Bakersfield College

Be Focused



Make sure you're on the right path to completing your goals. Choose a major early. Make a Student Educational Plan. Talk to a counselor or faculty member for guidance.


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Academic Journal

About the Tool

Bakersfield College Professor Joyce Kirst has developed a handout for creating an Academic Journal.

What You'll Do:

Write out your:

  • Daily actions in class
  • Reactions to course activities
  • Action Plans - next steps to success
 

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To give yourself the best possible chance of playing to your potential, you must prepare for every eventuality. That means practice.

Steve Ballesteros

Choose a Major

Visit the Counseling Center to help you figure out what to do - and how to do it.

Did You Know?

There are also Major Workshops offered throughout the semester - check InsideBC (Student Tab) for more information.

The winners in life think constantly in terms of I can, I will, and I am. Losers, on the other hand, concentrate their waking thoughts on what they should have or would have done, or what they can't do.

Denis Waitley

Memory Tips

About the Tool

Do you need help with memory? Check out our Memory Tool for a memory quiz, as well as tips to improve your memory.

This tool was created by Bakersfield College professor Joyce Kirst.

What You'll Do

  • Take a short memory quiz
  • Learn ways to improve your memory
  • Get other tips for success!

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Download this tool:


Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun's rays do not burn until brought to a focus.

Alexander Graham Bell

Lumosity

Challenge your brain with scientifically-designed training!

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My Degree Path/Ed Plans

My Degree Path

About the Tool

My Degree Path will show you a worksheet for an audit of the program you've selected in your most recent admission/update form.

What If

If you're actually pursuing a different degree and major, go to Window #1 in the Office of Admissions & Records to have your program changed.

You can explore other options using the tool, by selecting "What-If" from the list on the left side of the page.

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My Degree Path is only available on InsideBC (Student Tab).

Student Educational Plan

Create an educational plan to make sure you can complete you Bakersfield College goals.

See a counselor to create your plan today!

Call (661) 395-4421.


The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.

Bruce Lee

Time Management/Schedule Resources

Need help scheduling your time? We've got a few different tools to help you figure out how to organize your day, week and semester.

Scheduling Brochure

Professor Joyce Kirst has prepared this handout to help you learn the importance of scheduling, as well as tips on how to do it effectively.

You can download this tool:


Planning Calendar

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

We've also prepped an example to show you how it's done:


Analyze Your Schedule

Keep track of what you do for an entire week - then use this tool to see where you might be wasting your time, and develop a plan to make improvements.

When you're done, use the blank weekly schedule form to make sure you stay on track!

We've created an example of a filled out weekly schedule to help get you started, and to give you ideas:


Long Term Project Plan

This work plan helps you figure out the requirements of a long-term projects - and set up a personal schedule to get it all done by the time it's due


Assignment Calculator

Check out this resource from UCLA to help you create a schedule for your long-term assignments!


Use Gmail to Schedule Your Time!

We've created a guide to help you enter you schedule, appointments, due dates, etc., into your gmail account - and sync it with your phone!

Study Groups

About the Tool

Professor Joyce Kirst has created a handout all about study groups - and how to make the most of one.

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Ready to start one?

We've created a study group sign-up sheet. Just print it out, take it to class and you're on your way!


Goals provide the energy source that powers our lives. One of the best ways we can get the most from the energy we have is to focus it. That is what goals can do for us; concentrate our energy.

Denis Waitley

Test Prep

About the Tool

Preparing for your tests is important. We've created two guides to help you prepare for your tests. One is to help you figure out your test preparation strategies. The second will help you determine if your strategies worked, and will help you determine what you can change for your future tests.


Focus on remedies, not faults.

Jack Nicklaus
 

5 Day Study Plan

Before the Test

After the Test

Videos

Student Videos

Select a video to view it on YouTube.

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TED Talks

Neil Burgess: How Your Brain Tells You Where You Are


Instead of focusing on that circumstances that you cannot change - focus strongly and powerfully on the circumstances that you can.

Joy Page

Workshops

CAS 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.

You can find workshop schedules on InsideBC (student tab).

You'll also find schedules and workshop information at:

Example workshops include*:

  • What Successful Students Understand
  • Getting Organized
  • Writing Effective Essays
  • Maximize Memory
  • Understanding Parts of Speech
  • Rescuing Research
  • Successful Note-taking Skills
  • Test Taking Tips
  • Preventing Plagiarism
  • MLA Made Easy
  • Fixing Fragments
  • Powerful Proof Reading Skills

*Note - not all workshops are offered every semester.

Tutoring

Bakersfield College offers lots of opportunities for tutoring and extra help.

Tutoring Center

The Tutoring Center is located upstairs from the Student Success lab. The Tutoring Center provides FREE tutoring to all students with drop-in tutoring for Math and English and pre-scheduled tutoring for most other subjects.

Call (661) 395-4430.


Writing Center

The BC Writing Center is located upstairs from counseling, next to the Student Success Lab. It offers free tutoring by degreed writing consultants (drop in, or make an appointment), small group study rooms and computer access.

The Writing Center is open Monday through Thursday, 8 am to 6 pm, and Friday, 8 am to 12 pm.

Call (661) 395-4735 or visit their website for more information.


Math Lab

The Math Lab offers FREE tutoring in Math 60, 60 and 70, as well as other courses. Self-paced courses for credit are also available. The Math Lab is located in SS140.

Call (661) 395-4530 or visit their website for more information.

Library Workshops

The library offers workshops on a first-come, first-served basis. They last 60 minutes, and are held in L217 on the second floor of the library.

You're advised to come early, especially for popular workshops (those on Fridays and Saturdays). Stop by the reference desk to check in!

Workshop schedules are available on InsideBC (student tab), or at the library website.

Topics include:

  • Research Strategies
  • Finding Books
  • Finding Periodical Articles Online
  • Beyond Basic Google Searching
  • Ethics in Research
  • Internet Evaluation
  • Evaluation Print Sources

Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure.

George E. Woodberry

Writing Help

Writing Tips


Writing Rubric for Papers in All Subjects

Writing Center

The BC Writing Center is located upstairs from counseling, next to the Student Success Lab. It offers free tutoring by degreed writing consultants (drop in, or make an appointment), small group study rooms and computer access.

The Writing Center is open Monday through Thursday, 8 am to 6 pm, and Friday, 8 am to 12 pm.

Call (661) 395-4735 or visit their website for more information.


You learn you can do your best even when it's hard, even when you're tired and maybe hurting a little bit. It feels good to show some courage.

Joe Namath
Kern Community College District