If I feel like I’m getting behind in class and they are moving on to new things, what is the best way to play catch up?
Falling behind in class is never a good thing. It can be very scary and stressful. I’ve definitely been in your place before. I’m so involved in Student Government and other outside activities that all my focus goes to that and I let myself fall behind in my classes. But staying on top of your work and passing classes is the most important. There are many ways to help you stay on top of your work as well as help you get back on track in case you fall behind in classwork.
Right now, if you feel you are behind, check and see on your syllabus if your instructor has office hours. If he or she does, call and make an appointment to see them to discuss the best option for you. An easy way to keep yourself from falling behind would be to keep a planner or notepad with all of your assignments and tests that are coming up written down. Another tip I can give you is to make a buddy in the class and you both can help each other stay on top of things.
I wish you the best!
How do I search for classes?
Sometimes one of the hardest things to navigate is the MySPC web page. It can be a bit confusing, especially if you are a new student to the college. But once you learn the system, it becomes second nature!
Here is information about navigating the page from an SPC student support advisor:
That is fantastic that you are looking to take courses at SPC. There are a couple of different ways you can search for current and new classes that the college offers. If you do not have a student number, you can go to my.spcollege.edu, which will take you to our online student portal, MySPC. Within the MySPC sign-in screen, you can begin finding your classes by clicking “Search for Classes” within the “Future Students” section:
If you are a current student, you can search for classes after signing into MySPC. This is done by clicking the “Register for Classes” tab, selecting a term and then selecting the Search tab:
Once you have accessed the search for classes screen, you can begin to search for your class. As a student, you can then enter a subject and catalog number (e.g. ENC 1101 for Composition I) within the appropriate boxes to begin searching for open classes. You may also choose the campus in which you would like to search and also the type of class (e.g. Express). There is also a third option available to you when searching for classes and this is through My Learning Plan. As a student, you will be able to use My Learning Plan to plan out your schedule and register from it. Planning out your schedule can help you keep track of what you need to take, but it also helps with registration because the subject and catalog numbers for each course will be pre-populated when you attempt to search.
To learn more about our My Learning Plan, you can view a helpful tutorial by clicking the Tutorials button after you have clicked on the “My Learning Plan” tab.
I hope you have a great semester!
Hope this helps!
How do you contact a program director to see if they will allow you into one of their classes when you have some knowledge of the prerequisites?
I have had a few situations in the past in which I’ve had to contact a specific program director. It is usually in regards to assessing classes or getting permission to partake in the program. On our main St. Petersburg College’s homepage, there is link at the bottom that will take you to a Contact Directory. You can search for any SPC employee you need, including program directors. All you need to know is either their name, department or phone number. Once you type one of these pieces of information into the search engine, you will get all the necessary information that you need including an email address.
Here is a helpful link that will get you started in the right direction.
Best of Luck,
Do you have biomedical engineering? Can you get your own dorm room?
My name is Marilyn. I’ll be assisting Maria with answering some of the questions on the blog.
Currently SPC doesn’t offer a biomedical engineering program but we will have an Associate of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering Technology available starting Fall 2015. This will be a new track in our engineering technology program. If you have further questions, please contact Giovanna Taylor at 727-791-2402 or email@example.com.
At this time the college is offering an Associate of Science degree in Engineering Technology. It concentrates on the following areas of studies: electronics, quality, digital design and modeling, and biomedical systems. Additionally, students can come to SPC to pursue an Associate in Arts degree. This will allow you to work on the general education requirements and elective requirements for your major and then transfer on toward a bachelor’s degree.
As for campus housing, currently SPC doesn’t offer dorm rooms. However there’s other options that may be helpful to locate an apartment community close to your home campus. Each campus has a Student Life and Leadership coordinator who can help you with housing and other student life related issues. Also, Maria posted additional information about this question in a previous blog post that you can review.
Best of Luck,
How can a student receive more information about school?
One way to receive more information about the school is by visiting SPC’s website. You can send in a request to receive more information. Also, you can visit a local campus and speak with an advisor to get more detailed information. Hope this helps.
Best of luck,
If you could have gone to any college on a full scholarship, would you still have gone to St. Petersburg? What other colleges did you apply to?
I attended SPC not on a scholarship but as part of a high school program. I was a dual-enrolled student taking college classes while still in high school. What I can tell you is that it is thanks to SPC that it was possible for me to attain my scholarship. Part of what they looked for with the scholarship I received, the Gates Millennium Scholars program, was academic rigor as well as school and community involvement. While at SPC I was not only challenged academically and always aimed to do my best. I was also provided with the opportunities to volunteer and participate in extracurricular activities that fortified my resume when applying to scholarships or submitting transfer applications to other universities.
I applied to various universities, mostly to state universities in Florida but also to private out-of-state colleges. I mainly applied to the ones that had good programs in my field of study, such as The Catholic University of America where currently I am a student.
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