25. National Center for Education Statistics. Web. 16 Mar. 2016."
  2. "Enhancing "First Year: The First Year Experience.\" UCD Teaching & Learning. UCD Dublin. Web. 16 Mar. 2016."
  3. "Foundations "of Academic Success: Words of Wisdom | Open SUNY Textbooks.\"Open SUNY Textbooks. Web. 16 Mar. 2016."
  4. "Degrees "Conferred by Postsecondary Institutions, by Level of Degree and Sex of Student: Selected Years, 1869-70 through 2024-25.\" Degrees Conferred by Postsecondary Institutions, by Level of Degree and Sex of Student: Selected Years, 1869-70 through 2024-25. National Center for Education Statistics. Web. 16 Mar. 2016."
  5. "Enhancing "First Year: The First Year Experience.\" UCD Teaching & Learning. UCD Dublin. Web. 16 Mar. 2016."
  6. "Foundations "of Academic Success: Words of Wisdom | Open SUNY Textbooks.\"Open SUNY Textbooks. Web. 16 Mar. 2016."

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