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GAINS Back to School Guide

Hope you’re enjoying your summer, here are some tips for preparing yourself for coming back to school.

  1. Plan for Success
    Deadlines, exams, and tight schedules can be nerve-wrecking. You can plan ahead by blocking out time to study, keeping track of assignments and due dates.
  2. Build Connections and Friends
    Everyone needs a support system and college students are no exception. Regardless of what you need, there’s campus resources available from financial aid, tutoring, career services and much more.

For more tips and tricks to prepare you for the Fall 2022 check out the following articles.

1.)The Ultimate Back to School Guide for College Students: Part II

2.) 10 Back-To-School Tips for College Students

Selecting Main Ideas

Figuring out the main idea is crucial to understanding what you read. The main idea connects the remaining sentences in the paragraph together, providing evidence to support the topic. If you can summarize the information you’ve read in your own words, congrats you have succeeded at selecting the main idea.

For more tips and tricks on selecting the main idea check out the following articles.

1. How to Find the Main Idea click

2. How to Find the Main Idea: 7 Strategies That Work click

3. How To Find The “Main Idea” Of A Text click

Information Processing

With all that we have going on in our lives it may be hard to think about and reflect on how we’re learning what it is we’re learning. Having different strategies to make learning meaningful to you can help you organize new information and recall it easier.

Ask yourself the following questions:
1.) While studying do you make connections between the material that you already have and the new information you are learning?
2.) Do you spend a lot of time going over class materials and readings, but your grades don’t reflect your time and efforts?
3.) Do you find it difficult to learn in classes of which you have very little prior knowledge?

Here are a few articles

1.) 13 Study Strategies to Help Students Retain New Learning click

2.) 12 Learning Strategies to Help You Retain Information Fast click

3.) Chunking: Learning Technique for Better Memory click

4.) 13 Study Tips: The Science of Better Learning click

Using Academic Resources

There are certain places on campus that every student knows well. The cafeteria, library and financial aid office. But you might be surprised at what BMCC offers, best of all are free of charge.

Academic Resources at BMCC

1.) Library – On-Campus location: room S-410
Email: help@bmcc-cuny.libanswers.com

2.) Learning Resource Center – On-Campus location: room S-510;
Email(s): lrc@bmcc.cuny.edu (general info), lrctutoring@bmcc.cuny.edu (tutoring), and onlinetutoring@bmcc.cuny.edu (online tutoring)

3.) Mathematics Lab/Tutoring – On-Campus location: room S-535
Email: mathtutoring@bmcc.cuny.edu

4.) Writing Center / Basic Skills English Lab) – On-Campus location: room S-510
Email: writingcenter@bmcc.cuny.edu

5.) ESL (English as a Second Language) Lab – On-Campus location: room S-510J)
Email(s): Joshua Belknap (ESL Lab Coordinator) jbelknap@bmcc.cuny.edu
or Academic Literacy and Linguistics Department: ALL@bmcc.cuny.edu

6.) Academic Advisement and Transfer Center (AATC) at: aatc@bmcc.cuny.edu

Additional Campus Resources (to assist with external factors impacting academic success)

7.) Office of Accessibility – On-Campus location: N-360
Email: accessibility@bmcc.cuny.edu

8.)Counseling Center – On-Campus location: S-343
Email: counselingcenter@bmcc.cuny.edu

9.) Advocacy and Resource Center – On-Campus location: S-230
Email: arc@bmcc.cuny.edu


The mind is a powerful thing. If you adapt a growth mindset, your attitude will follow.

Take a close look at your day-to-day routine and the influence it has on your life and most importantly your attitude. Start by asking yourself these questions:

1.) How do I start my day?

2.) Do I have a routine that help keep a positive attitude all day long?

3.) Am I attentive to my emotions and its fluctuations? 

“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” — Maya Angelou

Here are a few articles and video for tips to improve your attitude:

1.) How to Stay Positive in College click

2.) 10 Creative Ways to Keep a Positive Attitude No Matter What click

3.) 15 Ways to Practice Positive Self-Talk for Success click

4.) The Power of Positivity | Brain Games click

Time Management

Whether you’re working multiple jobs, navigating friend groups or raising a family, here are a few time management strategies and tips to help keep you organized and your assignments on track.

1.) 30 Time Management Tips click

2.) 20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity click

3.) 15 Time Management Tips For Working Smart, Not Hard click

4.) 5 Simple Student Planner and Time Management Tips for College Students click


Everyone has difficulty concentrating at times. Often seen as something that comes naturally to some people or in
certain situations, but not others. Actually, our ability to concentrate is not a single thing that comes or goes but depends on many factors and can be greatly improved.

Here’s a few articles on increasing concentration.

1.)How to Stay Focused While Studying click

2.) ‘I can’t concentrate!’ How to focus better when studying click

3. ) BMCC Learning Resource Center  click

Meme Corner

A meme a day, keeps the stress away! When you come across a feel-good thing it can make your day better even for a moment.

Here’s a few articles for dealing with anxiety.

1.) 8 Ways to Cope with Anxiety click

2.) 21 Tips For Coping With Anxiety click

3.) How 25 College Students Deal with Anxiety and Panic Attacks click

Mid-Semester Motivation

We are just over halfway through the semester!!!

It’s easy to lose motivation and forget the goals we set out at the beginning of the semester.

So, we put together a list of short videos to beat the mid-semester slump so you can refocus and get back to working toward your goals.

1.) For consistency motivation click here

2.) For a quick pep talk, watch below:

3.) For attitude and effort, watch below: