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Dual enrollment advice sets stage for success

Step-by-step guide for acing classes


Nervously anticipating dual enrollment? As you take the plunge into college-level classes, follow these steps to ensure you are prepared and successful.

1. Plan ahead.

Meet with a high school counselor well in advance in order to understand what courses are required for graduation, the best courses for dual enrollment and legislation changes. Mrs. Ashley Smith and Mrs. Callie Crosby have an open-door policy, so you can walk into their office whenever questions arise. They will also be hosting individual appointments with time slots each semester. Use your advisement sessions and the college’s course catalog to decide on classes for registration. Compile a balanced future schedule that takes high school classes, other commitments and travel time into account.

2. Make the syllabus your best friend.

Syllabi are guides to the classes you take and are vital to your success. They often contain the professor’s contact information, due dates, expectations, information about how your grade is calculated and resources for extra help. Read over the syllabus before the first day of class and return to it if you have any questions regarding course structure or expectations.

3. Invest in organizational tools.

No matter what method you use, whether it is a planner, calendar or to-do list, organization is key. Many dual enrollment classes assign weekly and/or monthly homework due dates. Planning out your schedule creates structure within your classes, allowing you to keep yourself accountable for long term assignments and manage your time effectively.

“You’re taking a college class so the coursework can look different than what you’ve seen at the high school level,” said Mrs. Smith. “You’re responsible for making sure you get your assignments in on time. There is not much of the grace you might see at a King’s class.”

4. Be active in class.

It may seem obvious, but, to do well in a class, you need to be present. Many dual enrollment classes are now online, making it easier to justify skipping or tuning out lectures. However, to make good grades and understand the material, you must attend classes and make an active effort to participate. Take part in class discussions, take detailed notes, complete all homework assignments and get to know some of your classmates, whether through in-class sessions or a GroupMe chat.

5. Do not fear asking questions.

There are countless resources available that will help you be successful which only requires you to ask for help. You can simply reach out to classmates and the professor to ask questions about assignments or subject matters. You can also utilize other resources including student instructors, teaching assistants and on-campus tutoring, which are available for many subjects.

“My biggest piece of advice would be to make sure you are prepared for a higher level of responsibility,” said Mrs. Smith. “Typically, it is the students who are responsible and committed who will do the best.”


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