Northwest College

Getting Started

Tips For Academic Success

  • See your academic advisor early. Get to know him or her. Your advisor is a valuable source of information. Remember, advisors can help you with more than your class schedule!
  • Go to class! Keep up with class work from the beginning of the semester (the first week is not a free one)! If you must miss a class, you are responsible to notify your instructor in advance if possible.
  • Take notes in class and review those notes weekly.
  • If you are having trouble in a class, talk with your instructor. Remember, faculty maintain office hours for your benefit. You may drop in or make an appointment.
  • Know the deadlines—such as the last day to drop or add a course, and financial aid and scholarship deadlines.
  • Access your MyNWC account or read the Northwest Trail (student newspaper) and campus bulletin boards for information about campus events and services. Attend campus functions. Get involved early!
  • Learn to assess your study habits and how to upgrade them by utilizing Tutoring Services in the Hinckley Library (as well as other locations on campus). You can receive free tutoring, computer-assisted instruction, and credit classes to assist you with academic problems.
  • Find a quiet place to study! The Hinckley Library and residence hall study areas offer excellent study environments.