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The successful student

Useful strategies for success

by Kory Stone/Business Manager

Of the estimated 70 percent of Americans who enroll in a four year college every year, less than two-thirds end up graduating. Include community colleges and the graduation rate drops to 53 percent. Only Hungary does worse among 23 developed nations for which the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development compiles such statistics. This is troubling considering when a student drops they are also dropping an average of an extra quarter million dollars from their income over their lifetime. Not only that, but because working will reasonably take up at least a third of our life, it should be something to enjoy. Most of the reasons for dropping out are avoidable with the right kind of training. What it boils down to, according to, is being unprepared for the college life, or just life in general.


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Success has universal traits and if ones searches for these keys to success one of the first things one will find leading those keys is preparation. Luckily, students attending LLC can get the preparation they need, along with some credits, to help them succeed in their careers and other life goals.

Strategies for Success is a series of classes that is offered at Lake Land which focusses on teaching important strategies and practices that will help students become their best potential. Erica Weaver, a counselor and teacher here at LLC, stresses that the classes often get stigmatized with a certain group, but in reality they can benefit anyone at any level or demographic – from the lower than average student to the valedictorian. All this was actually confirmed by research done by the vice president of student services, Tina Stovall. For her dissertation, Stovall found a positive relationship with participation in SFS101 and academic performance and persistence. Course participants earned higher first-term GPA’s and were more likely to stick with college than those who did not. Also, they were more likely to graduate.

The series breaks down into three parts SFS101, 102 and 103. SFS 101 covers the basics such as time and stress management, critical thinking, test-taking, note-taking, reading and writing strategies, memory enhancement, how to study with children underfoot, communication and relationships, decision making, learning style, career exploration and planning. The other two go into more detail about certain subjects. SFS102 Strategies is a course designed to assist students with improving their financial planning and budgeting skills while SFS103 is designed to assist students in learning critical thinking skills, creating effective goals and creating a successful life and financial plan. Regardless of their interests, students are encouraged to register for SFG. It just might save them a quarter million over a third of their lifetime.

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