Kalamazoo Valley Community College

Success Toolbox SUCCESS TOOL BOX
The First Day
  • Take a tour and locate your classrooms before the semester begins.
  • Make sure to attend the first class.
  • Be sure to read the course outline syllabus thoroughly and learn your instructor's policies regarding grading, absences, office hours, etc.
  • Have a three ring binder for each class. Put the course outline in the very front and refer to it often!

Before Class
  • Read any assigned chapters in your text prior to class.
  • Take notes from your reading and outline important concepts.
  • Make a vocabulary list of definitions from your reading.

In Class
  • Go to every class session!
  • Take detailed notes.
  • Ask questions when you don't understand a concept or assignment.
  • Participate in classroom activities.

Test Taking Study Skills
  • Study for your test a little bit each day (Do not cram the night before).
  • Re-read all of your class notes and your text notes several times.
  • Make flashcards of vocabulary lists.
  • Go to a tutoring session to get any questions answered before the test.
  • Study with someone from your class.

During the test
  • Eat a piece of chocolate before hand to stimulate your memory/concentration!
  • Take a deep breath and be confident.
  • Quickly preview the test to see how much time you will have for each question.
  • Do not leave any questions blank.
  • After you finish the test, go back and visit questions you were unsure about-but don't second guess yourself.
  • If you have severe testing anxiety, check with your instructor to see if you can take it in the testing center.
  • When you get your test back, look carefully at what you missed. Check to see if the instructor made any mistakes in grading and clarify why you missed what you did.

If you have to miss a class
  • Have at least two names and #'s of classmates from whom you can get notes and missed assignments.
  • Email or call your instructor to let him/her know you will be gone (check course outline to see what your instructor prefers).
  • If you are gone for a medical reason, be sure to get documentation from your doctor and bring it to your instructor.
  • If you know your are going to be gone during a test or quiz, ask your instructor if you can take it early in the testing center.

  • Establish a goal for your GPA.
  • Read your course outline to determine the points you need to reach your goal.
  • Do all assignments and turn them in on time.
  • Record on a Grading Sheet what points you earn for each assignment.
  • Do not miss any tests or quizzes.
  • Check with your instructors to see if there is any extra credit and/or what you can do to improve your grade.

  • Complete assignments on time.
  • Make a plan for when and where you can best complete the assignment.
  • Consider the Learning Center/Library.
  • Take papers to the Writing Center for review before turning them in.

Grade Tracking Form
Time Management Worksheet
My Valley
The My Valley is the central location for all of KVCC's web services.

My Valley is where you

  • Register for classes, find out your latest financial aid information, get your college email, grades, program information and much more.

How do I get to VIP?

  • Go to www.kvcc.edu and click on the Valley Information Portal section on the home page.

How to log in to VIP

  • Your user name is the first letter of your first name, up to 10 characters of your last name and the lst four digits of your V-number. Example: psmith2345

What is my initial password?

  • Your initial password is your six-digit birth date. Example: Feb. 13, 1990 is 021390

Forwarding VIP email to your personal email

  • Log into VIP and select email
  • Click on SETTINGS (under the address line)
  • Select Forward and POP/IMAP
  • Select the circle "Forward a copy of incoming mail to (enter secondary email in the box)" and select: "keep KVCC copy in the inbox, archive KVCC Mail's copy or delete KVCC Mail's copy".


Moodle is located on your VIP homepage and is KVCC's online learning management system.

Moodle is where

You can email your instructors or get access to their websites.

Instructors may post their lectures, syllabus, grading system and many other helpful tools for your class to use.

Some instructors give quizzes and tests via this route.

Announcements about classes being cancelled, assignments changing or comments by classmates may be posted.

Check every semester to see to what extent your instructors are using Moodle for your classes.

Web Capp

CAPP (Curriculum Advising and Program Planning) Located on the VIP home page under Graduation Information/Petition to Graduate

You can run your own personalized CAPP Compliance which will list the courses required for your curriculum and what courses have been used toward your degree with the semester completed and the grade you received.

You must have the correct major listed in the KVCC system for the CAPP to be accurate.

Always check in with an academic counselor to make sure that you are on the right track with your program.

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