Section Four: Success Strategies
Important Academic Policies
Learning the System
Attending college and managing your academic career can feel overwhelming and complicated, especially at first. Most students find they grow more comfortable with time and experience. They learn to adapt to a new vocabulary and more responsibility.
The best ways to quick-start your abilities are to:
Importance of Dates and Deadlines
Little happens automatically in college. Most often actions that affect your academic career must be initiated by you. When you have done something, it is best to follow up for confirmation that the action you wanted has taken place. If you submit something in writing or by email, be sure to keep a copy for yourself.
Pay close attention to deadlines which may apply. After deadlines pass, it may be more difficult or impossible to accomplish your objective.
The most critical dates are always in the Class Schedule on the De Anza website Academic Calendar, Important Dates and Deadlines.
You may also watch around campus for posts of essential dates or be sure to read the weekly campus newspaper, La Voz.
If you have provided an email address, you may receive email communications from the College or the DSS program. Be sure to read them, and don't overlook them in your "spam" or "junk" folder. If you aren't receiving emails, be sure to check with the DSS office to correct your email address or check change your computer setting redirect them from your "junk" to "incoming" mail folders.
Don’t let the “snooze, you lose” happen to you.
"The Paper Chase"
Even if you keep your computer records in order, a paper trail is still a good method to prevent misunderstandings and correct possible mistakes.
The “green sheet,” and/or a course syllabus will be handed out in each class at the beginning of the quarter. Always keep these for at least the quarter and become familiar with their contents, which will include at least the:
They may also list specifics of the course requirements, including a schedule and details about assignments and exams.