Success Session 1: Sept. 8, 2017

Success Session 1 - September 8th

The first Success Session for new middle college students included the following:

  • A quick consideration of the differences students have observed between college courses and high school.

  • An overview of the Writing Center and how to access its services.

  • What to do if you face a challenge in one or more classes.

  • Learning to calculate course grades at any point during the semester.  Students were provided with two different grading methods instructors may use and a process for calculating their grades for each method.

  • Utilizing technology for the following reasons:

    • Understanding the different logins they needed to know: Chromebook, SC4 portal, and SC4 Canvas

    • Accessing and composing an email with an attachment from their SC4 account.

    • Using the Google calendar app to set their semester course schedules and add reminders for assignments and exams.

    • NOTE:  The high number of students attending the first session strained the wireless network in Room 201, so demonstrating all of the above could not be done well.  You will find mini-tutorials on all of the above topics in the "Chromebook Information" section of this website.

Students who did not attend Session 1 are required to view the video(s) linked to below and complete and submit the related assignment posted below the video.  The assignments are designed to be sure that all BWMCA students are presented the information at each Success Session and can put the information to use.

Note: We recommend choosing to view the video Full Screen by clicking the small box in the lower right corner of the video frame.


Assignment for Success Session 1

Only students who did not attend the session in person must submit the assignment.

Directions: Create a document with answers to the following questions and email the document as an attachment to Ms. Whymer at 

1. Grade calculations.  Using the examples demonstrated in the video to learn how to calculate the students' grades below based on the information provided for each.  
(You do not need to show your work.  Just send your answer to each question: a, b, c, and d.)

Grade Scenario 1: Weighted Percentages

Rachel’s Earth Science instructor has a grading scale based on weighted percentages. Attendance is worth 20% of the final grade, Lab Assignments are worth 30%, and Exams are worth 50%.

As of today, with three weeks done, Rachel has been present at 2 of the 5 class meetings, and received a 50% on the one lab assignment. But then she did pretty well on the first exam, and earned an 80%. a)  What is her current grade percent?

Grade Scenario 2: Point System

Sam’s History instructor bases his grading scale on a point system, with each grade being worth a certain number of points. The total for the whole semester is 600 points, with the following breakdown:

Journal Entries 15 entries x 10 points each
Attendance 30 classes x 5 points each
Essays 5 essays x 50 points each
Final Exam 1 final x 50 points

As of today, with four weeks done, Sam’s class has had 4 journal entries, 8 class meetings, and 1 essay.  b)  How many possible points could he have earned?

Sam was present for 6 of the 8 class meetings, received 6, 9, 5, and 7 points on each of the four journal entries, and then received a 43 out of 50 on the one essay. c)  How many total points has he earned, and d)  what is his current grade percent?

2.  Differences between high school and college.  
Click on this link to complete a short "Differences" Google Form.   Submit your answers to the three questions on the form.  (There is nothing to send to Ms. Whymer for this task.)

3.  Writing Center.  a) How do you make an appointment to meet with a tutor in the Writing Center?  b) How can you get help from the Writing Center if you can't be there during their open hours?

4.  Important Dates.  List two important dates coming up in October that you should be aware of and explain why they are important.