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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.

Persistence pays off - and is important to your success as a college student.

We've put together some resources to help you develop this Habit of Mind!

Many of the following documents are PDF, Microsoft PowerPoint presentations or Microsoft Word documents and will automatically download. If you do not have Microsoft office, you may download the free viewers at:

Academic Journal

Bakersfield College Professor Joyce Kirst has developed a handout for creating an Academic Journal as a PDF or Word Document.

You can write out your:

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

The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a man's determination.

Tommy Lasorda

Grade Tracker

If your instructor does not use Canvas, Use this manual grade tracker tool to keep track of the grades on all your assignments, projects, quizzes and tests throughout the semester.

Help Outside of Class

Here are some guides to help outside of class available to students at Bakersfield College.

Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan "Press On" has solved and always will solve the problems on the human race.

Calvin Coolidge

Memory Tips

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

Download the Memory Tool that was created by Bakersfield College professor Joyce Kirst either as a PDF or Word Document.

Also, check out ACDV B70E: Memory as part of the Strategies for Academic Success Course Series in the Academic Development department.

Challenge your brain with Lumosity, scientifically-designed training!

Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.

Robert F. Kennedy

Pledge to Pass

Try saying this pledge before your toughest classes, or before an especially difficult test or assignment.

Watch Regina Hukill putting the pledge in action!

You can also download the Pledge to Pass as a PDF.

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

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!

I learned that if you want to make it bad enough, no matter how bad it is, you can make it.

Gale Sayers

Study Groups

Professor Joyce Kirst has created a handout all about study groups - and how to make the most of one. Learn about study groups by downloading the handout as a PDF or a as a Word Document.

You can use this study group sign-up sheet to help you start one now! Just print it out, take it to class and you're on your way!

I can accept failure. Everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying.

Michael Jordan

Test Prep

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

I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more luck I have.

Thomas Jefferson

Use Your Syllabus


We've created a presentation about understanding your syllabus. Download it:

Syllabus Questions

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.

Download a copy of these questions.

  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?
  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?

When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind - not with it.

Henry Ford


BC Student Videos

Bakersfield College students sat down to share their thoughts on Persist - what it means to them, and what they do to persist when the going gets tough.

Check out what these students have to say!

TED Talks

We've also found some TED Talks that might be helpful for students. TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas - usually in the form of short talks.


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.

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 on 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

Barriers to Success

Dr. Kimberly Van Horne interviewed students and came up with common barriers students may face - as well as ways they can combat those barriers and become successful.

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