College Success


  2. A. Course Title: College Success
    B. Course Number: PS 113A - 30756
    C. Semester: Fall 2019
    D. Days/Time: Online
    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: Virtual

    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

    This is a fully online class and you cannot survive or succeed in this course without reliable Internet service and a working computer on a regular basis.


    Proficient computer and Internet skills are quite necessary for this course as it's fully online. Being prepared to work right away with your computer skills and your textbook will greatly aid in your success! Prior Canvas experience would be extremely helpful. Willingness to be self motivated with great time management skills are also necessary!

    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 75%
    Final Exam 25%

    Assignments: Includes several chapter assignments and discussions.

    Final Exam: The final exam will be comprehensive which means that questions can come from any point in the semester.

    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 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.

    Retrieving Grades from T-BirdWeb Portal
    Go to the New Mexico Junior College T-BirdWeb Portal login page. Please enter your User Identification Number (ID), which is your Banner ID, and your Personal Identification Number (PIN). When finished, click Login.

    Tips for Success in Online Courses:
    1. Log in to class regularly.
    2. Pay attention.
    3. Take notes.
    4. Keep up with readings and assignments.
    5. Ask questions when you do not understand something.
    6. Utilize your professor’s office hours and e-mail.
    7. Read the text.
    8. Adhere to the deadlines posted in the course outline.


    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 and Participation Expectations
    It is expected that you regularly log into class at least three times weekly and check your Canvas mail to ensure you have not missed any changes/updates. Students are expected to complete discussions/quizzes/tests/ assignments before deadlines expire.

    Canvas Help
    If you experience difficulty with Canvas you may reach the Canvas Helpdesk at, or by calling the 24 hour helpdesk phone at (575) 399-2199.

    The professor is responsible for monitoring and evaluating student conduct and student behavior within the Canvas course. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to log into 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 and dropped for the semester. For comprehensive information on the common rules of netiquette and other online issues, please review the NMJC Online Student Handbook.

    Online Learning Environment
    By participating in an online class, you undertake responsibility for your own progress and time management.

    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.

    Tutoring Assistance
    Free tutoring services are available to all NMJC students through Brainfuse or the Academic Success Center. Brainfuse is an online tutoring service that can be accessed from your course navigation menu in Canvas and there is no need to create an account. The Academic Success Center is located at the Pannell Library on the 1st floor.

    Withdrawal Policy
    The instructor has the right to drop any student who has failed to log on to Canvas for two weeks or more, but it is not guaranteed that the instructor will drop you. 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. Failure to withdraw yourself from a course by this date may result in your receiving an “F” in the course. 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