Habits of Mind: Persist


@ Bakersfield College

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Weigh the "W"! Pledge to pass your classes.

If you say or write your goals, you are more likely to achieve these goals.

Plan for the full semester



Pledge to Pass

I resolve never to quit, never to give up
no matter what the circumstances,
for as long as it takes to pass this class
because I'm worth it.

Use Your Syllabus

Knowing what's in a syllabus
is often the key to survival in a course.
See if you can answer these questions
by looking at the syllabus
for each of your courses.

  1. Does your instructor include a reading schedule for the semester?
  2. Does the instructor intend to follow the chapters in order?
  3. Are there any chapters that will not be covered?
  4. How many tests will there be?
  5. what are the dates of the test/s?
  6. What kind of items will be on the test (essay, multiple choice, true/false)?
  7. Does the instructor allow late work? Make-up exams?
  8. Is the final exam retroactive?
  9. Are there papers/projects? If yes, what are the topics, deadlines? Are the requirements and guidelines included in the syllabus, or is that information to be provided by the instructor?
  10. Are there eextra credit opportunities? If so, what are they?
  11. Does the instructor grade on a curve or use a standard grading system?
  12. What are your responsibilities if you are absent?
  13. From reading the syllabus, what are the instructor's expectations, areas of focus, pet peeves, etc?

Help Outside of Class

» View Additional Help Outside of Class
(Panorama/Main Campus)

» View Find it Here
(Delano Campus)


Analyze Your Schedule

Keep track of what you do for an entire week,
and then use this handout
to analyze how you are using your time,
where you are wasting time,
and develop a plan to make improvements.
Then, use the blank weekly schedule form
to make sure you stay on track!

» View Analyze Your Schedule Form

» View Weekly Schedule Form

» View Scheduling Brochure

Long Term Project Plan

This work plan helps you
determine the requirements
of a long-term project
and set up a personal schedule
to complete it all by the due date.

» View Long Term Project Plan

Planning Calendar

This handy calendar already
includes some of the important dates
on Bakersfield College's campus -
add your own information
to keep yourself organized all semester!

» View Planning Calendar

Test Prep

Preparing for your tests is important.
We've created two guides
to help you prepare for your tests.

» View Test Preparation Strategy Guide

» View Test Preparation Follow Up

Visual Format:

» View Before the Test

» View After the Test


Need Help?

» Academic Development Courses:
The Academic Development department
offers courses designed to help students
develop the skills they need to succeed.

» Critical Academic Skills Workshops:
C.A.S. Workshops
are free to all BC students,
and you can just drop in
whenever a course fits your schedule.
Workshops are offered on the
BC Panorama Campus
and the Delano Campus.

» Tutoring Center:
Call 395-4430

» BC Writing Center:
Call 395-4735 or visit website

» Math Lab:
Call 395-4530 or visit website


Other Resources:

» Child Care


» Financial Aid

» Financial Aid TV

» Disabled Students Programs & Services

» Veterans Services -
Don't forget to visit the Veterans Lounge in Campus Center!

» SGA Renegade Pantry

» Student Health Center -
Includes medical doctor and mental health services!


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