College Success


  2. A. Course Title: College Success
    B. Course Number: PS 113A - 30110
    C. Semester: Fall 2019
    D. Days/Time: T Th 8:00:00 AM - 9:15:00 AM
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Holladay, Kelly
    G. Office: Ben Alexander Student Center (BAC) 204
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: (575) 492-2610
    J. Office Hours: Monday: 8:30:00 AM-9:00:00 AM (MST); 11:00:00 AM-1:00:00 PM (MST); 5:00:00 PM-5:30:00 PM (MST);
    Tuesday: 7:00:00 AM-7:00:00 AM (MST); 9:00:00 AM-9:30:00 AM (MST); 10:45:00 AM-11:15:00 AM (MST);
    Wednesday: 8:30:00 AM-9:00:00 AM (MST); 11:00:00 AM-1:00:00 PM (MST); 5:00:00 PM-5:30:00 PM (MST);
    Thursday: 7:00:00 AM-7:00:00 AM (MST); 9:00:00 AM-9:30:00 AM (MST); 10:45:00 AM-11:15:00 AM (MST);
    THE OFFICE HOURS on Monday and Wednesday from 8:30-9:00 AM & 5:00-5:30 PM, as well as the ones on Tuesday and Thursday which are actually from 6:30-7:00 AM (system wouldn't allow me to put 6:30) are FOR MY AQUATIC FITNESS STUDENTS AND ARE AT THE CORE. If the NMJC campus office hours don't work for you, please contact me for an appointment.
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s):
    M. Corequisite(s):
    N. Class Location: BAC202

    This is an introduction to college life and surveys topics from policies and procedures to career exploration. This course outlines strategies the student can use to achieve a successful college experience. The emphasis is on the attainment of superior personal and academic skills. This is a three credit hour course.


    This is a general education course. It transfers as college credit and in many colleges and universities. There is no guarantee that PS 113A will transfer to most two or four year college for credit. Information concerning articulation agreements with regional colleges and universities can be obtained at the NMJC Counseling Office. It is important to check with the institution to which you are planning to transfer to determine transferability. Planning for course credit transfer is ultimately the student’s responsibility. All students are encouraged to keep the course syllabus as it will help determine the transferability of this course credit to another institution.



    Becoming a Master Student 16th edition, by Dave Ellis

    (Older editions will NOT work for this class!)

    ISBN# 9781337097109

    Although this is not an online class, there is a huge online component. You cannot survive or succeed in this course without reliable Internet service and a working computer on a regular basis.


    Comfortable computer and Internet skills are quite necessary for this course. Prior Canvas experience would be extremely helpful. Willingness to be self motivated with great time management skills are also a plus.

    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.


    Students attending New Mexico Junior College will be evaluated according to the following grading scale:

    						90 - 100%	=	A
    						80 -  89%	=	B
    						70 -  79%	=	C
    						60 -  69%	=	D
    					 	 0 -  59%	=	F

    Grades in this course will be based on the following:

    Assignments 70%
    Final Exam 20%
    Attendance 10%
    (Includes being late and cell phone usage)

    Assignments: Includes mostly chapter assignments and some discussions.

    Final Exam: The final exam will be comprehensive which means that questions can come from any point in the semester. Pre/Post Assessments from the Discovery Chapter will be included on the final exam.

    Attendance: Everyone begins the course with a score of 100. For each day you miss (excluding college sponsored activities in which you provide a note from a coach,sponsor, or other professor) cost you 5 points.
    Being Late: Each time you are late cost you 3 points.
    Cell Phone usage: If you are distracted from class because of cell phone usage and I have to bring it to your attention, then you are basically "not present". This also cost you 3 points.

    Grade Rounding Policy: I round your final grade when appropriate. For example, if you end up with a 79.8, I will round that to 80, which is a "B". If your grade is 79.4, your grade remains a "C". Anything .5 or over will round up.

    Grading Response Time: I will do my best to have assignments graded within 10 days after their due date.

    Late Work Policy: In order to promote success in college, this course will adhere to a strict late work policy. In this class, you typically have 1 week to turn in assignments. The deadline will extend 1 week further, but will come with a late work penalty (significant points deducted at my discretion). After the week extension, the assignment will not be accepted! This extension does not apply to the the Final Exam.

    Concerning the use of proper English, grammar, and spelling: In this class you are being taught skills to help you become a successful student. The expectation at NMJC is that you turn in professional college level work. If there is work turned in with poor grammar, spelling, English, or text type language, you will be temporarily assigned a zero and it will be returned to you. You will be given the opportunity to resubmit within a reasonable time frame. In most assignments, 20% of your grade will be given for the proper answer and 80% of the grade for proper writing.


    New Mexico Junior College’s institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:


    Departmental objectives for this course state that by the end of this course, students should be able to...

    1) apply appropriate academic skills commonly recognized to lead to success in education and their careers.

    2) develop critical thinking skills to solve problems, navigate ethical dilemmas and evaluate relevant issues.

    3) apply necessary life skills in order to know self and contribute to a diverse community.


