Bakersfield College

Strive for Excellence

Strive for Excellence

Do the work!

Strive for accuracy.

Don't settle for the "C" - push yourself to do your very best.

Strive for excellence and become a better student.

We've compiled some tools and tips to help you develop this Habit of Mind -- use the buttons below to explore these resources!

Select from the following sections to read more:

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Academic Honors

Bakersfield College students can earn the following honors:

  • Dean's List
  • Graduation with Honors
  • Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society
  • President's Scholars
  • President's Re-Entry Scholars Program

Winning isn't everything, but the effort to win is.

Zig Ziglar

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

Nobody's a natural. You work hard to get good, and then work hard to get better.

Paul Coffey

Broaden Your Horizons

About the Tool

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.

What You'll Do

Discover activities and experiences on campus that will help you get the most out of your time as a Bakersfield College student.

Get the Tool

Download this tool:

The roots in true achievement lie in the will to become the best that you can become.

Harold Taylor

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

Memory Tips

About the Tool

Do you need help with memory? Check out our Memory Tool (as a Word Document​ or as a PDF) for a memory quiz, as well as tips to improve your memory.

This tool was created by Bakersfield College professor Joyce Kirst.

Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.

Stephen King


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Pledge to Pass

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

You can also download the pledge 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.


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:


First Day Presentation (Version 1):

First Day Presentation (Version 2):

First Day Presentation (Version 3, thanks to Charles Kim):

The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.

Vince Lombardi

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!

The price of excellence is discipline. The cost of mediocrity is disappointment.

William W. Ward

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

The tragedy in life doesn't lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach.

Benjamin Mays

Reading Textbooks

Try these quick tips to get more out of your textbook:

  1. Scan through chapter, looking at category headings, and read picture/ diagram captions, and bold faced words. These are important concepts and ideas and will be emphasized on the exams.
  2. Read chapter summary.
  3. Read chapter.
  4. Review chapter summary


Student Videos


Click on the video to watch it on YouTube.

Thumbnail for Strive for Excellence video featuring BC student Simoneel Czar


Other people may not have had high expectations for me...but I had high expectations for myself."

Shannon Miller

TED 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.

Delano Students: Call 661/720.2076

For more information, visit the Tutoring Website!

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

The principle is competing against yourself. It's about self-improvement, about being better than you were the day before.

Steve Young

Writing Help

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.

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