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Tips for Student Success

Many HACC professors suggest that students adapt to a 2:1 ratio. They encourage students to spend 2 hours studying for every 1 hour of class.

Students should complete work outside of the classroom. This includes reading textbooks, completing homework, participating in group projects, writing papers and studying. Successful students apply what they learned in class.


The top 6 tips for success

We adapted John Gardner's Your College Experience: Strategies for Success, 8th Ed. Boston: Wadsworth Cengage, 2009. Students can benefit from the top 6 tips for success:

  1. Attend every class. Contact your instructor about potential absences.
  2. Be on time. You will miss important information if you are late to class.
  3. Use campus resources. Visit your professor's office hours as needed. You can also visit the Office for Academic Success for tutoring. The library and Career Services office provide other resources.
  4. Seek help. Do not fall behind on your work. Ask for help from instructors, counselors or the Office of Disability Services.
  5. Do your work on time. Come to class prepared. Complete readings and assignments ahead of time.
  6. Take notes. This will allow you to review information from class lectures.


Maintaining good grades

Successful students must also maintain good grades. Students can experience negative consequences with low grades. Remember to:

  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). Students maintain SAP by completing at least 67% of the credits you attempt. You must also maintain SAP to keep financial aid.
  • Regularly attend class. Do not miss too many classes. HACC can drop you from your course for too many absences. You can also earn an unsatisfactory grade and lose money.
  • Work for a spot on the Dean's List. Good grades can lead to a spot on the Dean's List. You can also receive Academic Honors at HACC.

View Academic Standing information in myHACC for more information.


Student conduct

HACC enforces student conduct guidelines. These guidelines protect student rights. They also protect the rights of the educational institution. Reference the Statement of Individual Rights(pdf) andStatement of Unacceptable Conduct(pdf) for more information.

Each HACC campus has a Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT). Each team reviews behaviors of concern. BIT will connect with students to intervene and provide support. They can also provide student conduct resources.