    By the end of this College Success course, students should be able to:

    1. Recognize the importance of success skills in their life.
    2. Gain insight into how their own learning is best achieved through a learning skills inventory.
    3. Develop a time management system that will allow them to balance all aspects of life and reach the goals which they have set.
    4. Improve memory techniques and apply them to all aspects of one’s life.
    5. Improve reading skills by becoming an active reader.
    6. Discuss note taking skills and develop a system that works for them.
    7. Discover the art of test taking and improve one’s performance on tests.
    8. Improve their critical thinking skills in order to enhance learning.
    9. Recognize the importance of effective communication and other personal skills like money management and good health.
    10. Recognize the value of diversity that comes in many forms throughout academics and life.
    11. Increase awareness of available student services at NMJC.
    12. Determine their own personal academic/career goals and set a course to achieve them.

  11. I. New Student Orientation Video Transcript

    II. Basic Computer Skills: How to use an email account, how to attach, upload, and download files. How to view, save, rename, and print files. Have basic word processing skills and are familiar with using different web browsers

    III. Canvas Technical Requirements

    IV. Technology Requirements for Students: A Desktop or Laptop that is no more than five years old, has at least Windows 7 or MAC OSX 10.6 with 1 GB of memory, 2.4 GHz Processor, has a webcam and a microphone. The Internet speed is between 5 to 10 Mbps per second.

    V. Technical and Academic Support

    Call the 24/7 Canvas Help Desk at (575) 399-2199 for assistance and have your course CRN (ex. 10023) and your Username available.

    If you have not already received login information for Canvas/T-BirdWeb Portal/E-mail, you will need to contact the Enrollment Management office at (575) 492-2546.


    To get to your course in Canvas, log into NMJC's website, then to the web portal and click on Canvas. (See online student orientation video above.)

    IMPORTANT! If NMJC's website is down, the direct link to Canvas is This will take you to the web portal.


    Students will be held responsible for the information on these pages.

    Academic Honesty
    Each student is expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity in online academic and professional matters. The College reserves the right to take disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, against any student who is found guilty of academic dishonesty or otherwise fails to meet these standards. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, dishonesty in quizzes, tests, or assignments; claiming credit for work not done or done by others; and nondisclosure or misrepresentation in filling out applications or other College records. Cheating or gaining illegal information for any type of graded work is considered dishonest and will be dealt with accordingly.

    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information
    Any student requiring special accommodations should contact the Special Needs Student Services Coordinator at (575) 492-2576 or by e-mail at

    Attendance Policy
    Attendance is required at every session of each course for which the student is enrolled. When unavoidable circumstances make attendance impossible, students must provide a satisfactory explanation of their absences to their professors. College-sponsored activities are considered excused absences and the appropriate sponsor of those students who will be absent from class will notify professors. Students having absences due to college-sponsored activities will need to make arrangements with the affected classes / professor to take care of required work; however, arrangements for make-ups should be made within a reasonable time frame, usually within one week of the absence. Regarding make-up work, absences due to late registration are considered the same as regular absences.

    Cell Phones/Pagers
    All cell phones and pagers must be turned off when the student is participating in any lecture, laboratory, or other learning activity.

    Classroom Conduct
    The professor is responsible for maintaining a class environment best suited for effective learning. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to attend the class regularly and to behave in an appropriate manner at all times. Disruptive behavior may result in the student being removed from the class.

    Food and Drink Policy
    Food items and soft drinks may not be consumed in NMJC classrooms. Students are also discouraged from bringing food and drink items into the classroom even though these items remain in sealed packaging. Bottled water is permissible.

    No Children in the Classroom
    In order to adhere to instructional procedures as well as maintain the safety of children, NMJC’s policy of no children in the classrooms (lecture, lab, etc.) will be followed.

    Offering the work of another as one’s own, without proper acknowledgment, is plagiarism; therefore, any student who fails to give credit for quotations or essentially identical expression of material taken from books, encyclopedias, magazines and other reference works, or from the themes, reports, or other writings of a fellow student, is guilty of plagiarism. Plagiarism violates the academic honesty policy and is considered cheating.

    Smoking/Use of Tobacco
    New Mexico Junior College is cognizant of the health hazards associated with smoking / use of tobacco for the smoker, as well as the non-smoker. In an effort to provide a healthy environment for students, employees, and others who may frequent the campus, NMJC prohibits smoking / use of tobacco inside any campus building or facility.

    Tutoring Assistance
    Free tutoring services are available to all NMJC students through Brainfuse and the Academic Success Center located at the Pannell Library on the 1st floor.

    Withdrawal Policy
    Regular, punctual attendance is required for all classes at NMJC. Although the professor has the right to drop any student who has missed the equivalent of 2 weeks of instruction (based on a 16 week semester) whether it’s a face to face, online, or a hybrid course, it is not guaranteed that the professor will drop the student. If the student chooses to stop attending a class, he/she should withdraw from the class by accessing your student account in the T-Bird Web Portal at, or submitting the required paperwork to the Registrar’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 19, 2019. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.


    This is the schedule I will do my best to follow, but is subject to change if necessary.

    Week 1 - Getting Started Assignments

    Week 2 - Canvas Basics & Other Things You Should Know

    Week 3 – Introduction: The Master Student

    Week 4 – Chapter 1: Discovering Yourself

    Week 5 – Chapter 4: Reading

    Week 6 – Chapter 5: Notes

    Week 7 – Chapter 2: Time

    Week 8 – Chapter 6: Tests

    Week 9 – Chapter 3: Memory

    Week 10 – Chapter 7: Thinking

    Week 11 – Chapter 8: Communicating

    Week 12 – Chapter 9: Money

    Week 13 – Health & Diversity

    Week 14 – Chapter 10: Next Steps

    Week 15 - Final Exam