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Tips For Transfers

Welcome to SUNY Brockport. The Student Learning Center (SLC) staff wishes to offer you some tips on how to achieve your academic goals at SUNY Brockport. Transfer students often face a variety of challenges as they transition from one institution to another. It is important for new transfers to be aware of the academic expectations at SUNY Brockport and to develop study and learning strategies that will make the transition go smoothly. The SLC offers a variety of programs that we believe are particularly helpful for transfer student success. We are located in room B-10 Cooper Hall.


The SLC tutoring program, which includes tutoring for math, writing, and many classes from across the disciplines, serves Brockport students from all levels, not just freshmen and sophomores. In fact, many of the students we serve are juniors, seniors, and even graduate students. Tutoring is a productive way for students to use study time, to go over assignments, discuss course material, express concerns, get clarification, receive hints and suggestions for problem solving, organizing, and planning strategies. All tutoring takes place at the SLC and is free of charge. All SLC tutors are undergraduate or graduate students who are selected based upon faculty recommendations, academic excellence and a willingness to help others. To arrange to meet with a tutor, please stop in or call.


Study Skills
Many transfer students struggle with meeting the challenges of Brockport courses. Study habits formed at other institutions are often no longer adequate for students wishing to earn grades of A and B at Brockport. The SLC offers several study skills workshops each semester that offer tips on a variety of topics described below. Individual study skills consultations, videotapes and other study skills media are also available.

Time Management
Set GPA Goals, analyze course syllabi, set up a weekly schedule, schedule study time and leisure time.

Textbook Reading
Learn how to make the most of your textbooks, make reading time study time, create study guides while you read.

Lecture Note-taking
Learn what to do before, during, and after class with notes. Develop listening skills and learn ways to turn notes into study tools.

Learn test-taking strategies for essay and objective tests. Learn how to create study tools, form study groups, and predict test questions.

Research Paper Writing Process
Outline the steps of the research paper writing process, focus on time management and using campus resources such as reference librarians and writing tutors.


Twenty-One Tips for Transfers

  1. Get a planner, and use it to help you gain control of your life.
  2. Set GPA goals.
  3. Read all of your course syllabi carefully.
  4. Introduce yourself to your academic advisor, and make an appointment to review your DARS report. The DARS report tells you what requirements you have met and what remain. It is your College transcript.
  5. Learn your professors’ names.
  6. Use your professors’ office hours to establish rapport and ask questions about course material and assignments.
  7. Schedule an appointment at the SLC to have a writing tutor look over your papers and give you feedback.
  8. Get to know at least one person in each of your classes. In case you miss a class, you will be able to get the notes from that person.
  9. Attend all classes. Sit in front so the instructor recognizes you.
  10. Take notes in every class, and review the notes on a regular basis, not just before exams.
  11. Ask for help as soon as you begin to struggle with assignments.
  12. Do all of your reading assignments, including supplemental readings. Make use of material your professors post on ANGEL.
  13. Take notes while you read.
  14. Schedule your study time and find an appropriate place to study.
  15. Get started on assignments as soon as you get them.
  16. Break lengthy assignments (including reading assignments) into small, manageable portions.
  17. Familiarize yourself with campus resources that offer academic support such as the Student Learning Center and the Library.
  18. Form study groups with your classmates.
  19. Evaluate your study strategies regularly and make changes accordingly.
  20. Pick up a free study skills book at the SLC.
  21. Enjoy your success!