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How to Make the Dean's List

  
  
  

Students studying in the dining area.Nebraska Methodist College congratulates students who were recently named to the Dean’s List for the Fall 2013 semester. The Dean’s List recognizes students who are achieving at high levels academically. To qualify for Nebraska Methodist College’s Dean’s List, degree-seeking students need a 3.75 semester grade point average (GPA) or better and must be enrolled in 12 or more credit hours.

Here are a few tips about how to make the Dean’s List: 

  • Go to class. Unless you have a real reason to miss class, you should try to go to every single session. Missing just one class could mean losing out on important information that you will need for an upcoming assignment or exam.

 

  • Get to know your professors. Ask them when you have questions about an assignment. Engage them in discussion about their expertise and background. You may have the same professors more than once throughout college, so building a relationship will help you clearly understand their expectations.

 

  • Take good notes. Write down all the crucial information you can during class. Also, consider highlighting or marking important excerpts in your textbook so you can refer back to them. If your professor has PowerPoint slides, see if you can get them.

 

  • Study. Set time apart from each day to review material and prepare for your next classes. Read your assigned text, organize your notes, make flashcards, quiz yourself and create study guides to prepare for exams.

 

  • Turn in your assignments on time. In many instances, professors either won’t accept late work, or they will deduct a significant portion of your grade when you turn in an assignment after it is due. Start working on projects as soon as they are assigned.

 

  • Utilize the college’s available services. Nebraska Methodist College’s Academic Resources include free tutoring, supplemental instruction and writing support, among other services.

 

As a student, your GPA is important. It’s something that graduate programs consider when admitting new candidates and employers look at when hiring new staff. So, making the Dean’s List each semester is a good goal for students to aim for in maintaining high GPAs and setting themselves for the career paths of their choosing.

5 Tips for Getting into the College Routine

  
  
  


Students learningThe holidays probably now seem like just a distant memory for most, and for all you on campus students, your classes are just beginning.   For returning students, it probably feels like ages since you left Nebraska Methodist College for winter break.  For others who are just beginning your college studies, you might find yourself wondering how to succeed at college. While some of you might feel refreshed and ready to go, for others getting into or getting back to the routine of college and classes can be a real challenge.   So here are a few tips to help you get back into the swing of college life:

  1. It’s all about establishing consistency.  College is all about balancing your priorities—classes, studying, social life, and for some—family and perhaps even work.  So it is just makes sense to set regular habits that can help you stay at the top of your game.   Start first by establishing a routine for going to bed and getting up at the same time each day, and try to make your bedtime hour reasonable.  Join a study group that meets regularly. Designate an evening as laundry night. Perhaps set up a time that you have coffee each week after class with a friend. Getting yourself into a regular schedule will help you settle in and focus in the classroom.
  2. Eat healthy. A well-balanced diet will help you stay energized and undistracted in class.  And yes, that starts with a good breakfast.  Of all the meals, breakfast, especially for college students, is the most important meal of the day.  A good healthy breakfast will give you the energy and stamina you need to focus on your studies and go through your day.  Avoiding breakfast will drain your energy quickly and may cause you to eat unhealthy foods.  Avoid too much fast food or pop. Eating fast food will have you feeling lethargic, and drinking too many sugary, caffeinated beverages will leave you feeling jittery and distractible.
  3. Keep track of your assignments in a planner. Writing down what projects you are assigned and when they are due will help you stay organized so you avoid feeling overwhelmed. Avoid procrastination and embrace the new semester as an opportunity to get off to a strong start by working ahead on your assignments.
  4. Schedule exercise into your day. Exercising regularly will help you feel more energetic and less stressed out.
    Block out an hour each day for a visit to NMC’s
    fitness center or for some other form of activity, like a walk or run on a nearby trail.
  5. Make time for friends. Whether you’re going to the movies or just hanging out in your apartment, spending time with your friends at NMC can be a great way to decompress after a long week in the classroom. 

    MythBusters: I Can't Afford a Private College

      
      
      

    financial aidA college education is an important investment in your future. Paying for college, however, can be very intimidating. But before you say to yourself, “I can’t afford to go to a private college,” you should explore all of the opportunities that exist to help you pursue your education.  At Nebraska Methodist College, students have a number of financial aid options.

    Applying for scholarships should be one of your top priorities in paying for college. Scholarships, which are offered by numerous groups and organizations, are free investments in your education. You don’t have to pay them back, and there is no limit to how many you can apply for. Whether you are an incoming or current student, you should always keep your eyes peeled for new scholarship opportunities.

    Grants are another type of free money to help you pay for college. Most grants are based on a student's need, which is determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) results. This is why filling out and submitting your FAFSA is so important. Every student should fill out a FAFSA to ensure they aren’t missing out on assistance they could receive.

    Federal work study is an opportunity to supplement your finances while you’re going to school. Students participating in federal work study typically work 10 hours a week in an on-campus position or college-related community program. The total hours a student can work is determined by the student’s need based on their FAFSA.

    After applying for scholarships and grants, student loans are an opportunity for students to finance the remainder of their educational expenses. Student loans have to be repaid, and not all student loans are created equal. Students should first apply for federal student loans before considering private or alternative loans. Federal student loans offer better terms and conditions than private loans, which typically have higher interest rates and loan fees.

    Nebraska Methodist College’s Business Office also offers a monthly payment plan, which allows students to pay off their balance over the course of the semester rather than up front.  Nebraska Methodist College also accepts VA educational benefits. Registrar Melinda Stoner is the VA Certifying Official at the college.

    Penny James, Director of Financial Aid at Nebraska Methodist College offers these tips to students seeking assistance in paying for college:

     

    • Explore and exhaust all sources of free assistance before borrowing student loans. Check into what your employer offers in terms of scholarships or tuition assistance, and explore scholarship opportunities through local civic organizations, foundations and other sources.
    • Current Nebraska Methodist College students should submit their scholarship applications by Jan. 24 to apply for the Merit Scholarship or to renew their current scholarship.

    • File your FAFSA each year to be considered for federal financial aid. Also, don’t ever pay a fee to file the FAFSA. It is a free application.

    • If you take out loans, don’t borrow more than what you need. Develop a budget and be willing to make sacrifices in the short term to minimize borrowing and long-term debt.

    • Read the instructions and fine print regarding your financial aid. Ask questions if there is anything you don’t understand. 

    • Work closely with your academic advisor to develop a program plan. This helps keep you on track to graduate without unnecessary delays.

    • Beware of scholarship scams. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. The Federal Trade Commission offers tips on spotting scams.

     

    Other Helpful Links:

    -          Nebraska Methodist College Financial Aid

    -          Federal Student Aid

    -          FinAid

    -          EducationQuest Foundation

    -          Fast Web

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