How can students participate?

Be prepared
Come to college and class ready to learn
Be connected
Find and Use Support Systems
Be proactive
Take responsibility and make wise decisions
  • Complete the mandatory ACC orientation.
  • Read the class syllabus.
  • Go to class.
  • Complete assignments on time.
  • Develop effective study strategies.
  • Take a Student Success class.
  • Monitor your progress (attendance, assignments, learning, grades) to stay on course.
  • Access ACC's eServices: ACCeID, ACCmail, online services, and Blackboard.
  • Know your student rights and responsibilities.
  • Make school a priority by scheduling regular study times each week.
  • Establish clear goals for your career and future by getting help and information through advisors, career planning, and transfer services.
  • Create a support network that includes instructors, classmates, advisers, counselors, family, friends, and others that can help you succeed. 
  • Acquaint yourself with other students in your classes and form study groups.
  • Participate in special course offerings such as Learning Communities, Paired Courses, and Supplemental Instruction.
  • Get help from tutors in an ACC Learning Lab if you are struggling with a particular subject.
  • Contact the Financial Aid office for help in funding your education. 
  • Know and use resources from library services to help with writing and research assignments. 
  • Use ACC services such as the Office of Students with Disabilities, Veterans Affairs, or Honors Program.
  • Talk with your instructor or an ACC counselor before withdrawing from a course.
  • Seek help with personal concerns and issues by contacting Counseling Services.
  • Complete, if advised, developmental coursework first as a way to develop strong reading, writing, and math skills.
  • Declare a major.
  • Ensure you are in the right courses for your educational goals by obtaining a degree plan and by obtaining regular advising from a student services counselor or faculty advisor.
  • Consider your transfer and/or career goals when you choose a major and take courses.
  • Contact your instructors for help or to clarify coursework and assignments, but not as a substitute for going to class.
  • Don't over-schedule yourself. Consider your work and family obligations when you decide how many classes to take.
  • Get involved in Student Life to make friends, join organizations, and foster interpersonal skills.
  • Volunteer in the community or take a service learning course to learn more about the greater Austin area.