Student Success

We all want our students to succeed. But you might ask yourself, what about these lessons can foster success? These lessons are born out of the simple notion that successful students have been taught how to think, and not what to think.


What is the student experience in this course?

We recommend that all instructors start by exploring each Student Success lesson (click “Explore” on a Lesson title), so that you can get a first-hand experience of what taking a lesson feels like. The Student Success lessons focus on practicing skills which will help students achieve their academic goals. The student experience is exploratory, while being grounded in hands-on skills. They will be able to try various test taking and note taking methods and then evaluate which methods work best for them. In addition, they create an action plan for overcoming an academic challenge by creating a goal, prioritized action steps, and a schedule.

How do I use this course?

This course is meant to support students’ development in any subject by supplementing their curriculum with skills that will aid them in their academic journey. As an instructor or advisor, you can use these lessons to introduce new skills at the beginning of a course or unit. You can also use these lessons as remedial exercises for struggling students. We provide an Instructor’s Guide which can be found here for more information.

Do I have to teach the whole course?

You can teach as much of this course as you feel is appropriate for your students. The lessons were designed so that they can stand alone to address specific student needs, or to form a larger student success curriculum.  You can use one lesson or you can teach with all five.

Is there an order in which I should teach the lessons?

The lessons were designed so that they can be taught in any order or combination. The only guideline we have is that students are assigned Maximizing Your College Experience Part 1 and 2 together in consecutive order. Besides that, it is up to you to determine which lessons make the most sense to support the content of a class or the needs of an individual student.

How can I see my students’ progress?

Student progress through and completion of lessons is recorded on the Smart Sparrow Workspace. To view this, log in to the Workspace, click CLASSES and open the “Reports” tab.

How do I enroll students?

To enroll your students, go to your Class tab in the workspace and click “Enroll Students.” Then simply enter your student’s emails into the dialog box, separating with commas, and click Enroll. Your students will receive an email inviting them to your Lesson(s) and prompting them to create a Smart Sparrow account so that they can access it.

Help, I’m stuck!

If you’re encountering what seems to be a problem with the course, please do the following:

  1. Read this FAQ - common questions are answered here.
  2. Take a screenshot - it’s always good to have a record of what you’re seeing so we can help you better. If you’re encountering an error screen or something’s gone wrong, screenshot it!
  3. Fill out our support form and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.
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