Center for Access and Success

Make an appointment today, (508) 999-8711, with a graduate assistant. These meetings will help you build the skills you need to be successful. They will tailor these meetings to your personal needs and work with you to keep you on track. Unlike the tutors available in the various academic centers, this program is designed to establish a foundation for your hard-work and ability by covering mixed topics such as time management, tips for effective studying, organizational skills, how to reduce stress, improving memory skills, and much more. 


Time Management

  • Devote at least 10 minutes a day to planning.  Look ahead on your planning calendars to see what activities or projects are scheduled for the next few days or weeks. A daily review allows you to make schedule adjustments and to prepare mentally, physically, and emotionally for the demands on your time.

  • Write out a priority task list - “To Do” list. A “To Do” list is a daily or weekly list that identifies what specific tasks you must accomplish to reach the goals you have set for yourself. It serves as a visual reminder and helps you to prioritize your tasks.
  • Prepare and use a daily/weekly planning calendar. A daily/weekly calendar will help you monitor where you are spending time, to determine if you are spending time on the activities most important to you. It will visually tell you how much of your time is committed to activities over which you may have minimal control (classes, labs, work, etc.), as well as which times are available for more enjoyable activities.
  • Prepare and use a monthly or semester planner. Obtain a course syllabus from each of your instructors. All examinations and due dates of major assignments, projects, and papers need to be entered on your semester calendar.This will give you an overview of your semester at a glance and assist you in preparing and planning your activities throughout the semester.


  • Keeping to a schedule is not a matter of "will power," but of the development of a habit of referring to the schedule and following its outline, and this habit development may take weeks of practice.
  • Don't let the extra study that you may find necessary interfere with your recreation hours - take time from unscheduled hours.
  • Exceptions will occur, but afterwards return to the schedule's pattern.