Students returning to Western Nevada College for spring semester can increase their chances of graduating on time by taking advantage of resources available to them.
Meeting with a counselor regularly and using suggested time management study practices are proven methods to help undergraduates remain on track in their higher education pursuits.
â€œAlthough continuing students do not need to meet with a counselor prior to registering, it is very wise if they do. Counselors will confirm that the student has the correct declared degree in myWNC, so that when the student runs an academic advisement report, it will be accurate,â€ said Deborah Case, director of WNCâ€™s Counseling Services.
Besides confirming that students are enrolled in classes that will help them complete their degree or certification, meeting with a counselor will enable students to minimize the expense of their education by taking a â€œ15 to Finishâ€ approach.
â€œUsually the counselor will run the report for the student and together they will review the requirements still needed to be completed. This way the student can build his or her class schedule around classes that will count toward graduation,â€ Case said.
Full-time students at WNC who consistently enroll in 15 credits per semester can complete their specific degree in two years.
Nevada System of Higher Education statistical data show that students who enroll in at least 15 credits per semester are more likely to receive a college degree. Statistics also show that such students also earn better grades when they are devoted to their education goals full time.
Meeting with a counselor also provides the student with an opportunity to learn more about transfer guidelines to four-year colleges and implement transfer planning into their course selections, Case said.
Because some students are tasked with a variety of responsibilities away from campus, suggested class loads can vary.
â€œThey need to realistically assess how many classes they can successfully handle along with their other work, social and family obligations,â€ Case said. â€œCounselors are always there to help students with this assessment.â€
Once enrolled in classes, students should prepare their daily schedules to allow for an appropriate amount of study time outside of class to devote to each course.
â€œStudents can refer to the time management formula printed in the academic advising syllabus they received at the new student orientation,â€ Case said. â€œOn average, for every one hour the student is in class, he or she must set aside at least two hours outside of class to do homework, write papers and study for tests.â€