The Habits of Mind
The Habits of Mind are a common set of skills and practices that successful students possess. They can be summarized according to the following.
- Focus- Successful students focus on the work to be done. They are academically self-disciplined, spending appropriate amounts of time studying. They come to class on time and prepared. They complete all assignments and turn them in on time. They finish their programs.
- Advance - Successful students advance by always improving. They embrace life-long learning. They understand that subject expertise requires a long-term commitment, and commit to ongoing development of thinking skills and learning skills.
- Link Up - Successful students link up with the academic community. They get involved. They get to know their professors, study in groups, surrounding themselves with focused students and mentors. They use College resources and programs to help with their learning.
- Comprehend - Successful students study for comprehension. They seek to understand course content rather than simply complete requirements. They ask questions to gain understanding, reflect on what they are learning as well as if they are learning.
- Organize - Successful students are organized. They plan to succeed. They have an educational goal. They focus on their educational purposes, maintain a specific education plan, and choose classes with an intentional learning purpose in mind.
- New Ideas - Successful students embrace new ideas. They are curious, seeking out new perspectives and skills. They transfer concepts to new contexts in order to solve problems. They integrate concepts and knowledge to form a greater personal understanding.
iFalcon is a campaign at Cerritos College designed to raise awareness of the habits of mind across the entire student body (24,000 students) and increase the number of students that incorporate practices which lead to academic success.
Class Expectations Guide
College is difficult and requires time and dedication. It is your responsibility to do everything possible to succeed; your professors counselors, and college staff are here to help you achieve your goals and offer guidance. Below are the minimum expectations for participation in college/university classrooms; if you choose to meet these expectations, you begin to perform as a college student.
Downlaod the Class Expectations Guide in PDF format.
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