The Student Success Strategies program of the Foundations for Student Success -FSS grant targets developmental education students enrolled in mathematics classes to help them learn some of the essential study skills needed to successfully complete developmental and college level math courses.
A primary thrust of the program is made up of flexible study skills modules that can be customized to accommodate the specific needs and constraints that math faculty face in trying to cover a large amount of content with limited class time. The modules were created so they could be embedded in an instructor’s Canvas course, used as needed as a filler when time permits, or delivered to the class by an FSS staff member as a guest presenter.
The current available modules include the following topics:
Making a Successful Transition from High School to College
Developing a Positive Math Mindset
Overcoming Procrastination Now!
Doing Your Best on Your Math Tests
Preparing to Ace Your Midterms and Final Exams
The most popular module is Developing a Positive Math Mindset because of how essential it is that students approach their math classes believing they can learn and succeed, regardless of past math performance. Success comes from the right attitude and the right approach. This module introduces students to how to adjust both of those to achieve better results. Many math instructors prefer a guest presenter to introduce this material to their class.
During the Fall 2013 semester, the Red Mountain campus instituted a learning series made up of five modules presented throughout the semester. Turnout was good and many students attended all five modules. The series is being expanded in the 2014 Spring Semester.