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College Success Resources : Introduction


College is a time for exploration, for finding your voice, for learning who you are and how you work. Some tools may not be useful to you, others may be the perfect fit. The adventure is in figuring it out what works best. Fortunately, there are many people -- faculty, staff and other students -- on campus who can help.

Don't be afraid to ask questions.

Ground Rules

When you're participating in a class or in a discussion during any meeting, there are universally accepted ground rules.

These are some of the more common rules. Your professor or faciliator may have a different set of rules. Some will allow you to add your own. The goal is to be respectful of other ideas and other people.

No one has to agree with every idea, but everyone should have the opportuntiy to be heard.

  • Be on time.
  • Don't make or receive phone calls or use any personal electronics.
  • Everyone should participate.
  • All participants are created equal.
  • Only one person may speak at a time. Don't interrupt others.
  • Raise your hand to be acknowledged before you speak.
  • Listen to others' ideas without judging.
  • Clean up after yourself. Dispose of any trash and take your belongings with you when you leave.

What additional rules would you add?

Which rules would you take away?

Source: Introduction to Planning and Facilitating Effective Meetings. NOAA Coastal Services Center/NOS Special Projects

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