Before Classes Start
- Log in to My IRSC: Make sure that you are familiar with our resources and campus locations: Places to Get Free Access to Computers
- Meet with an Advisor
- Review Financial Aid and Pay for Classes as Soon as You Get Your Money
- Review Guided Pathways
- Review Schedule
- Set up Your Calendar/Time Table<Link to Schedule
- Buy Books and Supplies before Classes Start: Bookstore Link
- Look in BlackBoard for your Syllabus: BlackBoard Link and Virtual Campus Link
- Set up Your RiverMail and Remember to Check it Regularly <Some Prof Email Students before the First Day of Classes < Dropbox <Google Calendar <RiverMail gives you free access to Outlook, Calendar, Address Book, One Drive, Cloud, Tasks, MicroSoft Suite Products like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.
First Few weeks of Classes
- Go to Classes< Make sure that you know when your classes start and where they are. Link to Maps. The first day of class is the most important day. Not only is vital information given, but you will be dropped from classes automatically if you miss the first week. In addition, this will give you an opportunity to make use of drop add if you realize that your prof's teaching style does not match your learning style. Find out your Learning Style here. The BE assessment is available to all IRSC students for free and is part of the Student Success Course: SLS 1101.
- Review Syllabus< Make sure that you have adequate time to complete the level of work assigned in your classes.
- Meet Prof< Find out their office hours, contact information < , the best way to contact them (some prof's might prefer one method of communication over others), know your prof's name,
- Ask Questions< There are no stupid questions. Prof's understand that college is a new experience for all of their students
- Do All of Your Assignments< Classes are built so that the smaller assignments help you learn what you need to do for the bigger assignments. It is important to do them all. Also, if you wait to work on the assignments, they pile up!
throughout the Semester< do this often!
- Review Your Grades< Make sure that all of your assignments are graded.
- Check Your EMAILS, BlackBoard Content, and Announcements Daily
- Study for Exams
- Do the Readings
- Make Sure that Your Assignments Are up to Date
- Meet with your Prof and Ask for Help< This is why we are here. We want to help.
- Emergencies: Prof's know that emergencies happen, but we need to know as soon as you can tell us. That way we can make arrangements for you.
- Know the last day to withdraw from classes. Always speak to your Prof first before withdrawing. You might NOT be failing.
- Make Sure that all Assignments are Turned in by the Last Due Date. Prof's Must Have Grades in before a certain Date. Any Assignments Turned in after this Date Can't be graded.
- Don't Forget Your Final Exams or Projects! These are often worth more towards your average grade than any other assignments.