Thursday, September 19, 2013

Academic Toolbox: Talking to your Instructors

We are three weeks into the semester.  Have you communicated with your instructor outside of class?  If you haven’t, now is a good time to initiate the conversation, whether it is through email, text message, on the phone, or face-to-face.  It is natural to feel like your instructor will not be receptive to your inquiries, but they really do have an interest in making sure you are learning and succeeding.  Don’t think of them as the mean school teacher, but rather as partner in your learning.

What do you say?

·         Ask follow up questions about readings, lectures, or classroom activities.

·         Inquire about your grade, or upcoming quizzes and tests.

·         Give them feedback about the class and how you think you are progressing.  Let them know if something would help you to be more successful in the class.

·          Discuss challenges you have with the material.

Why do this now?

·         Good communication with your instructor will make it easier when you need to ask questions about the material, or need help understanding your grade.  You are also more likely to know where you stand in the course.

·         Your instructor can be an important mentor for the rest of your time at college and in your career.  His or her experience and network of professionals can be beneficial when you are applying for jobs or transferring to another college. 

How to contact my instructor?

·         Most instructors give their preferred contact information on their syllabi.  They might prefer email or for you to visit during office hours.  If you are unsure how to contact your instructor, ask them before or after class. 


Thursday, September 5, 2013

Academic Toolbox: Add / Drop Dates

Full Term Course1st Session2nd SessionICCOC Online Courses
16-week Session1st 8-week Session2nd 8-week Session
Start - End Date:Aug 27-Dec 20Aug 27-Oct 22Oct 23-Dec 20Aug 26-Dec 13Aug 26-Oct 18Oct 21-Dec 13
Last day to add September 6September 5November 1August 29August 27October 22
Last day to drop November 20October 7December 9November 13October 7December 4
Last day to initiate a Complete Withdrawal December 12 December 12
Refund on course drops:
Last day full refundSeptember 3August 30October 28September 3August 30October 25
Last day 60% refundSeptember 10September 3October 30September 9September 3October 30
Last day 40% refundSeptember 17September 5November 1September 16September 5November 3
This calendar is subject to change. Ed to Go and other special course schedules differ; beginning dates and refund dates vary. Some exceptions are noted above under the Calendar.
Fast Track course drops are cancelled with refund only before second class meeting starts. No partial refunds are granted on Fast Tracks.
A student who registers but later is unable to attend must notify the college before the last date to cancel the course(s) or program to avoid charges and/or grades.