Bakersfield College


Organize - My planner is my life; it's my organizer.

Come prepared! Keep all your papers and notes (and keep them organized).

Learn to manage your time and prioritize. Plan for the full semester.

Organize - it's important to keep you on task and ready to go. We've compiled some tools to help you develop this Habit of Mind - use the buttons below to check out some of our resources!

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Broaden Your Horizons

Your time in college offers an opportunity to widen your horizons and explore new areas.

We've created a checklist of ways you can get involved at Bakersfield College and partake in activities to enrich your life while you are a student.

Get the Tool

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Clutter is not just the stuff on your floor - it's anything that stands between you and the life you want to be living.

Peter Walsh

For Faculty/Staff

Please feel free to use the following brochures and presentations in your courses.

The will to win means nothing without the will to prepare.

Juma Ikangaa

Grade Tracker

Use this tool to keep track of the grades on all your assignments, projects, quizzes and tests throughout the semester.

Download the Tool

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.

Use the Tool

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

First comes thought; then organization of that thought, into ideas and plans; then transformation of those plans into reality. The beginning, as you will observe, is in your imagination.

Napoleon Hill


We've prepared some presentations to help you understand what it takes to succeed. Professors - feel free to use these presentations in your classes!

These presentations are available in PDF and PowerPoint formats.

Organizing Class Materials:

Managing Your Time:

Understanding Your Syllabus:


Organizing is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up.

A.A. Milne

Student Education 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.

Organize, don't agonize.

Nancy Pelosi

Study Groups

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

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!

The will to win means nothing without the will to prepare.

Juma Ikangaa

Taking Notes

Taking good notes can help you remember what you learned in class, and can be very valuable when studying for tests.

Bakersfield College students shared their tips on taking notes -- in lectures, and when reading textbooks.

Test Preparation

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.

5 Day Study Plan

Before the Test

After the Test

Seeing a goal is not the main thing. It is deciding how you will go about achieving it and staying iwth that plan.

Tom Landry

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!


Student Videos

Select a video to watch it on YouTube.

BC Student Karen Landers speaks on Organize

BC Student Marcella Romandia speaks about Organization

BC Student Elizabeth Gonzalez speaks about Organization

BC Student Daniel Navarro speaks about Organization

BC Rad Student Shayna Velasquez speaks about Organization

BC Rad Tech Student Maria Torres speaks about Organization


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.


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.

Visit the Tutoring Center website for more information.

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
Kern Community College District