Beehive Blog–October 11, 2023

RCTC Student Blog

Check out the following links for important RCTC information

2024 Scholarship Application is Open
Learning Center Open Over MEA
Graduation Planner
Study Tips


The Rochester Community and Technical College Foundation has open enrollment for our 2024 Scholarships for incoming and returning RCTC students.

There are over 50 Scholarships available in the academic programs.

There are also scholarships available that aren’t based on specified programs, but based on student need, community service, extracurricular activities, or county of residence.

The scholarships awarded are for the Spring Semester of 2024 at Rochester Community and Technical College.

The deadline to apply is Monday, November 12, 2023. The scholarship application can be found on the RCTC Foundation website.

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The Learning Center will have modified hours over MEA (October 1920). Tutor availability varies by discipline. Please use the schedule below to reference the availability, check out the website to see a detailed information Learning Center – Free Tutoring – Rochester Community and Technical College (

October 19th

Math: Closed

Writing: limited schedule

Science: limited schedule

October 20th

Math: Closed

Writing: Closed

Science: Closed

RCTC has contracted with to provide 24/7 online access to a tutor. You may find this useful when you have a question outside of the Learning Center tutoring hours (evenings, holidays, or weekends). You must access the tool through D2L. On the D2L home page, scroll down to Learning Resources, and click on Tutor.Com. Please watch this video for a brief overview of this service:  Tutor.Com Instructions

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The Graduation Planner is a dynamic academic planning tool that uses the most up-to-date information available to assist you with building a semester to semester path to graduation. This tool includes transfer and in-progress courses from the student record system.  Here are some key points about the Graduation Planner:

  • Accessed through your Student eServices.
  • Allows students and advisors to create a guided path to graduation.
  • Uses drag and drop functionality to create and edit plans.
  • Planned courses are verified against the degree audit to ensure they meet program requirements.
  • Students and advisors have access to the same information in the same application.
  • Courses from a Preferred Plan can be pushed directly into Schedule Builder.

The Schedule Builder is a dynamic scheduling platform where you can choose your primary schedule from multiple possible schedules. You can build your optimized schedule manually or automatically based on preferences.

Click on the above links to discover more about these awesome tools and be sure to connect with your advisor with any questions or concerns.

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We all have the ability to concentrate – sometimes. Think of the times when you were “lost” in something you enjoy: a sport, playing music, a good game, a movie. Total concentration.

But at other times,

  • Your mind wanders from one thing to another.
  • Your worries distract you.
  • Outside distractions take you away before you know it.
  • The material is boring, difficult, and/or not interesting to you.

You can prepare yourself to succeed in your studies by developing and appreciating the following habits:

  • Take responsibility for yourself.
    • Recognize that in order to succeed you need to make decisions about your priorities, your time, and your resources.
  • Center yourself around your values and principles
    • Don’t let friends and acquaintances dictate what you consider important.
  • Put first things first.
    • Follow up on the priorities you have set for yourself, and don’t let others, or other interests, distract you from your goals.
    • Avoid your cell phone or telephone.
  • Discover your key productivity periods and places.
    • Morning, afternoon, or evening?
    • Find spaces where you can be the most focused and productive. Prioritize these for your most difficult study challenges.
  • First understand others, then attempt to be understood.
    • When you have an issue with an instructor (a questionable grade, an assignment deadline, etc.) put yourself in the instructor’s place.
    • Now ask yourself how you can best make your argument given his/her situation.
  • Look for better solutions to problems.
    • For example, if you don’t understand the course material, don’t just re-read it. Try making flashcards and take them with you wherever you go. When you have free time…study them!
    • Try something else! Consult with the professor, a tutor, an academic advisor, a classmate, a study group, or the Learning Center.
  • Focus
    • Before you begin studying, take a few minutes to summarize a few objectives, gather what you will need, and think of a general strategy of accomplishment.
  • Take notes as you study.
    • Write notes in the margins of your notebook/textbook, etc.
    • Read captions, footnotes, graphs, charts, maps, pictures, etc.  They are often on exams or quizzes.
    • Answer study questions at the end of chapters
    • Know the vocabulary.
    • Summarize the material in the chapter.
    • Draw pictures, charts, diagrams, and highlight with various colors if it will help you remember the material.
    • Refer to your syllabus.
  • Change topics
    • Change the subject you study every one to two hours for variety.
  • Vary your study activities.
    • Alternate reading with more active learning exercises
    • Ask yourself how you could increase your activity level while studying. Perhaps a group will be best? Creating study questions?
    • Ask your teacher for alternative strategies for learning. The more active you’re learning, the better.
  • Take regular, scheduled breaks that fit you.
    • Do something different from what you’ve been doing (e.g., walk around if you’ve been sitting), and in a different area.
  • Consider yourself in a win-win situation.
    • When you contribute your best to a class, you, your fellow students, and even your teacher will benefit. Your grade can then be one additional check on your performance.

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