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Academic Advising
Guides to Success

Advising Syllabus

This syllabus is designed to ease your entrance to college & outline what you can expect during your advising interactions at DCCC.

Conq Credit Hour Guidelines

Fall, Spring, & Summer

  • Full-Time Student: 12 or more credit hours
  • Part-Time Student: Less than 12 credit hours
  • Maximum hours available: 21 credit hours

Please note: For financial aid purposes, class load requirements may vary. Please see the Financial Aid Office for more information.

Conquering Effective Study Habits

  • Students are encouraged to plan on two hours of study time per credit hour in their semester schedules. The following would apply to a full-time student (12 credit hours).
  • # of study hours outside of the classroom recommended for success: 24
    • 12 credit hours x 2 = 24 hours of study outside of class per week
  • Total # of hours spent on school work per week: 36
    • 12 credit hours + 24 (from above) = 36 hours of class and study per week
  • Overloading school schedules and work or other commitments can cause students to do poorly in their classes. Contact an advisor to decide how many credit hours would be best for you each semester.

Conquering What You Start

  • Research has proven that students who are actively involved in their education tend to excel academically and accomplish their academic goals. Before enrolling, take time to think about your purpose for attending college. Set S.M.A.R.T. goals – Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound.
  • Communicate periodically with your instructors regarding your academic progress. Remember to read your course syllabus and quickly identify the best way to contact your instructor, course attendance policies, instructions, and due dates for completing and turning in assignments.
  • Identify how you learn best. Do you learn by feeling, watching, doing, or thinking? Most importantly, identify the DCCC resources that are available and here to help you succeed. Student Achievement and Resources Center Page

Conquering Growth

  • Resilience – ability to recover from setbacks
  • Grit – passion for accomplishing educational goals
  • Conscientiousness – accountable and responsible
  • Creativity – come up with new ideas, challenge the status quo
  • Focus – tune out distractions, avoid multitasking
  • Self-Regulation – the discipline to see task through