Spring 17, Issue 16 • May 2017


Things to think about this summer

Fifty-three percent of students who attend community college are first-generation students, meaning they are the first in their family to attend college. Were you a first-generation college student this year? Oftentimes, first-generation students can feel a bit lost as they navigate college—for that matter, so can any first-time college student! Regardless, this is probably the first time you had to deal with emotional, financial, physical, academic and time management stress in one way or another or even, all at once! What did you learn? What will you do differently or better next year to help you be the best student you can be?

Fortunately, Lakeland provides many resources to all students in an effort to position them to be successful and persist toward completing their educational goals. If you didn’t take advantage of college success workshops, tutoring, success coaching, consider giving them a try next fall. Also, be sure to check out the many services offered by Lakeland's Student Accommodation Center, the Counseling and Advising Center and the library. Another tip? Take some time this summer to review past issues of News You Can Use. All the topics were chosen with your success in mind. If they're sitting in your mailbox unopened, give them a read to see what you missed! Have a fun, safe summer and we'll see you next fall—ready to help you be the best you can be.

Taking summer classes?

Summer session classes are intense, that's for sure. Five or eight-week courses fly by. You’ll want to stay organized or you can get behind fast. Time management is one of the most important skills you can develop in college. Using time management strategies to stay organized during summer session is just as important as any other time during the school year.

The University of Guelph has developed a comprehensive guide for time management which will give you helpful strategies to get started. Learn how to plan your time, stay on track and control procrastination. Learn more in Related Links.

University of Guelph Time Management Guide

No internship this summer?

An internship is an awesome experience for college students. But, that may not be what's on tap for you this summer. Do you need some ideas on how to spend your summer? Our friend, The College Info Geek, has some great suggestions! Learn more in Related Links.

What to do with your internship less summer

Do you need to boost your math skills?

Our FREE summer math program is back for 2017. Do you want to brush up on your math skills to be ready for college classes in the fall? Lakeland offers this FREE program to help refresh your math knowledge and build your confidence. The Math Bridge program is a ten-week, hybrid class that combines online study and once-per-week in-class instruction, and begins in June. Students will retake the Accuplacer test, the placement test used by the college, upon completion of the class. Any Lakeland student is welcome!

  1. Evening session is on Tuesdays, beginning June 6 and running through Aug. 8, 2017, from 6:30-8 p.m.
  2. Day time session is on Wednesdays, beginning June 7 and running through Aug. 9, 2017 from 9:30-11 a.m.

To participate:

  • Choose the session that works best for you.
  • Register in myLakeland Schedule It by clicking College Success Workshops and selecting Bridge Your Math Gap day or evening session.
  • Take the online ALEKS math diagnostic test. Instructions will be provided upon registration.
  • Follow the online math modules recommended for you based on your ALEKS test results.
  • Meet with instructors each week. Extra tutoring is available outside of class if you need it.
  • Retake Accuplacer test upon completion of the program, for free.

Contact Suzanne Speyer at 440.525.7492 if you have any questions.

Bridge Your Math Gap Information

Speaking of math, consider attending a review session next fall

The learning center will provide math review sessions the first week of fall semester for students who want to review their previous semester math coursework. What does that mean? If you successfully passed math 0745 spring semester or during the summer 2017, we'll provide you an opportunity to attend a review session the first week of fall semester as you begin your math 0850 course. Review for math 0850 and 0950 will also be available. A strong foundation in math is key for math success because concepts build upon each other. The idea of the review is to help you refresh your skills to be positioned for a great start in your next level of math. The review schedule is below. No need to register, just show up.

Wednesday, Aug. 30, and Sept. 6 in room A-1040a:

  • 9:30-10 a.m., How to use a calculator workshop.
  • 10-11 a.m., Math 0745 review for students taking math 0850.
  • 11:30-Noon, How to Use a Calculator Workshop.
  • Noon-1 p.m., Math 0850 review for students taking 0950.
  • 2-3 p.m., Math 0950 review for students taking math 1650.

Thursday, Aug. 31, Sept. 7, 2017 in room A-1040a:

  • 10-11 a.m., Math 0950 review for students taking math 1650.
  • 11:30-Noon, How to Use a Calculator Workshop.
  • Noon-1p.m., Math 075 review for students taking math 0850.
  • 1:30-2 p.m., How to Use a Calculator Workshop.
  • 1-3 p.m., Math 0850 review for students going into math 0950.

Just for fun: No regrets!

Jessica Kane sums it up nicely, "We know hindsight is always 20/20, but it becomes particularly practical when that hindsight can be used to benefit someone else's foresight."

Kane gathered advice from her colleagues regarding the decisions they made in college and lays it out for you to browse in Huffpost College article, "The Only College Advice You'll Ever Need," Nov. 6, 2013. Learn more in Related Links.

The Only College Advice You'll Ever Need


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