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Do You iFalcon?

Six habits of mind that will help you succeed in your academic and professional goals



Six habits of mind
that will help you
succeed in your
academic and professional goals

Do you iFalcon?

Click the links below for
details on using the
various habits of mind


Books @Cerritos College

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Community college companion: everything you wanted to know about succeeding in a two-year college - Rowh, Mark
ISBN: 9781593577414

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Peak Performance: success in college and beyond - Ferrett, Sharon
Call Number: LB1062.6 .F47 2010

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P.O.W.E.R. learning: strategies of success in college and life - Feldman, Robert
Call Number: LB2343.3 .F44 2007
ISBN: 007248070X

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Do you: 12 laws to access the power in you to achieve happiness and success - Simmons, Russell
Call Number: BF637 .S4 S5485 2007


ABCs of Academic Success

Click here for a comprehensive listing of campus resources ranging from Academic Support to the Writing Center

Read what Cerritos College students are doing to succeed in college and life:

Who or what inspired you:

  • Listen to your instructors’ suggestions
  • Make your family proud

Overcoming obstacles:

  • Look for ways to get around obstacles instead of letting them stop you
  • Leave the past behind and move on
  • Readjust to being a student by planning your courses and scheduling study and homework time


  • Take time to write down upcoming assignments and then stick to your due-date schedule
  • Use planning tools such as white boards and calendars to write down all tasks and assignments
  • Be a few days ahead in your work in case of unexpected occurrences
  • Be a student first, and put social time and work second
  • Use your time wisely by studying on your days off

Juggling School, Family, and Work:

  • Read the material before class.  You will understand the new concepts presented in class so extra time doesn’t have to be spent on school work that could be used for family or work
  • Schedule all study time and assignments.  Be sure to regularly schedule a day off

Preparing for tests:

  • Review your notes prior to class so you can get the most from class time
  • Study the relevant vocabulary
  • Use the online study guide that is provided with the textbook
  • Make notes in your textbook and develop a highlighting system to color code important material


  • This is your job – be prepared to get the job done, whatever it takes.
  • Take breaks, but keep working on assignments. Realize that you may have to stay up later
  • .Do things early so you have more time to focus on them.

Dealing with Feeling Overwhelmed:

  • Step away from your studies and take a break. You may have a fresh perspective when you return
  • Stop and gather your thoughts
  • Regain your confidence
  • Take your time. If you have done your assignments ahead of time, you now have time to deal with the feeling of being overwhelmed
  • Don’t let yourself get distracted with other things. Stay on track
  • Take a nap

Best advice:

  • Plan your schedule so you don’t have an overwhelming course load
  • Buy the textbook
  • Get all assignments done and turned in by the due date – that’s bare minimum!
  • Take a Counseling and Guidance course (CG 200) to help you plan your academic future

What Makes Cerritos the Best:

  • If you are ready to be disciplined and apply yourself, the opportunities to learn are endless at Cerritos
  • Instructors make themselves available to students and they are very well-informed
  • Cerritos College instructors are a nice bunch!




Succeeding in College and Life

Dr. Stephen Clifford giving
an iFalcon Orientation to
students ON SUCCESS


Student Success

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