Description: Some staff from Ashford University are here to give some tips about student success in 2018 based on their ideas of a successful student and the resources provided by Ashford that can be utilized by students.
Every January, we focus on starting the New Year with a fresh perspective. This month we reached out to Ashford Staff who interact with students the most, and asked them for some advice to give to active and potential students. We asked staff members from our enrollment and Advising Department two different questions: The first was, what is your idea of a successful student? The second question was, what Ashford resources do you hope every student will utilize while pursuing their degree?
A successful student is one that stays focused, understands the importance of their education, and tries their very best in each and every course. It is very difficult to manage work, family and school, but a student that can balance and prioritize these aspects will be successful.
I always tell my students that a great way to succeed in their degree is working ahead. You can submit assignments to the writing center for review and feedback, and get a jump start on the next week’s coursework, so that if something comes up, you won’t be behind. Also, I think it’s important for students to get the most out of their degree and talk to your advisors about minors or specializations. These are all ways to add weight to your degree, expand your network and get more out of college in general.
To me, a successful student sets up a weekly schedule to incorporate their studying and assignment time into their personal and work activities. Proper time management is crucial to becoming a successful student. In my opinion, we should develop a routine and stick to it. I hope every student will utilize the Ashford Writing Center and Library.
The Writing Center is an amazing resource with many tools. There are sample papers that illustrate how to format papers in proper APA format. In addition, there is a thesis building tool that asks users a series of questions about their topic and generates a succinct thesis statement.
My idea of a successful student is one who is a good listener, asks questions, and who communicates, whether it’s verbally on the phone or through emails. A successful student is also one who is proactive and good at meeting deadlines, especially since everything here is online and there is no face to face. Getting their financial aid documents completed early and completing homework assignments early or on time is essential to their success in class. I hope every student utilizes their enrollment services advisor and student advisor to the fullest while pursuing their degree here. Do not be afraid to ask questions.
I also hope that every student utilizes their student portal resources, such as the writing center, library, and career services- along with ION tuition. It keeps track of their student loan information and repayment options.
A successful student is someone who fosters relationships with their classmates and their professors, someone who does not just get by and does the minimum amount required to pass but really works hard to understand the material provided in the classroom. Ultimately, a successful student is looking ahead to their future and prioritizing their education. Ashford offers resources for all students and alumni to really help in all aspects of their education and careers.
I have some examples including C.H.A.M.P.S, which is a peer mentoring program where you learn online learning strategies from students who are already successful. It is a Writing Center that offers 24/7 Live Chat support and feedback for written assignments within 24 hours. In terms of Career Services, you can complete assessments for skills and personality, and get help with resume building and career guidance.